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When I Was In Spain…

Although I was constantly on alert for pickpockets, I love-love-loved travelling through Spain! I loved the language, the history, the castles, the palaces, the churches, the monuments, the artwork and of course the food! It is a beautiful country that I must definitely return to.

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Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

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Plaza de España

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Jamón Ibérico

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Sagrada Família

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La Rambla

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 Paella

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Port de Barcelona

Olympic Stadium

Barcelona Olympic Stadium

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 Spanish Chorizo

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Casa Milà

(or more popularly known as La Pedrera)

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Patatas Bravas

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Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas

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El Oso y El Madrono

(the Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

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Aqueduct of Segovia

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Segovia Cathedral

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The Market of San Miguel

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Churros

I sampled churros from various places and found that the churros in Spain are less sweet and more crispier and lighter than the churros in Australia. The chocolate dipping sauces in Spain were also different in that they were less rich (but still delicious).

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Flamenco Dancing

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Roman Bridge of Córdoba

Cathedral of Cordoba

Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba

This place has such a rich history! Over time it has been a temple, a mosque and a cathedral.

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Royal Palace of Madrid

(on a very FOGGY day)

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Tortilla Española

(Spanish Omelette)

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Toledo

Seville Cathedral

Toledo Cathedral

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Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Mountains

Montserrat

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Orange trees lining the picturesque streets of Seville

When I was in Portugal…

This was a very short visit and my sole regret was that I didn’t get to sample any authentic Portuguese barbecued chicken. Talk about first world problems.

Jeronimos Monestary

 Jerónimos Monastery

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Portuguese Custard Tart

From Pastéis de Belém. Known to have the secret recipe of the ORIGINAL custard tart, this store was established in 1837 and sells around 18,000 tarts per day! The pastry was light, flaky and crispy, while the custard was creamy and mildly sweet. These delicious morsels are sold fresh from the oven and are a MUST HAVE if you are ever in Lisbon.

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Belém Tower

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The lighthouse at Cape St. Vincent

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Portuguese Black Eyed Bean and Tuna Salad

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Monument to the Discoveries

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Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge

Resembling San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, the name of this bridge commemorates the Portuguese Carnation Revolution that occurred on 25 April 1974.

Dessert

Dom Rodrigo

A conventual dessert from the south of Portugal that comprises of sweet egg threads and cinnamon. This delicacy is typically wrapped in colourful metallic paper and presented in a pyramidal shape.

Sagres

Sagres Fortress

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Portuguese Orange Roll

When I was in Siem Reap, Cambodia…

This post is more travel related and less food related as I was only in Cambodia for 3 days and spent most of my time exploring the magnificent sites rather than the local food. I suppose that will have to wait until my next visit!

Angkor Wat

 Angkor Wat

Face Temple

Bayon Temple

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Fish Amok

(Cambodian fish curry)

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The Victory Gate

Ta Prohm Remple

 Ta Prohm Temple

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Siem Reap Art Center Night Market

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Chicken Kuy Teav

(Cambodian rice noodle soup)

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Preah Ang Chek Preah Ang Chorm Temple

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Wat Thmey Killing Fields Skull Monument

When I was in North Vietnam…

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Pho bò (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

A trip to Vietnam is incomplete without pho.

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Pho Gà (Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup)

I had pho almost every morning and found the broth to be simple and light. Although less ingredients are used compared to South Vietnamese pho, I found North Vietnamese pho to be delicious!

Ha Long Bay

Hạ Long Bay

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Cá kho to (Vietnamese caramelised & braised catfish)

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Nem cá (deep fried fish spring rolls)

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Thien Cung Grotto

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 Buddha’s hand fruit

I saw these being offered at quite a few Buddhist temples and found their appearance to be completely bizarre. Although I didn’t get to sample any of this fruit, I discovered that aside from representing Buddha’s hands in prayer, they also represented good luck, happiness and longevity.

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Tran Quoc Pagoda

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 Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

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Sen Xanh Jelly Fish Salad

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 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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The Presidential Palace of Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

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Chùa Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda)

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Văn Mieu (Temple of Literature)

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 The Huc bridge and Hoan Kiem lake

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Thang Long Water Puppet Show

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Bánh Mì (Vietnamese Pork Roll)

When I was in Turkey…

The Republic of Turkey (as it is officially known as) is a country with a vast history with cities uncovered dating back to the Neolithic Period (or New Stone Age). It is a country bordered by eight countries and three seas, and sits in two different continents (Europe and Asia). It is a place that I found to be truly fascinating and unique.

Caves

Kaymakli Underground City

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Pigeon Valley

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 Turkish rug in the making

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Turkish rugs

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Börek

(Filo pastry with spinach and feta cheese)

Goreme

Göreme

Ceramics

Turkish ceramics

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Whirling Dervishes

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Sultan Han

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Mevlana Museum

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Pamukkale

(The weather was extremely foggy and I could hardly see a thing which was hugely disappointing as the pools here are meant to be stunning)

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House of the Virgin Mary

 Ephesus

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Askep

Asklepion

Troy

Troy

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Hagia Sophia Museum

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 Obelisk of Theodosius

Spice market

Spice Bazaar

(Where I sampled and purchased many varieties of Turkish delight!)

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 Bosphorus Bridge

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 Simit (Turkish bread ring)

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Dolmabahçe Palace

(The largest palace in Turkey and a must visit if you are travelling through Istanbul. The interior is BREATHTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL however photos are not permitted once you are inside)

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The Republic Monument (located in Taksim Square)

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Chicken doner kebab sandwich

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 Topkapi Palace

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque (better known as the Blue Mosque)

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Künefe

(A sweet cheese pastry that is baked until golden and crispy, steeped in a sweet syrup, and topped with ground pistachios)

When I was in Hong Kong and Macau…

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Here are some of the things I sampled in Hong Kong and Macau:

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Bak kwa (sweet-salty sheets of dried barbecue meat, similar to jerky)

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Portugese egg tarts

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Siu mai dumplings and cha siu bao (barbecue pork buns)

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Har gow dumplings

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Cheung fun (steam rice noodle rolls) filled with pork

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Steamed eggs with soy sauce

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Tofu soup

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Rice noodles with fish cakes in soup

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Black glutinous rice and taro paste

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Durian cheesecake

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Gai daan ja (eggette)

 

When I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand…

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Influenced by neighbouring countries (particularly Myanmar/Burma), the food in Chiang Mai is truly distinct. Here is some of the food I sampled, including a few of Chiang Mai’s most popular dishes (eg. khao soi, sai ua, kalamae, kaeb moo, nam prik noom):

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Khao soi (curry egg noodles)

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Khanom jeen nam ngiaw (fermented rice vermicelli noodle soup)

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Sai ua (grilled herb sausages), Kaeb moo (crispy pork rinds) and Nam prik noom (roasted green chilli dip)

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Kalamae (sweet sticky candy made from palm sugar, rice flour and coconut milk , wrapped in palm leaves)

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Massaman chicken curry

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Prawn and mushroom Tom Yum soup

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Roasted sesame seed cakes

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Roti with condensed milk