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Top 5 Countries for Meat Lovers

Meat is not only tasty, but it's a significant source of protein in human diets around the world. Here are five countries for meat lovers where carnivores can rejoice!

Meat lovers would love this dish in Uruguay.
Meat platter in Uruguay

1. Argentina and Uruguay

It was just after graduating from university when I headed to Argentina to enroll in a TESOL course.

Still, instead of focusing on becoming an English teacher, I discovered beef and parillas.

Yes, I've always loved beef, but the meat in Argentina was so much more natural tasting, and on top of that, it was incredibly cheap compared 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 was short; I often 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 (photo: Shubert Ciencia)
Filipino sisig (photo: Shubert Ciencia)

2. The 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 dish's main ingredient isn't pork, there are likely bits of pork or pork fat used to flavor it.

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 (a cross between an orange and lime).

Meat lovers will find many such heavenly dishes in the Phillippines. 

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.

Many types of meat 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 country's most popular pieces of meat.

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

Kenyan roasted meat, a meat lover's dream.
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 select raw meat from the butcher, who will then throw it on the grill as you wait for it to roast slowly.

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 chilies.

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.

American meat lovers have a love affair with cows; still, lamb, pork, and chicken are all available and extremely popular.

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

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Martin

Wednesday 8th of June 2016

I'm surprise that nobody has mentioned Japan, they have by far the best meat in the world (Kobe's Wagyu)

Mick

Saturday 2nd of February 2013

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!

Kenin Bassart

Wednesday 5th of September 2012

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.

Sally Stretton

Tuesday 4th of September 2012

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

kristineee

Monday 3rd of September 2012

I always love Sisig :) Especially Sisig Pampanga :D

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