Best Traditional Food Dishes From Around the World

Best Food Dishes in the World

We Bellhops have a tendency to travel with our stomachs, and often go to destinations solely for their good food, unique ingredients, and wild recipes. Today, we are sharing with our fellow travelers some of the best traditional dishes from around the world. Prepare your stomach for growling…


Curry Mee — Malaysia

Made with thin “mee-hoon” noodles made of rice, the spicy broth includes coconut milk and chili or Sambol. Optional ingredients can include tofu, prawns, cuttlefish, mint leaves, and whatever fresh vegetables you like on top. Our favorite is mushrooms and chives.


Pastitsio — Greece

This dish is by-far our favorite on the list, because it is just a good comfort food that has endured over the ages. A bottom layer of tube pasta (like rigatoni) with ground beef or lamb on top of that makes the bottom. On top of that, goes tomatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Pour Bechamel (Creamy White Cheese Sauce) over the top and then cover with grated cheese. When baked, the top layer of cheese is browned to perfection and every layer is a savory joy.


Manti – Turkey

This dish originated in Turkey, but it was too delicious for the Ottoman Empire to keep to themselves. The dish spread all over the world and is now considered a traditional food of Russia, India, and many Southeast Asian Countries and cultures. The dish is simple: heavily spice ground beef or ground lamb, stuff it into a pastry pocket, and fry it. Spices differ depending on the locale where it is being cooked, but it is perfection in all forms.


Rouladen – Germany

Smoked pork belly, finely chopped onions and chopped pickles make the stuffing for rouladens, which gets rolled up in very thin strips of beef. These rolls are seared on both sides and shallow-simmered in beef stock, carrots and spices until tender. While the pickles might sound like a strange ingredient, it only takes one bite of your first rouladen to completely fall in love with this traditional German dish.


Chairo Paceño – Bolivia

A mixture of lamb and beef meat cooked slowly — bones and all — until tender, and served with what look like mashed potatoes, but are really mashed Lima beans, green peas, white corn and potatoes. A lot of flavor goes into both the meat and veggie mash with hefty amounts of chili, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano, and mint.  This is such a great dish, but is hard to find outside of Bolivia. If you want to try it  yourself, you can find the recipe HERE. But be advised. You are going to need a whole lot of meat and a butcher.


Soljanka – Russia

Containing pickled cucumbers with brine, and often cabbage, salted mushrooms, olives, smetana (sour cream), and dill, this traditional Russian soup is heart for a vegetarian soup, but has a bit of a tart taste to it, due to the use of pickled cucumbers and their brine. Basically it is like adding pickles and pickle juice to your vegetable soup. It might sound a bit strange, but remember that the pickles were tasty in the German Rouladen dish.


Beef Tagine – Morocco

Paprika, cinnamon, ginger, lots of pepper, turmeric, and various other Morrocan spices are rubbed onto a large diced beef shoulder and are simmered until tender. Chickpeas are added and cooked until soft. The dish is finished off with saffron threads, which gives the dish its appealing reddish-orange color.

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167 responses to “Best Traditional Food Dishes From Around the World

  1. Oh dear! you missed out guinea pig from Ecuador. Tsk! Tsk! Well maybe it’s for the best. Your selections look wonderful. But why haven’t you installed the taste & smell app?

  2. What a beautiful blog! I love how you share the world with your readers. I firmly believe that food can teach us so much about the history and the culture of a place, you bring that lesson to life! Thank you for the likes and for following Messy Kitchen, Happy Belly!

  3. Oooo that manti looks fantastic! Makes me want to head to Turkey for a snack. 🙂

  4. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for checking my own food and travel blog ( on a regular basis. Much appreciated !

  5. It’s 4 .a.m. in my corner of the world but these already get me very hungry! Great pictures.

    Thanks for the follow. Will look in from time to time.

  6. Reblogged this on Allysunshine's Kitchen and commented:
    My mouth is watering after perusing these fascinating recipes! Especially the Bolivian dish with the vegetable mash. The Moroccan spices for the Tagine look heavenly. Can’t wait to try! I’m wondering how to convert these recipes to vegetarian for some friends, using the same spices…

  7. We spent 2 1/2 years in Germany. One of our neighbors (on the army base) was married to a German woman who invited us for supper one night. She had made Rouladen. Love this dish and easy to make (I use very thin steaks.) We also discovered french fries with mayo instead of catsup. We love bratwurst and curry wurst, and the French dish (served in every German restaurant) Cordon Bleu. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I’m following now.

  8. Thanks for liking my blog, especially because I never would have found your blog and this awesome article. I want to try and make every single one of these!

  9. Reblogged this on RelaxingCooking and commented:
    Il cibo e’ parte integrante di un viaggio, specialmente quando si visitano distinti paesi. E’ incredibile la straordinaria varieta’ di piatti che vengono creati utilizzando per lo piu’ gli stessi ingredienti. Comunicano attraverso il loro profumo, il loro gusto, i colori storia e cultura dei posti che rappresentano collegando le persone a livello globale.

  10. Many thanks for following my blog! From now on I’ll probably spend far too much time browsing your site – I love the idea, wonderful articles, photos and food!

  11. After living in Turkey, I will agree that Manti is pretty high on my list. I also couldn’t get enough of Güveç (baked lamb with tomato and spices) and Ayran (a salty yogurt drink). Great list!

  12. wow this is making me hungry! My favourite local dish is Fish Amok from Cambodia, a beautiful creamy lightly spiced curry dish, I could eat it for three meals a day and quite often do when I’m in Cambodia!

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