Spice World: 10 Top Countries for Curry

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One of the greatest joys of travelling is trying different types of food. Every part of the world has its own unique cuisine, but curry features prominently for many different countries.

If you love curry, there are plenty of places in the world to enjoy it. Read on to discover the ten best places to eat curry in the world along with popular local attractions to feast your eyes on…

1. Britain

Curry came to Britain through its colonial ties with India. The dish has been a mainstay of British cuisine for decades. London and Birmingham are the best places to experience curry here, and you can take your pick from hundreds of curry houses. Popular recipes include vindaloo, biryani, korma and sambar.

In between curry samplings in London, enjoy some of the city’s attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus and the Tower of London.

2. Thailand

One of the most commonly available curries in Thailand is massaman. Thai curry is characterised by meat, fish and vegetables in sauces created using spicy pastes.

To experience many different flavours, be sure to visit Phuket. Affordable flights to Phuket are easy to find and there’s a lot to see and do in this intriguing city. Don’t miss the Phuket Aquarium or the Chalong Temple.

3. Japan

The most popular curry type in Japan, kare raisu, consists of curry, rice and pickled vegetables. In Tokyo, pork is typically featured in curry dishes while in Okinawa chicken is the most popular ingredient.

For those who happen to be visiting Tokyo, take time off from sampling its curry options to explore sights such as the Tokyo Tower, Imperial Palace Gardens and Tokyo Disneyland.

4. Malaysia

Those who have the opportunity to travel throughout Malaysia will find that that curry dishes vary from one state to the next. Common ingredients include garlic, chilli peppers, shallots, ginger, turmeric and coconut milk.

Being the capital, Kuala Lumpur offers a huge variety of recipes from its different parts. While there, head to the top of the Petronas Towers to enjoy a world-class view of the city.

5. China

People are often surprised to find curry in China. Even more surprising is the consistency of Chinese style curry, which tends to be watery and can feature fish, beef, chicken, potatoes, onions and green peppers. It also tends to be slightly spicy and is best served on a bed of steamed rice.

Beijing in particular is jam packed with excellent curry restaurants.While there, make sure to explore the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

6. Myanmar

If you’d like to enjoy an amazing beach holiday while indulging in some truly amazing curry, Myanmar – formerly Burma – is the perfect choice. Flights to Myanmar are widely available with some of the best rates servicing flights to Mandalay where you will find the opulent Royal Palace.

As for the curry, it’s positively oozing with Indian spices, meat, fish, fresh onions and red chillies. Coconut milk isn’t a traditional ingredient of the curries from this part of the world.

7. Jamaica

Along with sun, sand and sea, Jamaica is also famous for its variety of curry dishes, the most famous of which is curried goat. Often served with rice and peas, the dish features curry powder, potatoes, carrots and onions. Wash it down with a cool island cocktail.

While there, head over to Ocho Rios and set aside a few hours to explore Dunn’s River Falls. In Kingston, the Bob Marley Museum is a great option for reggae lovers.

8. Vietnam

Although curry isn’t considered to be an especially popular dish in Vietnam, it’s still quite widely available. Here, a soupy type of curry called ca ri is the most common variety. It typically includes sweet potatoes, taro roots, green onions, cilantro, potatoes, sweet potatoes and coconut milk.

The best Vietnamese curry can be found in Hanoi, which also happens to be a great city to explore as a tourist. Alternatively, Ho Chi Minh City also offers a good variety of curries as well as touristic attractions including the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

9. Indonesia

No visit to Indonesia would be complete without sampling rendang, which is the country’s most popular type of curry. The dish usually consists of whichever types of vegetable and meat are available locally and tends to be super spicy, so keep a cool drink close to hand.

There’s plenty of curry to be had the capital Jakarta and those visiting the bustling city should make a point of exploring the Old Harbour as well as a few of the various mosques.

10. India

It goes without saying that India is the place to go for some of the world’s most sublime curry. Vindaloo curries are readily available in southern part of the country in places like Goa and Andhra Pradesh. In Goa, beaches are the main attraction, but there are temples and museums to explore too.

The north of the country features destinations like Kashmir, Punjab and Gujarat, where visitors will find a vast array of amazing curries. The Kashmir Valley is a wonderful place to visit serving up attractions such as Dal Lake and the Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden, which is the largest tulip garden in Asia.

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Where can you find the world’s best curry? Let us know in the comments…

6 Responses to “Spice World: 10 Top Countries for Curry”

  1. Indian are very famous and well known for their curry and that’s what are applaud the country for. Likewise, Chinese are very popular with different style of cooking noodles. Japanese are famous for their sushi rolls and Thailand and Laos are famous with their papaya salad worldwide. Did I forget about the Vietnamese, well they are awesome with their PHO.

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