You Should Definitely Try these National Recipes
Tasting what locals eat is one of the best ways to get to know more about a culture and their way of life. Okay, not always different cuisines from around the world put you in the state of nirvana, but what’s life without a little adventure. Today, we have a few suggestions, recipes that come from around the world, typical representatives of the national cuisines of respective country. Are you hungry yet?
1 Syria, Kibbeh
This country has much more to offer than harsh news about terrorism. This recipe is also popular in Lebanon, Palestine or Jordan, but this typical Syrian dish is made of burghul (cracked wheat), minced onions and finely ground lean beef, lamb, goat or camel meat. The most popular version of Kibbeh is a torpedo-shaped fried croquette stuffed with minced beef or lamb. Other types may be shaped into balls or patties, and baked or cooked in broth
2 Ireland, Irish Stew
This recipe is known since 1800, and is the most common meal of the country and a staple of Irish pubs worldwide. Originally a thick broth of slow-boiled mutton with onions, potatoes, and parsley, Irish stew nowadays often incorporates other vegetables. If you haven’t tried it yet, correct that mistake immediately.
3 Hungary, Goulash
Goulash became a national dish of Hungary in the late 1800s, when Hungarians were looking for symbols of national identity to distinguish themselves from their partners in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Even though its origin is from Hungary, Hungarian Goulash is widespread to Central Europe, Scandinavia and Southern Europe. It is a soup or stew of beef (sometimes also veal, pork, deer or lamb), and vegetables, richly seasoned with pepper and other spices. It is quite delicious.
4 Israel, Falafel
This is a common dish not just in Israel, but throughout the entire Middle East. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It is usually served in a pita, or wrapped in a flatbread known as lafa. Falafel became so popular that McDonald’s served a “McFalafel” in some countries.
5 Austria, Wiener Schnitzel
Wiener Schnitzel is quite thin, breaded and deep fried schnitzel made from veal. It is the most popular and well-known Viennese as well as Austrian dish that can be found in many restaurants worldwide. It is prepared from slightly tenderized veal tenderloin, slightly salted, and rolled in flour, whipped eggs and bread crumbs. The dish is traditionally served with potato salad, cucumber salad, parsley potatoes, french fries or roasted potatoes and garnished with a slice of lemon.
6 France, Crepe
The word crepe comes from the Latin word “crispa“(curled), this is a type of a very thin sweet pancake, usually made from wheat flour. Crepes are served with a variety of fillings, they can be both sweet (filled with sugar, fruit jam, strawberries, maple syrup, etc.) or „salty“ (with cheese, ham, eggs, ratatouille, mushrooms, artichoke and various meat products).
7 China, Peking Duck
This is the most famous dish from the country´s capital city of Beijing and one of the most iconic Chinese meals. The crispy duck meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber, sweet bean sauce and thin pancakes. Sometimes, a little bowl of spicy sauce such as Hoisin sauce, can be added to the main plate.
8 Venezuela, Arepa
This adorable looking meal is made of ground maize dough or cooked flour and is considered the national dish in Venezuela and sometimes also Colombia. Various sizes, maize types, and added ingredients are used in different parts of the country. Nowadays, the meal is often made in electric Arepa makers that reduce cooking time from 15 to 25 minutes per side to seven minutes or even less.
9 Turkey, Kebab
If you ever go to Turkey, you won’t miss the famous vendors are shaving crispy meat from a vertical spit. Kebab has become one of the most popular fast food dishes in most European countries. The traditional meat for kebab is lamb, but depending on local tastes and religious prohibitions, other meats may include beef, goat, chicken, pork or even fish. It is usually served in pita or sandwich.
10 Italy, Pizza
This is the favorite dish to millions of people from around the world, but of course its origins are from ‘la bella Italia’. There are hundredths of pizza versions, but the Pizza Margherita is one of the oldest Italian versions of this meal. The legend has it that Pizza Margherita was invented in 1889, when the Royal Palace of Capodimonte commissioned the Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito to create a pizza in honor of the visiting Queen Margherita. Of the three different pizzas he created, she preferred a pie in the colors of the Italian flag: red (tomato), green (basil), and white (mozzarella). Supposedly, this kind of pizza was then named after her as “Pizza Margherita”. It’s simple for making and beyond delicious for eating. Bon appetite.