National Dishes From Around the World

One of the most popular past times of people who travel around the world is to visit restaurants where they can sample that particular country’s national dish. A national dish can be consider so for various reasons. One is it is a stable food made from locally available ingredients that may be prepared in a distinctive way, or perhaps it contains an exotic ingredient only available in a particular region. Another reason is it is served as a festive culinary tradition or forms part of a cultural heritage. It would require an article of tens of thousands of words, if not hundreds of thousands, to write about all of the national dishes from our amazing planet, so we have scaled this article down to contain a handful of national dishes from around the world.

Jamaica: Ackee and Saltfish

Ackee is a fruit that has a buttery-nutty flavor and one that resembles scrambled egg once it is boiled. The nutritious fruit used to be a staple food of slaves so does not have happy origins, but the Jamaicans have reclaimed it for their national dish. Jamaicans sauté boiled ackee with saltfish, a salt-cured cod, tomatoes and onions. It is a dish sometimes served on top of a deep-friend cassava cake with fried plantains.

Hungary: Goulash

Goulash became Hungary’s national dish in the late 1800s when Hungarians tried to distinguish themselves from their partners in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Loosely put, goulash is a rich beef, vegetable and red onion stew that gains its mouth-watering flavors from the use of slow cooked shin beef and paprika. Goulash is often served with a suet dumpling.

Austria: Wiener Schnitzel

No trip to Austria is complete without your devouring some weiner schnitzel. This simple dish is pounded veal cutlets in breadcrumbs that are then lightly fried. A typical winer schnitzel is garnished with lemon slices and parsley with an accompanying potato salad. Simple, quick to make and delicious.

Ireland: Irish Stew

It is often cold and rainy in Ireland, sometimes known as the Emerald Isle, so its inhabitants created a warming dish for the cold months. Traditionally, Irish Stew is made with slow-boiled mutton with parsley, potatoes and onions. In more modern times, however, many cooks brown the mutton first and add other vegetables to the mix, with carrots being popular.

England: Roast dinner with Yorkshire Puddings

England has an increasingly cosmopolitan cuisine yet the humble Sunday roast is a national symbol. Yorkshire Puddings made of batter were traditionally served as fillers before the main course in households where little beef was afforded, but now they are part of the main course. The Sunday roast is either beef, lamb or chicken and is served with roasted potatoes and a medley of vegetables such as carrots, cabbage and swede, lashings of rich gravy and those eponymous Yorkshire Puddings.

Canada: Poutine

You may have eaten a variety of poutine without even knowing you had done so. Our Canadian cousins love to fry some chips, or fries as they are called in the US and Canada, load them with cheese curds and top those off with a generous helping of gravy. Poutine is the perfect snack on your way home from a night in the pub!

Thailand: Pad Thai

Anyone who eats Pad Thai will have their tastebuds tantalised by the variety of spices and ingredients that go into it. Made up predominately of rice noodles that are stir fried with eggs, garlic, shallots, dried shrimp, palm sugar, lime wedges, red chillies and tofu before being garnish with chopped roasted peanuts, Pad Thai is full of flavor and a must-try dish if you ever find yourself in Thailand.

What is your country’s national dish? Is it your favorite food? Let us know in the comments section.

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