The world is full of delicious culinary delights. There are those that have been passed down from generations and meals that represent rich and storied histories about families who moved from their homelands and set down roots in pastures new.
There are so many different places, each with their own dishes based on local ingredients or their own personal tastes and while the options are mouthwatering, they can be dizzying to choose from.
So if you’re looking to spice up your life, so to speak, and want to dig into some international cuisine, where do you begin? The options may be plentiful but let’s start simple; here are three international dishes that will excite your taste buds.
On paper, currywurst is just a humble pork sausage, steamed, fried, and sliced into sections before being seasoned with curry ketchup (like a spicier version of the normal tomato-based condiment) curry powder and a side of crispy, golden fries. It’s just a fast food dish that you can get at most German bars or restaurants, right? International foodies will know that the dish is actually a lot more than that.
Currywurst is one of the most popular examples of international cuisine and it is the one food that many German tourists are adamant that they have to eat before they leave. According to this Wall Street Journal report about the currywurst “craze”, which cites statistics from Berlin’s Currywurst Museum (yes, it really exists!), more than 800 million spicy sausages are consumed in Germany every single year. This is one very popular portion of pork.
Chilli Con Carne
If curry wurst doesn’t provide you with enough of a kick then instead consider chilli con carne, which is one of the most popular staples of Mexican cuisine. This scrumptious and spicy dish is chilli with meat – the translation of its Spanish name – combining chilli peppers, beef, and a hearty helping of tomatoes and beans.
Chili con carne is considered quintessential Mexican dish, right up there with tacos, nachos, and chicken burritos. It is also one that is offered by most Mexican restaurants, meaning that if you’re skeptical about cooking it yourself, there are plenty of experts who will prepare it for you. Many restaurants also have their own takes on the dish, including using different types of meat, vegetables, and spices too, meaning there’s lots of (very tasty) variety on offer here.
Right up there with fried and Jerk, Piri-Piri chicken is one of the UK’s most popular international chicken dish imports. Once considered an exotic food before it became ubiquitous in the UK market, this Mozambiquan-Portuguese chicken dish is slathered in Piri-Piri sauce which is made of Piri-Piri chilli, red bell peppers, lemon, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, as well as herbs such as bay leaves, oregano, and basil.
PirPiriri chicken (also known as peri-peri) may be a good way to ease yourself into the world of spicy chicken dishes. It goes well partnered with the cooling sides of coleslaw and fries.
With dozens upon dozens of cultures and variations and combinations of cuisine (e.g. TexMex), it’s hard to single out just three international dishes as those you should try. But you can’t go wrong with these delectable dishes – so go forth and give you tastebuds something to be happy about.