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5 Unique and Memorable Food Experiences You Must Try at Least Once

5 Unique and Memorable Food Experiences You Must Try at Least Once

There is nothing better than traveling around the world if you are a food aficionado who loves to experiment with your palette. For many, both experiencing new local cuisine in different parts of the world go hand in hand with traveling. Nowadays, every part of the world is much more easily accessible than ever before. This makes it easier to reach the parts of the world for food experiences that were once remote and hard to reach.

The simplicity of the accessibility to these remote places makes their cuisine become straightforward to find. Every part of the world has its unique food flavors and cuisines that you can not find at any other place in the world. Hence, you must make the most of the opportunity to discover and savor the exotic cuisines from the corners of the world whenever you are traveling.

As we grow older, our perception of the world changes, and our experience of the various tastes in food also changes with time according to Japanese scientists. We lose the sharpness of taste as we get older and this broadens our horizons of the ingredients that we tend to consume. However, you may consider traveling and tasting the unique dishes around the world while your taste buds are still at the peak of their prowess.

While travel experiences are getting increasingly commercial with the passing day, it is worth remembering to take in the experiences slowly to get the proper experience. Here is the list of the 5 unique and memorable food experiences that you must try at least once in your lifetime.

1. Sushi In Japan

sushi food experience in Japan

Sushi is always one of the legendary foods of the Japanese that is becoming incredibly popular everywhere in the world. There is no country better than its birthplace Japan for tasting the best sushi. Indeed, Japan has hundreds of thousands of sushi restaurants from fine dining restaurants and street-side eateries. Tasting the best sushi must be one of the things at the top of your bucket list when traveling to Japan.

Sushi restaurants are typically small establishments that provide a genuine and authentic Japanese culinary experience. Coming to a sushi restaurant, remember to be respectful of the chef, avoid taking pictures without asking first, and avoid asking too many questions to the chef while visiting an authentic sushi restaurant.

2. Danish Smorrebrod In Denmark

Danish smorrebrod, Smørrebrød, in Denmark

Smorrebrod, or Smørrebrød actually, is similar to an open-face sandwich, and the base is a heart slice of the famous Danish Rugbrod with alternate layers of aesthetically pleasing toppings. The primary ingredient is typically fish fillet, boiled sliced potatoes, pork, liver, pickled beets, or sliced fish balls.

It has a thick sauce such as mayonnaise or remoulade, both of which are staples in Danish cuisine. The garnishes for the toppings stretch from bell pepper slices and thin lemon to shrimp, tomatoes, caramelized onions, fish eggs, asparagus, or green onion. It would help if you considered pairing it with a glass of Macallan to unravel the flavors.

How you consume the Danish Smorrebrod tends to change with the location, and eating with your bare hands is a favorite method. A single meal of Smorrebrod typically consists of 3 to 6 different pieces of it in varying fresh and rich flavors and depth depending on the type of Smorrebrod you select to combine.

3. Raw Cacao And Pure Dark Chocolate

Raw Cacao And Pure Dark Chocolate, one of the world best food experiences

Surprise!? Yes, this is definitely one of the food experiences you should miss. In fact, chocolate is among the favorite things for everyone in the world, and they have incredible properties that are highly beneficial for your health. You may feel that you are missing out on milk chocolate if you are on a plant-based diet. However, there is another way to satiate your chocolate fix. Dark chocolates are even more beneficial to your health than milk chocolate, and once you get familiar with the bitter taste, it is just as good as milk chocolate.

You can get the best varieties of pure dark chocolate from countries such as Guatemala, Madagascar, and Ecuador. You can even try eating a raw cacao fruit instead of the dark chocolate for a different experience of taste that does not taste anything like dark chocolate. The cacao fruit is white and you can eat it straight out of the pod for a mesmerizing tangy and sweet flavor.

4. Dim Sum In Hong Kong

Dimsum in Hong Kong

Dim Sum is a traditional Cantonese dish that is native to Hong Kong and Guangdong in South China and the word Dim Sum translates to ‘Touch The Heart in Cantonese. The preparation and serving of this delicacy are in bite-sized individual pieces that are meant for sharing among a group. Dim Sum has deep historical roots that connect with the tea-drinking tradition or Yum Cha.

The origin of the food is from the numerous tea houses along the silk road for weary travelers and merchants hundreds of years ago. Traditionally, it is not good to combine tea-drinking with food as it leads to weight gain. When the digestive properties of tea start to gain traction, small bite-sized snacks start to accompany tea in tea stalls leading to the origin of the Dim Sum.

5. Bouillabaisse In Marseille

French Bouillabaisse In Marseille, a typical food experience

Ok, you may think of many different soups in the world that should be on this list. Nonetheless, here’s why Bouillabaisse is in this list of unique and memorable food experiences.

Bouillabaisse is a seafood soup with the freshest seafood that tends to resemble a stew due to its consistency. It generally contains 3 types of octopus, fish, lobster, clams, crab, and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, and leaks. The seasoning is a blend of Saffron and Garni, along with a thick and spicy rouille sauce. The bouillabaisse is varying every day because it uses the freshest catch of the day as the ingredients for making the dish.


There are plenty of aspirations and goals we set for ourselves in our lives, such as raising a family, enjoying a successful career, making plenty of money, and much more. However, it is the fine things of life, such as delicious and unique foodstuffs, that we will remember till the end of our lives. It is easy to be stuck in the fast pace of the modern lifestyle, and so you need to continually remind yourself of the importance of eating the best food you can find.

You can learn a lot about the culture and values of a country and its people by having a taste of the local cuisine. Be sure to communicate with the local people when you travel to find the hidden gems of exotic and heart-melting food. According to TripAdvisor, there is an incredible rise of 61 percent every year on travel bookings for food tours. It is also interesting to note that 9 out of the ten most popular food travel destinations are in Europe.

Harold Camaya, The Broad Life's contributor

Harold Camaya
Harold Camaya is a blogger who loves to write especially in the Travel vertical. He continues to diversify his skills with changing trends and technologies. On his off days, he likes to spend his time at the nearest animal shelter, lift weights or be nose deep in a novel.


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  • Christine Weis

    Mmm, yes! I love sushi and I would love to try raw cocoa and dark chocolate. There’s no better pace to experience such foods than in their native countries. I can’t wait to be able to travel again to experience this.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah, trying the local cuisine at different places is the best part of traveling.
      Btw, I love sushi too! 🙂

  • Meki (Redefining Us)

    One of the main reasons why I want to cross the world is to get my hands on good coffee and good chocolate. You tempted me with that raw cacao!! Yum. We have a load of unique food stuff here in the Philippines too. Ever tried ‘balut’?

    • Khoi Nguyen

      In Vietnam, we have ‘balut’ too. Honestly, I eat that about twice/week haha.
      Do you know that Vietnam is well-known with coffee, and Marou chocolate? Perhaps you should visit Vietnam after the pandemic 😉

  • Meki (Redefining Us)

    Have been dreaming of crossing the world to get my hands on good coffee and good chocolate – and you just tempted me with that raw cacao! Haha! 🙂 Our country also has a pretty unique food find — have you tried ‘balut’?

  • jenschreiner

    I would absolutely love to have sushi in Japan. We love it here in the US and curious to taste a difference. I am looking forward to traveling again someday.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Sushi in Japan is a whole new thing comparing to other places in the world. You will have a very different experience in Japan.

  • Colleen

    I love this! I travel a lot, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that authentic food in its authentic country is the best!

  • Bright snow Loveland

    What a great experience you had. I love chocolate, and seeing Raw Cacao And Pure Dark Chocolate, I just feel like trying it. Thanks for sharing

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah me too! We share the same love of chocolate and raw cacao haha

  • Matt Taylor

    I would love to try all of those authentic foods, in those actual locations. All of those places are on my bucket list already. Can’t wait to go!

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I’m glad that you like my suggested list of unique food experiences!

  • Nicole Anderson

    When I spent some time living in Japan, I certainly picked up a great appreciation for sushi and Japanese cuisine in general. There are just so many different options to enjoy there. Bouillabaisse is also a dish I have enjoyed many times, with many differing variations but all of them nice. Exploring different cuisines has to be a major part of enjoying the overall travel experience.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      It would be great when living in Japan. I also wish to live their a longer time than just traveling in a few days.
      Please share your experiences with the foods if possible!
      Thank you a lot for your comment also!

  • Marie

    You did a great job of featuring such a wide variety of food types. I would be getting into the chocolate!!!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    The reason why I love travelling is to try out different dishes from several countries. I’ve tried raw cacao before and I would really love to try sushi in Japan.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Yeah trying the cuisine of a particular country is always the greatest part of traveling!

  • Nkem

    I’d agree that it’s beat to try these experiences authenticall I’ve tried some of them and it’s pretty cool. Like, I live sushi, but better to try it in the land of origin.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      I agree with you. Trying food at their origin country is always a better experience than elsewhere.

  • Steven Morrissette

    I would try them all but definitely the sushi in Japan because sushi is my favorite meal.

  • The JOYOUS Living | entertainment blogger (@thejoyousliving)

    wow. i just learned something. i had no idea you couldn’t take pictures of your sushi without asking permission. i love sushi and always am taking pics as a blogger.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Some of the original sushi restaurants in Japan have their own rules for consumers. Evenly, the price may be higher if you sit to enjoy the meal than standing.

  • WritesandBlogs

    I have tasted 1, 3 and 4 not the others. Have to check out. Good Information. Would be looking forward for more unique posts.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Glad that you like the post, and hope that you enjoy reading my blog!

  • emmandamian

    I love the authentic sushi in Japan. I have been to Japan four times and I keep on coming back!

  • Rose A (@mail4rosey)

    I didn’t know mayo was a staple in Danish culture. I think sushi in Japan would be awesome.

  • Shannon

    What a great piece! Having sushi in Japan would be a dream come true!

  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael

    Nnnniiiicccceeeee….I must try out “Danish Smorrebrod”. I love the sound of it. Fish is a very good friend of mine.

  • katrina Kroeplin

    i love trying new foods. love me some sushi. these sound amazing.

    • Khoi Nguyen

      Great choice! Sushi is popular as one of the best foods in the world that everyone would love to enjoy.

  • jupiterhadley

    Gotta love dim sum! Would love to try some in Hong Kong!

  • Lily

    Raw cacao is my absolutely favorite now. I love mixing it in my yogurt.

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