Here is our list of the best 20 famous national dishes in the world. Whether you consider yourself a foodie or not, these dishes are worth flying halfway across the world for. Let’s have a look at the most flavorful dishes the world has to offer.
1. Italian Pizza
Pizza is one of the most famous dishes in the world. Although its origin was in Italy, it has long crossed the national boundaries and is consumed everywhere. Cheese, tomatoes, and an unlimited number of other toppings garnished with basil, olives, oregano sitting on top of a flattened round dough makes a pizza.
2. Israeli Falafel
Falafels are deep-fried balls of chickpeas, fava beans, or a mixture of both.
It is not just a traditional Israeli food, but also considered a traditional dish in Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, and Jordan. Falafel is called ‘tameya’ in Egypt, where it most likely originated from.
3. Russian Caviar
Roe means masses of fish eggs. Roe from sturgeon is known as caviar. It can be served fresh or fresh after being salt-cured. The caviar comes in two colors; red and black. Both kinds are expensive, but black caviar is more so than red caviar.
4. Turkish Doner Kebab
Turkish kebabs are unmatched in flavor. They are one of the most popular street foods around the world. Traditionally, in Turkey, doner kebabs are made with grilled mutton or beef and served with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onion. All of this is stuffed inside Turkish Pide bread.
5. American Hamburger
Round minced meat served with tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, cheese, lettuce, bacon stuffed between two buns is a hamburger. It is the most popular food in the United States. People usually eat it with mustard, mayonnaise, or other sauces. There is nothing in this world quite like a cheesy hamburger.
6. Hungarian Goulash
Hungarian food is spicy and full of paprika. This dish is no exception. Goulash is a beef stew made with onions and occasionally carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers are added to the mix.
7. Greek Gyro
Gyro is one of the most delicious food you’ll ever taste. It is considered the national dish of Greece. Gyro is made with chicken or pork. Similar to doner kebab, it is marinated and grilled meat served with fresh vegetables stuffed in bread.
8. Indian Biryani
Indian food is so varied, it is hard to pick one dish to represent the country. Biryani is rice that is made with a blend of Indian spices that explode in your mouth. The tender and juicy meat that goes in biryani make it the most flavorful and delicious food that you’ll ever taste.
There are many variations of biryani. It can be made with different blends of spices, different types of rice, and meat. Chicken, goat, lamb, beef are traditionally used in biryani.
9. Spanish Paella
This is another world-famous rice dish. The Spanish paella originated from Valencia. Authentic paella is made with a mixture of meat, including, chicken, sausage, snails, rabbits. But these days, seafood paella is the most popular.
10. Peruvian Ceviche
Ceviche is a seafood dish. It is made by marinating raw fish in a lemon or lime mixture. The citrus from the lime is enough to cook the raw fish if it’s allowed to sit for a while. For people who aren’t comfortable eating dishes with raw fish, ceviche is the safest dish to try,
11. Mexican Taco
The word ‘taco’ comes from another word ‘tlahco’ meaning half. That’s how a taco is made, folding a tortilla into a half.
Tacos are common Mexican street food. Different ingredients, such as meat, cheese, vegetables, and different condiments go into a taco. They’re pretty small in size and are considered to be finger food.
12. Chinese Peking Duck
This is hands down one of the best ways to cook a duck. Cantonese Peking duck is the national food of China. It is the best dish Chinese cuisine has to offer, in my opinion.
The thought of roasted duck dressed in soy sauce and maltose sugar is enough to water my mouth.
13. Pad Thai
Pad Thai is rice noodles made with a variety of different ingredients. It is the national food of Thailand.
Eggs, shrimp, tofu, chicken, crab are traditionally added to rice noodles and palm sugar, tamarind, lime are used for flavoring. Pad Thai is commonly served with roasted peanuts which gives this dish a crunch.
14. Japanese Ramen Soup
Ramen is renowned for its taste. Rice noodles made with meat broth nourish and soothes your soul. Slices of pork, soy sauce, seaweed, spring onions commonly go into ramen soup. It is truly a delight.
15. Argentinian Asados
Asados is barbequed meat. It is the national dish of Argentina. Ribs and steaks are grilled on a large grill and served with a sauce made of garlic, vinegar, and some herbs.
16. English Yorkshire Pudding
Yorkshire pudding is a classic English dish. It is made by baking a mixture of eggs, flour, and milk.
Yorkshire pudding is a savory dish. Generally, it is served during the first course. Onion gravy, beef, and other gravies are eaten with Yorkshire pudding.
17. Laotian Larb
Larb is the national dish of Laos. It is a salad made from ground meat, a mixture of herbs, fish sauce, lime juice, and other flavorful powders.
Steamed rice usually goes with larb. Larb has heat from the spices, tanginess from the lime juice, and sweetness from the sauces. It is a perfect blend of flavors.
18. Brazilian Feijoada
Feijoada is a popular Brazilian bean stew. Typically, pork and beef are added to the stew. Served with hot steamed rice, it is a Brazilian delight one can feast on.
19. Swedish Meatballs
Swedish meatballs are typically made with an equally proportioned mix of ground pork and ground beef. It is smaller in size compared with Italian meatballs. These meatballs are cooked in a delicious, creamy sauce and are typically served with potatoes,
20. Bosnian Ćevapćići
This dish is sausages made with minced meat. Usually, it is made with beef but pork, lamb, and a mixture of both are also seen. Ćevapćići is commonly served with ajvar spread, chopped onions, and kajmak cheese and eaten with flatbread.
All of these dishes are delicious and have a rich history that is ingrained in the culture of the countries they come from.