“Food is our common ground, a universal experience” – James Beard.
We live in a world which is very diverse right the different landscapes to different languages around the world. But there are a few things that unite us even among all these differences like music, arts, passion for sports and also an appetite for tasty food. Food is something very special to us. There’s nothing better than good tasty food which enriches our body and mind. We all love experimenting new cuisines. The good news is that there are thousands tasty cuisines all around the world. But it may be impossible for a person to enjoy each and every one of them. Still there are many dishes which are so tasty and popular, which every one of us should try at least once in our lifetime. Here is a list of such tasty and popular cuisines from around the world.
What is more appealing about Thailand rather than the picturesque beaches and vibrant night life? It is their tasty cuisine. Generally described as the king of curries, Massaman curry is a southern Thai curry which has a lot of Indian influence. Like Indian curries it is very high on dry spices and is typically served with rice, roti and sometimes as aside of ajaat. The flavors of massaman curry paste come from spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cumin, bay leaves and nutmeg. These are then combined with dried chili peppers, cilantro seeds, lemongrass, galangal, white pepper, shrimp paste, shallots and garlic to make the curry paste. This paste is then fried with coconut cream and then meat, potatoes, onions, tamarind paste sugar, coconut milk and peanuts are added. Spicy, coconutty, sweet and savory, massaman cury is a feast to each and every food enthusiast.
This is one dish that everyone around the world is familiar with. Thanks to McDonald’s, this German dish has enriched the taste buds of people all around the world. Named after the German city of Hamburg, no other fast food has ever been so popular to the young and the old alike. Burgers are available with a wide variety of fillings including chicken, eggs and also a variety of veggie burgers. It is also one of the most consumed food items around the world. In fact McDonald’s sells 75 or more burgers every second holds the record of selling 300 billion burgers to date.
If ever there is a contest for the most beautiful food, sushi will win it hands down. This famed Japanese dish looks like something out of an artist’s canvas. There’s no other food like this Japanese masterpiece which is a treat to the eyes and the taste buds. Sushi basically consists of cooked vinegar rice combined with other ingredients like seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. There are different forms of sushi with different ingredients, but the common ingredient in every type of sushi is rice. Sushi is generally prepared with either brown or white rice and it is often prepared with raw seafood. It is also often prepared with cooked ingredients and vegetarian ingredients. Sushis are famous all around the world and restaurants which serve sushi are present in almost every major city.
Italians are a class apart when it comes to food. It is no wonder that Italian cuisine is one of the most sought after cuisines in the entire world. Among all the Italian foods, none is more popular and tastier than pizza. Just like burgers, pizzas are one of the most consumed foods in the world. There are hundreds of different types of pizzas made with different ingredients and offering different flavors. But the best among the lot is the Neapolitan pizza. It is made from simple and fresh ingredients like a basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and olive oil. In 1984, Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana was founded in Italy, to certify pizzerias that use the proper and ancient traditions of authentic Neapolitan Pizza. They have listed certain requirements that should be met while making a Neapolitan pizza. So the pizzas which fulfill those requirements can only be called a proper Neapolitan pizza. There are three official variants of Neapolitan pizza: Pizza Marinara, which is topped with tomato, garlic, oregano, and extra virgin oil. Pizza Margherita , which is topped with tomato, sliced fresh mozzarella, fresh basil and extra virgin oil. And Pizza Margherita Extra, which is topped with tomato, sliced mozzarella di Bufala, fresh basil and extra virgin oil.
One slice of these tasty Neapolitan pizzas will make you forget about all the other pizzas that you ever had in your life.
Named after its crescent shape, this French delicacy is the perfect breakfast to enjoy with a cup of coffee. French are known for their pastries and croissants are the jewel in the crown among them. It is a buttery, flaky, Vienna style pastry made layered yeast leavened dough. Originated around 19th century, croissants have long been staple of Austrian and French bakeries and patisseries. It is best served with butter and jam or marmalade along with a hot cup of coffee and is the perfect way to begin your day.
We all know how good the Chinese food tastes. Whether it’s the chow mein or the tasty eggrolls, we always have an appetite for any food that is Chinese and Peking duck is the best among all the Chinese dishes. As the name suggests it is a duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the Imperial era. It is famed for its thin, crisp skin with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat. The skin is coated with maltose syrup which is then slowly roasted in an oven. The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. The food is so popular that in 2012, The Huffington Post ranked Peking duck first in the list of “10 foods around the world to try before you die”.
India is haven when it comes to delicious food especially vegetarian food. Masala Dosa is one such South Indian food which is ideal for breakfast. It is a crispy, rice batter encasing a spicy mix of mashed potato, which is then served with coconut chutney, pickles, tomato and lentil based sauces and other condiments. There different variety of masal dosas available in India varying with different region, but the South Indian variety is the most popular. It is a healthy breakfast which can keep you going till lunch.
What is it with these Italians and food? Each and every food of theirs is equally wonderful. Like pizza, pastas are another great contribution from Italians to the rest of the world. There are many different varieties of pastas available and lasagnas are the tastiest. It is also possibly the oldest type of pasta. Lasagnas are made by interleaving different layers of pasta with layers of sauce made with ragù, béchamel and Parmigianino- Reggiano. It is also made with ricotta or mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, various meats and vegetables and typically flavored with wine, garlic, onion and oregano. It was made popular by the famous cartoon character Garfield, who had an immense craving for lasagnas.
Kebabs are on of the most delicious non vegetarian food in the world. It is a Middle Eastern dish of pieces of meat, fish or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or pit. It is considered to be originated in the Eastern Mediterranean from where it spread to the rest of the world. It is a food item which evolved with many countries serving their own local varieties. The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats include beef, goat, chicken, pork or fish. Doner kebab, Jujeh Kebab and Kalmi kebab are some of the most popular kebabs.
If you judge a food just based on its appearance, Rendang would not be featured in any good food list. It looks dull and dour, but it’s delicious taste more than makes up for its appearance. It is a spicy meat dish which originated from the Minangkabau ethnic groups of Indonesia which traditionally used to be served only at special and festive occasions. It is prepared by slowly simmering beef with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies and is then left to stew for a few hours. It is best served hot or at room temperature. It was voted as the number one dish by an online poll of 35,000 people, conducted by CNN in 2011 for their “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods”.
Well, doughnuts need no introduction. It is a favorite delight to both kids and adults alike. Doughnuts are a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. . These can be easily enjoyed as snack or served as a tasty dessert. The two most common types of doughnuts are the toroidal ring doughnut and the filled doughnut, which is injected with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. Doughnuts are now available with many different ingredients and flavors. It is so popular in US that, the first Friday of June is celebrated as the National doughnut Day.
How can a list of food be complete without Mexican food? Like pizzas and burgers, tacos are also a very popular fast food worldwide. It is traditional Mexican food consisting of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. The fillings of tacos can be made of a variety of items including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese. It is served along with garnishes such as salsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro, tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce.
These are some of the tastiest and popular food around the world. When it comes to food, making a list of the best is often difficult as each food offers a unique taste and feeling. Food is not just to cure hunger; rather it is an artistic representation of a place’s tradition and beliefs, it provides a balance between one’s body and mind. So why wait, start exploring these delicious treats right from now.