Cuisine by Country: Part 5

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own reltaions.

Oscar Wilde

It’s back with its fifth installation with five more countries featured. Grab some snacks and notepad to stave off your inevitable hunger and jot down recipe ideas because this is going to be a mouth-watering, travel-inducing read!


  1. Fufu — This traditional dish is made with mashed yams and is eaten with sauces made from peanuts, goat, or palm nuts.
  2. Akume with Pates — Akume is a savory porridge made from the staple of the Togo diet, maize. Akume is served with a variety of sauces call pates. Most pates are made from eggplants, tomatoes, spinach, or fish.
  3. Yassa — Chicken in a tangy sauce doesn’t sound complicated, but if the reviews are anything to go off of, you cannot go wrong ordering this!


  1. Bandeja Paisa — This massive meal and national dish of the country consists of grilled steak, fried pork rinds, and chorizo sausage served on a bed of rice and beans. But wait! There’s more. It’s usually topped with fried egg, avocado, and plantain!
  2. Sancocho — This hearty stew is made with chicken, pork, beef, or fish depending on the region you find yourself in. Plantains, cassava, coriander, sweet corn, and potatoes are also common elements to balance out this delicious stew.
  3. Fritanga — This meal is a little different in the fact that no silverware is needed! At most you will use toothpicks to pick up the different meats that this platter of grilled meats and plantains has to offer.


  1. Halloumi –– This is a semi-hard cheese made from a mixture of goat and sheep’s milk. Many locals grill the cheese for a snack or side and it makes one ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.
  2. Koupepia — Blanched grape leaves wrap up a delicious concoction of ground beef, pork, and rice. In Cyprus, it is typically served with a sauce containing cinnamon and tomatoes.
  3. Souvla — Made from lamb, pork, or chicken, these large chunks of meat are slow cooked to perfection on skewers. The spices will vary depending on the region, but the delicious taste will always be there.


  1. Aebleflaesk — Danish apple pork is a traditional and mouth-watering dish. Cured or salted pork belly is fried with apples, onions, thyme, and sugar. I need this in my life.
  2. Stegt Flaesk — Rough translation: friend pork belly. In this national dish, the meat is lightly salted and never smoked and served with a parsley sauce and potatoes.
  3. Smørrebrød — Open-faced sandwich lovers this one is for you. Think dense, buttered rye bread topped with cold cuts, meat, or fish, cheese, and a variety of spreads and garnishes. YUM.


  1. Koshari — If you love carbs, you’ll love the national dish of Egypt. You’ll dig right in to the layers of rice, macaroni, lentils, and chickpeas which are then topped with onions, red sauce and a garlic & chili sauce.
  2. Ful Medammes — Fill up with this dish for breakfast!Fava beans are soaked overnight and then slow cooked for hours with oil and salt. It’s usually eaten along with eggs, cheese, and pita bread.
  3. Mahshi — This is one of the few vegetarian options on these posts! Pick your vegetable of choice ( peppers, zucchini, etc), stuff it with rice, herbs, tomato sauce, and cinnamon and you’ve got mahshi!

Tell Me Your Favorite!

I have so many dishes I want to try, but I think Cyprus takes the win for this post for me. Check out my previous posts to find more incredible dishes each country is known for.

Can’t find the country you’re looking for? It’s coming eventually! I take requests, so let me know which ones you would like to see next!


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