Our tastebuds are forever in debt to dannyr.
The inquisitive Reddit user recently asked his fellow online travelers to complete this statement: "When you travel to ____, you HAVE to try the ___." Presumably, the answers could have included all kinds of experiences. But of course they veered instantly toward the one thing that's most important while traveling: the food.
Here are some of Reddit's best recommendations, along with a few of our own favorites. Try them while you're abroad-- these regional dishes won't taste better anywhere else on Earth.
When you go to GREECE, you have to try the MOUSSAKA.
The Greeks smother a yummy sauce over their twist on lasagna. Opa, indeed.
When you go to THE NETHERLANDS, you have to try the STROOPWAFELS.
The name literally means "syrup waffle." They were invented in the Dutch city of Gouda when a baker made a waffle out of crumbs and then filled it with syrup.
When you go to QUEBEC, you have to try the POUTINE.
One Reddit user reports trying to re-create the dish with McDonald's fries and cheese curd she ordered online. As you might guess, it wasn't the same.
When you go to MUMBAI, you have to try the PULAO.
Other places have their own variations, and this user recommends a specific restaurant in Mumbai. At street stalls, scoops of this seasoned rice come with melted butter on top. Mmm.
When you go to AUSTRALIA, you have to try the MEAT PIE.
The Aussies further differentiated themselves from England by tweaking the traditional pastry pie. Filled with meat and gravy, you'll see meat pies at sporting events.
When you go to LIMA, you have to try the CEVICHE.
You might expect ceviche from somewhere more tropical, but there's a whole street of top-notch cevicherias in the capital of Peru that dish up delicious mixes of fish.
When you go to MOROCCO, you have to try the TAGINE.
Named after the pot in which it's cooked (and often served), tagine is a savory stew slow-roasted over coals. It's the Crock-Pot of Africa, if you will.
*Yes, we know balut is a revolting and potentially inhumane snack-- maybe that's why this Reddit comment was deleted after its posting. Still, balut is too unique to ignore while you're abroad.