Fish Dishes You Should Try Next Time You Travel

Some people might be of the opinion that real travelers have great photos and stories, but the truth is real travelers have flavors to share. When you take a journey around the world, even to the most remote of places - everything is different. You’re going to be riding two highs. The first high is the fact you aren’t at home, you have no work, and this is a vacation. The second is the taste of the local food. The fruit is fresher more juicy, the vegetables have a sweet, crisp crunch and the seafood is just sensational.

 Photo by  Brooke Lark  on  Unsplash

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Here are the ten most delicious seafood dishes from around the world. Get ready for your mouth to start watering, and to start booking some plane tickets.

Fish and Chips

This one might seem a little odd after all, food from the UK often gets a bad rap. But real fish and chips are sensational. There are plenty of ‘chippies’ as they affectionately known in the UK, but only a couple should be mentioned here. The BBC Good Food website ranked Colmans Fish & Chips as the number one and with good reason. It has been in the family since 1926 and has real scampi - made with langoustine tails.

Spiced Almond Fish with Fattoush

This Lebanese dish is sweet and fresh. The Almonds, dukkah, and lemons make the dish super sharp, the salmon is rich and creamy and cooks in a snap. Why is this on the list? Well, salmon in Lebanon is something special. If the almonds here aren’t really your thing, then you should consider heading to The Beazbee for breakfast and ordering the Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon.

Seafood Paella

It is probably one of the most well-known seafood dishes in the whole of Europe. More than likely you know someone who has had a bad one too. Well, here is a knowledge bomb for you, seafood paella isn’t really all that Spanish, and it’s not usually just seafood either. The original dish is called paella Valenciana and is meat and rice. However, that doesn’t mean the meal isn’t delicious. You're going to be looking for paella de marisco, which will be mussels and prawns. Words to look out for:

  • Seco - which means dry, and is traditional

  • Caldoso - meaning soupy

  • Meloso - means sticky

  • Cremoso - for creamy

and if you fancy a treat, check out El Llagut in Tarragona for the sticky, octopus rice.

Penang Asam Laksa

A Malaysian fish broth. It is both spicy and sour. Traditionally you'll find Mackerel as the broth base.  This big bowl will then be filled with onions, cucumbers, prawn paste, ginger flower, pineapples, rice noodles, mint and more. The flavor combinations will vary by restaurant and location. For obvious reasons, it is one of the most popular dishes on the Malaysian Island of Penang.

Thai Fish Cakes

Much like the name suggests, these small round patties are a sweet little treat indeed. These Tod Mun Pla are sweet and spicy and have a gentle rubbery texture. Served with a seafood sauce and a chili side salad they make the perfect starter.  These are reasonably easy to make yourself, so if you won't be heading to Thailand any time soon, and therefore not getting to enjoy this delicacy in White Orchid, Kamala, then fear not.

North American Seafood Chowder

According to the internet, the best seafood chowder you are likely to come across is at The Black Pearl, Newport, New England. Built in  1920 out of an old ship, The Black Pearl has a nautical theme. And, while that is pleasing, it's not the reason people are lined up waiting for a seat. You can enjoy a cup of the chowder outside, at the Waterside Patio, or in fancier Commodore's Room.

Seafood Gnocchi and Curry

The Cayman Islands are still serving up some of the tastiest and most traditional seafood dishes around.  There are other local delicacies you might like to try like Mahi-Mahi, Snapper, Swordfish and the local tuna. In fact, you're probably going to need to check the cost for rental on a place for a few days just to try some of these dishes. The mix of fresh locally caught fish and local spices make this dish something you should be adding to your bucket list.

Yellow Fish Curry

There is a varied selection of tasty grub in India, aside from their curry dishes, you can find great flatbreads, lentils, chutneys, cheeses, exotic fruits, and extraordinary sweets. Most inhabitants of India don't consume a mass amount of meat or fish, so when they do, it's cooked to perfection. Delhi Belly, unfortunately, is no joke so you will have to be careful where you eat and come packing charcoal tablets and probiotics. If you want to taste the best that India has to offer, head to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. It is one of the most beautiful and important Sikh temples in India. Take your shoes off and take some culture in. There will be food, good people, religious music and most of all peace.

Fish Tacos

It isn't news that the Mexican food we are used to, and the food you will actually eat in Mexico are worlds apart. They're not better or worse, just not the real deal. The winner of best fish taco in Mexico is up for contention. While Happy Fish is tauted as the best place to be, just around the corner is a cheaper competitor open on a Sunday too - Mariscos Fily. Ideally, you'll head to both and try it all for yourself - it's the only way to know for sure!

Prawn and Chive Dumplings

This little Chinese dish is possibly one of the happiest fish dishes around. Little balls of tasty joy. You'll see these on the menu at any Chinese, and in fact, they are a snap to make yourself too. Often referred to as potstickers many different cultures have them. They are packed with flavor and perfect for a light bit of a starter. The street food in China is phenomenal, so you are likely to find somewhere that makes these close to where you are staying.