We often spend time in the office debating about the places we’d most like to live all over the world. We also discuss the best things to eat – ranging from the classics to the more unusual dishes. With this in mind, we decided to combine those two arguments and present our top ten global foods; taking several things into consideration: uniqueness of traditional food, diversity of cuisines, and a feeling that it is always evolving and improving.
Few know that this famous Caribbean dish is made with Scotch bonnet pepper, one of the spiciest chillies in the world. Jamaican Jerk’s other secret ingredient is pimento, which is indigenous to the island, and the plant’s berries give the chicken its unmistakable taste. The traditional version of the dish is actually smoked over a fire made from pimento wood.
What better way to complete a holiday than sampling the wondrous meats paired with the freshest Mediterranean seafood? Paella can be a difficult, time-consuming dish to prepare, but set some time aside and you’ll find it’s definitely worth the effort.
Enjoying the best homemade pizza and pasta while traveling in Italy or living in New York is a given, but should you wish to delve a little deeper then try ordering the relatively unknown but just-as-delicious national favourite Fritto Misto. This iconic Venetian dish offers the freshest local catch so net yourself the best seafood and get creative!
Best served with a Caipirinha, often served with shredded kale or collard greens, streamed rice and an orange slice and named after the Portuguese word feijão, meaning beans. This traditional dish is a rich feast of meats and beans, cooked slowly in a delicious broth. It’s mainly shared between friends at social gatherings.
Famously described as ‘the rich man’s breakfast’, Ful Medames is Egypt’s national dish – consisting of a humble bean stew and eaten by Egyptians from all walks of life, it is said to date back to the time of the pharaohs.
Yangzhou Fried Rice
One of Shanghai’s most popular dishes, Yangzhou Fried Rice is quick and easy to prepare – simply grab some chopsticks and you’re ready to eat! It’s one of the most versatile dishes you can cook and have ready in minutes. and can be eaten with a wide variety of meats, fishes or vegetables.
Red Snapper Veracruzana
Whilst Mexico and most of the US is known for it’s delicious tacos, burritos and enchiladas, not everyone realises that Red Snapper Veracruzana is infact their most popular dish. Furthermore, the name comes from its origin in the state of Veracruz – a long, narrow state stretching along the Gulf Coast.
It may come as no surprise that Sushi is widely known as the most popular cuisine in Japan. It may not seem like home cooking to us but the Japanese are just as content rolling their own at home. Not as difficult to prepare as some might think, the seaweed comes with instructions on how to create and wrap it and you can impress your friends with exotic rolls that taste as good as any Japanese restaurant in the UK.
Popular not just in Russia but across a variety of Eastern European nations, Borscht can be served hot or cold and contains vegetables such as potatoes, carrots or peppers. The Russians often like to serve it as an appetizer with dark rye bread.
Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
Despite the UK’s increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine in an increasingly multi-cultural society, a ‘good old roast’ is still a much-loved Sunday tradition and national treasure. Yorkshire puddings were originally served as fillers before the main course for those who couldn’t afford much beef although today, the two are usually eaten together alongside gravy-soaked roast potatoes, vegetables, and horseradish sauce.
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