I love trying international foods because it’s an easy way to learn about another country or culture. We all love food and it gives us a natural high, so why not have more fun with your next meal and try foods from around the world? In addition, it’s so easy to attain these foods from local supermarkets and restaurants! Here are a few international foods we have all come to eat and love.
One of the most well-known household international foods is pizza! Pizza is one of those guilty pleasure foods we indulge in regularly. Part of pizza’s success is that it is so customizable – from the crust to the toppings and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Plus, pizza is changing with the times; now there are whole wheat pizza crusts as well as low-sodium pizza sauce and low-fat cheese available for the health conscious person.
Sushi isn’t for everyone but everyone should at least try it once. Some say it’s an acquired taste and others say it’s too bland or too fishy. However, there are several types of sushi rolls available, including those with chicken, imitation fish or only veggies. Plus, sushi, eaten occasionally, can be a part of a healthy diet and is great option when eating out for lunch.
3. Butter Chicken
Indian food can be too spicy or too bold in flavors for some people. However, butter chicken is great for those who are sensitive to spicy foods or don’t like food with too many spices. Butter chicken is a chicken dish cooked in a mild, creamy tomato sauce. Butter chicken is usually eaten with (basmati) rice or naan (an Indian-style flat bread).
Burritos are also common household international foods that are enjoyed by many people. Burritos are flavorful, satisfying and convenient for homemade lunches because they are portable as well as cost efficient. Interestingly, authentic Mexican-style burritos usually only have a meat and refried bean filling. In contrast, American-style burritos have additional fillings such as sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce and rice.
5. Chow Mein
Next to fortune cookies, I’m sure Chow Mein is the most ordered item on most Chinese menus. Personally, I think Chow Mein is a genius food – it’s the perfect mix of veggies, carbs and meat. Plus it’s totally satisfying and stores in the refrigerator very well. If you’re someone who is on a budget when it comes to groceries, I highly recommend adding Chow Mein to your dinner plan since it makes a delicious dinner as well as an equally delicious lunch for the next day.
I am all over Pierogi served with sour cream – delicious! Pierogi, originating from Poland, is a dumpling typically stuffed with mashed potato, meat and/or cheese. A dessert option is available as well, where the dumpling is filled with fruit. Pierogi is great for dinner parties since they make an excellent entree and are super easy to prepare.
7. Fish and Chips
Fish and chips are an awesome comfort food hailing from the UK. Fish and chips are simple, but they're tasty and great for a cold day. The dish consists of battered, deep-fried fish and French fries and the dish is traditionally served with salt and vinegar sprinkled on top. In fact, when fish and chips were first introduced together in the UK, it was so popular that restaurants would open solely to serve fish and chips! If that doesn’t convince you to try this combo then nothing will!
Trying new foods is fun and even if you don’t end up liking them you can at least say you tried them. The foods mentioned above are pretty tame compared to other international foods, but are still a nice mix up from what we’re normally used to. What other international foods would you like to try or recommend to others?