12 Unique and Popular French Foods, Want to Try?

12 Unique and Popular French Foods

Are you planning a vacation to France? If you want to visit the Eiffel tower or enjoy cultural performances there, you certainly can’t be separated from tasting some delicious and famous French specialties. Starting from heavy meals to snacks that will make you curious.

For those of you who want to visit France or just want to get to know French specialties, here is a list of unique and popular French specialties below.

  1. Ratatouille

Reading the word Ratatouille might remind us of a cartoon that tells of a French rat who can cook. Apart from that, Ratatouille is a dish consisting of a combination of vegetables which is usually served as a side dish or as a filling for crepes.

Ratatouille consists of eggplant, carrots, bell peppers, garlic, onions, and spices that are steamed with a little fat. Ratatouille is an internationally recognized French specialty originating from the southeastern region of France. The vegetables are usually cooked first and then baked in the oven.

  1. Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon is a traditional French dish that has become internationally popular. This dish is beef cutlet soup cooked with red wine, vegetables, mushrooms, and spices.

This dish uses red wine to tenderize the meat and is cooked for a long time. This dish is typical of Burgundy, an area where cattle farming and red wine are famous.

  1. Croissants

For those of you who often hang out at coffee shops, you are usually familiar with this bread. One of the most popular French bread in the world is the croissant. The fresh and distinctive aroma of butter makes it very delicious for breakfast while accompanied by a cup of warm coffee.

Real croissant bread is made from a dough of wheat flour, butter, eggs, and yeast. Usually, croissants don’t have a filling, but there are also ones that contain chocolate, cheese, and almonds. Its bulging shape is a sign of a good croissant.

  1. Nicoise Salad

Nicoise salad is the most famous and served French salad in the world. This food comes from the Provence region and can be served as a side dish or snack. Usually, this salad consists of lettuce, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, green beans, and Nicoise Cailletier olives.

This salad has many other variations. If you are bored with regular salads, maybe you can try Nicoise salad if you are in France.

  1. Macarons

The most sought-after best-selling cake in France is a distinctive round shape with a variety of flavors and colors. Starting from the taste of almond, chocolate, lemon, caramel, and honey, and some even have a rose flavor. The cute and beautiful colors make macarons much sought after by tourists and become one of the most famous snacks in the world.

Shaped like a mini sandwich made of almond flour, sugar, and egg whites. The texture of this cake is soft, and delicious and makes you get two bites when you eat it. So it’s a must-try if you visit France.

  1. Steak Tartare

If you are looking for an unusual dining experience, you must try Steak Tartare in France. Steak Tartare is beef tenderloin cut into very small pieces with special spices and served raw. In addition to using beef, some use horse meat.

As a complement added eggs and french fries. French people like Steak Tartare and this is one of the ideal foods for meat lovers. Of course, making Steak Tartare must use fresh beef to avoid the risk of disease.

  1. Escargots

Do you want to try something quite strange and unusual? If yes, you should try Escargots. Escargots are a typical French dish that uses cooked snails cooked in a butter sauce.

Served in a shell so you have to pierce into the shell to get the meat. Almost like eating shellfish in Indonesia. In France, Escargots are usually served for Christmas Eve dishes or other special occasions.

  1. Soup a l’oignon

Soupe a l’oignon is a traditional French soup made from onions and beef stock. Usually comes with melted cheese as a topping and is combined with a large piece of bread. French soup tends to be thicker than Indonesian soup, of course, the taste is no less delicious and savory. A must-try if you are in France.

The soup’s extraordinary taste is derived from the caramelization of onions, which are sometimes added to a type of wine at the end of the cooking process. The gravy varies, including those that only use water, add milk or thicken it with eggs or flour.

  1. Coq Au Vin

This classic French dish is a chicken dish braised with wine, mushrooms, bacon, onions, and a little alcohol. Coq au vin which means “rooster in wine” is a symbol of French cuisine whose recipe legend says comes from the victory of Julius Caesar.

This typical French food takes hours to cook and of course, it will make the meat texture soft and you must try it if you are in France!

  1. Quiche Lorraine

One other typical French food is Quiche Lorraine. This dish is a salty pie and is a French lunch favorite. Quiche Lorraine is made of eggs, milk, nutmeg, roast beef, and cream. These ingredients give the meat its distinctive smoked taste and have become so popular that you can find them in French bakeries or restaurants.

This food also has a variety of flavors ranging from tuna, bacon, salmon, and vegetables. Thick texture and circular shape like pizza. So that when cut, this food at first glance looks like a typical Padang omelet, you know!

  1. Tartiflette

Tartiflette is made of potatoes, bacon, onions, reblochon, and Savoyard cheese. This typical French food is processed by baking and is usually served during the winter, and eaten while warm.

There is another variation called croziflette in which the potatoes are replaced with Crozets, which are small buckwheat pasta.

  1. Cassoulet

Cassoulet is a typical French dish made from white beans that are slowly boiled with meat. Usually use pork or duck, but you can also use sausage, goose, or mutton. This food is usually served in a kind of traditional roasted pot.

Cassoulet has been enjoyed for centuries by rural families and is still a delicacy and perfect for winter.

After getting to know some typical French foods, which one would you like to try first? Unique, not the typical French food above? Interested in trying them all? If you know about other French specialties, please share them with us in the comments column, OK!