1. Massaman curry, Thailand
Originated in Thailand, Massaman curry is a vibrant, relatively mild Thai curry. It is composed of cinnamon, cardamom, star anise, cumin, cloves, nutmeg, and mace. It is then combined with more local grown flavors such as ass dried chili peppers, lemongrass, cilantro seeds, white pepper, shallots, shrimp paste, and garlic. These ingredients will then make a curry paste. The paste is then cooked with coconut milk that gives the dish a sweet, coconutty, and savory taste. According to the locals, it is best served with rice.
2. Neapolitan pizza, Italy
Well, some people would opt to have a pizza that has everything on it. But little did they know, one of the best pizza is the simple Neapolitan. It is made of sea salt, three types of fresh tomatoes, high-grade wheat flour, hand-rolled dough, and it is strictly using a wood-fired oven. It is a few ingredients that make this pizza the best! The dough is topped with olive oil, tomatoes, salt, and basil. The Neapolitans created this simple pizza to perfection that everyone enjoys it despite having few toppings.
3. Chocolate, Mexico
Many indulge in chocolate. However, many also have the guilt of eating too much yet still eats some more. The Mayans drink chocolate, and Lasse Hallström even made a film about it. Nonetheless, everybody loves chocolate. The story of the humble cacao bean is such a culinary wonder. From out of the jungle into the cavitation of the culinary experts. Without this creamy, bitter-sweet confection, Easter and Valentine’s Day will never be the same. Can you imagine a world without chocolate?
4. Sushi, Japan
When you see raw fish, Japan will pop in your head. You could not be blamed for that as the Japanese created sushi in the perfect way as possible. Putting raw fish and rice together, sushi considered to be on the best food. It is also said to be the global first-date favorite. Given that the ingredients are accessible, there is something about how it’s made by the Japanese that makes sushi scrumptious.
5. Peking duck, China
May are not that of a fan when it comes to eating ducks. But when they got to try the Peking duck, minds changed. The secret in this delicacy is the maltose-syrup glazed in the coating of the duck’s skin. The duck is then slow-roasted in an oven and turns out to have a crispy, syrup coated skin. Some of the authentic Chinese eateries will serve more skin than meat. It will then be paired with a wrap, onions, and sweet bean sauce or hoisin. All the flavors create fireworks inside your mouth.
6. Hamburger, Germany
Fact check, burgers came from Germany and the US. According to reports, people spend $20 billion a year in a single restaurant chain to consume this famous entrée. McDonald’s is one of the most popular hamburger fast-food restaurants that has branches across the globe. They might not make the best hamburgers, but people still go after them. Different individual has a different approach to making hamburgers. As long as you have the ground beef and buns, you are good to go.
7. Penang Assam Laksa, Malaysia
Laksa is one of the comfort food after a tiring day. It is consists of poached, flaked mackerel, chili, tamarind, mint, lemongrass, and onions. It is one of Malaysia’s most famous dishes. Penang Assam laksa is considered to be addictive that has a spicy-spur fish broth with noodles. The spicy soup will have your nose running before the spoon hits your lips.
8. Tom yum Goong, Thailand
Originated in Thailand, the tom yum goong is also a dish that is rich in flavors. This best Thai masterpiece comes with shrimp, lemongrass, mushrooms, tomatoes galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. It is usually loaded with coconut milk and cream. This hearty soup represents that Thai’s favorite flavors such as sour, spicy, salty, and sweet. The best part is that this dish is not expensive.
9. Ice cream, global
Ice cream is one of the famous desserts worldwide. It is also consumed when people are going through stress as it is one of the best comfort food. Multiple countries have different take when it comes to ice cream. Topped with different toppings and mix with different flavors. Best eaten during summer or just having a lazy day watching TV.
10. Chicken Muamba, Gabon
The chicken Muamba is also one of the dishes that every country has a different approach to making one. This dish originated in Gabon, and it is considered to be the country’s national dish. The original recipe has hot chili, garlic, tomato, chicken, pepper, palm butter, salt, and okra. This dish is also rich in butter, which makes you feel guilty, yet you cannot help to consume another serving.
11. Rendang, Indonesia
The rendang is one of the must-try dishes when travelers visit Indonesia. The beef is slowly simmered with a mixture of galangal, garlic, turmeric, chilies, ginger, and of course, coconut milk. It is then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of flavorful beef goodness. Experiencing this dish fresh out of the kitchen will have your stomach into overdrive, but many have suggested leaving overnight before eating. They also have chicken rendang, and it also tastes really good.
12. Piri-Piri chicken, Mozambique
The South African restaurant chain called Nando’s has created its own Mozambican-Portuguese Piri-Piri chicken that has been loved by people around the world. For the original dish, heat Maputo which is the capital of Mozambique, Galinha à Zambeziana is a finger-lickin’ feast of chicken. The meat is cooked with pepper, lime garlic, Piri Piri sauce, and coconut milk. Imagine the flavors that can be distinguished in one dish.
13. Corn on the cob, global
Another global delicacy is the corn on the cob. This food is another excuse to indulge in melted butter. The sweetness of the corn and the rich buttery taste compliment each other well. This dish may be simple, but a lot of people love to eat this, especially biting into the cob.
14. Donuts, United States
These all-American fried snack needs no introduction. Donuts is also one of the American meal that you can be addicted to. This delicious guilt of bite may have plenty of calories, but you can’t just get your hands off it. Thus, there are plenty of healthy alternatives for donuts, but the one with lots of calories is simply the best.
15. Pierogi, Poland
There are famous Chinese dumplings, and there are Polish dumplings. Originated in Poland, the Pierogi are parcels of delicious goodness that can be filled with different fillings, from sauerkraut, potato, meat, cheese, and fruit. The dish is often topped with sour cream, melted butter, or fried onions. Traditionally the Pierogi are boiled, but frying them became more common these days.
16. Pastel de nata, Portugal
Pastel de Natas is considered to be the world’s delicious by-product of laundry. Yes, laundry. According to legends, Portuguese monks and nun, use egg whites to starch their religious clothing. To avoid wasting the leftover yolks, they made it to pastry products. It includes the pastel de anta which is a sinfully appetizing custard tarts.
17. Lobster, global
Lobster is also one of the expensive delicacies worldwide. This expensive marine crustaceans is one of the sought after dish when you are feeling fancy. Being as it is, the lobster itself is already delicious, but different restaurants has different take on this. Mostly, experts will suggest to keep it simple, just boiled the lobster with a side of melted butter and a slice of lemon.
18. Shish kebab, Turkey
The shish kebab is basically pick your meat, shove it through a stick then grill. These cubes of meat is often lamb, but it could also be beef, chicken or swordfish. This delicious dish is best paired with vegetables and rice. This could make a perfect addition for barbecue parties especially during summer.
19. Bunny chow, South Africa
Disclaimer, no rabbits are harmed in making these, despite the name. Bunny chow is one of the loved South African street food. It is a hollowed-out half or quarter-loaves of white bread that is filled with super-spicy curry. Also, this dish is originally from Durban’s Indian community and became one of the famous delicacies across South Africa.
20. Arepas, Venezuela
Venezuela can easily flaunt out this delicious food. The Arepas is composed of corn-dough that acts as a canvass into the savory toppings. Most likely, it is topped with beef, tomato, avocado, shredded chicken, crisped pork skin, Perico, and cheese. Basically, you could pick your own filling or toppings that perfectly paired with Arepas.
21. Croissant, France
Croissant is also a pastry that is known across the globe. The flaky goodness smothered in butter gave each bite buttery soft goodness. Best paired with jam, especially fruits, there is nothing not love about this fatty breakfast food. You could always have this with a cup of black coffee.
22. Poke, US
Poke is one of the iconic Hawaiian appetizers that is consists of raw fish. The light salad can give you a refreshing feel on your taste buds. The poke is originated when the local fishermen were looking for the use of the cut-offs from their catches. What a great way to make do off their cut-offs and poke is considered to be one of the scrumptious appetizers, and its healthy too.
23. Lasagna, Italy
Lasagna is considered to be on the list of Italy’s famed food. This dish is one of the favorites of kids and adults alike. The pasta is layered with tomato sauce, minced meat, cheese, and secret sauces; the dish is just simply delicious. It is also easy to make as long as you focus on one recipe since different versions are available depending on the country.
24. Champ, Ireland
Champ is an Irish national dish that is also one the must-try in Ireland. Basically, the champ is made up of mashed potato, spring onions, butter, salt, and pepper. It is the perfect side for any meat or fish. The best experience that you could have when trying out the champ in Ireland is to go to the busiest pub in any Irish seaside town, around noon time. According to reports, it will feel right.
25. Butter garlic crab, India
Many countries have claimed to be the roots of the butter garlic crab. However, according to sources, India is the home of this delicacy. This simple, yet super delicious dish is made by drowning a large crab in a gallon of garlic-butter sauce. The crab meat will then seep into every corner, opening, and coats every inch of the flesh with buttery goodness. It is one of India’s signature dish and trying to imagine the taste of this will make you crave one.
26. Fajitas, Mexico
You can find fajitas anywhere in Mexico, as it is present in streets and restaurants that serve authentic cuisine. The meat is sizzling on a fiery griddle, and along with it is a warm tortilla. You can throw side servings such as salsa, guacamole, sour cream, onion, and capsicum. This local delicacy is one of the famous dishes in the country. You can’t just have one serving of this, 3-4 perhaps?
27. Lechón, Philippines
Lechon is a traditional Filipino dish that is served on special occasions, especially Christmas time. It is a whole pig slowly roasted over charcoal for several hours. This process makes the meat tender and the skin crispy. Some locals will even make a sauce that is composed of pork liver, vinegar, and other spices. Just like any other food, in Philippines alone, different cities has a different take on the Lechon.
28. Pho, Vietnam
Pho is often mispronounced, and the correct one is “fuh.” The comforting soup which is originated in Vietnam is composed of broth, few herbs, and fresh rice noodles. The meat that is placed in the soup is usually beef or chicken. Mixed together in one bowl makes the ingredients lite yet flavorful. Imagine sipping into the soup after a long tiring day.
29. Ohmi-gyu beef steak, Japan
Wagyu beef is the premium Japanese beef that is from the famous Takara Ranch. It has been recognized by the Imperial Palace of Japan and is considered to be the greatest beef stock to be raised in the past 400 years. Also called the “Rolls-Royce od beef, the Ohmi-gyu beef steak is best-eaten sashimi-style, with a drizzle of kaffir lime and green tea sea salt. Having the marbled fat, it gives each bite a soft, melty texture, but left a subtle but distinct flavor of the beef.
30. Goi Cuon (summer roll), Vietnam
Goi cuon or summer roll is also the famous snack of Vietnam. It is made out of shrimp, pork, rice vermicelli, and other flavorful ingredients wrapped in rice paper. It is best served at room temperature. The light meat inside, mixed with refreshing herbs, erupts in your mouth, giving you a refreshing feeling. The roll is best paired with the slightly sweet Vietnamese sauce with ground peanuts.
31. Parma ham, Italy
Originated in Italy, the parma ham can usually be seen folded around in melon, placed over like a pizza topping, wrapped around breadstick, or heaped over salad. The good reason for the parma ham to be placed on those dishes is its salty taste. The paper-thin slices go well with everything that it accompanies and put the flavor to a higher level.
32. Ankimo, Japan
Ankimo is a monkfish liver best paired with a little grated daikon. If you have not tried this yet, you are going to miss out on one of the sushi’s last great secrets. However, the monkfish to anglerfish that unknowingly bestows its liver on the fancy sushi fans is under threat by commercial fishing nets. The reason for it is that the nets are damaging its sea-floor habitat. Thus, there is a possibility the ankimo will not stay around any longer.
33. Fish ‘n’ chips, UK
Fish ‘n’ chips is another dish that has been available across the globe. Originated in UK, it has been around since the 1860s. The recipe is a staple food of the Victorian British working class. It has crunchy-outside, and soft-juicy fish inside. You don’t want to miss this if you have plans to go to the UK, because nothing beats the original.
34. Maple syrup, Canada
Pancakes are just wrong without the maple syrup. Originated in Canada, the maple syrup gives life to pancakes. However, it is not just pancakes that are best paired with the syrup. It can also be used in baking and other meals.
35. Chili crab, Singapore
A must-try dish is Singapore is their chili crab. The dish has a spicy sloppy and meaty taste in it. There are dozens of ways to prepare the crab, such as cook it with salted egg yolk, black pepper, and a whole lot more. But the best seller of the country is the chili crab. It is best paired with mini mantou buns to mop up the spicy chili-tomato gravy that splatters around the plate.
36. Hummus, Middle East
Originated in the Middle East, the hummus is a humble spread that became available worldwide. It is made up of chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, and tahini. It is loved by many and also became a staple fridge food. The hummus is best paired with bread, vegetables, beans, and bread, as it gives you a tangy taste.
37. Chicken parm, Italy
Chicken parm is also one of the favorite dishes for special occasions. On the top of the chicken fillet, is melted parmesan, mozzarella cheese, and a peppery, garlicky, tomato sauce drizzled over. According to sources, the Aussie pub-goers also claims the origin of the dish as their own. But there is no point in arguing since anybody can make their own version of this dish.
38. French toast, Hong Kong
French toast is one of the homey breakfast food. But in Hong Kong, they gave it a different twist. The two pieces of toast are slathered in kaya jam or peanut butter, then soaked in egg batter, fried in butter, and served will more butter and loads of syrup. Locals and travelers love to indulge in this French toast.
39. Ketchup, United States
Ketchup may be a condiment, but it is present in most of the houses in the US. Especially for kids, ketchup makes them eat their vegetables, such as carrots dipped in ketchup. Fries, hamburgers, hotdogs, and hash browns are among the few pairs of ketchup. It is always ideal for keeping on your fridge or cupboard.
40. Marzipan, Germany
Be careful with the cheap imitations, as it usually consists of soy paste or almond essence. The authentic version of the Marzipan is made of real ground almonds and sugar. It is so good that the flavor will overpower your guilt. You can consume the whole bar or even aught yourself, opening another one. Marzipan is best served during the holidays.
Food will always have different choices and approaches depending on the country or even the city. Other countries will somehow give the country which the food is originated from a different twist. It goes to show how tasty the dish is. Having a wide variety to explore, it is always good to travel and try the local delicacies to discover different flavors and cultures.