Introduction: We’ve all experienced those moments of intense cravings and wanderlust that lead us on culinary adventures. One such gastronomic quest takes us around the world to explore the exquisite diversity of curries. From the fragrant spices of Asia to the bold flavors of the Caribbean, these eight curries will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.

  1. Biryani in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Originating from South Asia, biryani is a multilayered rice delicacy that has left an indelible mark on international cuisine. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, boasts some of the finest biryanis. From the authentic, pocket-friendly versions in Old Dhaka to premium renditions in Gulshan and Banani, there’s a biryani for every palate and budget.
  2. Curry Goat in Kingston, Jamaica: Once reserved for special occasions, curry goat has become a beloved dish in Jamaica and beyond. It’s a staple at events like the Notting Hill Carnival in the UK. Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, offers a plethora of options, from award-winning restaurants to street food vendors, all vying to serve the best curry goat.
  3. Balti in Birmingham, UK: The origins of Balti gosht are a matter of debate, with theories ranging from northern Pakistan to a 1970s curry house in Birmingham, UK. Regardless of its origin, everyone agrees that Baltis, whether made with lamb, beef, prawns, or veggies, are simply divine.
  4. Samarachi Kodi in Goa, India: Samarachi Kodi, a seafood curry, emerged in Goa during monsoon season when families relied on dried prawns, rock salt, tamarind, and pantry staples before the storms hit. Today, this delectable curry can be found everywhere from street food stalls to celebrated restaurants.
  5. Kaeng Phet in Bangkok, Thailand: Kaeng Phet, also known as Thai red curry, is a beloved Thai dish made with dry red spur chili paste and coconut milk, combined with various proteins. To savor an authentic plate of spicy goodness, our recommendation is to seek out local spots in Bangkok where the residents dine.
  6. Kare Pan in Tokyo, Japan: Kare pan, or curry bread, is a unique Japanese twist on curry. It involves wrapping Japanese curry in dough, coating it in breadcrumbs, and deep frying it to perfection. In Tokyo, you’ll find streets lined with establishments serving kare pan, with Toyofuku in the Asakusa district being a century-old specialist.
  7. Gulai Ayam in West Sumatra, Indonesia: Gulai ayam, the Indonesian version of chicken curry, is a popular variety of gulai. It is typically served with steamed rice or roti canai. The thickness of the gravy and the spice mix can vary greatly depending on the region of Indonesia you visit. Originating from West Sumatra, the region offers a wide selection of traditional dishes and milder varieties for the cautious palate.
  8. Farata in Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius: In the coastal town of Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius, you’ll discover food kiosks catering to both tourists and locals. Mauritians, in the know, head straight to the colorful, slightly weathered roti cafes. Here, the Indian influence is evident as white bean curry, rougaille sauce, and chutneys are served on roti or dal puris to create the traditional farata.

Conclusion: Embarking on a culinary journey that spans continents and cultures, these eight curries offer a glimpse into the rich and diverse world of global cuisine. From the spicy and savorful to the fragrant and exotic, each curry is a testament to the art of culinary exploration and the universal love for good food. So, the next time you find yourself craving an adventure, consider embarking on a curry quest that will take you around the world—one delectable bite at a time.

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