11 Oct 2021

Try These Great National Dishes of the World!

Tasting new foods and flavours can be the highlight of any holiday. Everywhere has its own speciality, and the national dishes of the world are always worth exploring!

Locally sourced ingredients are essential to most national dishes. With World Food Day 2021 right around the corner, it’s a great time to start thinking about sustainable and healthy eating. When travelling, sticking to the local cuisine can be a great start.

A great benefit for you when eating local cuisine is it will tend to be much fresher than imported foods and dishes. You’ll get to try something new, and have a yummy, fresh, and sustainable meal!

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Polish off paella in Valencia

The picture shows Paella, one of the national dishes of the world, being cooked in a deep black pan over a fire. In the pan are rice, peas, mussels, and prawns.

Paella is one of the national dishes of the world that is now recreated and enjoyed globally. The dish originated in the town of Valencia in Spain. Seafood paellas are the most popular type, but there are different paella variations. From chicken to rabbit to shrimp to mussels, the protein of the dish can differ based on preference.

Valencia has one of the largest Spanish ports, and rice production is big here. Paella is a dish of rice, saffron, vegetables, and either seafood or meat cooked in a large shallow pan. You can find most of the ingredients for this scrumptious dish in the Valencian port area!

Eat escargot in Paris

The picture shows escargot, or cooked snails, on a black plate with a sprig of thyme and a lemon slice next to them.
Escargot served with thyme and lemon

Escargot, or edible snails, are a must-try dish if you’re visiting Paris! A chef will shell then cook the snails with either garlic butter, wine, or chicken stock. Before serving, the snails will be put back in the shell. Escargot is a popular hors d’oeuvre across France!

Escargot is one of the unique national dishes of the world, and it’s worth a taste. With all the lovely eateries in Paris, it just makes sense to try escargot in the French capital!

To find out more about dining experiences in Paris, check out our blog post about Eiffel Tower dinners!

Bite into a Bistecca alla Fiorentina in Florence

Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a cuisine local to the Italian city of Florence. Generally, the steaks come from a Tuscan breed of cattle called Chianina. This is due to only a light seasoning being needed to enhance the flavour of the meat.

You prepare Bistecca alla Fiorentina on a BBQ grill, and generally only use a pinch of salt to flavour. There are many little details that make this dish what it is. For example, you cook it at room temperature rather than straight from the fridge. Even how often you turn the steak while cooking is important for this yummy cuisine!

To find out more about eating locally in the Tuscany region, check out our guide to what to eat in Tuscany.

Fill up on fish and chips in London

The picture shows a piece of battered fish with a slice of lemon on top. The fish is sitting on a pile of chips. Next to the fish and chips are some mushy peas, and a small blue pot of tartare sauce. This is all on a blue and white patterned plate.
Battered fish and chips

In the UK, particularly in coastal areas, fish and chips are a well-known dish. Though London isn’t coastal, fish and chips are still a staple dish here! Both fish and chips were introduced by separate immigrant cultures and then fused to make this typically British dish. Cod and haddock reign supreme as the top choices of fish for this mouth-watering cuisine.

Locals in London will usually have a favourite chippy, which will serve a delicious, battered fish alongside chunky chips. It’s one of the simpler national dishes of the world, but still a real treat! And of course, don’t forget to order mushy peas and tartare sauce!

Top tip: You can sample this delicious dish included in our Jack the Ripper and Haunted tour of London!

Munch Al Machboos in Dubai

Al Machboos is an appetizing meat and rice dish popular in the city of Dubai. Al Machboos is a popular dish that also goes by the name Kabsa. The dish uses either red meat, chicken, or shrimp. The chef will boil the protein with stock, seasonings, and dried lime powder until its tender. Rice is then prepared in the same water so that it can soak up the flavour!

Dubai is a city with many popular dishes, a perfect spot for foodies to travel. The Al Machboos dish is a must-try cuisine. It’s full of great flavours and is a real treat for the tastebuds!

While in Dubai, why not try a BBQ dinner in the desert?

Have haggis in Edinburgh

Haggis is a world-famous dish and the national dish of Scotland. Haggis is a type of meaty pudding. Locals prepare the dish with the minced liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep. Then they mix the minced ingredients with beef or mutton and oatmeal.

You’ll find all of the ingredients for this popular dish in the Scottish countryside. If you visit Edinburgh, haggis is a great choice for a locally sourced meal. Some find the ingredients of the dish off-putting, but even a small taste will calm any doubt. This scrumptious and hearty dish is a mouth-watering must-try on a visit to Scotland!

Chow down on a New York Cheesecake

The picture shows a white cheesecake with cinnamon (brown) sprinkled in wavy patterns on the top. There are three cinnamon sticks on top of the cheesecake. A big slice has been cut out so the middle of the cake can be seen. The cheesecake is on a clear, floral patterned plate.

Cheesecake is a delicious dessert consisting mainly of cream cheese and a crushed biscuit base. Despite popular beliefs, cheesecake did not originate in New York. However, the twists and improvements to the traditional dessert made in the city have made it a popular treat here!

A New York cheesecake tends to be much richer and creamier than a regular cheesecake. Usually, this is done by adding cream, or a few extra egg yolks to the mix. The New York cheesecake is also generally bigger than other cheesecakes, which is great for such a moreish dessert. There’s a variety of flavours to choose from, and even the ‘plainest’ vanilla cheesecakes are scrumptious!

If New York cuisine has caught your attention, why not try a city food tour?

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