“Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving, and identity.”- Jonathan Safran Foer.
Great food is available all over the world to suit everyone’s taste buds. One may not be willing to travel the world to taste the popular foods relating to that country’s culture and tradition. The popularity of such dishes has made it possible to be available in most of the countries worldwide.
Let’s have a look at the most popular foods around the world.
1. PIZZA & PASTA
”You can’t make everyone happy. You’re not a pizza”.
Pizza is a round flattened base made of dough and topped with tomatoes, cheese, sauce, and other ingredients baked at high temperatures in a wood-fired oven. It is cut into wedges or triangles and eaten while holding with the hand. It is an Italian dish, a popular fast food now available almost everywhere, thanks to its demand & popularity among all age groups.
“Life is about exploring pasta-bilities”.
An Italian cuisine, made from unleavened dough and comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Pasta dishes are usually simple and are served with sauce or condiments. Pasta comes in two varieties. Dried pasta is best served in soups, sauces, and casseroles. Fresh pasta is served with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. They are often cooked in Olive oil and can be customized according to one’s taste. Because of its popularity, it has been incorporated into many cuisines.
“Keep calm and Burger on”.
A Hamburger or a burger is a type of sandwich, consisting of a patty made of beef/chicken or vegetables inside a sliced bread roll. They are often served with lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, and mayonnaise. If it is topped with cheese, it’s called a cheeseburger! Hamburgers are usually sold at fast food and high-end restaurants. It comes in a lot of national and international variations. The popularity of this food makes it to the 2nd position in our list.
3. GREEK SALAD
“The colors of a fresh garden salad are so extraordinary, no painter’s pallet can duplicate nature’s artistry.”
Salads are one of those dishes which get us close to nature. Made with fresh, fibrous, and nutritious leafy veggies and fruits, one cannot go wrong with eating this type of food. Salads can be served chilled or warm or even at room temperatures and is a great meal during summers. They can be eaten as a side or as a main dish by those health-conscious individuals.
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” – James Beard
Bread is a staple and prominent food in most parts of the world. It has been essential in most religious and cultural practices. The most favored bread varieties include baguettes, whole wheat bread to sourdoughs to the healthier options including gluten-free bread to oats & rye bread. Bread is a very versatile and cheap food rich in carbohydrates which instantly gives energy, hence, most of us eat it regularly.
“If you give me rice, I’ll eat today; if you teach me how to grow rice, I’ll eat every day.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Rice is the staple food for half the population of the world. It forms 20% of the world’s dietary energy. Rice is also a versatile food because of which it has made its way into the most prominent dishes around the world. Some popular rice dishes are – Fried rice, Biryani, Mexican rice, Thai curry rice, Gimbap, etc.
6. FISH ‘N’ CHIPS
“You can’t go wrong with fish and chips”. – Michael Sandel
Originating in England, Fish and chips is a famous dish consisting of fish meat fried in a batter, served with potato chips (french fries or wedges). It is a common takeaway food all over the world.
“Noodles are not only amusing but delicious..” – Julia Child
Noodles are a staple food across many cultures. They are either pan-fried or deep-fried or put in soups. They come in various cuisines like Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc. Be it any weather or any mood, digging into a sumptuous bowl of noodles will always gratify your hunger and mood!
8. FRIED CHICKEN
“Live today like you are getting ‘fried’ tomorrow!!”
Fried chicken is a dish consisting of chicken pieces that have been pan-fried or deep-fried with a seasoned batter. The dish has roots in American history and is the nation’s most beloved food. Fried chicken is often topped with paprika or a hot sauce to lend a spicy flavour to it.
“Let’s Taco-bout how awesome I am”.
A national dish of Mexico, it is a thin baked tortilla topped with lots of toppings(salsa, guacamole, meat, onions & a lime wedge), folded, and eaten without any utensils. It is a soft tortilla that comes in a lot of variations.
”You dim sum, you lose sum, but you are the wonton for me”.
Dumplings are thinly rolled pieces of dough containing either meat or vegetables. They are served either as a side or as the main course with a soy sauce-based dipping sauce. Dumplings come steamed, fried, or pan-fried and feature in many world cuisines.