Japanese scientists have proven that the way we experience various tastes changes greatly as we age. Ice cream in childhood really tastes sweeter, while many vegetables are awful because they taste bitter. While growing up we gradually lose the sharpness of perception and this is good in some sense because it widens our culinary horizons significantly. But this also means that we need to get familiar with different dishes while our taste buds are still at their peak and we can enjoy those dishes to the fullest.

We at Enlighten are in love with various lists and that’s why we have looked through numerous dishes we need to try at least once in a lifetime. We even read the book by Mimi Sheraton called 1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die. Based on what we found, we made our own compilation clarifying where these dishes are cooked the best.

Scotch Eggs

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What it is made from: This golden, bread-crusted, and deep-fried “ball” of minced meat hides a surprise inside — a hard-boiled (in most cases) chicken egg.

Where to try it: Englishmen claim that the best place to try Scotch eggs is an old pub where you will be served a freshly cooked hot dish.

Pastel de nata

What it is made from: This tart is made with a thick custard that smells of lemon zest and is dusted with cinnamon and baked inside a pastry crust.

Where to try it: In Portugal. There is a line of people who can’t wait to try the best pastry in Lisbon in front of Pasteis de Belém bakery every day.

Ceviche

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What it is made from: Raw fish is marinated in freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice. It is abundantly seasoned with chili, coriander, and thinly chopped red onions.

Where to try it: In Peru, where unique lemons with the sourest juice in the world grow. The most famous restaurant that specializes in making ceviche is called El Ceviche de Ronald. It’s located in Lima, the capital of the country.

Clam cakes

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What it is made from: Chunks of juicy clams are fried in a batter made of flour, milk, clam juice, and eggs.

Where to try it: The best clam cakes are sold by street vendors in the coastal towns of Rhode Island (USA). Hot balls are served in small bags, and are eaten on the go.

Eel in green sauce (Paling in ’T Groen)

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What it is made from: This soup made from cleaned eel with the skin removed in a thick green sauce. The sauce contains a bunch of various herbs like mint, oregano, thyme, nettle, tarragon, basil, parsley, chervil, and sometimes spinach, as well as ginger, butter, cornmeal, and shallots.

Where to try it: It originated in Flanders, Paling in ’T Groen is a national Belgian dish that is served in the best fish restaurants all over the country. A restaurant called Domein Park West in Antwerp city is especially proud of it.

Thuringian sausage (Thüringer Rostbratwurst)

What it is made from: The recipe for Thuringian sausage dates back to the 15th century and is carefully guarded by German butchers. It is known that it is made of finely minced meat (pork, beef, or veal) as well as caraway and marjoram. The sausages are cooked on a grill greased with bacon fat and served in a bun with local mustard.

Where to try it: Go to the Erfurt farmer’s market where you will be served the freshest and the most genuine sausages. Or you can visit the Holzhausen locality in the Amt Wachsenburg municipality where the German Museum of Sausages (Deutsche Bratwurstmuseum) is located.

Poutine

What it is made from: French fries are covered with gravy and topped with cheese curds. French fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the sauce is moderately oily and salty, the slightly melted cheese has a perfectly dense and elastic texture.

Where to try it: It’s a national Canadian dish that originated in the French-speaking province of Quebec. The best Poutine is served in Montreal in La Banquise restaurant.

Bouillabaisse

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What it is made from: Though Bouillabaisse is called a soup, it resembles a stew more in its consistency. It is made with the freshest seafood — no less than 3 types of fish, clams, octopus, crab, and lobster; vegetables like potatoes, leeks, and tomatoes; seasonings — a bouquet of Garni and saffron; and the final ingredient — a spicy and thick rouille sauce.

Where to try it: Traditional Marseilles bouillabaisse is different every day because it’s made from the fish that were caught on the day it’s cooked. That’s why it’s worth trying it in restaurants that have the best business relationships with fishermen. For example, in a port restaurant called Grand Bar des Goudes.

Phirni

What it is made from: This is a sweet pudding that is presented at every Indian carnival. It is made of rice that is mixed with flour, milk, and dried fruit. Saffron and cardamom give a special taste and aroma to the dessert. Slices of mango, cherries, or almond paste dye the Phirni into various colors, while the garnish made of rose petals, sliced almonds, and pistachios make the dish even more appealing.

Where to try it: You can buy Phirni near Hindu temples during various celebrations.

Pho Bo

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What it is made from: The main character in this dish is the meat broth, while rice noodles and meat pieces are secondary elements. The soup is served with a pinch of fresh herbs and a big portion of lime juice.

Where to try it: In Vietnam. There this dish can be found in restaurants, but the best way to try it is on the street, at some side-of-the-road cafe or from an individual seller.

Smörgåstårta

What it is made from: Thissandwich cake is made of white or rye bread with a creamy filling in between. On one piece, you can find anything from liver pâté and olives to grapes and cucumbers to cheese and ham to fish cakes, which are made up of shrimp, salmon, caviar, and lemons. Eggs and mayo are almost always the base of this sandwich.

Where to try it: These bread cakes can be bought in Finland, Sweden, and Estonia, but the tastiest smörgåstårta is the homemade one called voileipäkakku. This is what hostesses in Finland call this dish when prepared for some celebrations.

Hamsi tava