World’s best dishes you have to try once in your lifetime

World’s best dishes you have to try once in your lifetime


We may not be able to travel to every country on Earth, but a great way to get a taste of a culture is to sample its signature dishes. Try cooking up a storm in your own kitchen or – when dining out is on the cards again – find a great restaurant and let your taste buds set sail on a culinary adventure across the globe. Here’s a selection of popular dishes you shouldn’t miss.




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Very few dishes are as comforting as French onion soup – a blend of mellow, slowly cooked, caramelized onions in a broth laced with white wine and cognac. It’s thought that a version of the soup has existed since at least Roman times, but the modern version originated in 18th-century Paris. The soup is served in a ramekin, topped with a slice of baguette and cheese that’s then melted under a grill.




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The popularity of bao buns has skyrocketed in the Western world in the last decade or so and while these steamed buns are Chinese in origin, it’s the Taiwanese version that’s proved to be the most popular. A traditional gua bao consists of slices of pork belly meat dressed with pickled mustard greens, cilantro and ground peanuts.




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Although often cooked as a meat sauce or stew across Europe and beyond, the traditional Hungarian goulash is actually a soup. Beef shin, shank or shoulder and vegetables (typically carrot, peppers, celery but not potatoes) are heavily seasoned with paprika and traditionally slowly simmered in broth over an open fire in a cauldron. It’s then eaten either in a bread bowl or with the Hungarian version of spaetzle noodles.




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Barramundi is key to Australian cuisine and you’d be hard pressed to find a restaurant, a café or a fish and chip shop Down Under that doesn’t have it on the menu. This white fish can be fried, grilled, barbecued, baked, chargrilled or steamed, and it’s excellent when served with a lemon and dill butter.




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Both the name of a cheese and a full dish, this is a traditional après-ski meal. The cheese is either melted under a grill or in a little pan and then served with potatoes, cornichons, pickled onions and sometimes a selection of charcuterie. Thought to have been invented in the Swiss canton of Valais, it’s traditionally made with raclette cheese produced in the region.




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Arepa is a type of traditional bread from Colombia and Venezuela, which is made from cornmeal and stuffed with sweet or savory fillings. The flat, round, unleavened dough is grilled, baked, fried, boiled or steamed and eaten daily in the region, where the recipe has remained largely unchanged for centuries.




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A 19th-century invention by French chefs working for the Stroganovs (an influential Russian merchant family), beef stroganoff has become a staple in many homes in Eastern and Central Europe. It’s traditionally a dish of sautéed beef and sliced mushrooms served with a sour cream sauce, but different versions of beef stroganoff exist in other parts of the world, including Scandinavia and even Brazil.




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These doughy vessels – carrying cheese, butter and a runny egg in the center – are as Georgian as it gets. The country’s national dish, it’s perfect as a sharing starter or as a side as part of a bigger meal. In Georgia, khachapuri is such a popular, widely available dish that it’s even used to measure inflation levels in different Georgian cities (this is known as the Khachapuri Index).




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A meal of small savory and sweet dishes – mostly steamed and fried dumplings, buns and rolls – dim sum’s history is inextricably linked to the old Chinese tea houses. Served in bamboo steamers, dim sum means touch the heart in Cantonese and has since evolved into an essential element of Chinese cuisine. Traditionally enjoyed from the early hours until mid-morning, it may well be a forerunner of the modern-day brunch.​




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This tasty West Sumatran curry gets bags of flavor from its long cooking process, which involves combining beef with a spicy paste of garlic, onion, red chilies, turmeric, ginger, pepper, lemongrass, galangal, star anise, kaffir lime leaves, bay leaves and turmeric leaves. It is then mixed with coconut milk and cooked until the meat is tender and the liquid is caramelized around it.




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Most of us think sushi is all about the quality and freshness of the raw fish – but while that’s no doubt important, it’s the rice that’s at the heart of the matter. The word sushi is an old Japanese term that literally means it’s sour. Today, there are five main types of sushi – nigiri (fish served on rice), sashimi (fish without rice), maki (rice and filling wrapped in seaweed), uramaki (seaweed wraps around the filling with rice on the outside) and temaki (cone-shaped).




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Eaten across several parts of Asia for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the dosa is a fermented crêpe made from rice batter and black lentils that enjoys a history stretching back a whopping 2,000 years. The masala dosa is a variation that’s stuffed with a delicious filling of parboiled potatoes, fried onions and spices. Often served with coconut and tomato chutney, it’s one of South India’s most popular and tasty snacks.




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Whether or not the Swedish meatball owes its international profile to IKEA is debatable. What is true is that the country has declared the origins of its national dish to be Turkish. They’re based on a recipe King Charles XII brought back in the early 18th century and are traditionally served with a creamy, brown gravy-like sauce, mashed or boiled potatoes and lingonberry jelly.




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So much more than grilled cheese on toast, real Welsh rarebit has a sensational sauce made of melted Cheddar with mustard, ale and Worcestershire sauce, which is poured over the toast rather than grilled. Some recipes call for the addition of egg yolks that contribute to an incredibly creamy and rich sauce. Whichever way you do it, it’s without a doubt one of the UK’s most comforting foods.




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This dish is so much a part of Peru’s heritage that the country has a holiday to celebrate it on 28 June. Chunks of raw fish are marinated for a couple of minutes in lime juice along with onions, chili peppers, salt and oil. Traditionally, ceviche is served at room temperature with sides like corn and sweet or white potatoes and a cold beer.




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These breadcrumb-crusted chicken breasts – with an oozing center of garlicky loveliness – won over hearts and taste buds to become a beloved British ready meal in the 1980s. But the chicken Kiev has an altogether more illustrious heritage. Named after the capital of Ukraine, it’s still unclear whether it was invented in Russia, Ukraine or France, where lots of Russian chefs trained at the time, to then return to Moscow and St Petersburg to cook French cuisine for the bourgeoisie.




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Loaded with warm white rice at the bottom and an arrangement of sliced beef, sautéed and pickled vegetables as well as a variety of sauces and a runny egg on top, bibimbap is a Korean food icon. Traditionally, the dish was eaten on the eve of the lunar new year when the family had to get rid of all the leftovers. Today, it’s a popular lunch and dinner dish eaten across the world.




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Although it is considered the national dish of Brazil, feijoada is popular in many parts of the world. The Brazilian version of the stew traditionally consists of pork trimmings (including ears, tail, tongue and snout), which are transformed into an aromatic stew thanks to a variety of seasonings and spices, as well as hearty black beans.​




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Asado is more than just a barbecue. Its roots are with the Pampas gauchos of the mid-18th to 19th century, who roasted beef close to a slow-burning fire on a metal structure called an asador. In Argentina, it’s a way of life and most families gather for one once a week. The asador, or cook, will place simply seasoned meat – prime cuts, offal and sausages served together – over a flame, preferably from a wood fire, for around two hours. Meat is served medium to well done.




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When you’ve found the perfect cozy pub or enjoyed a long stroll on a blustery British beach, nothing else will do. The dish has a foggy origin story, with potential 19th-century roots in both Lancashire and London – indeed, chips (chipped potatoes) were a cheap, tasty, staple food in the industrial north and fried fish was common in London’s East End. Whatever the truth, battered white fish married with the perfect chip is a national passion that has never abated.




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Curried meat and fruit with a creamy, egg-based golden topping, bobotie (pronounced ba-boor-tea) is South Africa’s national dish. With a mixed cultural heritage, it’s been around for centuries. Think of it as somewhere between a shepherd’s pie and a moussaka and you’ll be on the right track.




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This cheesy Bulgarian breakfast pastry can be served hot or cold, and is often eaten with plain yogurt, ayran (traditional yogurt drink), or boza (a fermented drink), in much the same way the French would eat a croissant. It’s made of egg and cheese placed between sheets of filo pastry, which is then wrapped into a spiral, and hidden treats or messages are added on special occasions.




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A meaty rice dish, plov comes in more than 60 varieties and forms the heart of Uzbek cuisine. Its essence is long grain rice steamed with saffron, with a layer of eggs, flour, butter and yogurt at the bottom. Meat, dried fruit, fresh herbs, fish, vegetables and spices are often piled on top. But, at its most basic, plov is rice with onions and carrots with a meat like mutton or lamb, and its history can be traced back more than a thousand years.




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