31 Droolworthy International Dishes To Try Out This Year!


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The world is indeed big, but have you ever given a thought to its vastness if cuisines? From Indian to Italian, Mexican to Mediterranean, the choices are never ending. So, in no particular order, let’s take a look at the most exotic and choicest of international dishes that are a must try in 2017!

  1. Lobster Rolls, USA – Lobster rolls include a lightly buttered toasted hot dog bun stuffed with any combination of claw, knuckle and tail meat. Lobster rolls are served with chips, fries or pickles.

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  1. Queso Helado, Peru – Basically meaning “cheese ice cream”, there’s no actual cheese in it. It’s reminiscent of frozen rice pudding flavored with cinnamon. It’s made from sweet milk with a touch of coconut or cinnamon.

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  1. Ktefa, Morocco – It’s a dessert that usually include almonds and honey with scents of orange. Layered with sweetened almonds and a milk or custard sauce, called cremeanglaise. Not only does it taste good, but it smells delicious too.

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  1. Koshary, Egypt – Made of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed together, topped with a spiced tomato sauce, and garlic vinegar; garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions, carb overload!

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  1. Churros and Chocolate, Spain – As if the sugar-coated, crispy pastry deliciousness of a Spanish churro weren’t enough, try dunking the fried dough into a steaming cup of thick hot chocolate. Churros and chocolate is how the Spaniards take their breakfast.

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  1. Completo, Chile – To sample a Chilean avocado staple, order a completo. It’s a hot dog, twice the size of an American hot dog, topped with avocado, tomatoes, sauerkraut, mayonnaise, chili, sauce and cheese.

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  1. Poutine, Canada – This traditional Quebecois dish is made with French fries, brown gravy and cheese curds. These days chefs are adding meat, caramelized onions and other twists to this famous, gluttonous dish.

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  1. Meze, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean – . It’s part of the world’s version of Spanish tapas. Depending on where you are, meze could include a variety of local dishes like labnebaba ghanoush, muhammara and tabbouleh.

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  1. Gnocchi, Uruguay – It is the combination of potatoes, flour and egg and makes for a budget-friendly dish. Many Uruguayan restaurants advertise their gnocchi dishes, and a favorite is the classic, noqui de papa, or potato gnocchi.

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  1. Cevapcici, Balkan States –  Cevapcici is prepared with onions and garlic and then grilled, boiled or fried. Five to 10 finger-sized pieces of Kababs are often served with home-baked breads used to make sandwiches.

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  1. Kabab Kubideh, Iran – It is an Iranian meat Kabab made from ground lamb or beef, less commonly chicken, often mixed with parsley and chopped evenings. The perfect starter for barbecue parties.

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  1. Hungarian Style Meatballs, Hungary – Yummy meatballs in Hungarian style gravy, they must be served with mashed potato although would also be delicious served with rice or pasta.

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  1. Chebureki, Greece – A dough with a meat filling, that’s sure to be the star of the evening party. Absolutely amazing.

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  1. Greek Almond Biscuits, Greece – Also known as Amigthalota, these lovely little biscuits are traditional Greek biscuits and are perfect served with a cuppa.

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  1. Irish Lamb Chop Stew, Ireland – Quick, easy and affordable lamb chop dish that can be made and left to slowly cook while you go and unwind with your favourite magazine.

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  1. GoiCuon, Vietnam – This snack made from pork, shrimp, herbs, rice vermicelli and other ingredients wrapped in rice paper is served at room temperature. It’s “meat light,” with the flavors of refreshing herbs erupting in your mouth.

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  1. Ontbijtkoek (breakfast cake), Dutch – It is a Dutch spiced cake, traditionally served at breakfast with a thick layer of butter on top, as a replacement for bread. However, due to its sweet taste, it is also served as a snack.

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  1. Makovnjaca, Croatia – It is a delicious sweet poppy seed scroll loaf, traditionally a Croatian poppy seed cake. Widely eaten during Christmas season.

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  1. Pho, Vietnam –  It is a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat, primarily made with either beef or chicken. Pho is a popular street food in Vietnam.

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  1. Rendang, Indonesia – Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness.

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  1. Borscht, Russia – A thick yummy beetroot soup. Classic borscht is traditionally made from meat or bone stock , sautéed  vegetables, and beet sour, that is, fermented beetroot juice.

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  1. Pavlova, Australia – A classic pavlova is topped with lashings of whipped cream daubed with passionfruit, strawberries, and kiwi fruit.

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  1. Seafood Curry Laksa, Malaysia – King of soups, it is a spicy, tangy, coconut-creamy soup packed full of noodles, seafood, fish sticks, puffed tofu, vegetables, a hard-boiled egg, coriander and chilli sambal.

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  1. Som Tam, Thailand – To savour Thailand’s four essential flavours – sour, salt, sweet and chilli – in one dish, load up a bowl of som tam and prepare for sensory overload. The base ingredient of shredded unripened papaya is combined with any or all of the following: palm sugar, garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, tamarind juice, dried shrimp and, quite often, seafood, tomatoes, carrot, beans and peanuts.

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  1. Zucchini Flowers, Italy – The tender yellow zucchini flowers are stuffed with a delicious filling, maybe herbed ricotta or mozzarella, then dipped into a simple tempura-like batter and sizzled in olive oil. The result is a melt-in-the mouth, sweetly crisp sensation that must be eaten immediately.

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  1. Masala Dosa, India – The plate-covering, paper-thin pancake is made from rice and lentils, cooked to lacy perfection on a hot griddle. What creates the flavor is a spiced concoction of mashed cooked potatoes and fried onions, served with a liberal dose of garlicky chutney.

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  1. Moussaka, Greece – The dish is made by smothering layers of ingredients in a cheese béchamel sauce, and baking until creamily melted and golden. Along with ground beef or lamb, the major ingredient in a traditional moussaka is eggplant. The resulting cheesy casserole is a heart-warming dish to serve in winter.

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  1. Croissant, France – Flaky pastry smothered in butter, a pile of raspberry jam smeared over the top and a soft, giving bite as you sink in your teeth; there’s nothing not to love about this fatty, sweet breakfast food that must be married to a cup of strong coffee.

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  1. Seafood Paella, Spain – Shrimp, lobster, mussels and cuttlefish combine with white rice and various herbs, oil and salt in this Valencian dish to send you immediately into holiday mode.

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  1. Tacos, Mexico – A fresh, handmade tortilla stuffed with small chunks of grilled beef rubbed in oil and sea salt then covered with guacamole, salsa, onions, cilantro or anything else you want — perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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  1. Balut, Philippines – A balut is a developing bird embryo that is boiled and eaten from the shell. It originates and is commonly sold as street-food in the Philippines.

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So why simply sit on the couch and savor your imagination? Buckle up and get started with your plans to grab a bite of as many of these gorgeous dishes from around the world, before 2017 ends!

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