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Where in the world can you go and not find appetizers on a restaurant menu, being sold on the street, or in the local market? Welcome to week 285 (7/7/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. Enjoy this tour of some of my favorite appetizers from around the world.
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Moo Ping from Thailand
I love love this stuff! I discovered it a few years ago when I was wintering in Chiang Mai, and I ate it almost every day. One of these days I am going to make my own so that I don’t have to be in Thailand to enjoy these delectable little morsels of grilled pork goodness!
Tod Man Pla (Thai fish cakes)
Here’s another Thai appetizer that is almost impossible to pass up. This one is probably quite a bit more fattening than the moo ping, which is grilled, while these are fried in oil. Difficult to do, but a tad of self-control is probably in order. I don’t eat this everyday when I’m in Thailand but succumb to the temptation now and again.
Portuguese Grilled Sardines
Before my stay in Portugal this past winter, the only sardine I had ever tasted was from a can. I am not a fan of the tinned variety! Being in a country where freshly caught sardines are often on the menu, how could I resist? What a treat! I cannot wait to get back to Portugal to indulge again. These are very high on my list of favorite appetizers.
Pie Tee from Malaysia
I learned to make these at Pearly’s cooking school in Penang, and they are an impressive appetizer. I’ve never made them again because I seldom deep fry at home, but should I ever get back to Penang I will be on the look out for them!
Gyeran Mari from Korea
You will not find appetizers on a menu in a Korean restaurant! Here, they are known as banchan, and they come as part of the meal. Gyeran Mari is one of my favorites. Discover more about this delicious appetizer here (including a recipe).
Olives in Spain and Portugal
Restaurants in both countries serve up an appetizer of olives without you even asking. Be careful, they aren’t free. If you decide to eat them, they’re added to your bill. But, can you resist?
These beauties were served up in a bar in Seville, Spain. Trust me on this, once you eat a locally cured olive, you will be spoiled for life. Canned or bottled olives, meh!
Time to stop! I want to rush to the airport right now and start an around the world appetizer tour. You may have noticed I don’t have any Canadian appetizers on show. Shame on me! I went through my Canadian photos and cannot find one shot of anything that even resembles an appetizer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to rectify that [email protected]
Do you have any favorite appetizers from somewhere in the world? Share it in the comments, please!
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Shared with Weekend Travel Inspriation on November 6, 2016.