6 Dishes From Around The World That We Love
We love our food! If there's one thing that is constantly on our minds, it's “what to eat?”. Food is also a great way to get to know different cultures. Anthony Bourdain travels the world exploring different cultures through food. Andy Bates, dives into the cultures of both his home country (UK) and the United States in his TV shows. What better way is there to experience a culture, then through its cuisine.
These are our picks for unique and enjoyable dishes from different cultures around the world.
Key Lime Pie – Key West
This sweet tangy dessert traces its origins back to Key West, Florida, and was invented by botanist Jack Simons. The refreshing sweet is made with Key Lime (of course), egg yolks and sweetened condense milk. Often topped with a light and airy meringue.
Great to have on a sunny day, the key lime pie is a must try. And, if you're a fan of this zesty dessert, head to Key West, Florida to try from its place of origin. Try it at the Key Lime Factory or Key West Key Lime Shoppe.
Real New York Cheesecake – New York
Smooth and silky, a cheesecake is always a delight to eat. Though there are many different versions of this delicious treat, nothing beats the New York classic. The dessert was made famous by Lindy's Deli and Junior's Deli. The cake is rich and is made with cream cheese, heavy cream, eggs and egg yolks.
Smørrebrød – Denmark
If you're in the mood for a light Nosh that will keep you filled, try the Smørrebrød. It's an open-faced sandwich that's from Denmark. Forget the heavy over stuffed sandwiches, they are nice once in a while, but trust me you have to give this one a go.
The name is derived from the words butter (smør) and bread (brød). You will find many variations of this sumptuous dish. Generally served on rye bread with topping such as pickled herring (traditional) or smoked eel, even roast pork, you can have it any way you want. The sandwich is often further garnished with something to give it a bit of a crunch, such as nuts.
Head over to Grøften, a 131 year old restaurant in Copenhagen Denmark, to get your hands-on an authentic Smørrebrød. Another place to try it out is Schoennemann, a restaurant that has received many good review about their Smørrebrød.
Chocolate Con Churros - Spain
OK, we love our snacks, but this one is really great on a cold day (or any other). Fried dough pastry (often choux pastry) served with hot chocolate, is just too good not to have. The origins of this snack is unclear, some theories suggest that it's from Spain others say the Portuguese. Either way we love ‘em!
Churros are fried until they're crunchy, and have a star shape and are either straight, curled or spiral. You can find this delightful snack at many cafes in Spain for breakfast, or any other time of day. Chocolateria San Gines in Madrid will have you covered if you decide to stop by.
Cheese Fondue – Switzerland
We know you want it…. The pot filled with gorgeous melting cheese, waiting for you to dip into it. The earliest known recipe for fondue dates back to 1699 in Zurich. Promoted as the Swiss national dish in the 1930s and gain popularity in America in the 1960s. Fondue is also popular in France and Italy.
Zaru Soba Noodles – Japan
Japan, the land of the rising sun is beautiful, weird and beautifully weird. Surely you know their most popular dish outside the country, Sushi. However, Japan has other very delicious dishes that are must tries. Soba noodles are one of those. OK, it's not technically a dish (that would be like calling pasta a dish), it's an ingredient. The dish we're taking about is Zaru Soba.
Soba noodles are buckwheat noodles, they are very thin and are either served cold with a dipping sauce or hot in a broth. Zaru Soba, is the chilled version served with a dipping sauce on the side. Simple and easy to eat, this dish is wonderful to dig into.
Many versions of Soba are gluten free, though if you're planning to buy some at the local market, be sure to read the label.
Honmura An in Roppongi, Tokyo specializes in Soba noodles and won CNN's Best Eats in 2010. So if you're in Tokyo, surely a visit is a must.
A popular snack in Netherlands, made with a yeast and buckwheat batter, typically served with powdered sugar, butter and/ or syrup. These adorable little tidbits resembles small fluffy pancakes and have a light, spongy texture.
Customers have given amazing reviews to the Four Pillars restaurant in Amsterdam, for their poffertjes. Some even call it the best in Amsterdam. So be sure to give it a go next time you're around.