Life & Culture

The Best Foods From Around The World

Nov 06, 2019 ByClaire Miles

These are the best dishes found in cities across the world that are admired by locals and tourists. From sweet to savory, local to international, you’ll definitely find some new inspiration for your next culinary adventure in these global delicacies.

Hong Kong: French Toast

You’ve never had anything like Hong Kong-style French toast! Enjoy peanut butter or kaya jam-soaked covered toast which is then drenched in egg batter and fried in butter. Similar to French toast in the U.S., it’s served as a sweet dish with syrup (and some more butter).

Australia: Chicken Parm
This ‘Italian’ classic is best served up down under. Aussies like to claim this cheesy, tomato covered chicken fillet as their own. While that may or may not be true, it is certainly delicious on the other side of the equator!

Vietnam: Goi Cuon (summer roll)

A small plate typically made from ingredients such as pork, shrimp, herbs, rice varieties, and more, and then wrapped in a delicate rice paper. As a ‘lighter’ meal, the refreshing flavors and herbs are perfect as a snack or appetizer.

India: Butter Garlic Crab

While the exact origin of this meal is highly debated, it’s best dishes are found in India. Enjoy the freshest and most flavorful butter-garlic soaked crab that can only be described as a ‘butter land food paradise.’

Venezuela: Arepas

The corn-based dough gives this dish a savory flair, and is typically topped with a variety of delicious options including chicken, beet, perico, pork, cheese, tomato, and/or avocado.

Poland: Pierogi

Polish dumplings are not your typical ‘dumplings.’ Pierogi are dough pockets cooked to perfection and filled with an assortment of local and international favorites such as potato, sauerkraut, meats and cheeses, fruits, and more. You’ll typically see Pierogi topped with butter, sour cream, or fried onions.

Mozambique: Piri-piri chicken

This local favorite has gone international, thanks to the trendy food chain ‘Nando’s.’ Travelers say the best place to find this dish is in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. You’ll be treated to chicken with flavors you’ve never experienced before. With hints of lime, garlic, pepper, coconut, and piri piri sauce, it’s a treat that will satisfy any cultured palate.

Spain: Seafood Paella

Seafood Paella is a Valencian staple admired by locals and travelers alike. A warm and steamy pan of paella is filled with lobster, shrimp, cuttlefish, and mussels, and is mixed with rice and a variety of herbs, salt, and oil that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied.

Belgium: Moules-Frites

A simple dish of mussels and French fries are found best served in Belgium, where its claimed to have originated. The mussels can be prepared in a variety of different ways including cooked with butter, wine, herbs, and/or tomato-based broth, and plated with crispy, salty French fries. Local tip: wash it down with some refreshing Belgian beer.

Egypt: Molokhia

This dish is found served throughout northern Africa and is said to have originated in Egypt, where it is found to be especially popular. In Egypt you’ll find Molokhia typically served as chicken, rabbit, or possibly lamb or fish. It’s mixed with Molokhia leaves, garlic, coriander, and stock to make it a savory and ethnic treat.