6 Food Trends from Around the World to Try in 2019

by Emese Graham

One of the best ways to experience the world is through taste! Trying out new food gives you a unique sense of place and culture that’s difficult to appreciate without being a little bit adventurous at the dinner table.

As we say goodbye to 2018, it’s the perfect time to look forward to new food experiences. Canadians living in metropolitan centres have probably noticed a few of these trends popping up on menus close to home, but there’s nothing quite like an original! Here’s where to go around the world to experience the best eats of 2019.

1. Katsu Sandos


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The katsu sando is an understated sandwich from Japan made with panko-crusted deep-fried pork, white crustless bread, and a tangy sauce.

The katsu sando has been around for a couple of years, but it’s starting to really pick up steam and make its way beyond borders, with new interesting spins that make every chef’s version a little different. It’s certainly a must-try for casual foodies travelling to Tokyo.

2. Momos

momos dumplings

Momos are a type of steamed dumpling originating in Tibet. A classic momo is stuffed with meat, but now there are countless variations including veggies, tofu, and even cheese. Simply put, they’re a tasty and filling comfort food people can’t get enough of!

You can grab a plate of authentic momos in Tibet, Nepal, and India. Each destination will have its own signature style to taste test.

3. Tandoori


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Obviously, cooking with a tandoor is anything but new. But there’s a growing fascination with time-tested Indian recipes like tandoori chicken and samosas. This year, tandoori restaurants and recipes were among the top food-related Google searches among Canadians, and all signs point to this trend continuing well into 2019 too.

Why not try a guided tour to hit the key destinations in India like Goa, Mumbai, Delhi, and Agra?

4. Currywurst


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Canadians might notice a rise in the wurst obsession close to home, but there’s no comparing to the real deal. Head on over to Berlin, where street food is taking the city by storm.

Your visit isn’t complete without sampling the iconic currywurst from roadside vendors. It’s a steamed and fried pork sausage topped with a curry ketchup and sometimes served with a side of crispy fries.

5. Tacos

tacos in Mexico City

Continuing with the street food theme, you might be surprised to see tacos on this list for 2019 trends.  But we simply haven’t yet seen an end to what chefs can dream up to make this Mexican staple unique. Long live the taco!

If you’ve never enjoyed a couple of tacos in Mexico City, start there. But don’t underestimate the international fusions all over the world. Try tacos in New York City, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, too.

6. Sustainable food


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This last food trend to try in 2019 is one that’s close to our hearts at Flight Centre.  Travel should make the world better, not worse. One of the best steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and preserve natural ecosystems is to eat food that’s sustainably sourced whenever you can.

Fortunately, it’s getting increasingly easy to do this while you’re vacationing. Look to forward-thinking resorts like Belle Mont Farm in St. Kitts, The Rosewood in Thailand, and Six Senses in Bali whose chefs use fresh produce from their own farms to keep guests satisfied.

If you want to join in on these food trends in 2019, just ask! Our Expert Travellers can help you book the perfect culinary adventure for your next trip (Now that’s what we call “flight-to-table” dining). Instantly find your nearest expert or call 1-877-967-5302 anytime to get started.

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