Try a different dish from what you are already accustomed to. Bridge the cultural gap by opening your mind and your taste buds, of course, to dishes from around the world. The following are the world’s top 21 dishes classified according to continents which you should try:
1. Montreal, Canada – Poutine
You will love the taste of poutine when it is well done. It is a combo of French fries cooked in duck fat, cheese curds, a duck gravy simmered for three days, and topped off with a slab of fresh foie gras. You will love the way this meal is covered with runny brown gravy and fresh cheese curds.
2. Maine – Lobster roll
Very few dishes taste good like a freshly cooked Maine lobster. Whether you find yourself in a cookhouse, a gas station, or a lobster “pound”, enjoy this dish along with mayonnaise, black pepper, and salt inserted into a hot dog bun that is well-grilled and buttered.
3. New Orleans – Gumbo
It was in the year 1802 that this dish was first documented as a happy amalgam of Choctaw Indian, French, German, Spanish, and West African influences. This spicy broth from southern Louisiana contains celery, meat, onions, and shellfish. The soupy dish is thickened with file powder or okra.
4. Puebla, Mexico – Mole Poblano
Learning how to cook Puebla, a dish introduced in the 17th century by an order of nuns, is fun. Developed to honor an Archbishop, this dish is popular in Mexico. The dish which is often served with chicken or turkey combines chili, chocolate, nuts, and spices to get a sauce that is both nutty and spicy.
5. Texas – Barbecue
Since the 1800s when pit-barbecued meat migrated here from America’s south, it has grown to become the barbecue heartland of the nation. This dish of brisket, ribs, and sausages is prepared on wood-fired smokers.
6. Argentina – Asado
This offers a different approach to how barbecue is prepared. It is cooked over wood or charcoal by attaching an entire beast or sides of its meat to a vertical spit before cooking. It is an open pit-style of barbecue.
7. Peru – Ceviche
This dish is unofficially accredited to Javier Wong of Peru despite its being a popular dish along Latin America’s coastal regions. You guessed right if a meal cooked with raw fish is what came to your mind. The raw fish is cured in lemon or lime and seasoned with chili, coriander, and onion.
8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Feijoada
This dish of braised beans and gelatinous pork belly is originally Portuguese. It can also be prepared using a variety of meat such as Carne Seca also known as dried beef, pig ears, and sausage. This popular Brazilian dish is appetizing and taken as a comfort food by the locals.
9. Athens, Greece – Souvlaki
Make sure you ask for the “souvlaki sandwich” to avoid being given souvlaki and chips. It is a common food found on the streets of Greek. Souvlaki is a skewered, and barbecued lamb typically rolled into a smoky grilled pita bread with herbs, onion, tomato, and yogurt.
10. England – Steak and kidney pie
This satisfying British pub food is very comforting to taste. It consists of a rib-sticking mix of vegetables, kidneys, slow-cooked beef, and gravy. Try this dish encased in suet pastry, kidney pudding, and steak.
11. Marseilles, France – Bouillabaisse
Before it gained much popularity, this dish began as a simple fisherman’s stew on the Marseilles region of Provence. This bony rockfish is served with croutons and rouille. It is flavored with olive oil, saffron, tomatoes, and wine.
12. Naples, Italy – Pizza
This is where pizza, as it is known across the globe, calls home. There are strict guidelines to be followed while preparing a genuine wood-fired pizza. You will find the marinara and classic Margherita types of pizza here in Naples.
13. Valencia, Spain – Paella
This dish is cooked slowly in order to create a thick, golden “socarrat” right at the bottom of the rice. It has been around in Valencia since the 18th century. You either enjoy it as paella de marisco with shellfish, or paella Valenciana with any of chicken, rabbit, snail, or vegetables.
14. Bangalore, India – Masala Dosa
Made from rice flour and ground pulses, Masala Dosa is a very popular dish in the southern part of India. It is a crisp and delicious pancake stuffed with cooked potatoes, green chili, onions, and spices.
15. Bangkok, Thailand – Pad Thai
For decades, the people of Thai have enjoyed this simple fried noodle dish. You can easily get this mix of rice stick noodles, bean sprouts, chili, egg, herbs, prawn, lime juice, and tamarind on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. It is cooked in a huge wok over a fiercely-heated charcoal fire.
16. Jakarta, Indonesia – Beef rendang
Originally a West Sumatra dish, this spicy and full-bodied dry curry is popular in Indonesia. The meal is prepared by slowly cooking beef in thick coconut milk after marinating it in spice paste until it becomes rich and thick.
17. Singapore – Hainanese Chicken
Among the food you find on the streets of Singapore, this is one of the true classics. It is a broth which can be served with chili, dark soy, and ginger sauces. It is made of poached chicken and rice that is cooked in chicken broth.
18. Vietnam – Pho
The best of this dish birthed in the north of Vietnam can be had in the south of the country. Their preparation of this long-simmered broth appears lighter, more fragrant, and is known to be restorative when taken first thing in the morning. The rice noodles is cooked with bean shoots and fresh herbs.
Rest of the World
19. Australia – Kangaroo steak loin
It may surprise you to learn that Australians prepare a dish with this animal which is associated with them. Restaurants across the country are leveraging on the availability of this sweet meat and adding it to their menus. Kangaroo meat is lean and sustainable.
20. Istanbul, Turkey – Kebabs
This dish of long skewers of lamb is grilled with care over an ocakbasi, an open grill. It is served on paper-thin grilled flatbreads while the dish is still sizzling and smoking.
21. Marrakesh, Morocco – Tagine
This is a spicy stew of meat, fish, or vegetables in Morocco. The vegetables share its name with the earthenware pot which is conical in shape that it is cooked in.