Back home in England, if mum or dad served something other than western-style food I would be like, “NO THANKS!”. But now, after 7 months of travelling and very limited western food available, I have begun to like some local dishes a lot more than normal English Food! I have grown into a little food monster and will now try practically anything that I’m given; sometimes even a little spice! Now I’m going to walk you through our trip and show you the stages of me trying new things.
In Geraldine, New Zealand I tried deer meat (venison) as we stayed on a farm where the person who owned it had a speciality in farming deer. In Kaikoura, we also tried the award-winning 2nd best fish and chips in all of New Zealand. These were good, but not quite as good as the one’s I ate on the beach in Torquay with my grandad! I also tried the local flavor of cheerios in New Zealand, but nothing else really new.
I tried more things here than I imagined I would! I tried my great Auntie Yanie’s special stir-fry dish, which was Indonesian as that is where she’s from. At the time I thought it was ‘ok’, but I think I would like it much better now compared to just 4 weeks into the trip. She also made home-made prawn crackers with sweet chilli dip, which Rosie really liked!
I also ate sword fish on our New Year’s Day BBQ, which just tasted like normal fish really. But the thing I liked the most was MANGO!!!!!! My great uncle Mike showed me how to cut it and eat it properly, and from then on it’s been my favourite fruit! I had never tried it before we left England.
In Thailand everything is spicy unless you ask them not to include spice in your food (but it still tastes spicy anyway). If you’ve just travelled from Aussie, it doesn’t give a kid a very good first impression of local food! Luckily, we managed to find enough places to keep Rosie and I going, but we were forced to occasionally eat something not in our comfort zone- we hated it! I’m hoping I will feel differently when we travel back to Thailand in July.
In Malaysia I tried an Indian dish called Tandoori Chicken, which is marinated chicken, served on a big dish with 2 spaces for sauces and 1 huge space for Nan bread that can be plain, buttered or filled with melted cheese. I had the cheese Naan. The chicken can be really spicy (this is what mum and dad always had) or mild, which is what Rosie and I loved. With this meal I had a mango lassi, which is a sort of yogurt drink with pieces of fruit all blended up together. It’s delicious and one of my favourite drinks now.
Here I tried loads of new dishes and found my favorite meal of all time! The first new thing I tried was fried spring rolls. This is basically a load of veggies and meat all wrapped up in a kind of pastry, which is then all fried until the pastry becomes crispy. You eat it as a starter and it’s one of the best!
Cap Cay (pronounced chap chi), is another amazing dish. No spice, just lots of green veg. You serve this with the most amazing dish of all time, NASI GORENG! In Indonesian language, ‘Nasi’ means rice and ‘Goreng’ means fried; so ‘Nasi Goreng’ is Fried Rice. The dish is served with all the cap cay veggies and normally there is a fried egg on top. It also goes well with ‘Bistik Babi’, which is a fried piece of pork covered with bread crumbs and topped with a sweet and sour sauce! Mmmm 🙂
Here in Vietnam I have tried fresh spring rolls, which are like fried spring rolls just not fried. The most special dish here that has really taken my liking is something called Pho (pronounced ‘Fur’). It is a noodle soup broth, with beef, which you also add fresh veg and herbs to, like mint, beansprouts, Chinese cabbage.
So far these have been all the main new things I’ve tried and I know for a fact there be lots more coming!