I’m going to have to really think this through because I love food!
- Sushi. Hands down my favoritest food in the world! I prefer the authentic kind, obviously–nigiris, sashimi, hand rolls–but if someone puts a California roll in front of me, I’d eat it.
- A traditional Palauan meal. What I love about a traditional Palauan meal is the simplicity. Brak, dryland taro, cultivated and prepared by a mechas, old lady or grandma; smoked or fried fish caught off the reef the same morning or the night before; a little soy sauce (adopted into the diet from Japanese colonial times) with local hot peppers. Sometimes it’s accompanied by some sauteed kankum, local spinach, and/or billum, grated tapioca/cassava wrapped in dried ti or coconut leaves and boiled.
- Bagels with cream cheese and lox. I developed a taste for them while living in Boston. It’s hard to come by anywhere other than in the U.S. and a rare treat.
- Tamales. Many Latin American countries have their own version but so far I’ve only tried Mexican and Costa Rican. Apparently the types of tamales out there are unnumerable and I must try all of them!
- Pancit. This dish conjures up childhood memories of my mother preparing it in the kitchen and me helping slice the calamansi, tiny local lemons, for garnishing.
- Pho. I haven’t made it to Vietnam (yet) but I already know the pho there is unbelievably good. Every bowl of this flavorful noodle soup I’ve had (all outside of its motherland) has been out-of-this-world!
- Hawaiian poke. I. Love. Tuna. Which causes a huge moral dilemma for me because I believe in the preservation of our marine animals and many species of tuna are going extinct. Now I only ever have poke when I’m back in Palau or if I know for sure that the tuna 1) isn’t on the endangered list and 2) it was sustainably caught.
- Croissants. Especially chocolate or almond. Yuuuuuuumy!!!
- Ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream???? Even the lactose intolerant or vegans have their version of these frozen nectar from the gods!
- Chocolate. Come on, you knew it’d be on the list. I’m surprised I didn’t put it as number one!