It is not easy to travel to every country on the planet, but there is a great way to taste a culture that is to sample its signature dishes. Here are the most popular dishes in the world that you can try when dining out or cooking up in your own kitchen.
Boeuf bourguignon, France
Boeuf bourguignon is a classic French dish. It may look rustic but requires plenty of work and skill to make it just right. This super-rich dish is packed with layers of flavor, including beef slowly braised in red wine, added with beef stock, onions, carrots, and maybe mushrooms.
Cacio e pepe, Italy
There are so many divine Italian pasta recipes, but this one is genius in its simplicity. Translating into English as cheese and pepper, as its name suggests, the dish uses a handful of basic ingredients: black pepper, cheese, pasta and butter. There are also different versions made with either spaghetti or pici, which is a short, thick worm-like pasta, and there is also debate about what cheese to use – it’s usually either Parmesan or pecorino romano.
Southern fried chicken, the United States
Many may think that it is so easy to deep-fry a piece of chicken. But it is not so simple like that to make the perfect batter. Deeply rooted in the American South, a perfect basket of fried chicken is really worth spending money on.
Ramen, a Japanese noodle soup, has become popular in the last decade and the reason is very simple. In its simplest form, it is a rich meat or fish broth, flavored with miso or soy and served with toppings like seaweed, spring onions, sesame seeds, mushrooms, and soft-boiled egg. It also has regional varieties, including the miso ramen of Hokkaido and the tonkotsu ramen of Kyushu.