France is not only famous for its romantic tourist places but also for its delicious French cuisine. French food has dominated the world for quite a long time and now it is reaching far and wide. Just like beautiful French names these dishes have, the taste is even more exquisite and top of the world and obviously, cannot be missed.
When you visit any French city, do not forget to try its staple food items or you will regret it later.
Just don’t give your eyes a visual treat, give your tongue the amazing taste of these French delicacies. So, here are the top 10 delicacies that you should try at any cost when you visit France.
Soupe à L’oignon
This is a traditional French soup made of onions and beef stock, usually served with croutons and melted cheese on top, also referred to as “The Queen Of All Soups”. The remarkable taste in French onion soup is from the caramelisation of the onions, to which sometimes brandy or sherry is added at the end of the slow-cook process. The liquid is typically meat stock, although variations include using just water, adding milk or thickening it with eggs or flour.
The word soufflé derives from the French word to ‘breath’ or ‘puff’, and it is an airy, baked egg dish with origins in early 18th-century France. Soufflé is eaten savoury or sweet in France, and you might find chocolate or cheese soufflé on desert menus worldwide. The crispy chocolate crust with an oozing, creamy chocolate centre gives this desert a sweet suprise.
It is safe to say that Paris is the place on Earth with the highest density of top-quality, artisanal baguettes. Each year a competition is held to elect the ‘Meilleure Baguette de Paris’, and the list of best-baguette awardees is a good resource to select your provider. The bread is just as delicious by itself as it is with a traditional French cheese such as gruyère or brie.
Ratatouille is another globally known French dish, hailing from the southeastern French region of Provence. It is a stewed vegetable recipe that can be served as a side dish, meal or stuffing for other dishes, such as crepes and omelettes. The vegetables are generally first cooked in a shallow pan on high heat with a small amount of fat, and then oven-baked in a dish. The ingredients consist of tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini, eggplant, carrots, bell peppers, basil, marjoram, thyme and other green herbs, such as Provence herbs.
The delicate pastry, consisting of two almond meringue shells glued together with buttercream or ganache, has taken the world by storm but its birthplace is resolutely Paris. Available in all sorts of flavours and just as many colours, macarons are two-bite delights, but it is worth seeking them out from reputable pastry shops that actually make their own. Try to go easy on the rainbow-style food colourings.
Crêpe stands line the streets of Paris, and you’d really be missing out if you didn’t stop at least once to try one. Crêpes in France can be savory, but they’re often sweet. You can get your crêpe filled with whatever you fancy like both chocolate and chantilly cream! A classic is beurre et sucre (butter and sugar).
Pain Au Chocolat
Pain au chocolat translates literally to chocolate bread, a genius combination that French bakers have mastered. It is basically a croissant with chunks of chocolate throughout. Biting into one of these pastries provides the perfect combination of flaky crust and rich chocolate.
How can you ever forget Croissant? Like the baguette, the croissant is another French bread classic. Light, buttery, and flaky, this staple can be found in pretty much any of the country’s numerous boulangerie (bakeries).
Confit de canard
Confit de canard is a tasty French dish of duck – although goose and pork can also be used – and is considered one of the finest French dishes. The meat is specially prepared using a centuries-old preserve and slow-cook process (confit), where the duck meat is marinated in salt, garlic and thyme for up to 36 hours and then slow-cooked in its own fat at low temperatures (an alternative to deep-frying). It is typically served with confit roasted potatoes and garlic on the side.
Boeuf bourguignon is a traditional French meal that has become internationally well-known. The dish is a stew made of beef braised in red wine, beef broth and seasoned with garlic, pearl onions, fresh herbs and mushrooms. This recipe is just one example of how traditional peasant dishes have been adopted into haute cuisine; the method of slowly simmering beef in wine was likely developed to tenderise tough (or cheap) cuts of meat. Traditional preparation time is two days to tenderise the meat and intensify the stew flavours.
Now you know what to try when you go to France and reminiscence it for the rest of your days. Also, if you want to add some other delicacies of France to this list, sure you can do that but don’t forget to comment below. Bon Appétit!