Francehas long been a holiday destination for people from around the world. It has an incredible history evolving from monarchies to democracy and contains reminders of this throughout the country in the form of huge palaces, monuments to the process of democracy and its more unfortunate recent history in both world wars. These aspects of the amazing country only add to the exotic feel of the country and its natural beauty. It contains, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges and turquoise Mediterranean seas giving added flavour to this location. You can rent a mansion in france, hire yachts, stay in cheap hostels or camp in the outdoors. It is not the most cost-friendly nation in the world, but it is still one that is open to people from all over the world and within every budget.
One of the major draws to France which has not already been mentioned and one you probably thought of already is the cuisine on offer. With many of the worlds, top chefs hailing or studying in France it must be a good idea to sample some of the food available while you are there. There are plenty of dishes that are unique to France and we are going to have a look at some of them here and why they are so popular.
is a pyramidal shaped cheese with a reddish colour. Although not one of the most popular cheeses in France it is a required taste that after some time may become one of your favourite cheeses. It is slightly spicier and stronger in taste than most French cheeses and takes a little getting used to. Most online sources recommend having it with a dark beer from the North of France or from Germany.
This is more a type of dessert than a specific dish. Many restaurants saw that guests were unable to finish their desserts once they had finished their start and main meal. This is most common in chain restaurants in France. These chains decided to come up with the idea of café gourmand, this is your typical coffee but with the added benefit of being offered a number of small puddings. These puddings vary in flavours and designs making it a little easier for the diner to convince themselves that they have room for a little more. Expect creams, chocolate and several other flavours to be on offer.
This may be a dish you have already tried without realizing it, or especially that it even had a name. Le chignon refers to the end of a baguette which is said to be impossible not to eat before you make it home from the bakers. The end of the baguette and its irritability is so popular and famous it has its own name and is designated as a dish within France. Ask a local for the best one in town and go and enjoy.
Soupe à l’oignon
This is a traditional soup made of onion and beef stock. With a very long history, this dish was traditionally reserved for the poor. It is now a very popular dish for both visitors and locals, the soup gets its flavour from the caramelisation of the onion which is sometimes mixed with sherry or brandy for added flavour, other variations include milk, water and eggs. This dish can be found in most restaurants as starters. Again, always asks a local for their recommendations.
This is a comfort food of white beans and slowly stewed meat. This can take a few variations, but it is usually pork or duck, ask for the chef’s recommendations. A southern dish this is very popular is Toulouse and Carcassonne. The name is derived from the dish in which the food is cooked in. The dish is an inverted cone which is supposed to allow for the most flavour to be developed within the dish it is a must try if you are in the region and especially in the colder months.
Here is a dish you may have tried before even in your home country. Beef bourguignon has become quite popular internationally and many restaurants now have it on their menu. The dish is a stew made of beef braised in red wine, beef broth and seasoned with garlic, pearl onions, fresh herbs and mushrooms. Another former peasant dish, this is now a staple among many locals. This is another example of how old-fashioned dished have been developed by chefs throughout France to become quite popular among people worldwide. This is must try and you will not be disappointed when this meal comes, just make sure you have some room left for dessert.
Confit de canard
This is one of the finest French dishes, usually made with duck this is a speciality within a furnace and should be tried at a fine restaurant. The meat is prepared through old-fashioned slow-cooking with the meat marinated in salt, garlic and thyme giving it it’s special flavour. Usually served on a be of potatoes and vegetables this is a special dish which should be enjoyed in the company of others.
These are just a selection of countless dishes unique to France and special within their respective regions. Do your best to taste as many dishes as possible as it is the reason many people visit France in the first place and it is a perfect mix of the culture and history of the country.