As true-blue foodies, our minds tend to wander all around the world! We often ask questions about what kind of food people from different countries eat. Do Spanish people eat rice as we do? Do Italians enjoy vegetarianism? What kinds of meats do people enjoy eating? These questions make us wonder more and more about the world's cuisines, and how different they are from ours! Today, we shall introduce you to the most popular dishes from ten cuisines of the world, to give an idea of what it's like to travel the world as a foodie.
Best Dishes From Different Cuisines That You Must Try Once In Your Life:
1. Tacos - Mexican
Mexican food resembles Indian cuisine in many ways as people most of the Mexicans enjoy spicy rice, tortilla (a wheat-based roti), meat and veggies. The most popular Mexican dish - tacos can be best described as an open wrap with a filling of meat, cheese, and lettuce as the star of the show. The taco shell is at the time enjoyed soft or even hard, simply by baking the tortilla.
2. Pizza - Italian
The humble combination of sauce, cheese and bread is one that we all know of! This Italian delicacy has transcended the Italian borders and crossed oceans to become one of the most loved dishes in the world. While many pizza variations exist now, the authentic Italian pizza is all about a soft and crunchy base, tangy marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese (also known as the Margherita pizza).
3. Moussaka - Greek
Known for its earthy and simple flavours, the Greek cuisine's moussaka is one of the most popular dishes of the cuisine, making it an excellent dish to introduce you to the world of Greek food. While the moussaka has many variants, it is the Greek version that has taken a special place in the foodies' hearts. It looks a lot like lasagna, but the flavours are very different; it is often a potato or eggplant based meat dish.
4. Sushi - Japanese
This popular Japanese food has received a lot of hype in the past decade, becoming quite the delicacy around the world. For the unversed, traditional sushi are raw fish and vegetables wrapped in vinegared rice. This cold, savoury treat has a signature sour taste, which makes it stands out from other popular dishes!
5. Paella - Spanish
"Paella" is actually a special pan in which this dish is cooked, and it became the name of this one-pot rice dish! The paella is prepared by slow cooking rice, vegetables, seafood and spices, till it takes its flavoursome form. This rice dish is a lot like the Indian classics khichdi and pulao, but the major difference is that meat is a key ingredient in the Spanish dish.
6. Coq au vin - French
The name of this quintessential French dish, coq au vin, literally translates to "rooster in wine". As the name suggests, this French dish sees chicken braised in wine, mushrooms, onions, garlic, bacon and at times, even brandy! The key characteristic of this dish is the wine, as this is what gives the dish its signature flavour.
7. Thai Curry - Thai
Another popular dish often enjoyed in restaurants, Thai curry is a creamy mellow curry that is made from a special paste, coconut milk, meat, seafood, vegetables and herbs. There are three popular variations of this curry, each depending on the variation of the paste used in the curry - green Thai curry, red Thai curry and yellow Thai curry.
8. Bibimbap - Korean
The name bibimbap breaks down to the Korean words "bibim" meaning mixing rice and "bap" referring to the noun used for rice. This warm Korean rice dish is essentially served with sauteed vegetables, kimchi, gochujang (chilli pepper paste), soy sauce, egg and sliced meats. This hot dish is thoroughly mixed together before eating.
9. Irish Stew - Irish
The epitome of comfort food, traditional Irish stew needs only a few ingredients: meat, onions and potatoes, with salt and pepper. In southern Ireland, carrots are added, and some cooks venture so far as to add turnips, parsnips or rutabaga. Parsley or a sprig of thyme may go into the pot, too. For a true Irish stew, sticklers say, you must use mutton.
10. Pho - Vietnamese
Considered the national dish of Vietnam, pho is a Vietnamese soup dish prepared using broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. Pronounced as 'Fuh' and not 'Foe', this is quite a hit on the Vietnamese streets and is enjoyed for lunch and dinner.
Try out these different dishes and get a taste of the world at home!