From Italy’s famous carbonara to Spain’s paella, countries around the world have gotten creative with the delicious dishes they have mastered. Now, every country or region has its own traditional specialty that is both delicious and worthy of a visit to taste for yourself. Here are some of the best ones.
Australia: Meat Pie
Australians love their meat pies—they love them so much that they consume millions of them annually. These pies are often consumed on the go and can be found at local coffee shops. they are usually topped with tomato sauce.
India: Masala Dosa
This is basically a crepe, but crispy and made with rice batter. It is usually spicy and envelopes a mix of potatoes, vegetables, and spices. Locals like to dip it in coconut, tomato, and lentil-based sauces with a side of pickles and other condiments.
France: Croque Madame
This is a classic French breakfast sandwich that varies from the typical croissants and pain au chocolat. The croque madame is a sandwich with fried egg and cheese. But it can be varied to a croque monsieur if you take out the egg.
This fish dish is made with fresh yellowfin tuna that’s then mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil, sea salt, chili pepper, sweet onions, and seaweed. The tuna is fished locally and has a smooth and tender texture. The dish is usually served with steamed rice.
This braised beef dish is a spinoff of a Hungarian classic. This dish is made with fried sausage, a fried egg, and a savory dumpling called “Semmelknödel.” It’s usually garnished with pickles. This dish can be found at most traditional restaurants in Vienna.
“Apfelstrudel” almost sounds like “apple strudel,” and because it’s the apple strudel’s second-cousin. It’s like an apple pie or tart that is made with sweet pastry dough. It’s perfect to pair with a warm afternoon coffee.
England: Potato Chips
Loved by children and adults alike, the best potato chips can be found in England, where they are called “crisps.” In fact, the earliest known recipe for “Potatoes Fried in Slices or Shavings” was featured in a bestselling 1817 cookbook by William Kitchiner, an English man.
Spain: Seafood Paella
Shrimp, lobster, mussels, and cuttlefish freshly picked from the sea are the stars of this Valencian dish. They are then combined with white rice and various herbs, oil, and salt. They are then fried together, hence the word “paella” (frying pan) before being served in the pan.
Although this soup originated in Ukraine, it is popular throughout all of Eastern and Central Europe. At the core, it is a beetroot soup that is cooked in stock and sauteed vegetables. It can be served both hot and cold.
Thailand: Khao Soi
This dish is known for its soft yellow egg noodles that are soaked in a thick curry sauce. It is cooked in a coconut milk broth. The curry can be cooked with chicken, pork, or beef. The fish comes with deep-fried toppings and a crispy egg. It is usually consumed with pickled greens on the side.
French Polynesia: Poisson Cru
This dish literally translates to “raw fish,” and it is a popular breakfast in French Polynesia. It is basically fresh raw tuna thrown into a mix of coconut milk and lime juice then topped with onions, cucumber, and tomato.
“Moules-frites” means “mussels and fries” in French, and it is a very common dish in Belgium. In fact, it is just about as common to order there as a burger and fries are in the U.S. You can opt to get them plain or with extra flavors such as curry.
Singapore: Chicken Rice
This is often called the “national dish” of Singapore. It is made with steamed or boiled chicken that is served over oily rice and slices of cucumber. Some vary it with roasted or soy chicken. It is commonly served with dipping sauces made with a mix of soy sauce, chili, garlic, and ginger.
Canadians swear by these french fries smothered in cheese curds and brown gravy. It tastes better than it looks. It’s often consumed as a post-bar or comfort food, as it is very warm, heavy, and absorbent. Most fast food places offer it as a side dish.
Italy: Pasta Carbonara
This pasta dish is known for its creamy white sauce that is cooked with eggs, pancetta (sliced bacon), and olive oil. The pasta is usually only boiled to al dente. The dish is then garnished with Parmesan cheese. This dish has become so popular that restaurants around the world try to replicate it.
Instead of burgers, this a common and cheap Greek fast food. It can be made with beef, pork, or chicken that is cooked like kebabs on wooden skewers. The souvlaki can either be consumed on pita, like a sandwich, or it can be accompanied with sides such as potatoes, rice, or salad and eaten right off the skewer.
Japan: Kobe Beef
They say this beef just melts in your mouth because the fat just liquifies. It is usually prepared medium-rare. It is known for its flavor, tenderness, and high amount of fat, which gives it that marbled appearance.
Chicago: Deep-Dish Pizza
The Chicago-style deep-dish pizza dates back to the 20th century when a Chicago restaurateur and pizza lover wanted to make an international dish that was more substantial. The dish today is made with a deep butter crust, many layers of cheese, and unlike normal pizza, it has the toppings on the inside and covers them with a chunky sauce.
Switzerland is where the beloved fondue originated in the 1930s. The communal dish consists of a pot of melted cheese that serves as a dip for bread. Today, many variations exist, including using melted chocolate instead of cheese, and people get creative with what they like to dip in it.
Morocco: B’stilla (Pastilla)
This traditional dish is both a dessert and a meal. In fact, the secret ingredient in it is traditionally pigeon, although some make it with chicken or quail. It is then dusted with confectioner’s sugar and cinnamon. It’s sure to hit all your cravings with sweet, salty, and spicy flavors.