There are 135 countries around the world. Food is closely related to the cultural identities of all nations. Safe to say, food brings us closer together. And if you ever find yourself on a journey around the globe, here are the top 35 tastiest foods from all over the world.
1) Kacchi Biriyani, Bangladesh
Kacchi Biriyani is considered to be one of the finest delicacies in the country. With time, the dish has created an enormous fanbase in the country.
Biriyani came to Bangladesh in 1610 when Mughals declared Dhaka (the capital of Bangladesh) as the provincial capital. When the Mughals came, they also brought their cooks who started cooking Biriyani. Through them, the culture spread throughout the capital and fused with the local cuisine, and the current flavor of Biriyani was created. Kacchi Biriyani is the most famous one among various types of Biriyanis. It is a dish mostly cooked with rice and mutton in a wholly covered pot. The covering stops the steam from going outside, and it helps make the dish tastier and more flavorful. It is now a staple for any occasion or celebration.
2) Dosa, India
Dosa is a thin and crispy roll made by frying a batter composed of fermented rice and lentil flour. Dosa’s are usually very long and extend out of the plates they are served in. This is one of its distinguishable features. Dosa originates from South India, and the typical side dish to accompany it is sambar and coconut chutney. However, there are many different versions of the classic dosa made to suit whoever is consuming it. For example, there is the Masal Dosa, which is a spicier version of the classical one. The side dishes offered with a Dosa also rang from plain potato curry to more sophisticated chicken curry. It is a dish that lights up your tastebuds and leaves you craving for more!
3) Poutine, Canada
Poutine may have originated in Quebec, but now it is widely known and enjoyed across all of Canada. The dish is made up of fries covered in a thick meaty gravy, and it’s delicious. Curdled cheese chunks are incorporated to make the dish cheesy and tangy.
4) Sushi, Japan
In its essence, sushi is just a roll made with rice soaked in sushi vinegar. In reality, it is so much more than that. Sushi-making is an art that takes years to master. There are many many different versions of sushi available. Each type of sushi contains a different kind of filling, such as salmon, tuna, avocado, mushrooms, or even tofu. Most sushi’s are rolled in seaweed while some are fried, others are served raw. The fish used as the filling is usually raw. However, don’t worry because they are typically cured in acidic solutions and are, therefore, edible.
5) Tacos, Mexico
The origin of tacos can be traced back to the 18th-century silver mines in Mexico. It’s delicious and spicy beef, pork, chicken, and sometimes fish wrapped in soft flour tortillas. The protein filling is usually accompanied by guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Tacos may originate from Mexico, different fusion versions of it are enjoyed worldwide.
People often mispronounce this world-famous dish. Pho consists of a combination of flavorful, rich broth, freshly cooked rice noodles, and some protein (such as chicken or beef). The dish is lush, fragrant, and delicious.
7) Turkish Delight, Turkey
If you are a fan of The Chronicles of Narnia and have watched the movie titled The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, you know what I am talking about. The soft, chewy dessert is usually a pale pink color and flavored using rosewater. The delight cubes are dusted in cornstarch because they tend to be very sticky.
8) Croissant, France
A croissant is a classic French dish. It is a laminated baked good with butter rolled through its layers resulting in crispy, flaky pastry that is to die for. Various fillings are used to fill a croissant such as chocolate, pastry cream, jam, etc. You can even make yourself a savory breakfast croissant by filling it with crispy bacon and soft poached eggs. If you still haven’t tried out this French dish, then you are seriously missing out!
9) Lamington, Australia
Lamingtons are an important part of the Australian food cuisine. Lamingtons are just soft, spongy vanilla cake dipped in melted chocolate and coated in shredded coconut. Simple and delicious.
10) Hamburger, USA
Hamburgers may have originated in Germany, but it’s the USA that’s famous for them. There are multiple fast-food chains based in America that make some of the world’s tastiest hamburgers. When a patty and other fillings such as mayo, mustard, and tomatoes are squished together between two buns, you get a hamburger. The patty and accompanying fillings can be customized to suit your tastebuds. Burgers are incredibly satiating.
11) Paella, Spain
Paella is a seafood and rice dish famous in the Spanish locality. Its roots can be traced back to ancient times. The modern rendition of Paella includes both seafood and chicken cooked with rice over an open flame. However, the contents and cooking process of Paella varies depending on the cook.
12) Fish n’ Chips, United Kingdom
Fish n’ Chips is the ultimate pub food. The origins of this famously delicious dish may be slightly murky, but can mostly be traced back to 19th-century London. Soft fish coated in frothy beer batter and fried, accompanied by greasy, thick potato fries- sounds heavenly.
13) Pad Thai, Thailand
Pad Thai is Thailand’s national dish. The best pad Thai is cooked in a giant wok over an open fire. The dish is an integral part of Thai street food. Pad Thai has many variations, but it is rice noodles cooked with a fried egg, fish sauce, dried shrimps, tamarind paste, and red chili pepper in its core. The combination of spice, salt, sour and sweet results in a dish that lights up your tastebuds like nothing else.
14) Spicy Korean Fried Chicken, Korea
Chicken is coated in potato starch, double-fried, and covered in a spicy umami-rich sauce. You’d expect the sauce to penetrate the chicken and make it all soggy. Not! The crispiness of the chicken remains intact, and the whole dish is spicy and delicious.
15) Dim Sum, China
Dim sum’s history can be traced back to ancient Chinese teahouses. Dim sum is dumplings with different fillings (such as chicken, pork, beef, and even vegetables), steamed in bamboo containers. They are served in the bamboo steamers. The literal translation of dim sum is “touch the heart,” and this dish indeed does that.
16) Tagine, Morocco
Moroccan cuisine is colorful and diverse. Tagine is a sweet and spicy stew that is slow-cooked in a terracotta pot. The terracotta pot is known as a tagine, and that is where the dish derives its name from. Tagine is a staple food in Morocco and usually eaten with bread or rice. It is a mouthwatering combination of spices, herbs, vegetables, and protein.
17) Pizza, Italy
The Italians are known for their pizza and pasta. Pizza is just baked dough with various toppings ranging from chicken, beef, mushrooms, and even pineapple (slightly controversial, no?). However, no pizza is complete without the addition of cheese. Pizzas are the perfect party food, great for sharing with friends and family. It is filling, homey, and delicious.
18) Sauerbraten, Germany
The national dish of Germany is Sauerbraten. It is a pot roast made of beef. The origins of Sauerbraten can be traced back to the 9th century. Some scholars say that a gift of aromatic marinated beef sent by Julius Caesar is the inspiration for this dish. The meat is usually marinated for days in a mixture of vinegar, red wine, and water along with some aromatic herbs and spices. Sauerbraten is usually served with a side of vegetables and creamy mashed potatoes.
19) Jerk Chicken, Jamaica
Jerk chicken is made by grilling of barbequing chicken marinated in allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers. This results in a chicken that is tender with smoky, fiery flavors running through it.
20) Moussaka, Greece
Moussaka is layers upon layers of decadence and flavor. Smoky eggplant, tender ground meat, and potatoes all incorporated with a thick sauce- moussaka is an explosion of taste. It truly is one of the tastiest dishes around the world.
21) Jollof Rice, West Africa
Jollof rice is a one-pot dish that originates from multiple West African countries, including Nigeria, Senegal, and Ghana. Each country has its method of preparing this spicy, smoky concoction. While Ghanaians prefer basmati rice over long-grain, Nigerians like to incorporate tomato sauce into their version. There is honestly no comparison between any of the variations. They all taste amazing in their own way.
22) Pierogi, Poland
Versions of pierogi can be found across the likes of Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. However, pierogi is an integral part of Polish cuisine. Pierogi can be both sweet and savory. The filling is wrapped in soft, thin dough, then fried or steamed. Popular fillings include a mixture of meat and onions, sweet curd cheese, or various berries.
23) Piri-Piri Chicken, Mozambique
That’s right, the famous Piri-Piri chicken from Nando’s. The tender chicken is cooked in garlic, lime, pepper, and special Piri-Piri sauce. The dish made famous by Nando’s originates from Mozambique. It is sweet, tangy, spicy, and super delightful.
24) Beef Rendang, Indonesia
Beef Rendang is famous in Indonesia. The curry is made by slow-cooking beef in garlic, onion paste, spicy red chilies, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, and many other aromatics. The beef is combined with coconut milk, and the curry is cooked till the meat is tender and delicious.
25) Beef Stroganoff, Russia
The origins of Beef Stroganoff can be traced back to 19th century Russia. It consists of beef sautéed in mushrooms and sour cream sauce. While this is the traditional form of the dish, many variations exist, each more delicious than the other.
26) Ice- Cream, Global
Are you going through a breakup? Have some ice-cream. Just got a raise? Celebrate with some ice-cream. Ice-cream is always a go-to, regardless of the situation. Made from a base of creamy anglaise and hundreds of flavors available, ice-cream truly is one of the tastiest foods worldwide.
27) Raclette, Switzerland
Raclette is a cheesy potato dish made of, well, potatoes with a decadent cheese sauce made from Raclette cheese poured over it. The dish is usually served with pickled onions or ham and charcuterie.
28) Ceviche, Peru
Ceviche is so loved in Peru that the people have a day dedicated to celebrate it (28 June). Ceviche is just raw fish that has been marinated in lime juice with chili peppers, lime juice, oil, and salt. Side such as sweet corn, potatoes, and a cold beer usually accompanies it.
29) Plov, Uzbekistan
Plov has many different variations, but in its essence, it is long grain rice steamed with saffron with onions, carrots, and mutton or lamb. Richer versions have layers of meat, vegetables, dried fruits, herbs, and even fish incorporated through it.
30) Penang Assam Laksa, Malaysia
This Malaysian dish has poached mackerel combined with fresh noodles drenched in a bath of tamarind, chili, mint, lemongrass, onion, and pineapple broth. Be careful when you try this dish, for it is known for being quite spicy.
31) Feijoada, Brazil
Feijoada may be popular across the world, but it is the national dish of Brazil. The traditional Brazilian version consists of pig trimmings (including the tail, tongue, ears, and snout) along with various aromatics that turn the pork into a steamy, spicy wonderful- smelling stew.
32) Moules frites, Belgium
Moules Frites are steamed mussels boiled in a broth that includes white wine, parsley, onions, cream, and butter. It is fresh, tangy, and utterly delicious.
33) Pastel de nata, Portugal
Most by-products are either unpleasant or unwanted. Pastel de nata is an example of a very wanted by-product. Legend has it ancient Portuguese monks and nuns would use egg whites to starch their clothes, and the leftover yolk went into making this decadent dessert.
34) Arepas, Venezuela
This Venezuelan classic is a combination of soft corn dough patty topped with different toppings- including cheese, chicken, pork, beef, tomato, or avocado. They say no one can make Arepas as delicious as a Venezuelan Abuelita.
35) Poke, Hawaii
Poke means “to slice” in Hawaiian. The delicious dish is made from diced raw fish and various other aromatics and fruits and vegetables.