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Top 15 foods from around the world

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6th April 2016

Emily Robertshaw

Argentina

Locro

This is Argentina’s national dish, which is a hot, white chowder. The corn based stew originates from the Andes and is traditionally served on 25th May – the date of Argentina’s May revolution.

 

Brazil

Acarajé

This tasty snack or street food, made from peeled, fried black beans and onions is perfect for a party. The end product resembles a croquet or fritter and is usually filled with prawns or vapatá, which is a paste made from prawns, coconut milk and ground peanuts.

 

Canada

Poutine

Originating from Quebec, poutine is a must-try comfort food. It’s chips covered in gravy with cheese curds on top! Doesn’t sound like a delicacy but burger joints all over the world are now including poutine on their menus as a side.

 

China

Kung Pao chicken

This Szechuan dish is a spicy stir fry made with chicken, vegetables, peanuts and chillies. It was designated as the official dish of the Beijing Olympics.

 

Croatia

Crni Rižoto

Tried and tested in Dubrovnik, this traditional dish is a black cuttlefish risotto. It’s intense in both its black colour and its flavour, but is delicious with a glass of white wine.

 

Czech Republic

Ovocné knedlíky

This is a staple sweet dish in Czech cuisine. Ovocné knedlíky are dumplings filled with fresh summer fruits such as strawberries and apricots.

 

France

Cassoulet

A French cassoulet uses traditional sausages from Toulouse, confit of duck and haricot beans and is cooked in a large clay pot known as a cassole.

 

Gabon

Chicken Muamba

Chicken Muamba is an Angolan chicken stew, which gets its deep orange colour from red palm oil. It’s a mix of chicken, tomatoes and okra and hot scotch bonnets for that extra kick.

 

Germany

Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte

Jane’s favourite dessert from her year in Germany! Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau) is a luxurious cake made with lashings of chocolate, cream, cherries and kirsch.

 

Greece

Baklava

Baklava is a traditional dessert made up of thin strips of filo pastry sprinkled with crushed walnuts, pistachios and almonds and drizzled with honey. Interestingly the word baklava is Turkish and there are often disputes between Greece and Turkey as to which country is the original creator.

 

India

Kallumakkaya Ularthu

We’re so used to seeing curries on the menu in Britain now that we’ve picked a traditional Kerala curry as our favourite. This one has mussels as the star ingredient and is spiced with turmeric, ginger, coconut oil and chilli.

 

Japan

Chakonabe

Chakonabe is a highly nutritious meat and vegetable stew. It’s food traditionally eaten by sumo wrestlers – don’t worry about calories though as sumos eat enough for several people!

 

Spain

Tocino de cielo

Jerez’s tocino de cielo made up of egg yolks, sugar and water much like a rich crème caramel has an interesting history. Wineries from Jerez used egg whites to clarify their wines and then donated all their leftover egg yolks to local nuns who came up with this simple, yet moreish dessert.

 

Thailand

Massaman curry

The korma of Thai curries, this popular coconut-based dish is usually made with beef or chicken, potatoes and peanuts. Best served with sticky rice!

 

Venezuela

Pabellon criollo

Pabellon criollo is a hearty plate of beans, rice plantain and spicy shredded beef, which is often made up to represent the national flag.

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