Travelling and eating are two very important things in my life 🙂 When I travel to different places, I always plan my trip around what I want to eat! It is a truly wonderful thing to taste and experience a National Dish* in the country where it was created. We also use the word cuisine** to talk about food and flavours that come from a specific country.

*National Dish is a common dish that is recognised as from a particular country. It is famous because it uses local ingredients, is associated with a festival or tradition or is a commonly eaten food.

** Cuisine (n) a style of cooking

If you live in a big city, you have probably tasted lots of food from other countries – even if you have never visited the country yourself!! For example, I love Japanese cuisine (gyoza, ramen, okonomiyaki, sushi..), but I have never been to Japan!

Here are some of my favourite dishes from the countries that I've visited:

  • Indonesia: Nasi Goreng (fried rice with meats, vegetables and spices)
  • Singapore: Hainanese chicken rice
  • Malaysia: Nasi Lemak (a breakfast dish – rice, anchovies, peanuts, boiled egg, lamb curry, cucumber and ‘sambal‘ chilli sauce)
  • Thailand: Som Tam (spicy papaya salad) and Pad Thai (sweet and sour rice noodles with prawns)
  • Vietnam: Pho (beef or chicken noodle soup)
  • China: Peking Duck (roasted duck with delicious crispy skin, eaten with pancakes, sweet bean sauce and cucumber)
  • India: I love so many Indian dishes that I can't possibly choose one!! Tandoori Chicken and Dahl Makhani are two favourites!
  • Nepal: Dal Bhat (rice served with lentils)
  • Greece: Every dish made in Greece is delicious! But Souvlaki is probably the National Dish! (slow-cooked meat and chips wrapped in a warm soft pita bread. Mmm…)
  • France: I'm just going to put “All French Cheese” here. When I visited France, I ate cheese. Lots and lots of delicious cheese!
  • England: A Sunday roast (roasted meat and vegetables and Yorkshire puddings)
  • The Czech Republic: Pork dumplings and beer!
  • Austria: Apfelstrudel (An sweet pastry made with apple)
  • Germany: Bratwurst (pork sausage)
  • Switzerland: Fondue (a shared pot of melted cheese you dip bread, meats and vegetables into before eating.)
  • The Netherlands: ‘Poffertjes’ (sweet baby pancakes served with butter and sugar)

These are my favourites!! What do you think? Where should I travel next? What's your national dish?