While traveling is on pause, for now, there’s no reason why your taste buds can’t take a vacation! Come with us on a culinary journey as we explore 12 must-eat foods from all around the world. From Japan to Jamaica, these dishes will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more. So without further ado, let’s get started!
Sushi – Japan
No list of must-eat foods from around the world would be complete without sushi! This Japanese delicacy is typically made with vinegared rice, seafood, and vegetables. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer your sushi rolled up in seaweed or formed into neat little balls, there’s a sushi dish for everyone to enjoy.
Pho – Vietnam
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup traditionally made with chicken or beef broth, rice, meat, noodles, and herbs. This delicious dish is often served with a side of bean sprouts, fresh lime, and chili peppers so that diners can customize their bowl to their liking. Trust us when we say pho is worth seeking out on your next trip!
Pizza- United States of America
You may not think of pizza as an international food, but it’s one of the most popular dishes in the world! This Italian-American classic is made with wheat flour dough, tomato sauce, cheese, and various toppings like meats, vegetables, or fruit. No matter your favorite toppings, there’s a pizza out there for you.
Filipino pastry- The Philippines
The Philippines is famous for its delicious pastry shops, and you’ll find all sorts of tempting treats. But if you can only eat one, make sure it’s a Filipino pastry! These sweet delights are often made with flaky dough filled with fruit, custard, or chocolate. Yum! However, you don’t have to fly to this tropical island nation to enjoy these pastries. Did you know that there is a famous Filipino pastry shop in California and other places in the US? It’s not that hard to find good Filipino food in America.
Currywurst – Germany
Currywurst is a German fast food dish consisting of pork sausage steamed or grilled and then covered in curry ketchup or curry powder. This dish is typically served with french fries or bread on the side, making it the perfect snack to enjoy on the go.
Poutine – Canada
Poutine is a Canadian dish consisting of french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. This delicious (and admittedly indulgent) dish originated in Quebec in the 1950s but can now be found across Canada. While poutine may not be the healthiest meal out there, it’s definitely one that’s worth splurging on from time to time!
Jerk chicken – Jamaica
Jerk chicken is a Jamaican dish made by marinating chicken in a spice blend that typically includes allspice, thyme, and Scotch bonnet peppers. This spicy dish is then either grilled or baked and served with rice and beans on the side. If you’re looking for a flavor explosion, jerk chicken is definitely the dish for you!
Arepas – Venezuela
Arepas are Venezuela’s answer to the sandwich. These cornmeal cakes are typically stuffed with meats, cheeses, vegetables, and/or beans and served either flat or pressed together. Arepas make for the perfect on-the-go meal thanks to their portability and versatility – you can put anything you want inside them!
Empanadas – Argentina
Empanadas are Argentinian turnovers that are typically filled with meat (beef or chicken are most common), cheeses, vegetables, and spices, then fried or baked until golden brown. These delicious little packets make for the perfect snack or light meal and can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences.
Falafel – Middle East
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty that is usually made from ground chickpeas or fava beans and spices like cumin and coriander. These tasty little balls can be enjoyed on their own or inside of a pita pocket with vegetables and sauce for added flavor zing! Falafel makes for a great vegetarian option if you’re looking for something hearty but meat-free.
Hodgepodge – Scotland
Otherwise known as “traditional Scottish broth,” hodgepodge is a thick soup made from whatever vegetables happen to be in season at the time (hence its other nickname, “substitute soup”). This hearty soup is traditionally thickened with oatmeal and then finished off with a dollop of cream before serving – yum!
Spanakopita – Greece
Spanakopita is a Greek pastry that is traditionally made with phyllo dough filled with spinach & feta cheese (hence its name, which means “spinach pie”). These savory little pastries make for the perfect appetizer or light meal and can be easily customized to suit your taste preferences by adding in additional fillings like onions, garlic, tomatoes, etc.
The bottom line
There you have it – 12 must-eat foods from all around the world! We hope this list has inspired you to get creative in the kitchen and try something new(to you)! Let us know which dishes you’ll be trying out first in the comments below! Bon appetit!