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Food From Around The World That Looks Delicious. 🍣 Here’s 270 Types!


  • Khachapuri
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    The bread is leavened and allowed to rise, and is shaped in various ways filled with cheese (fresh or aged), eggs and other ingredients.


  • Sauerbraten
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    Sour roast meat.

  • Sauerkraut
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    Finely sliced cabbage fermented by various lactic acid bacteria.

  • Wurst
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    Also known as German sausages, they are extra long and extra thick, usually consisting of ground meat, animal fat, salt, and spices, and sometimes other ingredients such as herbs, sometimes packed in a casing.


  • Moussaka
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    The bottom layer consists of eggplant slices sauteed in olive oil; The middle layer is ground lamb precooked with onion, garlic, chopped tomatoes, herbs (bay leaf, oregano, thyme), and spices (cinnamon, allspice and black pepper); The top layer is a cheese-flavoured bechamel sauce or egg custard.

  • Fasolada
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    Soup of dry white beans, olive oil, and vegetables.

  • Greek salad
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    Made of sliced or chopped tomatoes with cucumber, and red onion, seasoned with salt, black pepper, and oregano and dressed with olive oil.


  • Pepperpot
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    Pepperpot is typically a stewed meat dish, strongly flavored with cinnamon, hot peppers, and Cassareep – a special sauce made from the Cassava root. Beef, mutton, and pork are the most popular meats used, though some have been known to use chicken. Pepperpot is popularly served with dense bread and butter, though it is equally as good with rice or roti

    Thanks, Anon.

    Hong Kong

  • Egg tart
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    Consists of a flaky outer crust, with a middle filled with egg custard, which is then baked. *a personal favourite*

  • Dim sum
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    Involves a wide range of light dishes served alongside Chinese tea. It can include dishes based on meat, seafood, vegetables, as well as desserts and fruit.

  • BBQ pork with rice
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    Served with slices of char siu, cucumbers, white rice and drenched in sweet gravy or drizzled with dark soy sauce.

  • Wonton noodle soup
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    Served in hot soup, garnished with leafy vegetables, and wonton.

  • Pineapple bun
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    The top of the pineapple bun is crunchy and is quite sweet compared to the bread underneath.


  • Goulash
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    Made of beef, onions, red peppers, and paprika powder.


  • Thorramatur (including hakarl)
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    Thorramatur is an Icelandic food consisting of 11 different dishes consumed during the ancient Nordic month of Thorri.




    A general variety of spicy dishes.

    Basmati rice


    A variety of long grain rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour.



    Consists of a fried triangular shaped pastry shell with a savory potato, onion, fresh coriander, cottage cheese and pea stuffing, but other stuffings like minced meat and fish are often used but not traditional.



    A round flatbread made of white flour.



    A type of roti or Indian bread eaten in South Asia and East Africa.



    A term for a variety of sweet and spicy condiments.



    A preparation of pulses which have been stripped of their outer hulls and split.

    Tandoori chicken


    Chicken marinated in a yogurt seasoned with tandoori masala.


  • Satay
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    A dish consisting of chunks or slices of dice-sized meat (chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish, etc.) on bamboo skewers.

  • Gado-gado
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    Comprises a vegetable salad served with a peanut sauce dressing.

  • Nasi goreng
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    Fried rice often accompanied by additional items such as a fried egg, fried chicken, satay, or krupuk.


  • Chelow kabab
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    Consisting of steamed, saffroned basmati or Persian rice (chelow) and kabab, of which there are several distinct Persian varieties.


  • Irish Stew
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    Stew made from lamb or mutton as well as potatoes, onions, and parsley.

  • Colcannon
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    Made from mashed potatoes, kale or cabbage, butter, salt, and pepper.

  • Stout and raw oysters
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    Dark beers made using roasted malts or roast barley with raw oysters.

  • Smoked Salmon on pumpernickel bread
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    Smoked salmon on bread made of rye flour and whole rye berries.

    Isle of Man

  • Kipper
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    A whole fish, usually herring, that has been split from tail to head, gutted, salted, and cold smoked, served with potatoes and buttered bread.


  • Felafel
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    Fried ball or patty made from spiced fava beans and/or chickpeas served as a sandwich wrapped in pita bread.

  • Chicken schnitzel
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    Consists of a thin slice of chicken coated in breadcrumbs and fried




    An oven-baked, flat, usually round bread covered with tomato sauce and often cheese, with other toppings left optional. This is one the most popular food from around the world.



    A type of food made from a dough using flour, water and/or eggs.



    A variety of thick Italian soups made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice.



    An Italian white bread made with wheat flour and yeast that is somewhat elongated, broad and flattish and, like a slipper, should be somewhat collapsed in the middle.



    Most baccalà dishes require that the fish be soaked numerous times to remove excess saltiness.



    Made with either coarsely, or finely ground dried yellow or white cornmeal (ground maize), depending on the region and the texture desired.


  • Beef Patties
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    A pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell.

  • Saltfish and Ackee
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    Salt cod is sauteed with ackee (boiled), onions, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, and may be garnished with crisp bacon and fresh tomatoes.


  • Sushi
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    A food made of vinegared rice, usually topped with other ingredients including cooked or uncooked fish and vegetables. Another favorite from around the world.

  • Sashimi
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    Consists of very fresh raw seafoods, sliced into thin pieces about 1 inch wide by 1.5 inch long 0.25 inch thick, but dimensions vary depending on the type of item and chef, and served with only soy sauce with wasabi paste and thin-sliced ginger root or ponzu, and a simple garnish such as shiso and shredded daikon radish.

  • Japanese noodles
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    A type of noodle made from buckwheat flour served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup.

  • Donburi
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    Consists of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice.

  • Japanese curry
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    Commonly served in three main forms: curry rice, kar? udon (thick noodles) and kar?-pan (bread). It is usually thicker, sweeter and milder than its Indian equivalent.


  • Jersey Royal potatoes
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    Jersey’s local variety of new potato.


  • Mansaf
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    Made of lamb, rice, and a dried yoghurt-like product called jameed.


  • Besh barmak
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    Consists of boiled horse or mutton meat with small pieces of pastry boiled in broth and sprinkled with parsley and coriander.

    Korea, South

  • Kimchi
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    A fermented dish made of some select vegetables with varied seasonings.

  • Bulgogi
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    Made from marinated thin slices of sirloin or other prime cut of beef.

  • Kalbi
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    Made from beef short ribs, though it can also be made with pork ribs.

  • Bibimbap
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    Served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables), beef, a fried egg, and gochujang (chile pepper paste).

  • Naengmyeon
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    Consists of several varieties of thin, hand-made noodles or buckwheat, and is served in a large bowl with a tangy iced broth, raw julienned vegetables, a slice of a Korean pear, and often a boiled egg and/or cold beef.


  • Laghman
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    A type of noodle dish.


  • Larb
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    Made with chicken, beef, duck, turkey, pork or even fish, flavored with fish sauce and lime.


  • Kibbeh
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    A dish of minced meat with bulgur and spices with many variants, both raw and cooked.

  • Tabbouleh
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    A salad dish, often used as part of a mezze.


  • Galinha a Portuguesa
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    Served as pieces of chicken, potato and sometimes boiled rice with a mild, coconut-based, curry-like sauce, baked till golden and with a distinctive aroma.

  • Baked pork chop bun
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    Extremely crispy outside and very soft inside, it is made of only a piece of pork chop and a bun.


  • Nasi lemak
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    Comes as a platter with cucumber slices, small dried anchovies (ikan bilis), roasted peanuts, stir fried water convolvulus (kangkong), hard boiled egg, pickled vegetables (achar) and hot spicy sauce (sambal).

  • Roti canai
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    A type of flatbread found in Malaysia.

  • Char koay teow
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    Made from flat rice noodles, approximately 1 cm or slightly narrower in width, fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, prawns, cockles, egg, bean sprouts and Chinese chives.

  • Satay
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    A dish consisting of chunks or slices of chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork or fish on bamboo skewers.

  • Assam laksa
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    Main ingredients for assam laksa include shredded fish, normally kembung fish or mackerel, and finely sliced vegetables including cucumber, onions, red chillis, pineapple, lettuce, common mint, “daun kesum” (Vietnamese mint or laksa mint) and pink bunga kantan (ginger buds) normally served with either thick rice noodles or thin rice noodles (vermicelli).


  • Pozole
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    Made from hominy, with pork (or other meat), chile, and other seasonings and garnish, such as cabbage, lettuce, oregano, cilantro, avocado, radish, lime juice, etc.

  • Tacos
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    Comprises of a rolled, folded, pliable maize tortilla filled with an edible substance. Another classic food from around the world.

  • Mole poblano
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    A popular sauce in Mexican cuisine and is the mole that most people in the U.S. think of when they think of mole.

  • Guacamole
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    Made by mashing the avocado with a molcajete (a type of mortar and pestle) and adding tomatoes and salt. A healthy, delicious kind of food from around the world.

  • Tamale
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    Made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper.


  • Mutton
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    Cooked mutton, often without any other ingredients. A very pure kind of food from around the world.


  • Couscous
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    Consists of spherical granules made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour.

  • Tajine
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    Dishes are slow cooked at low temperatures in a special pot, resulting in tender, falling-off-the-bone meat with aromatic vegetables and sauce.

  • Pastilla
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    A dish made usually of squab.

  • Harira
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    A type of stew made out of many, ingredients such as flour, tomatoes and tomato concentrate, lentils, chickpeas, onions, etc.


  • Mohinga
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    It is rice vermicelli in fish soup


  • Dahl baht
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    Consists essentially of rice (bhat) and lentil soup (dal).

  • Momo dumplings
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    It is usually filled with minced chicken or pork, combined with any or all of the following: onions, shallots, garlic, and cilantro/coriander.

    New Zealand

  • Colonial Goose
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    An effective preparation of roast leg of lamb.

  • Whitebait fritters
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    It is essentially an omelet containing whitebait.

  • Pavlova
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    Is a meringue dessert that is crispy on the outside but light and fluffy inside.


  • Stamppot
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    Made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables.

  • Hutspot
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    A dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots and onions.


  • Gallopinto
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    Comprises of pre-cooked rice and beans fried together with spices such as cilantro, onion and peppers.


  • Jollof rice
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    Consists of rice, tomatoes and tomato paste, onion, salt, and chili pepper, to which optional ingredients can be added such as vegetables, meats, and other spices.


  • Lutefisk
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    A dish made from stockfish (air-dried whitefish) and soda lye (lut).

  • Farikal
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    Consisting of pieces of lamb’s meat with bone, cabbage, whole black pepper and a little wheat flour, cooked for several hours in a casserole, traditionally served with potatoes boiled in their jackets.

  • Pizza grandiosa
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    Frozen pizza.

    Northern Ireland

  • Ulster fry
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    Consists of bacon, eggs, pork or beef sausages, the farl form of soda bread (the farl split in half crossways to expose the inner bread and then fried with the exposed side down), potato bread and tomatoes.

    61 replies on “Food From Around The World That Looks Delicious. 🍣 Here’s 270 Types!”

    Hi there- I noticed that you’ve copied my photo of Portuguese caldo verde for use on your site. It’s great that you’re sourcing the image, but I imagine that many of us would prefer that you contact us first before using our work here!

    United States, further suggestions for your list being that so much of the U.S. menu comes from all over the world.

    Various Barbecue, Buffalo wings, Corn on the cob, Cornbread,


    You are completely wrong. Indigenous food of the United States and Americas has become the world’s foods.

    What do you have when you take the tomatoes out of Italian food? Or the potatoes out of Irish cuisine? Or the chiles out of any cuisine? Or the corn out of any of these dishes? Boring food. What foreign cultures consider “theirs” is not theirs at all, it’s American. Most of these dishes would not even exist without indigenous American ingredients. Think about it.

    I agree with Lindsay! The representation of Canada was really poor. What about Tourtiere, Montreal Smoked meat, Beaver Tails, Canadian Bacon, Figgy DUff, Saskatoon Berry Pie, etc………..

    (lvleph) Poutine’s been added to the list.

    (lindsay) All’s up. Thanks for the suggestions.

    (Cesseirose) In Australia, it’s commonly considered it a national food and a cultural icon.

    (Karen) Now the representation of Canada’s better thanks to you. =)

    (Mexico) Tacos. The picture used does not reflect the escense of a mexican taco, instead, it shows the US citizens’ idea of a taco by using a pre-folded tortilla.

    It is similar to when US media uses a flamenco dancer (Spain) to depict the Latin American people.

    Nice try.

    Some of your central/eastern European dishes are quite inaccurate – have you actually tasted those things?

    Blintzes are definitely no as thin as crepes. They are elevated with yeast and that makes their distinguished taste but they do not taste like American pancakes by any means.

    Also what you show as a Hungarian goulash is definitely what you meant. this is how it looks in reality and here: are dumplings that it’s served with.
    And what about their sausages?

    Sauerkraut is not by any means French national food. They don’t know it unless they live in Alsace that is pretty much half German anyway.

    You entirely excluded Czech national food. Here are few examples: friut filled dumplings. Prok, sauerkraut and dumplings (, the Pig Killing Ceremony where you use an entire pig for something (here an article about it:, sausage goulash, cabbage stew and many many more.

    (c-g) Point to me how REAL tacos should look like.

    (MatG) Thanks for the mention. It’s all up. =)

    (Albert) Awesome. Looks like you have a lot of exciting traveling ahead of you.

    (Scott) What do you have from Bahamas? Tell me.

    (Swiss) Owh. The cheese dish.

    (b_r) Point to me how REAL tacos should look like.

    (anon) Thanks for the pointer.

    (Paul) Got it. Thanks.

    (Lida) Great examples! Now there’s Czech thanks to you!

    Can you add Puerto Rico to the list? There are at least three different dishes which are liked by everyone I know who has tried them.

    1 Arroz con gandules (gandures); rice made with pork or chicken and pigeon peas.

    2 Pasteles; savory pork wrapped in mashed green bananas tied up in banana leaves and steamed.

    3 Panadillas; a puertorican style empanada.

    I found an online that hand makes the spice blends for some of these dishes. I do like to try other peoples food. What likes and taboos. Anyway I look at all this great food and fotos and can never seem to get it to the table. So I try this online Juliet Mae Spices. I have tried spice blends from Morocco, Italy, Africa, and S. America. And while I have no authentic spice blends to compare to,; these are really tasty. Anyway, for me, this is a way to try some of these great cuisines without breaking the bank on dozens of special ingredients.

    Correct, chicken tikka masala originated in India, contrary to popular belief. It was NOT invented in Britain despite what people like Ed may lead to believe. But that does not mean it cannot be a national dish of another country.


    I thought about it, and it makes no sense.

    Traditional cuisine is not equal to where ingredients are originated. It doesn’t matter if some ingredient has been cultivated there 50 or 500 years, it can still belong to some nations cuisine.

    Btw you could easily say all ingredients are from pangaea.

    The Chile one is really inaccurate. But like, REALLY REALLY inaccurate.

    National food here is Empanadas, yes the one you use in Argentina. Casuela, a tipe of soup. Pastel de Choclo and Humitas.

    Pavlova is NOT from New Zealand. It’s as Aussie as Vegemite and meat pies.

    Every country in South America has their own version of empanadas, Argentina has “salte

    Pavlova is from New Zealand, not Australia – a quick google confirms that the first known recipe for a pavlova is from NZ πŸ™‚

    As for the author – you should add pies, fish n chips and (sanitarium) marmite to the list. F&C is more or less its own food group in NZ..

    This is subject to quite a bit of conjecture. The original source of the recipe is quite vague at best with an ‘official’ research project claiming it was first made in NZ. Of course the people conducting this research were from NZ who have always tried to one-up Australians throughout their history. Take that research with a pinch of salt.

    Dont listen to those that said that empanadas and asado are from Chile, everybody knows that both are Argentinian. Ill live im both countries so dont take all the comments as real.
    Good post

    This coming from a country who claims chicken tikka masala as a national dish when in fact it originated in India. National dishes do NOT have to originate within that country.

    The national dish of Japan is widely acknowledged to be Ramen, which isn’t even mentioned among the host of dishes you have under that country.

    Philippines entry: you would like to add various rice dishes (coz philippine dishes are basically accompanied by rice or are rice in itself) like suman, bibingka, putobungbong. Also, please add bananaque and sinigang. πŸ™‚

    P.S. i loved this compilation! It may not be perfect but it gave me at least an idea of what to expect from different countries!

    It looks like you’ve forget the world’s most delicious food, Rendang. It’s Indonesian, and it has been voted to be 1st world’s most delicious food on Please fix it

    Hi Joy.

    If you looked carefully, buttons to page 2 and 3 are right after ‘E’.

    What about tempura for Japan?
    Spanokopita and gyros for Greece?
    southern fried chicken (Kentucky fried style)for the good old USA?
    hot and sour soup for China?
    And French Onion Soup and of course French fries for France?

    Here are a few more favorites:
    Japan – miso soup, panko chicken and/or pork cutlets, edamame,gyoza
    China – sticky rice, Yangchow fried rice, crispy chow mein (various sauces), rice noodles (stir fried with sauces or in soup),
    Taiwan – boiled dumplings, potstickers
    Russia – beef stroganoff
    Mexico – nachos, burritos, enchiladas
    USA – prime rib, baked potato, mashed potatoes and gravy

    Love to try new different foods from different countries. Many people here criticizing but I think this list is great! You can see the similarities in the dishes. Like Brazil’s rice and beans, Jamaica’s beef patties and Colombia’s sancocho, are also national dishes of Puerto Rico. You should do a new one with the countries that are left.

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