Spiciness. Love it or hate it, this flavor is sure to add a little zing to your meals. From herbs, spices and, of course, chilis, a myriad of different flavors pepper your tongue and make you want to wash it down with a cool drink. While spiciness can be an acquired taste, there’s no doubt that it is sure to excite and entice adventurous foodies out there.
Here’s a list of some of the piquant dishes around the world:
Kimchi is a staple food of almost every meal in Korea. This dish consists of vegetables, often cabbages, marinated in a jar full of chili pepper flakes, brine, scallions, different spices and ginger and buried underground to keep it cool during summer and then unfrozen when it is recovered during twinter. Definitely one of the more well known of Korean dishes, it has the spiciness and flavor that goes well with a variety of other foods like meat or rice.
Ma Po Tofu: China, Sichuan
This popular dish from Sichuan is tofu steeped in a spicy chili and bean-based sauce, an often paper-thin, oily and bright red suspension, which is sometimes prepared with fermented black beans called douchi and minced meat. It has such a distinct flavor and a “mouth-numbing” spiciness that people there love so much. There are multiple variations to this dish as well, some made to appeal to vegetarians by excluding meat and adding water chestnuts, onions, other vegetables, or wood ear fungus.
This soup dish popular in Malaysia mixes Chinese and Malay cuisines in one delicious, spicy meal that really fills you up while sparking a fire in your tongue. Laksa consists of rice noodles/vermicelli mixed chicken or seafood (prawn or fish) served in a spicy soup that has a base of rich curry coconut milk or sour asam (tamarind).
Bicol Express: Philippines
The Bicol region in the Philippines is well known for its spicy dishes. One dish that holds its name is Bicol Express, a popular Filipino dish made with chilies, coconut milk, shrimp paste, onion, pork and garlic. The dish is named after a passenger train service from Manila to Bicol.
Indian Curry: India
Each type of curry is different and delicious in its own unique way, but the original Indian curry is where it all started. This dish hails from the aforementioned India and is another well-known food that is packed with flavor and a spiciness that dances in the mouth.
If you’re a big fan of spicy meals, look into visiting all of these amazing countries to get a taste of the authentic flavors complete with native spices and ingredients. You’ll be able to enjoy fun travels and tongue-scalding meals.
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