I love it to the point of addiction. Not in a crazy gauge myself type of way, but i want it for every meal. Take Chicken Red Curry for example. I have it for lunch and dinner most days. If I chose something different, I always find myself wishing I had taken the red curry! Yesterday I had it 3 times!
Not forgetting my breakfast addiction also. The tiny bottles of Strawberry Milk sold in 7 Eleven. At 12THB (£.020), it is worth it to get my morning sugar fix (at home I have a chocolate bar).
I truly believe one of the best part of travelling and seeing the world is discovering all these amazing cusines. But also when you are away it is nice to have something that may remind you of home or give you some comfort. To check it is not just me that has these obsessive travel food addictions, I asked a few of my fellow bloggers what foods they became addicted to while away. Here are their answers:
She left us for a bit as we headed to South Asia, but now we are back in Southeast Asia, we’ve re-discovered her again, particularly in Thailand. 7/11 in Thailand even sells our lovely drink in MULTIpacks, so guess who stocked up on lots! In Laos there are no 7/11s but the Lao equivalent still sells it. We are not lactose intolerant but for some strange reason we love this sweet tasting soya milk drink and always get it as a refreshing snack whenever we can on our travels through Asia” - Stefan and Sebastian Nomadic Boys
foods that claim to boost your mental and physical performance and help you lose weight, but while travelling in Brazil I couldn’t get enough of the açaí berry. We used to buy bags of frozen pulp and turn it into a breakfast smoothie mixed with other fruits. Despite all the rumours and recent hype, apparently there hasn’t been much in the way of evidence to support the claim that açaí has health benefits but it sure set us up for the day. You can get this stuff almost anywhere in Brazil. It often comes in a pot with cereal, but the açaí market is definitely expanding. Next on my list is the açaí caipirinha!” – Arianwen Beyond Blighty
For Will Hatton over at The Broke Backpacker one of the best things about travelling is having the opportunity to try exciting new foods every day! Right now, Will is in Venezuela and is fairly damn addicted to arepas; a tasty corn flat bread stuffed full of tomatoes, onions, pulled pork or chicken and topped up with salsa! You can fill an arepa with pretty much anything (Will is psyched to have a crack at English Breakfast arepas at some point!) but Will prefers to simply go with whatever his Venezuelan buddies recommend; the cult favourite? Ham and Cheese. When travelling, Will likes to fish wherever possible, he recently caught half a dozen piranhas in Los Llanos, a huge wetland area famed for it’s wildlife, which he grilled up on a barbecue for a scrumptious, if somewhat evil looking, meal for himself and his buddies!
‘I discovered my food addiction while traveling with my husband in Thailand last summer. Khao Niaow Ma Muang–more simply known as mango with sticky rice–is a dessert I indulge in whenever I get the chance. It’s a simple dish made of sticky rice combined with coconut milk and a pinch of salt. It is garnished with fresh, ripe mangoes. In Thailand you can find it for sale on the streets as well as in shops, restaurants, and hotels. In Bangkok we paid around 30 baht (92 cents) for a single serving. Thankfully, you can also find this dish in most Thai restaurants outside of the country, so we don’t have to go long without getting our fix of our food addiction!’ – Shazia Chiu Gap Year for Two
‘I’m lucky to spend much of my year travelling (6 continents in the last 12 months!) and I find it surprising the foods I crave when I’m in different countries. I’m in Morocco at the moment, and have fallen in love with the fresh orange juice. I don’t usually drink fruit juice at home in Canada. But walking down the street everywhere in Morocco, I’m bombarded with the delicious smells of orange blossoms from the trees and orange zest from the fruit carts. On the street or at breakfast in my riad (hotel), it is impossible for me to resist tasting the delicious smell via a glass of juice, squeezed right in front of me. And at 4 dirham a glass on the street (about 40 cents US), it is almost as cheap as water, and certainly better, cost- and health-wise, than Coke. Vitamin C anyone?!’ – Johanna Read Travel Eater
I would like to thank all of the above bloggers for proving it is not just me who has travel food addictions. Luckily I can think of a lot worse things to be addicted too. What am I going to do when I return to the UK!? Time to find a new food addiction. What should I try?