For February, I’m doing some introspection and reflecting on the things I love. Two of the areas I’m reflecting on are my love of food and travel. In honor of Valentine’s Day, this month I’ll have a few extra blog posts, thinking about past trips and dishes. But also, thinking forward to new foods and trips I would love to experience someday.
One of the things I’ve been thinking about for some time is trying different curry dishes when I travel. I love curry. In my post 10 Things to Eat in Guyana and Suriname, I listed Guyanese and Surinamese curry as must-haves on a trip to either of these countries. In my recent post about my time in Liverpool, I talked about the goat curry I had there. Curry wasn’t the main reason I visited these places, but trying the local curry option(s) available was a deciding factor for where and what I chose to eat. My overall experiences surrounding those meals really stand out as memorable moments and connect those trips together in a unique way.
Recently, I came across the blog post, FROM PAKISTAN TO THE CARIBBEAN: CURRY’S JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD. I found this piece around the time I posted about Liverpool. Talk about perfect timing (or algorithms). The post describes the history of curry and lists the varieties of curry across the world. The images included visually capture how much variety curry has and made me really hungry for more food and travel.
The best countries for curry are: India, Pakistan, Japan, the Caribbean – particularly Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago – Thailand, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, South Korea, the UK and New York City, USA.
I can definitely say the curry dishes in several of these countries are absolutely delicious. I am yet to try green or red curry. And I’ve never had it as a soup or with noodles. I’m excited to try these other variations. I personally added New York City to the list. With so much cultural diversity in New York, you could probably do a curry around the world taste test right here. (This is such a great idea I’m gonna try it myself. I’ll let you know how it goes in a future blog post. It’ll be my completely bias insider tips for the best curry options in NYC.) The dishes in the city won’t be precisely the same as in their home countries, but for now, close enough will have to be good enough.
Historically, I’ve kinda just planned my trips based on whatever was cheap. That has worked out fine, but I want to pivot to trips with slightly more direction and purpose. And yes, I think eating is a good purpose. In the past, this aspect of my travel has mostly been positive. By thinking more strategically about food and travel, I can’t help but think I’ll automatically cement at least one good experience into future trips.