As the world continues to traverse an international pandemic, a great number of people continue to find themselves unable to enjoy the summer holidays that they once took for granted. Staycation trips are becoming more popular as a result, but these adventures don’t have the same exotic fun and you’re much less likely to immerse yourself in an entirely new culture.
There is a way you can still experience the thrills of being abroad – with food. A taste of new flavours or an exciting new recipe each has the ability to send your tastebuds to an entirely new country, learning about their ingredients and style. So, to help with your exploration, we’re sharing six of the best international dishes to help you escape lockdown!
This pasty-like meal hails from Eastern Europe and is undeniably delicious. Often served in markets or made at home, chebureki is a deep-fried pastry that typically contains lamb or cheese. They’re easy to make and can be enjoyed on the go!
One of the most iconic dishes to come from Vietnam, this hearty, occasionally spicy, broth-based dish is a perfect collection of flavours to transport you elsewhere. While there are numerous local variations to the recipe, pho is always based around a rich, flavoursome broth that is also very healthy. Just be sure that you have the right spices to capture the authentic depth of the dish.
One of the most popular dishes in West Africa, this spicy, smoky rice is amazingly addictive. The rice is given its flavour and stunning red colour with tomatoes and chillis. While it remains lesser-known across the UK, it is now starting to appear in supermarkets and, if you’re lucky, you’ll find jollof rice by VaroFoods on your next shopping trip!
Some of you may be aware of the brilliant flavours to come out of India but fewer will have heard of black daal. This iconic dish was popularised by the chefs of the iconic restaurant Dishoom and continues to capture the attention of guests who dine there. Creamy, rice, and spicy, this is a showstopping dish for your next dinner party.
Maple syrup is a decadent natural syrup that makes most desserts even better. However, there’s a Canadian secret that will take your maple to the next level. Maple butter is a spreadable, luxurious version of maple syrup made by simply chilling and whipping maple syrup. This act changes the texture and taste of the syrup, making it even more impressive.
Mexican food has become quite well-established across the world, drawing in the curious with vibrant colours and tasty dishes. While burritos and quesadillas are a mainstay of many restaurants, one of the tastiest items, the taquito, has yet to find its spotlight. Filled with the same flavoursome ingredients but fried and crisp, they are a great and easy dish for parties. Don’t forget the guacamole!