Lonely Planet'ten, gidilen yerlerdeki en iyi 10 yemek - Lonely Planet's top 10 destination meals

09/20/2010 12:39:03

Eating can be the best part of travelling. To get youinspired, here are some of the world's most mouth-wateringiconicnational dishes.

1. Tapas in Barcelona, Spain

Patatas bravas (potatoes in aspicytomato sauce), calamares fritos (friedsquid), boquerones (anchovy), croquetas de jamón (ham croquettes), chorizo (pork sausage), pimientos asados (roasted peppers), albóndigas (meatballs) and berenjenas gratinadas (cheese-bakedaubergine) are just some mouth-watering examples of the Spanishsnacksknown as tapas. ThevivaciousCatalonian capital of Barcelonaexcels inin the creation of tapas,particularlyalong La Rambla late in the evening when residents and touristsalikeslowlygrazetheir way south from Plaça de Catalunya. Leave thecutleryon the table andclaimthe tapas with atoothpickor your fingers.

2. Doner kebab in Istanbul, Turkey

Thetraditionaldoner kebabconsists ofa plate of grilledmuttonon a bed ofbutteredrice, and many of Turkey's restaurants still serve it thisway.Far moreprominentnowadays, though, is its fast-food cousin, which takes the form of a pita-bread sandwichcontainingmarinated meat that has beenslicedfrom a rotatingspitandbundledtogether with salad and a yoghurt-based sauce. It isde rigueurin Istanbul to equip yourself with aweightydoner and thenwanderaround Sultanahmet or along the Bosphorus whilecasuallywiping sauce andstraystrandoflettucefrom your chin.

3. Pasta in Naples, Italy

Food historians stilldebatewhether Marco Polo introduced pasta to Italy byimportingit from China in the 13th Century, or whether the Etruscans had alreadyembracedit long beforehand. But it is generally agreed that by the 18th Century, Naples had turned the mixing of flour and water into abona fideindustry and was the world's pasta capital. As anencore, Naples also arranged a blind date between pasta and squashed tomatoes, and romanceblossomed. So the next time you are wandering thecrumblingstreets of Naples' historic centre, make a forbeelinethe nearesttrattoriaandtuck intosome authentic pasta napolitana.

4.Steameddumplingsin Shanghai, China

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Shanghai dumplings have to be tasted to be believed. The Chinese call them xiǎolóngbaō, and they are one of the items most fought over duringdim-sumfeasts. These deliciousmorselsseem like ordinarydoughballs until you discover that they are filled with a hot broth flavoured withgroundpork,crabmeat or vegetables. This little surprise is achieved by filling the dumplings with a hardened gelatin that liquefies when the bun is steamed. To avoidscaldingyourgumswith hot soup, do notcrunchthe dumpling between your teeth but insteadnibbleit until the liquidseepsout.

5. Feijoada in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tastebudsstage their own Carnaval in honour of Brazil's national lunch, feijoada, a dark and spicystewbuilt upon a foundation of black beans and pork. Be aware that the feijoada prepared formassconsumptionin Rio's restaurants usually just containspared-down pieces of pig flesh, but it may also contain less familiarporcinetreats such as ears, tongues and those cute curly tails. Also note that thisheartyrecipe is a challenge for any stomach to digest, so plan on hitting a couch rather than the waters off Ipanema after eating it.

6. Gumbo in New Orleans, US

Scoopout a steaming pot of gumbo is as central to life in New Orleans as listening to jazz, zydeco or swamp blues, orchampingon those sugary pastries called beignets. This Louisiana favourite is essentially aheartybrothof seafood orsmokedmeats,thickenedwith or aokraflour-and-fat mixture called roux, which is thensplashedover a mountain of rice. But New Orleans serves up countless variations of the basic gumbo recipe, from classic Creole style topungentCajun. TheBig Easyhas not had it so easy in recent times, but at least it is home to one of the world's great comfort foods.

7. Couscous in Casablanca, Morocco

The minute you arrive in Casablanca,make straightfor Boulevard de la Corniche down on the waterfront, pick anappealingcafe or restaurant and order a cup of mint tea and a plate of Morocco'sstaplefood,couscous. The couscous grain is made from semolina (grounddurum wheat) and is ideally prepared by being repeatedly steamed in a special pot called a couscoussier. It is then topped with a spicystewcontaining either vegetables or a mixture of veggies and meat such as chicken, lamb and fish. Eat it again, Sam.

8. Nasi Goreng in Penang, Malaysia

Visitors to Malaysiainevitablyfind themselves ordering the delightfully simple nasi goreng.Literallymeaning "fried rice" and also enjoyed across Indonesia and Singapore, this dish is prepared bystir-fryingrice with chicken or seafood, vegetables, eggs and a sweetish soy sauce. Nasi goreng is available practically anywhere in Malaysia that serves food but is best sampled within the wonderfully crowdedhawkercentres thatdotthe island of Penang. ThediverseMalay, Chinese, Indian and Baba-Nonya cooking stylesconspireto give an otherwisehumbledish some special flavours.

9. Curry in Mumbai, India

Curries are a Pan-Asianphenomenon, being cooked almost everywhere between the Punjab and Japan. But the birthplace of curry is India, and you have not really tasted one until you have come to Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra and delighted your palate with one of the localconcoctions. A Mumbai curry typically contains seafood and coconut blended with a masala (mixture of spices). Standard spices includeturmeric,coriander,gingerand red chilli.

10. Hot dog in New York City, US

So what if NYC has one of the greatest varieties of dining options in the world? Everyone knows the only truly meaningful foodie ritual here is toheadto a busy inner-cityintersection, find ashabbymetalcarttopped by a colourful umbrella, and order a dog with ketchup,mustard, onions and eithersauerkraut,relishor chilli sauce. For a bit more of a challenge, head to Nathan's on Coney Island on 4 July and enter the famous hot-dog-eating contest; the record is 53.5 dogs in 12 minutes.


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