Lonely Planet’s latest book gives you a gastronomical experience around the world from fine dining to street food spots.
There is much more to Korean food than kimchi and barbecue charred beef ribs of galbi, as Lonely Planet shares in its new book, “Food Trails”. For travellers going to South Korea, there are many choices including the Lunch Box Café in Tongin Market, Seoul, where one can get a plastic tray and 10 coin tokens exchanged for nibbles by market vendors. These include jijim or vegetable pancakes, gimbap or rolls of rice and rainbow strips of veggies wrapped in seaweed, or tteokbokki, chewy bullets of rice cake simmered in a sweet, spicy sauce.
And if you are heading to Penang, don’t miss the Chowrasta (means ‘four crossroads’ in Urdu) Market where on the first floor wet market, there are fishmongers and butchers, and out on the street, ‘dry goods’ vendors selling preserved fish, medicinal mushrooms, salty bean-filled tambun biscuits, durian cake, pickled nutmeg and preserved mango.
The 304-page book gives you some ideas on food experiences that you can plan in your travels – not just the most atmospheric street food spots but also fine dining, best regional specialities and the most memorable cooking courses. The book gives a gastronomic tour of the world in 52 shorts breaks – with Asia represented by China (Beijing), India (Delhi, Chennai), Indonesia (Ubud), Japan (Tokyo, Central Japan), Malaysia (Penang), South Korea (Seoul), Thailand (Chiang Mai) and Vietnam (Hanoi). It also covers the other side of the world including sharing about barbeque in Texas to patisserie in Paris.
Food Trails costs US$24.99 (S$34.68) and is available locally at MPH, Kinokuniya and Times bookstores.