It may not be easy traveling around the world to have a taste of these dishes, but a great way to experience a culture is to sample its signature dishes. Try experimenting in your kitchen with the recipes you’ve gathered or when dining outlook for a great restaurant that meets your global taste across countries. Here is a list of 30 most delicious dishes in the world you can’t afford to miss.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup, its popularity over the decades has risen tremendously and it is easy to see why. As it is with most dishes, there are regional varieties, including the most popular tonkatsu (pork bone broth) ramen of Kyushu and the miso ramen of Hokkaido. Ramen is a rich meat (or occasionally fish) broth, flavored with soy or miso, and served with toppings such as mushrooms, seaweed, sesame seeds, spring onions, and a soft-boiled egg.
Cacio e Pepe, Italy
Easily translated as “cheese and pepper”, the dish, as its name suggests, uses a handful of basic ingredients: black pepper, cheese, pasta, and butter. You’ll find versions made with either spaghetti or pici, which is a short, thick worm-like pasta, and there’s also debate about what cheese to use – it’s usually either Parmesan or pecorino romano. There are countless divine Italian pasta recipes, but this one is genius in its simplicity.
Southern Fried Chicken, USA
You might think deep frying a piece of chicken is very easy, you would think again. Knowing the amount of seasoning to add, making the perfect batter, and choosing the best way to fry your chicken surely takes a lot of practice. A renowned dish in the American South, a lovely basket of fried chicken would make the list of choices.
Beouf Bourguignon, France
This dish is one of the most famous recipes from Julia Child’s groundbreaking cookbook The French Chef. At first glance, the classic French dish might look roughly finished, but it comes with a lot of work and skills to make it right. The perfect dish consists of beef slowly braised in red wine, plus beef stock, carrots, onions and sometimes mushrooms, this super-rich dish is packed with layers of flavor.
Barramundi is one of the best Australian cuisines. The dish is just on a class of its own. The whitefish can be fried, grilled, barbecued, baked, chargrilled, or steamed, and it’s perfect when served with a lemon and dill butter.
This is a traditional après-ski meal. The cheese used for this dish is either melted under a grill or in a little pan and then served with potatoes, cornichons, pickled onions, and sometimes a selection of charcuterie. It’s traditionally made with Raclette cheese produced in the region, is believed to have been invented in the Swiss canton of Valais.
The simplicity of this meal hides seems to hide its complex flavors that are at once unctuous and refreshing. This perfect, warm, and comforting noodle dish has taken the world by surprise and rightly so. Pho’s development was facilitated by the French and Chinese cooking, although it was born in Vietnam in the late 19th century. Right now, it is a lovely Vietnamese offering that you don’t need to search very far to find, no matter where you are in the world.
This dish may not look very attractive at first glance, but this lovely Canadian dish is making waves across Canada and the northeast of the United States. This amazing Quebec dish comprises Comprising fluffy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside French fries, and thick, rich and meaty gravy, poutine is elevated to a culinary event by the addition of cheese curds.
The origin of biryani can be traced to the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. There are so many varieties of biryani all over the world today. But the basic components, rice, and an assortment of spices are untouchable.
The hamburger was named after the German city of Hamburg in the 19th century. It comprises of ground local beef mixed with onions and garlic and then formed into patties. The modern incarnation is attributed to several Americans and is an essential part of US food culture.
The origin of Tacos is usually traced to the Mexicans in the 18th-century silver mines. There is also an American version of Tacos, but the Mexican version of Tacos doesn’t include garnishes like lettuce, tomato, cheese or even sour cream. It comprises of soft corn tortillas full of delicious beef, pork and chicken and usually topped with cilantro, finely diced white onion and a type of salsa or, sometimes, guacamole.
This dish can be traced back to Denmark. In the 1800s, slices of rye bread were commonly used instead of a plate and the tradition of smørrebrød (literally, buttered bread) started when decorating the bread slices became a fashionable craze. Common additions include pickled herring, prawns, or smoked salmon which is then paired with sliced egg, mayonnaise, and cress. Modern smørrebrød can also be vegetarian, vegan, or topped with meat.
Som Tam, Southeast Asia
This dish is common in Southeast Asia, it is a spicy, crunchy salad made with shredded unripe green papaya and other local fruits and vegetables tossed in a delicious sweet and sour dressing of palm sugar, chili peppers, and lime juice. Its origin can be traced to Laos, it’s also eaten throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Making a traditional som tam at home involves a lot of shredding and pounding with pestle and mortar.
Arepa, Venezuela and Cambodia
Arepa is a type of traditional bread made from cornmeal and stuffed with sweet or savory fillings, it is most common in Venezuela and Cambodia. Its recipe has remained unchanged for centuries. The flat, round, unleavened dough is grilled, baked, fried, boiled, or steamed and eaten daily in the region.
The name Kebab was first recorded in the 14th century and is believed to have originated from Turkey with soldiers cooking their freshly killed animals over open fires. Traditionally, only one lamb is used, but over the years there have been lots of varieties, from the popular shish and doner to regional specialties like Adana and testi.
Falafel, Middle East
Falafel was eaten as a substitute for meat by Coptic Christians during Lent and was made with fava beans. It is believed to have come from the Egyptians, it is round in shape and comprises of a deep-fried patty of ground chickpeas, herbs, spices, and onions make for a tasty veggie treat. Over the years, it migrated to the Levant, where it got its current chickpea form.
Poke, Hawaii, USA
This lovely dish has ancient roots that date back a long time when native islanders would rub sea salt, seaweed, and traditional relish inamona into their fresh catches. The native Hawaiian diced raw fish dish, meaning ‘to slice’ in Hawaiian, has surged in popularity across the US in recent years, probably due to the appeal of its healthy, fresh ingredients.
Beef stroganoff, Russia
This dish was invented in the 19th century by some French chefs working for the Stroganovs (an influential Russian merchant family). It’s traditionally a dish of sautéed beef and sliced mushrooms served with a sour cream sauce, but different versions of beef stroganoff exist in other parts of the world.
Pad Thai, Thailand
Pad Thai, is Thailand’s national dish, it is very popular in the country. The dish usually comprises of rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, tofu, tamarind paste, fish sauce, dried shrimps, palm sugar, and red chili pepper, then topped with peanuts.
This dish can be used as a starter or as part of a bigger meal. In Georgia, this meal is very popular and widely available that it is even used to measure inflation rates in the country (the Khachapuri Index).
Dim Sum, China
The history of the dim sim can be linked to the old Chinese tea houses. dim sum means “touch the heart” in Cantonese and has since evolved into an essential element of Chinese cuisine. Usually served in bamboo steamers and traditionally enjoyed from the early hours until mid-morning.
The word sushi is an old Japanese term that literally means “it’s sour”. It comprises of fresh fish and rice. There are five main types of sushi, nigiri (fish served on rice), sashimi (fish without rice), maki (rice and filling wrapped in seaweed), uramaki (seaweed wrap around the filling with rice on the outside) and temaki (cone-shaped) in the world today.
Masala dosa, India
dosa is a fermented crêpe made from rice batter and black lentils that enjoys a history stretching back a whopping 2,000 years. It is all over Asia as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The masala dosa is a variation that’s stuffed with a delicious filling of parboiled potatoes, fried onions, and spices. Often served with coconut and tomato chutney.
Moules Frites, Belgium
Although mussels come steamed in a variety of broths and sauces with myriad ingredients, nothing beats a classic Moules marinière, a mix of white wine, onions, parsley, cream, and butter. It is a common dish in Belgium.
The Tagine has been a staple of Moroccan food for centuries, it is a sweet and warming slow-cooked stew served in the terracotta pot it is cooked in. If you want to get the best taste, you can mix meat or poultry with vegetables or fruit, and the delicate spices of turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and cumin.
You mustn’t travel round the whole world to get a taste of these lovely dishes, you can try to prepare some yourself at home. Let us know what you came up with in the comment box below.