Top 5 Cuisines to Try Out

January 25, 2019 0 By catalystwp

According to CNN Travel, the top 10 countries that have the best food are the following, in order:

 

  1. Italy, for their pizza, pasta, cheese and gelato.
  2. China, because of their dimsum, the xiaolongbao, Peking duck, and sweet and sour dishes.
  3. France, for their cheese, wine, escargot and macarons.
  4. Spain, who we have to thank for paellas, and the concept of tapas.
  5. Japan, for sharing with the world their sushi.
  6. India and their deep, rich, flavors.
  7. Greece, with the dishes they perfect using olive oil.
  8. Thailand, with their spicy, sour, salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and slippery combinations.
  9. Mexico, for giving us enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas.
  10. United States, for the best cheeseburgers and the most decadent chocolate chip cookies.

 

You have probably tried most, if not all, of the cuisines offered from the countries listed above. And when it comes to food, there are only a select kind of people who are adventurous in trying new dishes. If you are not one of the brave types, but would love to try new flavors, below is a list of our top 5 cuisines to try out:

 

Caribbean

Rich spices used in Caribbean dishes

 

If you like meats that are marinated in various kinds of spices and then grilled over an open flame, you will love Caribbean foods. Many of their dishes include exotic fruits and spices. Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of other flavors, including African, Creole, and Latin American. Caribbean cuisine offers a variety of stews and curries with fish, chicken, and pork. They also have many different roasted and grilled offerings. Beans and rice are staples in their meals, along with coconut, bell peppers, limes, tomatoes, yams, plantains, and a starchy root vegetable called yucca. Caribbean dishes are often made with Caribbean spices, marinades, and seasonings; as well as garlic, hot peppers, onion, cilantro, rosemary, tarragon, tamarind, and marjoram; and include tropical fruits.

 

German

Sauerbraten with a side of spaetzle

 

German food is great food- but is a little on the unhealthy side. They have bread and meat present at almost every meal. From appetizing dumplings, to wursts (or sausages), to delicious pastries; traditional German food is very enjoyable. Common side dishes to meaty entrees include Spaetzle, a thick German egg noodle similar to dumpling, usually topped with cheese; and fried potatoes with oil, bacon, and onions. Asparagus is also another common side dish. Carrots, turnips, spinach, peas, beans, and cabbage are usually added to soups and stews. German food does not have the exotic appeal of other cuisines. Outside of mustard or horseradish condiments, dishes are rarely spicy and tend to use herbs like parsley, chives, and thyme. It is good and wholesome, the qualities we usually find in comfort food. German food is somewhat unique and worth trying. Schnitzel is another popular German dish. It is a pork or veal cutlet coated in breadcrumbs and fried. It is simple yet tasty. It can be topped with fresh lemon juice or dipped in mushroom and onion gravy.

 

Korean

Grilled meat, pickled radish and other Korean sides

Like many Asian cuisines, Korean meals are built around rice, vegetables, and meat that may be grilled, steamed, or, in the case of fish, raw. Sesame oil, fermented bean paste, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes are key seasonings to Korean foods. Korean cuisine offers many flavorful side dishes, one of the most popular being Kimchi- spicy fermented cabbage with radish, ginger, garlic, scallions, and chili pepper- at nearly every meal. Other prevalent seasonings include sesame oil, fermented bean and chili pastes, soy sauce, and pepper flakes. Bean sprouts are also popular, and may be sautéed or made into porridges, noodles, and pancakes. Bulgogi is another classic Korean dish. It consists of thinly sliced grilled beef that has been marinated in sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic. It is sometimes stir fried with green onions, ginger, and mushrooms.

 

Polish

Polish dumplings, pierogi

 

One of the most popular Polish foods you probably are familiar with is a Polish sausage called Kielbasa. Polish food has similarities to other European cuisines. They feature a lot of meats. The cuisine also uses a lot of cabbage (sauerkraut) and different types of noodles. The basic ingredients used in Polish foods are beetroot, cucumbers, pickles, gherkins, mushrooms, sausages, kohlrabi, sour cream and different herbs and spices like marjoram, dill, caraway, parsley and pepper. One of their most popular dishes is pierogi, a small dumpling filled with onion, potato, meats, or cheese. The dumpling is first boiled and then baked or fried. Polish and other Slavic dishes are typically warming and hearty. A few dishes that would definitely be on any Polish food must try list are Bigos stew, blueberry mazurka bars and Krakow-style cheesecake.

 

Vietnamese

Authentic Vietnamese noodle dish with fresh vegetables

 

Vietnamese food focuses on finding the perfect mix of spicy, sour, bitter, salty, and sweet. The most common ingredients used in this cuisine are soy sauce, shrimp paste, and nuoc mam- a fermented sauce. Rice, fruits, vegetables, and meat are prevalent, while dairy and oil are rare. Vietnamese food are also known for their use of fresh herbs, commonly adding ginger, mint, lemongrass, coriander, cinnamon, chili, lime, and basil to their dishes. Their dishes feature a range of punchy spices, earthy umami flavours and fresh, zingy marinades and sauces. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is greatly admired for its fresh ingredients and complementary textures. Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide with its effort to achieve balance between fresh herbs and meats and its selective use of spices.

 

You will find delectable runners up in the culinary category in many other food stalls or street markets all over the world. They may be considered the best “secret restaurants,” or hidden gems that offer different food trends. Whether they are considered street food, food truck, or restaurant dining, when you find the best tastes and flavors, any experience will make the discovery worth it.

 

If you are not planning on traveling and will not have the opportunity to taste our suggested international cuisines; or if you are simply worried you are not familiar with what goes in these new (to you) dishes; try a recipe or two from a cookbook. Here, we have given you some inspiration; the actual food journey is yours to begin.