7 Culinary Journeys To Take From Home

Use Street View and more to explore some of the world’s favorite dishes, from ramen noodles to crème brulée

By Google Arts & Culture

With content from Museu do Café, the LIFE Collection, and more

ChiusuraOriginal Source: Consorzio di Tutela della Mozzarella di Bufala Campana

1. Mozzarella di Bufala

Begin your tour of world cuisine with an appetizer: Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil, and olive oil.

Mozzarella di bufala, a cheese traditionally produced in southwestern Italy, is made from the rich, high-fat milk of the Italian Mediterranean buffalo. 

Use Street View to meet the buffalo and explore Tenuta Vannulo, an organic dairy farm in Capaccio Scalo, Italy.

Los Arcos complex, Lustau wineriesReal Academia de Gastronomía

2. Wine

Whet your appetite with a glass of vino. The production of wine dates back at least 9000 years, when the earliest archeological evidence of wine fermentation appeared in China.

While our palates have evolved and methods have been refined over the millennia, the basic steps of winemaking remain the same today.

Click to tour the winery at Bodegas Portia in Spain. 

Onomichi Ramen (2019)Original Source: Shinyokohama ramen museum

3. Ramen

Ramen is a staple in Japanese cuisine, with a multitude of recipes, styles, and preparations.

It is a flavorful noodle soup which can be made with a broth of meat, fish, miso, or other bases, and often features egg, seafood, vegetables, and meat as toppings.

The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum is the perfect place to try all the varieties you can imagine. Click to look around with Street View.

By John DominisLIFE Photo Collection

4. Injera

Injera is a spongy, fermented flatbread found in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Injera is commonly served with wat, a type of stew or curry native to the two East African countries. Oftentimes, it is used as a way to scoop up the wat.

Harvested crops in the region of Tigray - EthiopiaHUMAN

Injera is made from the flour of teff, an annual cereal grass native to the Horn of Africa. Agriculture is a significant portion of the economy in Ethiopia, with other major exports including coffee, legumes, and oilseeds.

Hoi An sandwich 1 by Tran Tuan VietQuang Binh Tourism Department

5. Bánh Mi

Bánh mi, Vietnamese sandwiches served on a baguette, are made with a delectable combination of French and Vietnamese cuisines.

Their roots, however, stem from the French invasion and occupation of the country. Bánh mi is also the Vietnamese term for bread!

Bánh mi sandwiches have been a staple street food in Vietnam since the end of WWII, with many carts, stands, and restaurants serving the savory snack. Click to walk around Saigon with Street View.

"Crema Catalana" (The Catalan Crème Brûlée)Original Source: eladerezo.com

6. Crème Brûlée

For dessert, we’ll visit France to learn how to make crème brûlée. The recipe for the custard dish first appeared in the 1690s and has had a resurgence in recent decades.

To make it, start by heating cream and vanilla bean. Then blend sugar and egg yolks and stir in the cream slowly. 

"Crema Catalana" (The Catalan Crème Brûlée)Original Source: eladerezo.com

Pour into ramekins, bake at 325º F, and cool. As the final step, sprinkle the top with sugar and caramelize with a torch – or red-hot iron – to create the dessert’s famous crust.

Flickr – Museu do Café.Curso de Barista. Karina Frey, 2017. (2017) by Museu do CaféMuseu do Café

7. Coffee

Enjoy a nice cup of South American coffee as a final course. Evidence indicates that coffee originated in 15th-century Africa, with the first appearance of roasted and brewed coffee occurring shortly thereafter in modern-day Yemen.

Coffee has since become a global phenomenon. The Museu do Café in Santos, Brazil, is a museum dedicated to the history of one of the word’s favorite beverages. Click to check it out!

Crispy Gulgule by Nisha Madhulika

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