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Food to Try in France

May 18 , 2021 by: Amanda Goh

On top of their elegant language and quaint towns, France is also known for their cuisine. France offers various gourmet dishes, from simple croissants to fancy foie grass.

Regardless of your taste buds, there is no shortage of mouth-watering dishes for everyone to try.

Read on to find out some of the best dishes to try in France.

Steak Tartare

While this dish did not originate from France, steak tartare is still one of France’s signature dishes.

A traditional steak tartare is made from raw beef, chopped and served with onions, capers, Worcestershire sauce and a raw egg yolk on top. As this dish is eaten raw, you would want to ensure that it is prepared correctly.

Cassoulet

Originating from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, cassoulet is a dish that encompasses white beans, duck legs and pork. This dish is essentially a slow-cooked casserole, with the meat cooked to a crisp.

Cassoulet is a rich and complex dish, with unique flavors and textures within each bite.

Croque-Monsieur

This dish, translated to be “gentleman’s sandwich” is essentially a hot sandwich stuffed with ham and cheese. An egg may be placed on top of the dish in particular cafes and bistros.

This dish had originated in France and has been a staple dish in Parisian cafes since 1910.

Pot au Feu

Known as France’s national dish, Pot au Feu is a dish typically made from duck meat and cooked in vegetables.

This dish is not only tasty, but also filled with French history. Originated in the 18th century, this dish was created using cheap and basic ingredients.

Today, the Pot au Feu is a classic French comfort food and can be served in various ways. Pot au Feu is also prepared differently in different provinces.

Escargot, by Maria Orlova on Pexels

Escargot

While escargot may seem like a weird dish to travelers, it is a delicacy in France. Escargot, translating to snails, is typically served in their shells, covered in garlic and butter.

To some, escargot may taste like chicken or fish. With each escargot being soaked in garlic and butter, this dish is fragrant to say the least.

Coq au Vin

This dish is a chicken stew, with a whole chicken braised in red wine. The wine used in this dish is typically Burgundy, flambéed before pouring over the chicken, making the dish sauce and tangy.

This dish is a comfort food, best eaten during winter to keep you feeling warm.

Raclette

While this dish originated in Switzerland, it is a popular dish particularly in Savoie, France. Raclette is a dish made by heating a wheel of cheese and scraping off the melted part. This cheese blanket can cover various dishes including potatoes, meat and pickles.

If you’re not a fan of raclette cheese, there are many other cheeses you can try from France. Here, there are over 1,000 different types of cheese from firm to creamy. One of the most famous French cheese is Camembert.

cheese souffle by Monika Mesterhazy on Pixabay

Souffle

This dessert is a baked egg-based dish, originated in France in the early 18th century. This dish can either be served savoury or sweet.

A common savory souffle found in France is the souffle au fromage, also known as cheese souffle. While sweet souffles come in different versions including lemon and chocolate.

Souffles are soft, fluffy, and difficult to make. To make this dish, you will need to perfect the technique of whipping the batter and making it rise.

Breton Buckwheat Pancakes — Galettes Bretonnes

Gallettes Bretonnes are thin pancakes and can be filled with both sweet and savory fillings. It is important to not confuse galettes with crepes. Crepes are typically made with wheat flour while galettes with buckwheat flour.

Traditional Galette fillings include ham, cheese, eggs and onions. If you are one who likes crepes, this dish is for you.

Macarons by Dilyara Garifulina on Unsplash

Pastries

France offers various different pastries, from savoury quiches to sweet eclairs. Some pastries you should try when visiting France includes:

One of the most common and popular pastries, around the world, croissants are made from flaky dough. These pastries are fluffy, with various thin layers of pastry and butter.

While croissants did not originate in France, but Vienna, these pastries have gotten famous and iconic in French culture.

An éclair consists of a long choux pastry filled with either cream or custard, and dipped in ganache. While eclairs come in various flavours, the most popular is the chocolate eclair.

The choux pastry of an eclair should be fluffy, light and crisp while fillings in the éclair should be thick, to prevent a soggy pastry.

While canneles have been here for centuries, they have only recently gotten popular. Originating in Bordeaux, this pastry in a shape of a mini hat, with soft custard filled within its crispy exterior.

Don’t get these macarons confused with coconut macaroons — coconut macaroons are made from shredded coconuts and egg whites, while macarons are made of almond meal.

Macarons became popular in France, mainly as a treat or a gift to someone. Macarons come in various flavours and are light and delicate.

These are small cakes shaped like little shells. Madeleines are made from simple ingredients, often eaten with coffee.

These pastries are crisp on the outside but light and fluffy on the inside. They are also bite-sized and do well as a snack.

This pastry originated in Bretagne and translated to cake (kouign) and butter (amann). This pastry is made up of multiple layers of butter and sugar folded together.

Kouign-amann is dense, sweet and buttery, definitely satisfying any sweet cravings you have.

 

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