Every country has its own array of fabulous culinary specialties. But the real achievement is in getting it recognized all around the world. Listed below are the 10 most delicious and popular dishes in the world.
1. Massaman Curry, Thailand
The Massaman curry is a popular curry which evolved from Thailand and can be referred to as the king of curries. This spicy and curry can be made with any meat of choice or even as in a simple vegetable version too. The subtle sweet flavor intertwined with the savory tinge makes it a perfect curry to go with rice. With the Massaman paste readily available in super markets, preparing this curry at home has become a breezy task.
2. Peking duck, China
The Peking duck is a Chinese delicacy, now popular all around the world. The duck meat is seasoned and then cooked to perfection as a whole in an oven. The marinade of glazed syrup which forms a fabulous crispy outer layer is a marvel to bite into. The meat is traditionally carved in front of the diners and served with steamed pancakes, spring onions and sweet bean sauce making it one of the most sought after dishes in Beijing.
3. Ramen, Japan
Ramen is a typical Japanese dish consisting of wheat style noodles and then served in a delicious broth of fish or meat and then seasoned with enough soy sauce or miso. You can throw in any topping you prefer like shredded pork, chicken or just steamed vegetables. The dish is very popular in Japan.
4. Dim Sum, Hong Kong
This Cantonese lunch item is prepared in small bite sized portions and is traditionally served in bamboo steamers. These buns are usually filled with beef, chicken, pork or even seafood. This is served fresh and, needless to say a trip to Hong Kong is not complete without trying the famous Dim Sum.
5. Som Tam (Papaya Salad), Thailand
Som Tam is a traditional Thai salad which is spicy and flavorful. The main ingredient is the shredded green papaya which is mixed with pounded garlic and chilies and then tossed with tamarind juice, fish sauce, dried shrimp, peanuts, tomatoes, lime juice and brown sugar.
6. Pad Thai, Thailand
Pad Thai is so quintessentially Thai that the locals cannot live without it. This glorious dish made with fried noodles is filled with nutrients and is a must have. The noodles are stir fried with eggs and fish sauce, then topped with any choice of meat like chicken, pork, prawns etc. These are then garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime. Itâs like uncovering different layers of flavors in one dish and is an absolute delight for those who have a fetish for Asian food.
7. Tom Yam Goong, Thailand
Tom Yam is a clear soup famous in Thailand and is now known world over for its spicy yet delicious flavors. Fragrant herbs and spices along with galangal and lemon juice and chili peppers are lavishly used to bring out a pungent and sour taste. You can also throw in mushrooms, shrimps and any vegetable of choice, and have it as a meal on its own.
8. Sushi, Japan
Sushi is perhaps the most popular Japanese food item outside Japan, and is popular even among the Japanese themselves. This delicacy of cooked vinegary rice mixed with other special ingredients give rise to one of the tastiest and flavorful dishes.
9. Nasi Goreng, Indonesia
Nasi Goreng, meaning fried rice, is a dish from Indonesia. The rice is first stir fried with sweet soy sauce, garlic and shallots, mixed with chicken, egg, prawns and finally topped with an egg and is considered a part of the main meal. There is no proper recipe for this authentic dish and variations are seen all over Indonesia, making it a versatile dish to prepare.
10. Rendang, Indonesia
The Rendang is usually made from beef which is simmered in a mixture of coconut milk, galangal, garlic and a whole lot of other authentic ingredients for hours to come up with a dish which is absolutely blissful. At the end of the cooking process you get tender and flavorful meat that is cooked to perfection. This dish is so rich; history states that it was only served to people at ceremonies and on special occasions.