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Around the World in 10 Dishes: Delicious Recipes to Try

Plate of chicken pad thai

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

Plate of 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)

Beef siga tibs
Image by Jean Rebiffé - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wiki Commons

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

Plate of Salpancho
Image from Sonila Zarate.

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.

Get the recipe at Mediterranean Latin Love Affair

4. Canada - Poutine

Canadian Poutine
By Jonathunder - Own work, GFDL 1.2. Wiki Commons.

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.

Find the recipe at All Recipes.

5. Jamaica - Grilled Jerk Chicken

Jerk chicken on a grill

Luckily Jamaican cuisine is easy to find in my hometown in south Florida. Jerk chicken is a staple dish served at dinners, parties, and cook-outs. This is another spicy dish that I have to make more mild because of my little weak baby mouth.

Find this recipe at Creme de la Crumb

6. Scotland - Almond Tea Bread

Bread on a plate

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

Bowl of 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)

bowl of yukgaejang

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. 

9. Iraq - Masgouf (Iraqi Grilled Fish)

Masgouf fish dish
By Hill93 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0. Wiki Commons.

Carp is smothered with a tomato sauce, grilled, and then served over a bed of rice. Originally a Mesopotamian recipe, it is now considered the national dish of Iraq. Interestingly, it is served to visiting dignitaries from other countries when they visit Iraq.

Get the recipe here.

10. Italy - Homemade Pasta

Piles of homemade pasta on a counter
Fresh pasta I whipped up with help from my Italian Nana.

This one is truly dear to my heart. My mother’s family is mostly Italian and we often gather together to make fresh, homemade pasta. The kitchen is crowded with aunts, uncles, and cousins, as my Nana watches the proceedings with a smile (and a hint of judgement). There are so many flavors you can add to this pasta base, including spinach, basil, or pepper.

Make your own pasta with this recipe from Swirls of Flavor.

Which recipes are popular where you’re from? Which of these have you tried before, and where? Pin this image to share!

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