Are you itching to travel but stuck at home? Since the lockdown and seemingly endless months of downtime, many of us travel enthusiasts are getting totally stir crazy. Even though we can’t see the world, luckily our taste buds can. Here are ten recipes to try from around the world. Whip up a new dish from different cultures and countries. Hone your cooking skills and let your mouth do the wandering for you.
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1. Thailand - Chicken Pad Thai
I’m not exaggerating when I say that I love Pad Thai. It’s a versatile dish that you can easily tweak with different proteins and toppings. Try replacing the chicken in this recipe with shrimp, beef, or fried tofu. Savory, nutty, and just a little sweet, this noodle dish was invented in the 1930s by prime minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram.
Find the recipe here on The Spruce Eats.
2. Ethiopia - Siga Tibs (Beef Stew)
Meat and vegetables are sauteed to make Tibs, a spicy Ethiopian dish. I’m a huge baby when it comes to spicy things, so I go easy on the hottest ingredients. Tibs are often served at holidays and celebrations.
Find the recipe here at Grad Food.
3. Bolivia - Silpancho
Cover something with a fried egg, and I’m in. I mean look at this spread! Fluffy white rice is paired with crispy potatoes. I prefer this as a large breakfast or brunch dish, although it is normally served at dinnertime.
4. Canada - Poutine
My first visit to Toronto began and ended with Poutine. Perhaps not the most appetizing looking food via photographs, but packed with incredible flavor. Make sure to eat this one hot, before the fries get too soggy (although apparently some Canadians prefer it that way). Poutine originated in the Canadian province of Quebec and emerged in the late 1950s.
5. Jamaica - Grilled Jerk Chicken
6. Scotland - Almond Tea Bread
This almond tea bread would be a delicious tea time snack (a habit I highly recommend you begin) or an after-dinner dessert. You can substitute the cherries with blueberries, lemon poppyseed, or cranberries. Brew some tea and get baking!
Get this recipe at Taste of Home here.
7. India - Vegetable Biryani
Rice is a staple of Indian cuisine and this simple dish can be whipped up quickly for your next meal. There is a legend that this particular veggie biryani was created in the city of Mysore when a sultan hired vegetarian Hindus as his bookkeepers.
Find this recipe at Piping Pot Curry.
8. Korea - Yukgaejang (Spicy Korean Beef Stew)
For some reason I am a glutton for punishment, because here is another spicy recipe. Yukgaejang (육개장) is a hearty soup traditionally made with a number of unique ingredients such as gosari (fernbrake fiddleheads) and various mushrooms. Many of the ingredients in the recipe can be found at your local Asian marketplace.
See this recipe at Two Sleevers here.