Trying new foods is one of the joys of traveling, yet it’s a good idea to know exactly what it is you’re about to savor and how healthy it might be. Luckily, travel experts Hayes & Jarvis have created a culinary guide of the world’s healthiest and most delicious national dishes to inform and improve your eating experience abroad.

In a Hong Kong, a local breakfast favorite is grilled sweet-and-sour chicken and rice, which is high in protein, low in fat and features a healthy dose of micronutrients, which is a great way to start a day of sightseeing.


Smoked marlin fishcakes may seem like an unusual way to start the day, but in Mauritius, they’re the preferred morning dish. Low in sugar and salt and a good source of vitamins, these fishcakes are not only delicious but also nutritious.

In India, masala dosa, which is made from lentils, rice, and potatoes, as well as spices and herbs, is a healthy lunch option that is packed with nutrients and is also vegan-friendly. Another Indian favorite are samosas, which can be vegetarian or meat-filled, and feature a well-balanced mix of carbohydrates and protein.

Zucchini fritters are a favorite, vegetarian treat Down Under. Ideal as a snack or a meal, these crunchy snacks with spices and cheese makes break option. Meanwhile, if watching your diet is not a priority and you want to try some mouthwatering local dishes. Check out the following  tasty options.

In Argentina, breakfast is often accompanied by meat, such as chorizo, pork or beef, which is not the healthiest option but good if you want to manage your carb intake. Another popular meat option in Argentina is the chicken asado, a South American barbecue style roasted chicken that is high in protein and but also in fat. Next door, in Brazil, locals often choose the moqueca de camarao for lunch, which is a savory shrimp stew that may be low in micronutrients but is full of flavor.

Finally, in the Maldives, locals swear by garudhiya, a tuna fish broth that is low in carbohydrates and fiber, but high in salt, yet a must-try option if you’re traveling to these islands in the Indian Ocean.

Lesley Rollo, Managing Director at Hayes & Jarvis, says, “Food can be one of the best parts of travelling abroad. Trying new things and tasting authentic flavors is all part of the holiday experience. However, for travelers who want to stay healthy and stick to certain diets whilst away, it can be difficult to identify which local cuisines are best.

“This tool can’t cover every meal in the world but offers a fantastic overview into what different cultures cook and the type of delicacies that can be found around the world. We hope the tool helps influence future travel plans and inspires travelers to try new holiday destinations and local cuisines whilst away,” she added.

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For more meals around the world, check out the culinary travel guide here.