The 5 foods you should try when in France

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18/03/2021

  • “La bonne cuisine,” literally meaning “good food,” is believed to be the foundation of real happiness in French culture.

    France has some of the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, so it's no surprise that it's a haven for foodies! In 2010, the French multi-course gastronomical meal was inscribed by UNESCO on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    From cheese and exquisite dishes to pastry and wine, there is so much to try for any traveler to try in France. Make sure you don’t miss these five deliciously addictive specialties, heaven for your taste buds!

    Croque Monsieur

    Many might dismiss Croque Monsieur as a mere simple sandwich. However, the rich, cheesy taste of a Croque monsieur is incredibly unique. It is originally made with crispy ham and gruyère cheese, covered with bechamel sauce, with an egg on top transforms the dish into a Croque madame.

    Here’s a fact you might not know: Did you know that the Croque Monsieur was created in the early 1900s by a French chef who got his inspiration from watching the great opera singer Jean-Baptiste Faure eating a ham and cheese sandwich on stage during a break?

    Viennoiserie & Pain Au Chocolat

    Instead of toast and butter, Viennoiserie – French for “things from Vienna” - is the French way to start a day! Pastries such as croissants, pain au raisins and brioche were thought to have originated in Austria, and many people have staked the claim that Marie Antoinette, originally from Austria, popularised Viennoiseries in France.

    But what would the world be without Pain Au Chocolat? The light, airy, and crispy consistency of this upgraded croissant and the melted block of chocolate baked into the center of the buttery pastry will make you feel in heaven!

    Quiche Lorraine

    Originated from the region of Lorraine, as the name would suggest, Quiche Lorraine is a must-try dish consisting of a rich custard with eggs, milk, or cream and cheese in an open pie crust. The swiss cheese, onions, and crispy bacon will make this typical dish incredibly addictive.

    Crêpes

    There’s one thing we can all agree on: you can never have enough of crêpes!

    This addictive, crispy, and wafer-thin pastry is cooked within seconds and is often served as street food, although many French chefs have made crêpes into gastronomical masterpieces.

    Crêpes can be sweet or savory with filling ranging from Nutella, cream, and chocolate to spinach, truffle, mushrooms, and cheese.

    Make sure your try the queen of them all: the Crêpe Suzette with butter, a dollop of a special sauce made with caramelised sugar and butter, tangerine or orange juice, zest, and Grand Marnier, triple sec or orange Curaçao liqueur on top, and spectacularly prepared flambé.

    The French makes the best bread in the world, and nothing comes close to the smell and fragrance of a French baguette. This typical braid is simply addictive: its crust is thin and crunchy, while the inside is light and soft.

    The French are usually scandalised by the idea of walking and eating, but the baguette is so irresistible that they cannot resist eating the end of a fresh baguette on the way home!