5 Countries for Meat Lovers

by Mark Wiens on August 22, 2012 · 13 comments

Meat platter in Uruguay

Meat platter in Uruguay

Meat is not only scrumptious, but it’s a major source of protein in human diets around the world. Here are five destinations I’ve been where carnivores can rejoice!

1. Argentina / Uruguay

It was just after graduating from university when I headed to Argentina to enroll in a TESOL course, but instead of focusing to become an English teacher, I discovered beef and parillas .

Yes, I’ve always loved beef, but the beef in Argentina was so much more natural tasting and on top of that it was extremely cheap in comparison to American prices.

Due to my excitement I put my body to the test, heading to the market each evening after class, purchasing a 1 kilo slab and pan frying it. The beef was so good, and my patience so short, I often just seared the outside and ate the interior completely raw.

Then I took a short trip to Uruguay to discover an almost identical carnivorous culture. The platter pictured above, eaten at Montevideo’s Mercado del Puerto, was one of my all time most memorable meat filled meals.

Note: Included together as meat is prepared very similar in both countries.

Filipino sisig

Filipino sisig

2. Philippines

While nearly all meats and forms of seafood are present in Filipino cuisine, the pig still takes the prized position on the plate.

When it comes to food in the Philippines, if the main ingredient of the dish isn’t pork, there are likely bits of pork or pork fat used to flavor the dish.

Sisig, a sizzling platter of chopped up pig’s face and pork parts, is so popular in the Philippines it has become a national culinary treasure.

The chewy fat becomes crunchy on the skillet and is flavored with salt and a squeeze of calamansi juice (cross between an orange and lime).

Korean barbecue

Korean barbecue

3. South Korea

There’s nothing more entertaining and delicious at the same time as a Korean barbecue. In the center of the table is the all important grill, and it’s your task to cook the meat right before your nose.

A variety of meats are available (mostly beef and pork), marinated in tasty flavors and of various cuts and qualities. I was particularly fond of pork bulgogi, but samgyeopsal pork belly is one of the most popular pieces of meat in the country.

Korean meat is often eaten with leaves of lettuce, chillies, garlic, and washed down with soju.

Kenyan roasted meat

Kenyan roasted meat

4. Kenya

While beef is consumed widely, goat is the East African standard. Nyama choma, or roasted meat, is one of the highlights of a visit to Kenya.

In Kenya patience is a virtue, and at many of the most popular meat joints you actually select raw meat from the butcher who will then throw it on the grill as you wait for it to slowly roast. Sometimes it can take over an hour or even longer, but the wait is well worth the final product.

Nyama choma is prepared plain, sliced on a chopping board and served alongside a pile of salt and sliced chillies.

Steak sandwich

Steak sandwich

5. United States

Whether loaded into a sandwich, placed between buns, or grilled with a T-bone intact, meat is never far from any meal in the United States.

Though Americans have a love affair with the cow, lamb, pork, and chicken are all available and extremely popular too.

Steaks, ribs, burgers and hot dogs are among the more famous carnivorous dishes, but with the cultural diversity of the country, there are no limits on meat filled dining options in the United States.

What other countries have great meat?

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Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the US for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @migrationology, and add him on Google Plus.

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13 Comments

Sophie August 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

Germany would be high on the list, I’m sure :)

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Mark Wiens August 23, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Yes, I’m still waiting for the opportunity to visit in the future and enjoy their selection!

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Alex August 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

MMmmmmm! May I add Thailand as well? So much barbeque, so little time.

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Mark Wiens August 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Yes you can! Thailand does have some tasty meat on skewer.

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rob August 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

South Africa is a major player too!

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Mark Wiens August 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I’ve heard about South African meat and barbecues, can’t wait to try it someday!

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Freddy How August 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Singapore is now also another place to sample meat.

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Mark Wiens August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for sharing Freddy!

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Alexa Hart August 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Mmm, great post! I loved Argentine and Uruguayan bbq when I visited. SO GOOD. Brazilian steakhouses are also delicious. After living in South Korea for two years, I had my fair share of tasty bbq too. Thanks for sharing!

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kristineee September 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I always love Sisig :) Especially Sisig Pampanga :D

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Sally Stretton September 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

Ok..I am officially hungry! I am a big meat eater so these places are like meat heaven for me! I love Korean BBQ…it’s the bomb!! Thanks for making me drool! :)

Sally Stretton

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Kenin Bassart September 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Brazil should definitely be on the list, their rodizio style meals are amazing. Korean BBQ is to die for, and I agree with Sophie, German meats are excellent.

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Mick February 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

Excellent post :-) I think Australia should probably be on your list as we are very partial to a “barbie” down here…I agree the Korean version of it is almost as good!

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