Going to a country and want to make sure your taste-buds are satisfied? Or just curious? Then this no-fast-food list of the seven best dishes from foreign countries will be of use!
1. Peru – Ají De Gallina
Ají De Gallina is creamy chicken sauce thickened with bread crumbs and raw nuts and served with rice. Sound delish? The sauce is bright yellow, which is due to the ají amarillo peppers. This dish can also be topped off with olives and boiled potatoes.
If you think this meal sounds like a great idea to cook for your grandparents (or a boss reluctant to raise your salary), read up on how to make it here.
2. Thailand – Pad Thai
Pad Thai is light and dry, with a fresh flavor. It’s the ultimate street food, which may sound bad, but is the opposite. The best Pad Thai cooks make this dish over and over again, day after day, perfecting it. This glorious meal contains eggs, noodles, tofu, lime, pepper, garlic and fish sauce, among other optional additions.
A guide on how to cook it can be found here.
3. Bulgaria – Banitsa
The best of Bulgarian food is served on holidays, like Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Easter. It’s even better if it’s served by your grandparents! Banitsa is an amazing pastry dish that will have you reaching for more and more slices. It’s mainly made out of filo dough, with scattered feta cheese, milk and eggs in between.
On New Year’s Eve it’s usually cut into 9 – 15 slices, with a slips of paper in each slice which tell you how your year’s going to be. They are never bad! And best of all, they always come true… Get a banitsa recipe here.
4. Egypt – Halva
This has many names — halawa, halava, hulwah, the list goes on. But they’re names for the same thing: a glorious binder of honey full with sesame seeds, almonds and other crushed nuts. It can be made into various things like blocks or energy bars, both brittle or chewy. This is a common snack in Egypt, eaten for breakfast or dinner.
It’s one of the very few foods that can tolerate the harsh Egyptian heat, and doesn’t need any special storage. Halva’s simple recipe is here!
5. Sweden – Kanelbullar
Two of the world’s 50 best restaurants can be found in Sweden, so it’s only natural that they have good food there! Kanelbullar is no exception. These are cinnamon buns, and if you’re a guest at someone’s house for coffee, you’ll surely get served one!
Do I have your sweet tooth aching? Read up on making kanelbullar here.
6. Italy – Chicken Saltimbocca
The Italian word ‘saltimbocca’ means ‘to jump into one’s mouth’. You can only expect this wonderful dish to walk off it’s plate and straight into your watering mouth, then. This involves a mix of chicken, pepper and prosciutto to create this lovely looking meal:
Saltimbocca is a great alternative to the popular spaghetti and lasagna. Sounds good? Great, now go make it: here!
7. Singapore – Curry Puff
Curry puffs are great snacks — pastry shells filled with curried potatoes. They look compact and taste amazing, so if you have the required ingredients, why not try and make some? Here!