Hey Pandas, What Is One Food From Your Culture That Everyone Should Try At Least Once?
Share your favorite dishes that you think are worth trying.
I’m from England and would say that absolute everyone should have a traditional afternoon tea at some stage in their life. Not one in a fancy hotel though, one from a traditional countryside tearooms. Enjoy!
There's nowt like a full English Sunday roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings followed by rhubarb crumble & custard
I'm Indian and when people hear Indian, they think too much spices and all which i think is not completely true.
Indian food also includes dishes like Idli with coconut chutney,
Or Boiled pulses with rice (It tastes great though it might be the most common food),
But this remains a must try for everyone—
It is made by putting spices and Chicken with water in a mud pot and heating it over direct flame.
For sweets, Everyone should try Halwa(easy to make), Petha, Rabdi and Dhokla
I'm Nigerian and I'll say Jollof Rice. It's really tasty and isn't an acquired taste like some of our other famous dishes.
Idk if its a culture or not but, louisiana/texas Gumbo, or crawfish :]
As i dont live there currently i come across many people who've never heard of gumbo
You’ve not lived until you’ve tried poutine or hot maple syrup cooled down and solidified on a stick in the snow
I'm Jewish, so for me, it would have to be matzo ball soup, but if you want something sweet, then a sufganiyot would be my choice. It's a fried donut, usually filled with fruit filling and topped with powdered sugar. It's eaten during Chanukah.
Well biryani was already said, so I have to pick something else.
Maybe quorma or nihari, they're both essential in Pakistan for special occasions. Yes, I know, they're Indian dishes, but for some reason whenever I've tried the Indian versions, they've never tasted as good.
biscuits and gravy, best thing since even before sliced bread
Im English, a cup of tea with a friend, is the best way to decompact whatever s**t is going on, that and market chips covered in salt and vinegar
I am Indian. I come from the state of Maharashtra. Our food is not fancy but it is varied, simple and tasty. One dish i would suggest is Varan Bhat which is literally Dal and Rice. The dal is a basic one but so delicious. This combo is comfort food for Maharashtrians. Have pipping hot Varan Bhat, a dollop of ghee and eat it just like that or with pickle. Since it is a basic version, you can finish any leftover indian sabzi or veg/non-veg gravy with it. Some just squeeze a bit of lemon on it too.
Another recommendation is Vada Pav. It is fried Potato spice dumpling in between pav or bread... It is our burger and way tastier.
Also try out Puranpoli which is a sweet flabread or paratha with sweet chana dal filling. It is a filling thing. We prepare it for Holi and special occasions.
I'm 3rd generation in my mom's side of the family to be born in Canada. The family still makes some traditional Ukrainian food.
Everyone should try a hearty, loaded Borscht at least once. Not the watered-down, bland store bought Borscht. An actual home-cooked, from scratch, looooong recipe of Borscht.
I'm from Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean. For a vegetarian option, doubles. It's made with curried chick peas and flat bread, a staple breakfast item here. We have lots of food which are a mix of out Native, Indian and African roots.
Once every year during the Mid Autumn Festival, (Chinese) we get to EAT MOONCAKES IT IS SO GOOD!
Fairy bread. It tastes far better than rainbow sprinkles on buttered white bread has any right to be
Stroopwafels and Oliebollen! Stroopwafels are waffles with a little bit of caramel in between, and oliebollen are spheres of fried dough and eaten with New Years. Also stamppot is one of the tastiest thing in the world. Stamppot is mashed potatoes with vegetables, like carrots and onions.
The Karelian pie. It is a traditional finnish delicacy/pastry/IDK but something edible which consists of a lump of rice porridge surrounded by a thin layer of rye dough, and the dough is open on the top and they're kinda oval-shaped.
Polish here. Pierogies. Everyone must try pierogies.
Indomie, its an Indonesian brand of instant noodles that are incredibly delicious! You can also add an onsen egg by cracking an egg into a cup full of water and poking it with a fork, after that you put it in the microwave for about 40 secs :]
Not really a "culture" but North Carolina barbecue. It is not like Texas barbecue, and Missouri doesn't have a claim to it for picking both sides. Make sure to try both Eastern and Western, both are good!
As a Canadian, I got two answers.
The first is poutine. French fires with gravy, and cheese curds. Some places can top it off with other ingredients, like bacon crumble, green onions, pulled pork, or shredded chicken, but the traditional poutine is a classic.
The other is a BeaverTail. It's a fried dough pastry with sugar and cinnamon, though there are other versions with other flavours and toppings. There are apparently some BeaverTail places in the US, Europe, and even Japan, but not many compared to Canada.
The latter was such a big attraction, that even former President Obama had one when he visited our nation's capital in 2009.
Maryland blue crabs... or a real maryland crab cake (with all crabmeat and no bread filling)
Fried Cheese Curds! Hot, melty, fresh cheese, combined with the crunch from the breading, they're incredible. Most resturaunts in Wisconsin have them, although bars and supper clubs tend to have the best coating. The best curds I've had are from a food truck called C.O.W. (Curds of Wisconsin).
U.K. A chip butty. White bread roll, slathered in salted butter, filled with piping hot chips. (Chunky fries!) Nomnomnom.
Vegemite, but it has to be done by someone who knows what they are doing. Don't just slather it on the bread.
In Spain, one of the best foods is pata negra ham (from Iberian pig fed with acorns). Some people eat it with bread and olive oil. Others also add grated tomato. And, of course, paella and gazpacho.
Often misunderstood and certainly underrated, southern German Potato Salad is one of my favorite things to have with sausages or schnitzel. It is thin sliced potatoes in a slightly sweet bacon vinaigrette sauce usually served warm (room temperature). In the US it's almost impossible to find prepared but... is very simple to make!
Mjuk Pepparkaka. It's a Swedish spice cake. I've been bringing it to parties or sending it to my husband's office for decades and hands down, it's the recipe people ask for the most. Even the Commandant of the Air Force Academy loved it. (long story)
im mixed but PLS TRY LECHON BABOY,ADOBO,SINIGANG
now for japanese:
Australian dessert, extremely soft sponge cake coated with chocolate and coconut shavings
Absolutely scrumptious. Try some
A herring from a Dutch street vendor.
It's actually not raw, it's been brined.
When in New Jersey, you have to try the Taylor Pork Roll. Fry it in a pan to have with your breakfast eggs. Don't get the pre-sliced package bc for some reason, it tastes different. Get the unsliced roll in the cloth wrapping. Note; in the northern part of the state, they call it Taylor Ham and in the south, it's Pork Roll.
Im Pakistani, and Dosa is TO DIE FOR
Alligator tail with horseradish sauce (or not - that's my preference)! Better than lobster imho! Southeast US.
Potji it’s a sout African stew. Directly translated it means little pot. It is cooked in a cast iron pot over and open flame, and it is TO DIE FOR
Maine lobster, actually eaten in Maine. Whole or in a roll. Something happens to it when it leaves the state and it is not quite the same. Still good but different. Also fried clams that are the whole clam, not just those rubbery little strips you get everywhere else.
Haggis. If you get the chance to try the real thing please take it. Love it but only have it as a rare treat.
Croatian style goulash. My mom's side of the family is Croatian, and she makes this a lot, and it's so easy. It's just bow tie pasta, Chicken, and Gravy.
Stir-fried tomato and scrambled eggs. I'm from china and this is like a go to dish for me. I don't even like eggs, but it makes up for it because the eggs soak up all the tomatos flavor. You guys should definitely try it!
A simple meal but delicious if using good quality ingredients and c**p if not. A proper ploughman's lunch. Real crusty bread (preferably wholemeal), good quality extra mature cheddar, home-made pickled onions and a good fruity chutney. Unfortunately, most of those on offer in pubs are at the c**p end of the scale.
German here. Try our Mettbrötchen.
It's raw minced pork on a breadroll with sliced onions, salt and black pepper.
And yes it's safe to eat in Germany.
Not mine, but in Canada recently, I was introduced to S'mores. YUM!
Koeksusters or melktert, maybe also bobotie. Afrikaans / Malay cape dishes. Koeksusters are basically twisted deepfried donuts with a touch of ginger in the infused syrup. Basically imagine a crispy, twisted donut, steeped thoroughly with syrup so when you bite it syrup oozes out. And the syrup is like normal sugary syrup but gingery. Melktert: milk custard tart with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Tastes more or less like plain yoghurt but sweeter and much firmer. Bobotie: a yellow rice curry in a pie with raisins, topped with a curry omelette crust.
BeesChurger (Mericaa) :3
I'm Australian and Vegemite has already been said, so have a list of other Aussie foods:
- Caramello Koalas
- Pavlovas (Kiwis pls don't kill me)
- Fairy Bread
- Meat pie
- Sausage roll
- Anzac Biscuits
- Musk sticks
there are so many more but that will do for now
Cheerwine..made in NC
RC cola and moonpie
Southern fried chicken, chicken and dumplings and fried okra and iced tea.
I know that use Americans go all out with the fried food , but but if you are in America and want to try one. try fried pickles they are so good ( also try buffalo wings because those are amazing).
Rogalach, hamamtashn and strudel. Don't have it all in one sitting you might get a sugar rush... Klops and tsimmes for those who enjoy meat. A special recommendation would be kreplach made by a genuine Bobe, Oy, dos iz geschmak!
for the love of god, SNAILS AND BAGUETTES
New Mexico green chile cheese fries. Still remember the first time I had them at the Tesuque Market about 30 years ago. If only we had come up with a distinctive name like "poutine" they would be on McDonald's menus everywhere (not that I think that is a good thing...).
As someone with a Scottish heritage I would say haggis, except that I tried it once and it was terrible.
I’m from China, so here’s mine
M o o n c a k e s
Some store bought ones have salted duck egg yolks surrounded by some creamy filling inside a crispy shell, it’s like sweet and salty at the same time (note: each company makes it differently). And some are sweet and custardy without the duck egg yolk (blended in with the filling) all I know if you don’t like it at least you tried smt new :D
Also 小笼包, they’re like dumplings except round and steamed (idk what they’re called in English im sorry ToT)
Extra mature cheddar and pickled shallots (England). Full of flavour! Making my mouth water just thinking about it.
Halo-Halo, especially on a hot day it soooo goood 😍
I can't stand liver but I love liver dumpling soup in Germany!
This is not exactly from where I live, but still the same country: saltbush snags from South Australia
I’m from Sri Lanka, and Kottu is amazing!!
It’s actually one of the things that I miss the most from SL.
Oh and try ‘pol roti’. It’s actually really easy to make at home if you have coconut and it tastes really good.
I think that biltong is a best SA dish. it's dried meat with seasoning. It's soooooo good!
I'm a Cook Islander if you do not know we are a small group of 15 Islands and I recommend you trying some of our special:
- Cook Island Style Doughnuts
- Raw Fish in coconut cream
and our ultimate recipe:
Mainaise, made up of beetroots, eggs, potatos and mayonaisse.
Search it up.
That is all from our beautiul little islands
Finally, i have been waiting for this
There are a lot, but my favs are dosa, idili (with podi ofc), biryani (duh), churma (why is this not more popularr), gaajar ka halwa (carrot pudding, sounds weird but it is to die for), laddus (How has nobody else mentioned this), and a lot more... Just make friends with an Indian and have them invite you for a meal and get to taste butter chiken or any dish with paneer
(i am a foodie, pls reccomend more types of food to try)
I am from Malaysia! Here are some that I think definitely worth trying in Malaysia:
- Nasi Lemak (Rice cooked with coconut milk, with the sides of anchovies, peanuts, eggs, and most importantly sambal/chili paste!)
- Roti Tisu (Very thinly made crepe looking bread, with condensed milk drizzled in it!)
- Bak Kut Teh (Herbal pork broth, very fragrant and best eaten with cakoi!)
I'm from Cornwall, UK, and you have to try a real Cornish Pasty.
I am from Serbia and you have to try ajvar (a minced paprika (special kind of paprika) that is cooked for like 3 hours) with fresh bread and cheese - it is fantastic. Also lamb with homemade sour milk - so good. Stuffed paprika (paprika can be fresh but mostly it is dryed on the sun) with meat and rice also with sour milk
Eastern Europe here. Roasted pigs feet with cabbage and potatoes.
Pickled herring , either Brine or cream, is a North Sea delicacy. The Frisian islands are an ancient peoples off the coast of the Netherlands where the old ways are still followed!
If being born and raised in Texas counts as a "culture" then here it goes... Chicken Fried Steak & Cream gravy. Find a hole in the wall cafe' in a small town and get ready for the best tasting comfort food ever ! More than likely the plate will consist of homemade mashed potatoes, corn or green beans maybe even black eyed peas, of course the batter fried "Chicken Fried Steak" and cream gravy. It's a Texas staple. Enjoy y'all !
Beef Wellington. It's really delicious
Boudin and cracklins
Zoervleis. I hail from Limburg, the Southern tip of the Netherlands and it's a local delicacy. It's similar to the German Sauerbraten. It's a kind of stew, using tougher cuts of meat, which would usually go to waste. Back in the days, It used to be horse meat, just old plow horses being turned into something edible. Nowadays, we just use beef. This meat is marinated in vinegar to make it more tender, before going into a stew. To combat the vinegar, the dish is flavoured heavily with apple butter (lots of orchards around here), ginger bread, onions, thyme, cloves and bayleaf.
Only to be found in Upstate NY..... (the origin - Utica)
the Original Half-Moon Cookies - from Hemstrought's Bakery
Black pudding fried crisp on the outside and soft in the middle with bacon eggs and crispy fried rosemary potatoes
not a grilled cheese sandwich
but real grilled cheese grilled on a grill
I went to an Indian restaurant for some garlic bread, but they had naan...
If you are ever in the Chicago-land area, visit a suburb called Oak Park and hit up Mickey's Gyros & Ribs on Harlem Avenue by Lake Street. Everything there is greasy, yummy goodness, but be sure to grab a gyro sandwich, Big Mickey double cheeseburger, and some cheese fries. It's my culture because that's where I grew up and my crew and I hung out there a bunch. 'Nuff said!
Maheshi. For sure. I am Egyptian and this is a very famous dish. It's basically cooked white cabbage with very tasty rice inside, and it's basically like a role of sushi but even better
Poor people's food.
Lob Scouse - a meat, veg and potato stew famously from Liverpool, but with varieties from the UK midlands and North West.
Corned beef hash - onions, potato and corned beef all fried together. I put cheddar cheese in mine and bake it in the oven. Gorgeous.
Not Staffordshire oatcakes though; they're rank.
Icelandic lamb. It’s amazing but if you come to Iceland get ready to lose a LOT of money because Iceland is bloody expensive. Absolutely worth it if you can afford it but the best times to come are the middle of the summer or December because then you get beautiful nature or loads of snow
Indian Bengali here. Any kind of Paturi. Amateur Kitchen-user, so my terminology might be wrong, but basically its Filleted Fish covered in Mustard Curry, wrapped in a Banana/Betel leaf, steamed, and served hot.
Also the various kinds of Pithe. It basically meant to be a pancake wrapped around a filling. Depending on ingredients and shape, it can range from tasteless to sweet.
Slovakian here: lokše.
Potato wraps quickly baked on plain steel plate, then use duck or goose fat. Great in it's own, but absolutely delicacy combined with roasted duck, some liver and sautéd red cabbage. Washed down with wine.
Ensaladilla or Tortilla De Patatas
New Zealand born here with European and Māori heritage etc.
I thought it'd be cool to mention the Hāngī (pronounced like: Hung-e) which is a popular traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven, called an umu. It is still used for large groups on special occasions, as it allows large quantities of food to be cooked without the need for commercial cooking appliances.
Māori were aware that the earth was the giver of all life, from the soil came food and that same food was cooked beneath the earth.” That is why the traditional way of cooking for Māori was in a pit under the ground in an oven called a ‘hangi’.
Traditionally, fish, chicken and root vegetables are cooked with a few modern additions. Once wrapped in leaves, a hangi today is formed of wire baskets placed on hot stones, covered by a wet cloth and finally earth to trap the heat. Although a long process, taking around 3 to 4 hours, the end result is well worth the wait for tender, melt in the mouth meat which falls off the bone, and vegetables infused with smoky, earthy, fragrant yumminess.
More modern Māori hangis now also include pork, lamb, potato, pumpkin and cabbage and instead of using leaves to wrap the food, aluminum foils and wire baskets are used instead.
I unfortunately haven't had a Hāngī meal in a loooong time but I highly recommend that everyone tries one if you're lucky enough to spend some time in New Zealand.
Most of my info here came from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C4%81ng%C4%AB and https://www.gorentals.co.nz/explore/blog/hangi-earth-cooked-feast/
I don’t know the name, we just call it the potato dish but when i say i can eat the whole pan, i’m not kidding. It’s ground beef mixed with tomatoes, potato slices on top of the beef, and then Béchamel sauce. Best freaking thing I have ever heard. My Albanian grandmother is the one that makes it, so I guess it is an Albanian dish?
Chicken paprikas with egg-flour dumplings.
I'm a fan of foods from all over the world and often prefer the cuisine of other cultures to most of our American options. I'm not sure if any of these are originally 'American', but the only place I've ever had them is here in the US, so I'm listing them as they are all delicious (according to my taste buds):
• Bacon-Wrapped Dates (unknown origin but first had them in the US)
• Spinach-Artichoke Dip (served with crackers, tortilla chips or pita bread)
• Stuffed Mushrooms (best with a crab or mixed seafood filling)
• Marionberry Pie
• Chicken & Dumplings (traditional drop-style dumplings, not the noodle-style ones. I have a 100+ year old recipe for them passed down through my family)
• Pickled Green Beans
• Grits (real grits, not the 'instant' grits)
• S.O.S. (Due to censorship, I can't type what it stands for, but it's Biscuits & Gravy, but the gravy HAS to be sausage gravy, with chunks of sausage in it, or it doesn't count)
Also, I can't wait to try some of the dishes other people have posted that I haven't tried yet. So much good food!
Central Texas style queso.
Snert! (Pea soup)
Jewish food. no Saturday lunch is considered proper without chulent, rich stew of beef, potshge
I'm from Nigeria and the first thing you should try when you stop by is the jollof rice. Simply divine.
My favorite Norwegian dish has several names, depending on where you are in Norway. Where I come from, we call it "komle". other names include "ball", "raspeball", "kompe", "klubb". It is large barley and potato based dumplings, boild with salted pork or sheep meat, coarse sausages, and root vegetables. Some also add bacon or similar. This is popular along most of the coast from Kristiansand to Kirkenes, and there are local variations.
My husband is Filipino (I'm white) and I would say lumpia!! The first time I had it I couldn't believe I had lived my life up to that point without it!
Jigg's Dinner, Newfoundland. Salt beef, onion, cabbage, carrots, turnip, split peas, potatoes simmered for a few hours. Have a nice crusty roll slathered in butter with it. Yes, b'y!
Pierogi's! Polish and wonderful! Won't give me enough characters to tell y'all so just trust me
Sawmill gravy and biscuits, being from Georgia.
Corned beef! Brined, aged beef served with cabbage and potatoes. We eat it on St Paddy's day in the US, but the Irish don't. The irony!
I'm from Nigeria and the first thing you should try when you stop by is the jollof rice. Simply divine.
I'm not Greek but the city I live in has tons of Greek restaurants. I could eat Chicken Souvlaki every day for the rest of my life.