Cuisine by Country: Part 6

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.

Erma Bombeck

After feeling particularly hungry these past few days, it seemed fitting to do my next installation of this popular thread! I know I’ll feel hungrier, but we can all feel a littler more cultured and have some great new recipes to try from around the world!

New Zealand

  1. Hangi — If you’re looking for a traditional Maori cooking method, look no further. This method uses steam to cook chicken, pork, beef, potatoes, and other vegetables. The delicious doesn’t stop there. They are then wrapped in leaves, placed in a basket sitting over an earth oven for a perfect, smoky taste.
  2. Pavlova — Despite origin disputes, this meringue dessert features a crispy outer layer and soft center that is often topped with fruits like kiwi, strawberries, and passionfruit with whipped cream.
  3. Mince Pies — This dish is one of the most popular “to-go” foods in the country. Filled with meat and gravy, this delectable dish also comes filled with onions, cheese, and mushrooms.


  1. Hilsa/Ilish Curry — This national dish of Bangladesh is prepared with the Hilsa fish which is marinated in termuric and chili paste before it’s fried and served with mustard gravy and rice. Think sweet and sour with a spicy kick!
  2. Biryani — While India might be more well-known for this dish, the Bangladeshi version is considered the best in the world. Meats include goat, chicken, and beef served over rice or potatoes. You’ll never lack flavor with this meal!
  3. Changri Malai Curry — With a coconut milk base, this curry features prawns or shrimp spiced to perfection and served over rice. Bangladesh is revered for its seafood dishes, so this is a must if you’re in the country!


  1. Nyembwe Chicken — This spicy chicken dish is cooked and flavored with palm oil and is then served over rice or with mashed yams. The chicken is usually smoked beforehand to give it an extra layer of delicious!
  2. Atanga — Also known as bush butter, atanga is a hard fruit that is boiled to soften and then spread on bread. With a strong french presence throughout their more recent history, baguettes are the most common bread item served with this fruit spread.
  3. Braised Fish — Seafood is absolutely a specialty in this country. Bass or red fish are the most common types of fish used (usually with chili flavors to add spice) and this dish is commonly served with rice or french fries.

South Korea

  1. Kimchi — This dish is present at nearly every meal in South Korea, so it had to make the list. The meal consists of fermented vegetables, especially napa cabbages. The seasoning varies widely but common ones include gochugaru, spring onions garlic, and ginger.
  2. Bulgogi — Thinly sliced strips of meat are marinated in a sweet or spicy concoction then grilled to perfection. This dish has been around since 37 B.C. so you know it’s delicious if it has lasted centuries.
  3. Bibimbap — Vegetables and meat abound in this dish. Topped with a sunny side up egg, bibimbap features a plethora of flavors in just one bowl. The types of vegetables may vary but the great tastes never falter.


  1. Sadza — This meal’s staple is maize that is thickened into a porridge. It can be rolled into a ball to be dipped in sauces, gravy, milk, or vegetables! As the national dish, it’s a must for your dining experiences in this country!
  2. Dovi — Peanut butter was brought to the country by Portuguese traders in the 1500’s. Since then, peanut butter has won over hearts and minds in Zimbabwe. Dovi is a peanut butter stew that also incorporates meat and vegetables.
  3. Bota — This breakfast dish is sure to get the mouth watering. Bota is a porridge that is flavored with peanut butter, milk, jam, or butter. I need this in my life!

Booking Flights Just for the Food?

Zero judgment here. I want to do the same. Let me know which dishes got your taste buds excited or which countries intrigued you the most!

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