Traditional Foods in France – France is a country known for its romantic and elegant nuances, starting from tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Arc de Triomphe, to the fashion culture that is actually the main highlight in the world.
But, there is another thing about France which is very interesting to be reviewed. It’s French traditional foods. And that’s exactly what this article about.
Besides explaining those foods, Writer River is also going to explain the traditional French food culture.
So, are you starting to be curious about what are those delicious traditional foods in France?
Here are the top 15 most delicious traditional foods in France:
Let’s start our journey of exploring tasty traditional French foods with Crepes.
Crepes are basically the French version of the thin pancake. It can be given any toppings such as cream, strawberries, ham, and cheese.
It also has a delicious and edible flavor for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You must taste Crepes when you are on vacation or just visiting France because it tastes really good and quite easy to find.
According to most French people, Baguette tastes really good when it just comes out of the oven. Baguette is one of the most popular types of French bread in the world.
This bread has a long size and the texture is very crisp. The standard diameter of Baguette is approximately 5 or 6 cm. The longest Baguette can reach 1 meter.
The world record of longest Baguette measures 122.40 m (401 ft 7 in)! When you are in France, you will see many French people carrying this bread on various occasions. Oui!
Café au lait
One of the famous coffee in France is Café au lait. This coffee is very popular so that you can easily drink this coffee in cafes in France.
Café au lait is made by mixing thick black coffee with hot milk. The ratio of milk and coffee in Café au lait is 1: 1 so the taste of coffee is not too bitter.
The look of Café au lait is almost the same as Caffé latte, the difference is that Café au lait doesn’t use espresso mixes but black coffee.
Actually, there’s an explanation about the differences between Café au lait and Cappuccino, Latte, & Machiatto.
Café au lait is made by filtering ground coffee together with chicory, a plant whose roots can be burned. After that, coffee is filtered with cotton cloth, then mixed with milk.
Usually, French people drink Café au lait at breakfast.
Escargot is a popular traditional food in France that uses edible land snails as main ingredients.
You may not believe this one. But do you know that snail meat is very rich in protein, vitamin B2, and contains amino acids that are good for your body?
Various countries such as Japan and China have been consuming snail for a long time. They cook it with ginger, vinegar, and soy sauce. Escargot is usually cooked with butter and garlic which makes it taste really good.
So, do you want to try this cooked snail? If you want to cook it yourself, click here for Escargot recipe.
Fromage, in French means cheese. France has hundreds of different types of cheese with different flavors. Cheese in France is usually served after the main course. There 3 min types of French cheese:
- Pressed cheese
- Soft cheese
- lue cheese.
Usually, Fromage is enjoyed with a glass of wine so it tastes will be much better. Such a classy way to eat cheese!
Bouillabaisse is a traditional foods in France with basic ingredients of fish served with soup.
This food originally came from ancient Greece. Bouillabaisse was first consumed by anglers in Goudes, in the city of Marseille.
It is one of the French traditional foods sought by fans of traditional culinary all over the world.
The fish, which is usually served separately along with rouille sauce and toast can be added to the soup to make Bouillabaisse even tastier.
Wanna try to make one? Read this Bouillabaisse recipe.
Gaufres is one of the most famous traditional street food in France. This food is similar to Belgian waffle served with chocolate jam and powdered sugar as a topping.
Gaufres prices are very affordable and you can easily find it on the streets of various cities in France.
Eating Gaufres while walking under the moonlight with your beloved one could be the most romantic memory in your life.
Foie gras is made from the liver of a duck or goose and is one of the most delicious foods in France ever.
Probably, this French traditional food isn’t very popular in your country. But, this food has an important role in European culinary history and French food culture. Especially in France, Bulgaria, and Hungary.
Foie gras is one of oldest foods in Europe. Bulgarians have been cooking it since 2000 years ago. Even though its price is quite expensive, but it’s worth it.
Pain au chocolat
If you do like chocolate, butter, and croissants, then Pain au chocolat is a perfect French traditional food for you.
Pain au chocolat is a sweet roll bread consisting of layers of yeast dough with one or two pieces of chocolate in the middle. It is quite similar to a Croissant and served while warm from the oven with croissants in various shops in France.
There are many tastes of the Croissant, such as cheese, chocolate, almond, and sandwich. The genuine French croissant has a special taste with its tasty butter.
Croissant bread can be found easily at bakeries, supermarkets, and star hotels in France.
Soupe à l’oignon
Soupe à l’oignon, which in French means French Onion soup, is a traditional food in France in the form of soup made with onions and beef broth.
It began to be served since Roman times. It was very popular for French noble families dish in the 18th century.
The extraordinary taste of this soup exists because of the caramelization process.
France is a country with rich natural products and it affects their high industry of Wine. This is my recommendation of the best types of wine in France:
Wine is usually enjoyed with cheese cause it can enrich the taste of the cuisine. Also, wine could warm up your body temperature in cold weather.
Boeuf Bourguignon is a tasty traditional French soup. It made from boiled beef in red wine and beef broth. This food is cooked with garlic, onions, fresh herbs, and mushrooms. Boeuf Bourguignon is one of the traditional French dishes that you must try.
Wanna try to make it yourself? Read this recipe.
Flamiche is a traditional cake from Northern France near the Belgian border. Basically, Flamiche is a pie filled with cheese and vegetables.
According to this classic recipe, one of the main ingredients of Flamiche is leeks.
Confit de Canard
Confit de Canard is another delicious French food using duck legs as the main ingredient.
The way to cook Confit de Canard is by mixing duck meat with salt, garlic, and thyme. It’s being marinated for more than one day so the flavor could be absorbed into the meat. After that, duck meat is fried or baked until it cooked perfectly.
Confit de Canard is usually served with roasted potatoes and garlic. This is the best place to eat Confit de Canard if you’re planning to eat it while in France.
These delicious traditional foods in France are very interesting to try.
Before reading this list, you probably don’t know that there are dishes made from snails and duck legs, do you? France has its own uniqueness in cuisine and culinary things.
You should bookmark this food list so you can taste all of them when you’re in France. Au revoir!