National foods from around the world

At Feast box, we’re passionate about bringing you global recipes and fresh, authentic ingredients from around the world. This takes a lot of research, lip smacking, and sometimes drooling on our keyboards. We know our customers are also passionate about global cuisines, travel and experiencing new cultures, so we thought we’d share some national foods from around the world (some more official than others..) to help sate your wanderlust and give you some seriously cultured dinner inspiration – or help you the next time you’re at a pub (or Zoom!) quiz. Afiyet olsun!


Street food being prepared at yaowarat road in Bangkok, Thailand where the national food is pad thai


We found a lots of surprises and a few old favourites when putting this list together. If you thought the national food of Japan would be sushi, well you'd be right, but can you guess which beloved food is served up most in Nepal?

Keep an eye out for lots of these delicious dishes on Feast Box's weekly menu so you can try recreating these flavours at home and travelling with your tastebuds!


Have you heard of these national dishes?


Afghanistan: Kabuli Palaw, or Qabuli pulao is a variety of pilaf made of steamed rice with raisins, carrots and red meat


Bolivia: Salteña, a type of baked empanada – savoury pastries that are filled with meat in a sweet, mildly-spiced sauce

Brazil: Feijoada, a hearty stew made with black beans, beef and pork


China: Peking duck, a crispy dish from Beijing that has been served since the Imperial period


Cuba: Ropa vieja, shredded beef in tomato sauce served with vegetables and rice


Egypt: Ful medames, a stew of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, herbs and spices


Georgia: Khachapuri, a cheese- and egg-filled bread that is shaped to allow the crust to be ripped off and dipped into the gooey goodness in the centre


Vegan feijoada made by Feast Box. Feijoadas are the national dish of Brazil

India: Although India has several popular meals, like khichdi, roti and daal, India surprisingly does not have a national dish


Indonesia: Nasi goreng, translating to ‘fried rice’, this dish is often served with shredded meat and vegetables, sometimes with an egg on top


Iran: Abgoosht, a Persian stew with mutton and chickpeas, also referred to as ‘dizi’ after the traditional stoneware it’s served in


Iraq: Masgouf, an ancient dish of grilled carp


Israel: Falafel, a very versatile deep-fried ball of ground chickpeas, herbs and spices


A flat lay of jerk chicken pieces and the herbs and spices used to make the marinade - jerk chicken is the national food of Jamaica


Jamaica: Ackee and saltfish, or jerk chicken. If you fancy making Jamaica’s national dish at home, we’ve got a recipe for that!


Japan: Sushi, toppings can vary from raw fish to vegetables, but the key ingredient is sushi rice, made with vinegar and usually some sugar and salt. But we quite fancy Zaru Soba or Zaru Udon too!  


Korea: Kimchi, a side dish of salted and fermented vegetables like napa cabbage and radishes that is associated with good gut health


Mauritius: Dholl puri, flatbread stuffed with lentils


Mexico: Tacos, hand-sized tortillas stuffed with a variety of delicious fillings – if you think you know Mexican food, think again!

Feast Box's filipino lamb adobo, the national dish of the Philippines

Morocco: Cous cous and tagine


Nepal: Dal bhat, steamed rice and cooked lentil soup


Pakistan: Nihari, slow cooked stew with meat and bone marrow


Peru: Ceviche, fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chillies and other garnishes


Philippines: Adobo, meat, seafood or vegetables marinated in soy sauce, garlic and peppercorns before being cooked


Senegal: Thieboudienne, fish rice and tomato sauce cooked in one pot

Singapore: Chilli crab, despite the name, this stir-fried crab dish is more sweet and savoury than spicy


South Africa: Bobotie, spiced minced meat baked with an eggy topping


Syria: Kibbeh, a family of dishes involving spiced minced meat and grain


Thailand: Pad thai, this common street food is often made of rice noodles with saucy meat or vegetable toppings


Turkey: Kebap, various cooked meat dishes that often involve a spit to ensure the inside is cooked through


Vietnam: Pho, a soup of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat or vegetables


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