The enticing garnish and the enchanting aroma tingling your senses to increase your hunger, tempting you for more; common to all and yet so different everywhere - food is what it's all about. The awesomeness of travel lies in exploring exotic dishes which one can't forget in his lifetime.
How can one talk of unique and exotic dishes without mentioning the twenty first century Willy Wonka, Heston Blumenthal? From lickable wallpapers to Melt my Heart with Aphrodite's Oyster, the three Michelin starred Heston creates an entirely mind-blowing range of dishes.
Let’s check out some of the quirkiest food items from his corner and across the globe for that foodie inside you!
1. Mock Turtle Soup
Ever desired of attending the “Mad Hatter Tea”? Well, minus the rude remarks and the unanswerable riddles - a plate filled with braised pork cheek, covered with truffle and lardo, a mock turtle egg, and a few bits of cooked truffle will then surely do the job for you. And further presented with your very own “golden watch”, which is in fact the mock turtle soup (beef stock), covered in gold leaf - this is definitely Mad Hatter Tea Party recreated!
2. Hot and Iced Tea Another of the more playful courses is the Hot and Iced Tea where the cup contains two different teas, one being warm, the other cold. Often served as a Christmas treat, it is an incredible double-take moment, with one half of your tongue tasting hot tea and the other half iced. It’s unexpected, astonishing and brilliant fun. Talk about twin sensations on your tongue! And the best thing about this - you can prepare this at your home using a spatula divider, cider, and agar powder.
3. Liquid Nitrogen scrambled Ice cream Read that on the menu? I bet you can't restrain yourself from ordering it. For those who love bacon, just any dish which contains bacon is enough, but when this dish consists of a toasted brioche loaf covered with frozen bacon and liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream made from reindeer milk, the experience is simply out of the world! For the tastebuds in your eyes, add caramelized brioche, which looks like toast, a tomato and red pepper paste that looks like jam, and to wash it down, jellied tea and you’re done for the day.
4. Meat Fruit
Imagine a small Mandarin orange, one bite into it and you would realize your taste buds deceiving your expectations as your little orange turns out to be nothing but the famous Meat fruit! It consists of a tangy layer of Mandarin orange jelly encasing a delicate silken Chicken liver and foie gras parfait. The dish has gained a lot of attention in Europe, and is popularly chosen as the favorite starter by a lot of people - make sure you taste this one whenever you spot it on the menu!
Now let’s move on to some, ah, rather unconventional dishes relished by people in various parts of the world.
5. Wasp Crackers
Skinny and mean, the hardworking wasps are a role model to many, especially the East Asians. Creating quite a buzz around the global food market recently, the Japanese food item of wasp crackers is exactly what it sounds like. The wasps are boiled, dried and then simply mixed into a dough or batter of crackers. Imagine chocolate chip cookies but instead of replace the chocolate chips with wasps!
6. Black Ivory Coffee One of the rarest delicacies, this coffee will give you a memorable and adventurous experience. Its unparalleled taste is an outcome of an incessant passion of Thai people, and literally - of elephant poop! It is prepared from Thai Arabica beans selected from altitudes as high as 1500 meters, which are consumed and then deposited by elephants. The enzymes of elephant helps reduce the bitterness of coffee beans a making it the most exotic and expensive coffee of the world.
7.Mexican Chocolate “Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.” Quetzalcoatl’s gift of cacao beans has been exploited, refined and experimented with by mankind to sate their cravings - and all for the better, as everyone would agree. If hot chocolate is on offer at a traditional Mexican eatery, or in a local's home. accept it with pleasure and be prepared for a unique and soul-warming experience. Although many people associate chocolate with sweetness today, the original Mexican chocolate was actually rather sour and intense! It is prepared with an assortment of spices for a very distinctive and rich flavor and tends to be rather granular in texture, with a creamy finish from the cocoa butter, that leaves you wanting for more.
Good food has brought people from all walks of life together and has been the ingredient for some ravishing memories. A relishable meal is a gateway to the heart of a foodie and a getaway from the monotonous life. And talking about getaways, a trip around the globe for mind-blowing food items can never be complete without a stop-over in India, and in particular, in the City of Dreams, Mumbai :)
Sweat-inducing Konkani food, Maharashtrian meals to tickle all your taste-buds and a wild melange of snacks and street-food - Vada Pav, Misal Pav and an assortment of different chaats - Mumbai food fills the heart of the foodie inside you! On the same lines - this year, we at Mood Indigo welcome you to savour all the Mumbaiya delicacies and other famous cuisines from the world in “Bombay Chowpatty” and the “Bombay Bazaar”!