Ten Great Global Recipes

One of the things we have enjoyed the most about travelling the world is EATING the world! And the best part? Even when you can't travel, you can get a taste of any culture through its cuisine. Here are some of our favourites!

Ten Great Global Recipes

Prepare to get hungry as we spoil you with some of our all-time-favourite recipes. Not only are these dishes delicious, but many of them tell a story of the ancient trade routes, migration, hardships and triumphs of our global ancestors. We hope that you enjoy sharing these recipes and their significance with your loved ones!

Spanish Omelette, Spain

This signature Spanish dish is as simple to make as it is delicious! While its exact origins are debated, the tortilla has been a huge part of Spanish food culture for centuries due to its inexpensive and nutritious nature. The dish today is often served by the slice at room temperature as a tapa.

Spanish Omelette, also known as Tortilla, Adrian Scottow, Flickr Creative Commons

Spanish Omelette, also known as Tortilla, Adrian Scottow, Flickr Creative Commons

Southern Fried Chicken, USA

This dish is such a huge part of the identity of Southern USA, and as with most delicious concoctions it also tells a story of immigration and the fusion of cultures. It is widely understood that the crispy, spiced chicken dish we know today has its roots in both Scottish, and West African cooking. People’s enjoyment of fried chicken extends far beyond Southern USA, with one particular fried chicken chain operating over 23,000 outlets in more than 140 countries and territories around the world!

Southern Fried Chicken

Southern Fried Chicken, Pilot Productions

Sichuan Kung Pao Chicken, China

Sichuan pepper is the main ingredient of this dish. It has a unique aroma which is slightly lemony and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth. Like many other Sichuan dishes, Kung Pao is pretty fiery, though the chilli content can always be adjusted to taste when you’re the one cooking up a storm!

Kung Pao Chicken, Jen Leung, Flickr Creative Commons

Kung Pao Chicken, Jen Leung, Flickr Creative Commons

Thai Beef Salad, Thailand

Delicious fresh and zesty Thai flavours come together with the savoury charred beef to create one of the most refreshing and filling salads ever!

Thai Beef Salad, Sami Keinanen, Flickr Creative Commons

Thai Beef Salad, Sami Keinanen, Flickr Creative Commons

Falafel, Middle East

Falafel are deep-fried small balls made up of crushed chickpeas, fava beans or both. It has been suggested that the dish has its origins in Egypt, though today is widely consumed across North Africa and the Middle East, and even as far as Greece! Our falafel are also unintentionally vegan and gluten-free, as well as being simple to make and very inexpensive!

Falafel, Charles Haynes, Flickr Creative Commons

Falafel, Charles Haynes, Flickr Creative Commons

Gado-Gado, Indonesia

This indonesian super-salad is perfect for a lighter bite packed full of essential nutrients and flavour. It is so good that Indonesians widely regard it as one of their ‘national foods’, and promote it as such. There are actually several variations of this dish depending on which island you seek it, however our recipe covers all bases and give you a little room to experiment yourself!

Gado-gado, Cyclone Bill, Flickr Creative Commons

Gado-Gado, Cyclone Bill, Flickr Creative Commons

Fish Tagine, Morocco

Tagine is a broadly North West African (Maghrebi) slow-cooked dish and can be made with a variety of meats or fish. With a beautiful selection of fresh Atlantic and Mediterranean fish, we think this summery yet heart-warming tagine ticks all the boxes!

Baked Fish Tagine, Jules, Flickr Creative Commons

Baked Fish Tagine, Jules, Flickr Creative Commons

Biryani Hyderabadi, South India

A Biryani Hyderabadi is a variety of biryani which blends together traditional Mughali spices with Iranian flavours. It is said to have originated in the kitchens of the monarch or ‘Nizam’ of Hyderabad’s residence, and is enjoyed today as a staple of the South Indian diet.

Lamb Biryani, Vee Satayamas, Flickr Creative Commons

Lamb Biryani, Vee Satayamas, Flickr Creative Commons

Pasta con le sarde, Sicily

Pasta con le sarde is a Sicilian pasta dish with sardines and anchovies and is recognized as a heritage food product by the Italian government! It is as tasty as it is beautiful and is best enjoyed with a gorgeous glass of grillo! 

Pasta con le Sarde, Pilot Productions

Pasta con le Sarde, Pilot Productions

Beef Bourguignon, France

A traditional Burgundy beef stew, Beef Bourguignon can be found in as many upscale Parisian restaurants as farmhouse tables across France.

Beef Bourguignon, Pilot Productions

Beef Bourguignon, Pilot Productions

Main image: Cooking fish with Theo Molyvos in Lesvos

By Sofi Summers

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