Exploring the culture of a country is not always done by visiting its monuments, reading its literature or admiring its artwork. Mind you these are great ways to learn about a country and something we can expose our kids to on our travels. Let me tell you about something you can do in your home country, city or town to learn about another countries culture is to eat its food.

You see food is a massive part of any culture and any travel experience you have. Truth be told our kids can sometimes be fussy and very hesitant to try new food when abroad. By introducing kids to new tastes, textures and smell before you leave home. This could really help them become familiar and enjoy the food when you get to your destination.

There is a multitude of foreign Child-friendly Sydney restaurants just waiting for you to visit and taste the culture on offer. Europe and Asia are some of the most popular destinations for family travellers from Australia. Let’s look at some food from a few countries in these areas that you are likely to come across. Don’t forget to check out the links to find some of the best food in Sydney.


  • Crepes – thin pancakes
  • Baguets – crusty bread rolls filled with hams, chicken, eggs
  • French Onion Soup – a classic soup with caramelized onion and stock
  • Boeuf Bourguignon – Beef Stew in Red wine
  • Ratatouille – A vegetable dish
  • Flammekueche – Light pastry topped with cheese, bacon and onion

The french Baguette

When visiting the French capital you will find Crepes being cooked on every corner with topping such as banana and Nutella. Moving to western France and the Alsace region you will find lots of pastry based dishes and amazing cheeses.

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  • Pork Knuckle – A roasted piece of Pork generally served with Mash Potato and gravy
  • Bratwurst – A sausage that usually can come in different colours and flavours
  • Sourkraut – A salad made of cabbage
  • Spaetzle – An egg noodle that comes with meat dishes
  • Leberkase – A type of meatloaf
Pork Knuckle at Munich Brauhaus

The famed Bavarian Pork Knuckle

The German cuisine is heavily meat-based especially in the Bavarian area of Germany. It is a carbohydrate overload with lots of hearty meals containing bread, potatoes and meats, Mainly pork and sausage. Something all kids generally love is the giant Bavarian pretzels. Our kids loved these and it kept them happy all day. We would duck into a bakery first thing in the morning and pick up a bag full.

You can find some amazing German Restaurants in Sydney right here on Trip Advisor


  • Sticky Rice – plain white rice cooked with flavours that becomes sticky so you can pick it up
  • Fried Rice – is a perennial favourite that everyone loves
  • Pad Thai – Thai Styled fried noodles
  • Kai Med Ma Muang – Chicken with Cashew nuts
  • Yam Nua – Thai Beef Salad

Rice in Korea

Thai cuisine is heavily rice and noodle-based which is great for fussy kids. Our kids go nuts for the sticky rice and it is a great fall back dish should they not like anything else on the menu. Favourites such as the Pad Thai and the Thai Beef Salad are featured these days on many western menus along with the good old Thai green curry.

For the 11 of the best Thai restaurants in Sydney check out this guide right here


  • Bulgogi – Marinated beef bbq strips are everyone favourite
  • Japchae – Stir-fried noodles containing meats and vegetables known for its sweet taste
  • Samgyeopsal – strips of Pork fried for dipping in a variety of sauces
  • Tteokbokki – a famous street food of ice and fish cakes covered in sauce
  • Hotteok – A pancake featuring brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts 

Tofu in Korea

Korean food is emerging as an Asian giant in the food market with its ever-popular Korean bbq and Korean fried chicken. One thing to look out far is the amazing Korean deserts of shaved ice that comes stacked up on a plate with some amazing topping such as kiwi and red bean.

Explore 9 of the best Korean restaurants in Sydney today, find them right here.

Don’t underestimate how much food plays a part in the culture of a country from traditional dishes to new multicultural food that has been introduced with immigration. For many countries sharing is more than eating its an experience, An experience for the whole family and a great way to taste the flavours of a country.

Trying some of the foods from your destination country first is a great way of helping you to find the foods both you and your kids will love when you arrive. You don’t need the stress and worry about what the kids will eat when you are on holiday. Find, try, taste get there with a plan.

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Mark Wyld is a father, Husband and traveller. Having been to over 30 countries worldwide I think I know a thing or 2 about travelling with kids. I have been writing about travel on our website for the last 4 years and featuring on numerous other websites. When I am not talking, dreaming and planning travel I can found working on disability support.