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What Food Should Someone Try if They Visit Your Country? Here’s How People Responded.

When I travel I want to do two things: drink and eat.

Sure, I’ll check out some museums. Yes, I’ll walk the streets for hours on end.

But the highlight is always the food and the drinks, baby!

And these responses gave me some ideas about some future trips.

AskReddit users talked about the food everyone should try from their respective countries.

1. Yum!

“East Africa.

An omelette made of fries, eggs and spices (chips mayai).

Spicy sugarcane juice.”

2. I’ll take all of that.

“Belgium.

Fries, belgian waffles, pralines, beer…”

3. Viva Mexico!

“If you visit Mexico I always recommend mole, chilaquiles, and horchata water to drink.”

4. My mouth is watering.

“Vietnam.

Pho, banh mi (of course).

But also try bun cha if you are in Hanoi.

It is a MUST.”

5. Interesting.

“In Finland we have a breakfast thing called “Plörö”.

You put a coin on the bottom of a coffee mug and pour coffee until the coin is not visible anymore. Then you pour vodka until the coin is visible again.

Best enjoyed with a cigarette.”

6. Germany.

“I love Käsespätzle with Speck and Röstzwiebeln — egg noodles with cheese, bacon and crispy fried onions.”

7. France.

“Tarte flambée, Paris Brest, kouign amann

And of course a proper croissant.”

8. Denmark.

“Flæskesteg sandwich. Just go for it.

These are what I miss most about living in Denmark.

And kanelsnegls.”

9. Poland.

“Honestly the best thing is to stop in a Bar Mleczny (Milk Bar).

Every single one is run by weird clones of 2 old angry ladies, one is short and one is tall. One is fat and one is skinny.

You will pay next to nothing for an enormous plate of food and you’re pretty much guaranteed to love it.”

10. Delicious.

“Shwarma if you go to Syria.

I’ve had Shawarma in many places. Including a couple countries in the Middle East and USA.

Syria’s Shawarma is the absolute best. Too bad most people will probably never get to taste it.”

11. Iceland.

“Try skyr.

It’s like cottage cheese/yogurt.”

12. Holland.

“Two things really, one that probably a lot of people will hate but it’s Soo good.

Raw Atlantic herring with white onion and pickles.

And the other one which everyone will love, stroopwafels!”

13. When in Colombia…

“Colombia: chocolate santafereño, or hot chocolate.

I know what you’re thinking. “What’s so distinctive about plain ol’ hot chocolate?” Or maybe, “[insert dumb Colombia drug joke here],” but let me tell you right now, there is nothing better on a chilly morning in the altiplano than a mug of hot chocolate to fill you with vim and vigor.

What makes our take on hot chocolate so different? Three things:

First, ours has a richer concentration of cacao. The rest of the world takes what is essentially sugar with powdered cocoa and mixes it with milk. Not so in Colombia. Our chocolate actually comes in bricks of pure cacao paste with a tiny bit of panela (unrefined cane sugar) and cinnamon. The result is a beverage that is less cloyingly sweet and more rich and flavorful, with a deep aroma that is at once sweet and nutty.

Second, preparation. This, too, is different in Colombia. Rather than grind our wonderful chocolate into dust, we make it by heating our delicious ingots of dark gold in an olleta, a tall pot that resembles a metallic pitcher, along with milk, cloves and a couple of sticks of cinnamon.

Once the chocolate softens, we take a molinillo, a type of grooved, wooden, mace-like whisk, and beat the mixture with a motion akin to that of prehistoric man making fire. The result is a light, foamy beverage that goes down smooth.

Finally, there’s the cheese. Yes, you read that right, we put cheese in our chocolate! I can see your brow furrowing even now, but rest assured, this is a soft, fresh, unsalted cheese (also known as farmer’s cheese or white cheese) that has a chewy texture, like unsalted mozzarella.

Drop a few pieces in your chocolate while you snack on a pandebono (cornflour sourdough bread) or a pandeyuca (pillowy, savoury manioc bread) and fish then out once they’re soft.

There are many wonderful dishes that make up Colombia’s cuisine. But as someone who doesn’t live there anymore, there’s only one dish I really truly miss, and that’s chocolate santafereño.”

Okay, now it’s your turn!

In the comments, tell us what foods you’d recommend from your country.

Please and thank you!