34 global recipes that all foodies should try

“It’s not popular in Western culture, but it’s one of the most delicious dishes I know.”

If you love food, there is nothing more exciting than discovering new recipes and flavors from different countries, regions and cultures around the world. So Redditor u/sarriest asked, “Name a dish from your culture that you think everyone should try.” Here’s how people responded:


“Machaca. It’s a dish from northern Mexico, the scrambled eggs with carne seca (think super thin, dried out, but incredibly flavorful jerky without all the added spices), chopped tomato and onion.”


“For Filipino cuisine, you have to try lumpia — basically a spring roll stuffed with pork. “It’s so damn delicious I can (and actually have) hurt myself if I overindulge in it!”


“For Indian cuisine, you have to try chaat, which is basically any hearty street food. Pani Puri in particular is my favorite: it’s deep-fried and puffed balls of dough that are hollowed out and filled with mashed potatoes or chickpeas, flavored water, and spices.”


“Shish Barak, a Lebanese dish of small fried dumplings (about the size of a quarter) filled with seasoned meat and pine nuts. They are served in a yoghurt sauce with garlic, coriander and mint.”


“Fesenyan. It’s a Persian stew typically made with chicken in a pomegranate and walnut sauce. It’s a very interesting flavor combination because it’s slightly sweet, tangy and savory at the same time.”


“Complete Feijoada from Brazil. It consists of smoky black bean stew, fluffy white rice, sautéed kale, farofa (toasted cassava flour to soak up excess), vinaigrette, tomato and onion salad, and orange slices. I want to pair it with a caipirinha and some samba music.”


“Jianbing is a Chinese street food breakfast that everyone should know about. This dish can be found at many food stalls. It’s a very thin crepe filled with a delicious filling of your choice. It’s folded around a sheet of crispy fried wonton and lettuce so you can hold it and eat while you go, so it’s great for a meal on the go.”


“Irish soda bread. My relatives only make it around St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, but I think it’s delicious anytime, especially warm with butter.”


“Kaiserschmarrn is an Austrian breakfast made from sweet and fluffy stir-fry pancakes served with raisins soaked in rum. It’s hard to imagine until you’ve tasted it, but it’s so good.”


“I’m from Kenya and my favorite dish is ugali, which is a doughy corn porridge that you eat by pinching off a piece, rolling it into a ball and then using it to pick up the other foods you eat with it like spiced rice or sukuma Wiki (kale).”


“Chicken rice is a Singapore staple and a dish that best represents our cuisine. You can choose between steamed or fried chicken, served on fragrant rice in chicken broth. The highlight of the dish, however, is the sweet soy sauce and chili-garlic-lime sauce.”


“I’m Latvian and I would say piragi is the must-try dish. They are warm buns stuffed with ham, bacon, onions and black pepper. They are very labor intensive to prepare but so delicious.”


“Banh Xeo is one of the best Vietnamese dishes that everyone should try. It’s a crunchy French-inspired turmeric and spring onion crepe filled with crispy pork belly, shrimp and bean sprouts.”


“My favorite Indian dish is saag paneer, creamy spiced mixed leafy greens served with chunks of paneer cheese. It’s good, especially with hot fluffy puri to soak up.”


“There are so many great Indonesian dishes out there, but nasi goreng is the crown jewel. It’s our version of fried rice with meat, vegetables and a fried egg. It’s flavored with kecap manis, sweet soy sauce, and terasia, an Indonesian shrimp paste.”


“For Cuban cuisine, it’s ropa vieja, a dish of thinly shredded flank steak cooked in a rich and flavorful sauce made from tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices. Cooking that single dish well is pretty much what separates a good Cuban chef from a mediocre one. It’s not Cuba’s national dish for nothing.”


“My favorite Taiwanese dish is Lu Rou Fan. Nothing beats this slow-simmered, tender pork belly in a rich and fragrant sauce. It’s served over fluffy white rice with a tea infuser in Taiwan, but unfortunately it’s not well known in the western world.”


“One Mexican dish that others don’t often know about is Albóndigas soup. It’s a beef, rice, and meatball soup in chicken broth that’s loaded with a variety of vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and zucchini. It was my favorite comfort food kid paired with warm, fresh tortillas.”


“Vospov Kleyma. It’s an underrated Armenian dish of red lentils and bulgur with sautéed onions. You shape the mixture into patties and top them with parsley and Aleppo pepper. It’s perfect on lavash or any type of bread with garlic sauce or paprika paste. “


“By reference to my Yugoslav origins, I would say that you should try Gibanica. It’s essentially a Baltic cheesecake made with filo pastry, eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, and sour cream. It’s incredibly delicious.”


“My favorite Puerto Rican dish is mofongo. It’s basically mashed fried plantains mixed with garlic and other delicacies.”


“From Singapore, I would choose black pepper crab. Most tourists and foreigners have heard of chilli crab, a cousin of this local delicacy, but locals generally prefer the black pepper variety. It’s made with a ton of butter (so what could be bad?) and it’s flavorful, savory, with a hint of sweetness.”


“Egyptian Koshari. It’s a very tasty mix of spaghetti, white rice, macaroni, black lentils, fried onions and spicy sauces, it tastes absolutely amazing and best of all, it’s incredibly cheap.”


“Hojaldre is a Panamanian dish that more people should know about. It is an egg and flour based dough that is usually left to rise overnight. Then it’s fresh in the morning and topped with everything from cheese to eggs. It’s the best snack and you can make a large batch and leave it on the stovetop all day.”


“When it comes to Dutch cuisine, you have to try Snert. It’s our version of split pea soup. It’s very thick and packed with ingredients like carrots, celeriac, bacon and smoked sausage. It’s perfect for cold winter nights. “


“Rigatoni alla Bolognese is the only Italian dish I couldn’t live without. The traditional version consists of diced vegetables, minced meat, anchovies, white wine, herbs and tomatoes. My grandmother used to make it on Sundays and now I’m continuing that tradition.”


“For German cuisine, you absolutely have to try the currywurst, which is a sausage with a spicy tomato curry sauce. Quality can vary widely, but the best variety uses quality sausage and homemade curry sauce.”


“I’m Native American and the only dish you have to try from my culture is fry bread, which is basically a fried flatbread. I personally like mine with cinnamon and a little butter, but a lot of people eat it with taco toppings. It’s so bad for you, but it’s oh so delicious.”


“Sarma, this is a fairly common Slavic recipe. It’s always a kind of ground beef with diced vegetables, wrapped in cabbage and cooked in a spiced tomato sauce for about two hours.”


“Tadig is an Iranian dish that literally means ‘bottom of pan’. It’s essentially a large slice of crispy, golden fried basmati rice. It tastes like heaven for rice lovers.”


“Ochazuke. It’s a one-bowl Japanese dish that’s basically a creative way to use up what’s in your kitchen. It’s just green tea, rice, and furikake, plus any leftovers from yesterday’s meal (salmon, katsu, etc.).”


“As a European Jew, Babka is a highlight of my culture. It’s a fluffy, moist dessert cake with a sweet dough and either apple cinnamon or chocolate filling. It’s a fudgy goodness delicious enough to hurt our thousand years of exile a little less.”


“I’m from Trinidad and I wish more people knew about roti and curried chicken. You use the roti to soak up all that juicy chicken. It’s easy, filling and sooo satisfying.”


“Warenyky! These are Ukrainian dumplings resembling pierogi. They can be filled with potatoes, cabbage, mushrooms, cottage cheese, cherry jam or really whatever. Poles fry them, but we Ukrainians boil them. I could just live on this dish .”

Which dish from your home country or culture should more people know about? Tell us in the comments below!

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