Must Try Food in Lanzarote

Tasting great cuisine is a part of anyone’s holidays and it’s something that everyone looks forward to. A trip to Bangkok is not complete without trying out Sticky Mango Rice or Pad Thai and a trip to Italy wouldn’t be complete with trying out the famous pizza and pasta and local desserts in various towns and cities.

If you’re currently planning a trip to Lanzarote and if you’re thinking of a list of great food to try then you’re in luck. We compiled a list of must try food in Lanzarote that you must not miss on your much awaited vacation. So before you book your flight to Lanzarote, check out our list of food that you should definitely try when you visit this beautiful island.

Papagayo
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Papagayo by djfrat

Papas Arrugadas

Papitas arrugásPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Papas Arrugadas by gemacamposhernando

Papas Arrugadas is the vital staple in every meal in Lanzarote. It’s basically wrinkled potatoes served with a tasty sauce made of garlic, olive oil, vinegar and generous helpings of herbs and spices.

Dorada, Vieja and Cherneand Other Seafood

Restaurante Almacen de la Sal - Playablanca - LanzarotePhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Seafood by kentwang

The most common fish that are served in various restaurants in Lanzarote include Dorada (sea bream), Vieja (parrot fish) and Cherne (sea bass). They come plentiful in the area and are cooked in a variety of ways. Lanzarote being surrounded by water also has a lot of tasty seafood dishes that you should try.

Gofio

Goatscheese, Figs and GofioPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Gofio by dennischnapp

Gofio is another staple food in Lanzarote made from toasted corn and maize flour. It’s used in a variety of ways like in bread making, desserts and also to thicken soups and stews.

Papas Crias

These are basically wild potatoes that grown on the rocky hillside of the island. It’s a prized delicacy in Lanzarote due to the richness of it’s flavors. It’s prepared in a variety of ways and you won’t have a hard time looking for a Papas crias dish anywhere in the island.

Papa arrugáPhoto Credits (Flickr CC): Papas Arrugadas by carlosglezcabr

Aside from these four locally known food, you can also find tons of restaurants serving various international and fusion dishes. Your trip to Lanzarote will definitely not just be about the beatiful beaches but also about the great food that they offer.

Lunch at Yuen Kee Restaurant in Kowloon Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the favorite destinations among travelers in Asia due to its beautiful harbors, amazing shopping destinations and of course food. We were in Hong Kong last January and spent a few days exploring this beautiful city. Hong Kong though is not as cheap as Southeast Asia but luckily, flights from Southeast Asia is not that expensive and there are also a lot of affordable hostels available in Kowloon area.

On our first day in Kowloon, we chanced upon this restaurant packed with people which got us curious so we decided to go in and had our lunch there.

All of the choices of food seems to be local dishes, so we decided to give it a try. Here are some pictures taken at Yuen Kee Restaurant in Kowloon Hong Kong:

Lunch at Yuen Kee Restaurant in Kowloon Hong KongBeef Curry

Lunch at Yuen Kee Restaurant in Kowloon Hong KongRice with Egg, Sausage and Pork Cutlets

The meals are not as cheap as the Big Mac meal set in Mcdonalds but most restaurant prices in Hong Kong were quite costly for me. Good thing though, the food tasted great! I was surprised with the beef curry as I have never tried it before, i’m used to chicken curry which is quite popular in Southeast Asia.

The rice with egg, sausage and pork cutlets tasted great too. The two dishes cost 80HKD. Free tea is available but they also have a wide array of drink choices such as soft drinks, coffee, juices and more.

Lunch at Yuen Kee Restaurant in Kowloon Hong Kong

Happy Eating!

$1.50 Lunch in Phnom Penh

One of the cheapest place to eat that I found in Phnom Penh is located at Street 258. This location is near budget guesthouses such as Kha Vi Guesthouse and the popular hostel for backpackers, Okay Guesthouse. This local restaurant is just beside The Rouge Shop and Gecko Guesthouse.

They have a variety of cheap foods that are freshly prepared when you order and some cooked Cambodian dishes as well. What I usually order is fried rice with egg and pork (also available with pork and chicken).

Lunch in Phnom Penh

For $1.50, it’s a great deal already.

If you’re looking for a cheap place to have lunch in Phnom Penh, check this one out.

Happy Food Tripping!!!

Modern Meets Ancient in Ayia Napa

A glistening fishing village on Cyprus’ southern coast, Ayia Napa shimmers with white powder-soft sand, turquoise water and a mix of cosmopolitan travellers from both east and west.

Once a hot spot for British and Russian party animals, it has settled down and reinvented itself as a well-conceived mix of sophisticated restaurants and bars that cater to the more refined tourist. Too many of the best Mediterranean holiday spots have atrocious food and overpriced British-style restaurants, so Ayia Napa is a relief for those who want to taste the best that the fertile soil and sea have to offer.

Ayia Napa - Cyprus

Give us this Day our Daily Catch

Haloumi salad

Ayia means ‘holy’ in Greek, so take the same reverential approach to your adventure and check out the ancient monastery. This Venetian 16th century wonder has rambling vines, stone courtyard and famous fountain. As the twilight begins to arch over the harbour in a long golden curve, this is the best time of day to scout around the harbour. You can see men hauling in their daily catch as you walk around.

Walking around the harbour, you will work up an appetite. This is when a traditional Ayia Napa speciality really hits the spot – pop into the ‘Acuna’ snack bar for their famous bacon and haloumi sandwiches. Haloumi is a Cypriot cheese made from sheep’s milk that grills wonderfully, with a flaky, fishy texture and smoky flavour. It perfectly complements the bacon and is livened up with slices of cucumber. This balance of salty, smoky, creamy and fresh flavours makes this lunchtime treat the perfect combination of comfort food and local speciality.

Hook into a Seafood Shanty

A spectacular (and affordable) fish supper is never hard to find in Ayia Napa, as the fish comes fresh off the harbour’s boats every day. Locals’ favourite seafood restaurants include: Isaac Taverna, Markos Taverna, Esperia Restaurant, Ocean Basket, Vassos Fish Taverna and Limanaki Taverna.

Get Ready for a Katakylsmos

Seafood Fest

Every summer, Ayia Napa plays host to the Katakylsmos Festival of the Flood. Held during Pentecost (late May to early June), it is a jubilant and exhilarating celebration of life featuring popular local and international artists in performance, dancing, fireworks and street processions. Traditional culture is prominent at the festival – don’t miss the popular competition that sees locals face off with rhyming songs in the Cypriot dialect.

Katakylsmos also showcases mouth-watering and tasty local produce at stalls and shops throughout the village. Grab lunch in the sun-kissed streets as local seafood and organic vegetables are grilled at a stall, right before your eyes.

Cypriot Wine Is Wonderfully Surprising

Wine

While Cypriot wine isn’t often uttered in the same breath as Italian, French or Californian wine, the island boasts a robust local and export industry. Wine lovers will find a wealth of great reds and whites, including fantastic vintages, that have been grown and harvested in the same traditional way since before the birth of Christ.

Ayia Napa has worked hard to shake its legendary reputation as ‘party central’, maturing into a food and wine lovers’ paradise. It’s a magical place that’s much better savoured at a slow and sensual pace.

Author’s Bio: Gemma Stone is a traveller from South Africa who recently returned from a year-long back-packing trip. She is now based in London and writes about finding great budget holidays.

Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Ayia Napa by Glen Bowman/ Halouimi Salad by adactio/ Seafood by cletch/ Wine by quacktaculous

My Favourite Asian Foods

Eating various food and other delicacies is one of the reasons why I love travelling. I get the chance to try the authentic dishes in the places that I go to. My all time favourite foods in Asia though are mostly Thai dishes but apart from it, I also like a few dishes from other countries.

Here are some of my favourite Asian foods:

Khao Piak and Khao Soy- Laos

Khao Piak

I have tried Khao Piak and Khao Soy in various places in Laos but my favourite Khao Piak and Khao Soy were served in Luang Prabang. These a bowl noodles with beef broth, fresh vegetables and strips of beef or pork.

Dumplings – Hong Kong

Dumplings

I love dumplings and nothing compares to the dumplings that can be found in Hong Kong and China. Cheap food stalls in Mongkok are great places to find tasty Chinese dumplings. Luckily there are so many cheap flight to Hong Kong from my home country and it’s not that expensive to go to this city to indulge myself with awesome dumplings.

Masala Dosa – India

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa is a South Indian dish but you could easily find it in various restaurants in different places in India. Masala Dosa is a very thin crepe with spiced potato inside. It usually comes with chutney and some sort of a yoghurt cream.

Char Koay Teow – Malaysia

Char Koay Teow

Char Koay Teow is like Penang’s version of Pad Thai. It’s basically stir fried noodles with egg, vegetables, meat and seafoods. Many people spend their holidays in Malaysia just to enjoy this delicious cuisine. In case you find yourself on the other side of Malaysia (Sabah), a few high end Kota Kinabalu hotels offer a twisted version of Char Koay Teow. This is a must try for the travelers.

Banana Roti – Thailand

Banana Roti

I’m addicted to banana roti, heck I even named this blog after that food. Every time I travel to Bangkok I make sure that I eat this delicious roti on almost a daily basis. It’s basically a soft crepe with banana and condensed milk. You also have an option to add other sweet ingredients such as peanuts and chocolate syrup on top of it.

How about you? What are your favourite Asian foods?

 

Happy Food Tripping!!!

Exotic Meats Mixed BBQ in Siem Reap

I was never adventurous when it comes to eating exotic foods. I was a picky eater when I was younger. But now that I’m travelling, I figured that I might opt to try something new once in a while.

Some restaurants offer exotic meats mixed BBQ in Siem Reap alongside with a variety of local cuisine. One of the item in the menu caught my interest and decided to give it a go.

Exotic Meats Mixed BBQ in Siem Reap

A particular restaurant that I frequently go to offer this exotic meats mixed BBQ which consists of frogs, snake, crocodile and some usual meats such as chicken, pork, beef and some seafood including fish and shrimps only for $5.

I find it pretty reasonable for the price and immediately ordered it and specify that they only put in the exotic meats and shrimps. I skipped the usual meats that I’m used to.

After a few minutes of waiting, our ordered arrived and it looked like any ordinary meat that you’ve seen in any BBQ joint.

BBQ in Siem Reap

I had trouble at first figuring which one was the snake and the crocodile but I finally figured it out by looking at the texture of the meat.

Upon first bite, I noticed that the snake was a bit chewy and the crocodile meat was a bit tougher than chicken meat that I was used to.

The frog meat was definitely very tender and the meat just falls off right the bone.

BBQ in Siem Reap

Everything tasted great though I would still prefer the usual kinds like fish and chicken in the future but I was just glad that I tried something new.

If you’re interested to try it out, there’s quite a handful of restaurants that offer this in Pubstreet.

But if you’re not into exotic meats, you can always try Amok or known as Khmer Curry or Cambodian Curry which would probably my favorite dish here in Cambodia.

Almost all restaurants in Siem Reap offer this dish and I highly recommend that you try Amok with Chicken. The curry is not that much overwhelming and it gives a pleasant taste which in my opinion even compliments the taste of chicken. Go and try this Exotic Meats Mixed BBQ in Siem Reap. This is one of the must things to do in Siem Reap so be sure to try it when you visit this beautiful city.

Amok

Happy Food Tripping!!!