We travel around the world to experience the different cultures and heritages, to taste the exotic dishes that represent the countries, to acquire knowledge and most importantly, to witness the beauties every country posses. But for various reasons, whether it is monetary or lack of time management or holidays, it is always impossible to travel so much. It is said that if you want to see a country without visiting it, then try their local dishes. The food will tell you a lot about the country. This article will mainly focus on cuisines taken from all over the world, for you to try at home, so that, at least, you can feel the exotic lives of our fellow human beings all over the globe.
1. Pan Fry Teriyaki Chicken
Hello Japan! Here is a recipe that is easy to make, and can go with any types of rice. My personal favorite is jasmine rice. It is a bit sticky, and has a jasmine flavor. You can add boiled carrots and some fresh cherry tomatoes on top of the beans. It will look colorful, and healthy as well.
2. Boo Paht Pong Karee (Thai Crab Curry)
What is Thailand without their crab curry? Spicy, juicy, and scrumptious, crabs are all time favorites, besides their traditional red and green curry. This stir fried crab curry has the deadly combination of fresh spices and coconut milk. So, the next time you are craving something spicy, and exotic, you can easily make this dish.
3. Singapore Rice Noodles
Say hello to Malay Peninsula! This is a well loved dish, especially among the Chinese. If you and your family are spicy food lovers, then this is a perfect Saturday brunch for all of you to enjoy. You don’t have to add any other dishes to go with this.
4. Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani, or Whole Black Lentil, is a very famous dish in India. Originated from North India, it has spread throughout the whole nation, and beyond. The main ingredients are Whole Black Lentil, Red Kidney Beans, butter oil, or ghee, and full fat cream. These are what make this food very rich. Dal Makhani goes best with naan or pita bread. But you can also eat it with white rice.
5. Lamb Biryani
Biryani is a highly popular dish in South Asia. This dish is commonly served as the main meal in weddings, and on special occasions. The aromatic basmati rice is combined with lambs cooked in spices, and yogurt, making this an exotic cuisine. You can try it with chicken instead of lamb, or even substitute with shrimps. Vegetarians can omit all and can add their favorite veggies to make a vegetable biryani.
6. Shish Kebabs
What is Middle East without Shish Kebabs? This beloved dish consists of chicken, or lamb, or beef chunks, all boneless, and is marinaded before hand. It is usually said not to marinade for more than 30 minutes. You can grill your personal choice vegetables to go with this exotic dish. The best way to enjoy Shish Kebabs are with naans.
7. Frikkadels (South African meat balls)
Welcome to South Africa! This authentic dish is basically a baked meat balls based on tomatoes and tomato soup powder. If you want, you can fry them on a stove. You can try it with rice, or pita bread. It is better to have it with salads though.
8. Roasted Ducks with Apples
This classy, elegant dish is a traditional Russian dish that is cooked in nearly every household. Personally, I believe this could be a great idea for Christmas dinner. A very easy and simple ingredients to follow, this exotic meal is best to have it with red wine, and lots of salads.
9. Gaufres de Liege (Belgium Waffles)
If you haven’t ever tried Belgium waffles, now is the right time to do it! If you are the lucky person with a waffle iron at home, then I think you should put on your apron now. This waffle is different from the usual waffles you eat. They are not served with ice cream or maple syrup. They are crisp, and the entire waffle is made out of generous amount of butter. You can dust sugar powder on top.
10. Kompot (European Drink)
Lastly, here’s a drink for you to quench your thirst after traveling the world cuisines with me. This European drink is a perfect fruit drink that is non alcoholic, and bursts with the flavors of currants and peaches. It is basically an ideal beverage for summer, but can be drank any time of the year.
With these, I bid farewell from you all. I hope you have tasted some exotic world cuisines through this article, and hope you will, at least, try one or two recipes at home.