Five Dishes From Around the World You Should Try With Culture Trip

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Gethin Morgan

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All of our trips give you the chance to sample cuisines from around the world, be it hearty national dishes, street food staples or ancient recipes. We’ve flicked through the menu for you to pick out the five must-try meals you should try on your travels with Culture Trip.

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A person adding accompaniments to a bowl of bibimbap, with julienne vegetables, rice and an egg yolk

Bibimbap, South Korea

We’re gonna go out on a limb and say that this Korean staple is the most aesthetically pleasing dish on the planet. ‘Bap’ is cooked rice, and that’s the centrepiece of the dish. The bowl is then embellished with seasonal vegetables (sauteed), gochujang chilli paste, sliced meat and an egg. That’s when we get to the ‘Bibim’, which means mixing, so while the dish comes out all pretty and perfectly placed, your job is to mush it all together into one big delicious combination of punchy, fresh flavour. Variations of the dish date as far back as 1590 and in the centuries since Bibimbap has established itself as one of the most iconic meals in South Korean cuisine. You will find tasty variations of it all over the country but, on our Soulful South Korea trip, you’ll get to sample it in the city it was first invented, Jeonju.

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Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea

DURATION

10

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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Person cutting into khachapuri cheese bread in Georgia

Khachapuri, Georgia

Cheese and bread. It’s a combination that hasn’t failed us for centuries, a perfect example of the delicious creations that have spawned from basic, working class cooking practices from an age when you made-do with the ingredients you had. Most countries have some kind of variation of the bread-cheese combo – pizza, enchiladas, the humble cheese toasty – but few countries have hit the sweet spot quite like Georgia, who mastered the art with khachapuri sometime in the 12th century (probably). Since then it has embedded itself deeply into the heart of Georgian culture, so much so that the khachapuri index is used as a measure of domestic inflation – as if making it the national dish wasn’t enough. We’ll take you for an incredible khachapuri on the first full day of our Georgia and the Caucasus itinerary. We suspect that won’t be your last across the nine-day getaway…

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Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tbilisi, Georgia

DURATION

9

GROUP SIZE

16

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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The famous traditional dish of the Azores is Cozido das Furnas

Cozido stew, Azores

A cozido is a classic hearty stew eaten in Spain, Portugal and Brazil, combining a multitude of regional vegetables (beans, potatoes, cabbage carrots, turnips etc) with a meat (chicken, pork, bacon, beef) in one big boiled batch. It’s food for the soul and worth a try whenever in Portugal, but in the Azores it’s worth sampling not just for the dish itself, but also how it’s made. There’s a technique on São Miguel Island which takes advantage of the archipelago’s rich geothermal powers to cook the stew underground, using only the natural heat and steam coming from the volcanic landscape. That’s exactly the kind of cozido stew you’ll tuck into on day five of our Atlantic Azores adventure. The stew will be bubbling away for six hours underground as we hike around the Furnas crater lake. We’ll mark our return in the classic Azorean way with a reinvigorating bowl of geothermal cozido.

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

DURATION

6

GROUP SIZE

8

PHYSICAL RATING

Moderate

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STYLE

Discovery

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