Dishes to Try When You Are in Orlando

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Orlando is a city in the southern state of U.S., Florida. With an amazing nightlife, the food here is lip-smacking and would make you want to stay. It has welcomed food from all around the world, be it from the nearest Mexico or the farthest Japan. Here are some of the must-try dishes.

1. Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is pan-fried chicken, fried in tomato sauce and mozzarella, parmesan or provolone cheese. The blend of all the three things in the mouth is heavenly.

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2. Chicken Wings in Buffalo sauce

Even the name makes the mouth water. The perfect mix of chicken and spicy sauce is unparalleled. Butter and vinegar are the main ingredients used in making of the sauce which gives it a great texture and taste. Chicken is deep-fried and then dipped into the sauce (my mouth is already watering).

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3. Vietnamese noodles

You will find these in quite a variety, differentiated by ingredients, served as a cold or warm dish, dry or as a roll. Often, it is served as soup noodles or directly.

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4. Grilled Salmon

The name says it all. It is a very famous dish and is said to be originated in New York. Salmon is coated in a marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar, water and vegetable oil. This slow-cooked dish is worth the wait.

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5. Beef Wellington

This dish from England has found its way to the U.S. Beef is coated with pate and duxelles (a preparation of mushrooms sautéed with onions, shallots, garlic, and parsley and used to make stuffing or sauce). It is then wrapped in parma ham, puff pastry and baked. 

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6. Tagliata steak

The word “tagliata” means “cut” in Italian. The dish is named so because it is cut into thin slices after being cooked. Its boneless pieces of grilled beef are served on a bed of greens.

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7. Chicken Saltimbocca

 Saltimbocca, in particular, has its main ingredient as veal which is typically an Italian dish. Chicken Saltimbocca has sage leaves and prosciutto di parma (thinly sliced ham) placed on the chicken and then cooked. It is a blast of flavors in the mouth. It is often marinated in wine, oil or saltwater.

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8. Hot Dogs

With unknown origins and a number of varieties available all around the world, this dish is loved in Orlando too. Usually, a sausage of pork, beef, chicken or turkey is placed between a split bun. Vegetarians and vegan versions of this dish are also available.

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9. Quesadillas

A dish from the south (Mexico) finding its way to the hearts of people in Orlando, a taco consists of tortilla, filled usually with cheese, and sometimes meat, beans, and vegetables.

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10. Tonkotsu Ramen

Finding its way from the west to the east this thick and creamy noodles is loved all over the world and has found a special place in Orlando. A lot of work and ingredients goes into the making of this dish. Firstly broth is made by boiling pork bones for 12 hours. Then pork belly is cooked for about 4 hours. Then Tare, kind of sauce is made which is one of the most important parts of the dish. And lastly, the noodles (panting from all the hard work) is made and finally put together, topped with eggs and some green onions.

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11. Mussels

Mussels is actually a common name given to members of several families of a species that are found in seawater or saltwater. They have compressed bodies enclosed within a shell. Mussel as a dish had originated in Belgium and has been welcomed in Orlando. Served dry or with gravy, either way, its one dish you don’t want to miss on.

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12. Turkey Leg

Well, Thanksgiving is not the only time one can be thankful for good food. There are several outlets serving delicious turkey legs in Orlando and placed only serving turkey legs. Thanksgiving or not one should definitely try this dish.

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13. Ribeye

Ribeye is a beef steak from the rib section. Usually served boneless but enjoyed otherwise too. Served with sauce, artichokes, potatoes or something else on the side (mostly some vegetable).

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