Everyone loves to eat out every once in a while. There’s nothing quite like getting on some nice clothes and heading out of the door for a meal. The advantages are enormous. You don’t have to work up a sweat in the kitchen. You don’t have to listen out for the phone or the doorbell. Best of all, you don’t have to deal with the washing up afterwards! The average Brit spends £43,000 on eating out over the course of their lifetime. That’s astonishing!
For all that money, you’d hope that we’re getting some great experiences. Of course, that’s not the case. It’s often true that people just return to places that they’ve enjoyed in the past. “We had a good meal there last time; let’s go again.” Does that sound familiar to you? I’m sure it does. We’re cautious when it comes to dining out. Nobody wants a bad experience, so they stick with what they know. You eat the same meals over and over. You drink the same drinks. You even give the same waiter the same tip.
The phrase “better the devil you know” may be true for Kylie, but it shouldn’t apply to eating out. We should all be on the lookout for new and exciting restaurants. If you love food, you should enjoy trying new experiences. There’s no fun in revisiting the same Chinese restaurant or eating the same pizza. There are all sorts of cool foreign cuisines out there just waiting for you.
When I went on holiday to Amsterdam, I tried looking for traditional Dutch food. I didn’t find much of it, aside from a curious amount of waffles. What I did see was a large number of Indonesian restaurants. You might not know much about Indonesian cuisine – I didn’t either. It’s popular among seasoned travellers. It could be a fantastic area for you to explore. We’d recommend some of their best dishes, like bakso. It’s a meatball noodle soup that street vendors sell. Students love it, and we think you’ll love it too. You can also try ayam goreng, an Indonesian fried chicken dish.
The Middle East is also a hotbed of culinary experimentation. You could check out the best Lebanese restaurant in London for authentic dishes direct from Beirut. The rest of the region also has great culinary hallmarks. One of our favourites is tabouleh, an amazing vegetable salad dish. We also love umm ali, an Egyptian bread pudding.
Last of all, you should take a look at Taiwanese food for a taste sensation. A Taiwanese oyster omelette is one of the best in the world. Bubble tea is a quirky and interesting drink choice. Milkfish is a great meal for anyone on a budget, and you can wash it down with a slice of pineapple cake.
The world is full of exciting cultures and countries with their unique brand of cooking. We think these places are way better than staying on your doorstep. You won’t regret taking a walk down an unfamiliar culinary road.