National Dishes Around the World

A list of delicious national dishes of more than 100 countries.
a data set by WorldExplorer
created February 23, 2017
CountryPictureDishMeaning of NameDescriptionOther Region(s) Where It Is Popular
AfghanistanKabuli palawKabul rice and meat dishIt is steamed rice cooked in a seasoned broth and mixed with raisins, carrots, and lamb (or chicken or beef).Saudi Arabia
AlbaniaTavë kosiSoured milk casseroleIt is a dish of lamb (or chicken) and rice baked with a mixture of yogurt and eggs added to a roux (wheat flour and butter).Turkey
Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and TunisiaCouscousThe cookingpot in which the dish is preparedIt is made of small steamed balls of semolina served with a stew spooned on top.
ArmeniaHarissaIt is a thick porridge made from coarsely ground wheat and fat-rich meat (usually chicken or lamb). Vegetables are substituted for meat during religious days that require fasting and penance. Lebanon
Argentina and UruguayAsadoBarbecueIt is roasted beef (or lamb) cooked on a grill or an open fire.Chile; Paraguay
AustraliaMeat pie It is a type of street food whose main ingredients are largely diced or minced meat and gravy. Somtimes onions, mushrooms or cheese are also used. New Zealand
AustriaWiener schnitzelViennese thin and fried meatIt is a very thin, breaded and pan fried cutlet made from veal, which is traditionally decorated with a slice of lemon and potato salad (or potatoes with parsley and butter).Germany
AzerbaijanPlov Rice and meat dishThere are more than 40 versions of this dish in this country, but in general, it consists of three distinct components: warm rice, an accompaniment to rice (fried meat, dried fruit, eggs, or fish), and aromatic herbs. When eating, rice is not mixed with the other two components. Many countries in Central Asia, Middle East, South Asia, and East Africa
BangladeshMachh bhajaFried fishThis deep-fried fish dish is often eaten as a snack to go with a meal.Kerala, India
BelgiumMoules-fritesMussels and friesThis dish is cooked in various forms, but most commonly the mussels are cooked with white wine, shallots, parsley, and butter, while bintje potatoes are double-fried at a high temperature. France; Countries in Northern Europe
BelizeBoil upIt is a combination of boiled eggs, fish (or pig tail), cassava, yams (or sweet potatoes or plantains), and tomato sauce.
BermudaBermuda fish chowderIt is a chowder soup with the main ingredients being fish, tomatoes and onions that are seasoned with black rum and sherry pepper sauce.
BhutanEma datshiChili and cheeseThis dish is made of dried or fresh chilli (green, red, or white) and home-made cheese (from cows' or yaks' milk).
BoliviaSalteñasA type of baked empanadaIt is a mid-morning snack pastry filled with meat (beef, pork or chicken) mixed in a sauce (sweet, slightly spicy or very spicy). Sometimes ingredients like peas, eggs, olives, raisins, and potatoes are used.
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosanski lonacBosnian potIt is a stew made by layering large pieces of meat (beef or lamb) and vegetables (cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes, and carrots) into a deep pot.
BrazilFeijoadaA stew of beans with beef and pork of Portuguese originIt is a stew served with rice, which consists of black beans and a variety of salted pork or beef products (such as pork trimmings, bacon, smoked pork ribs, and at least two types of smoked sausage and jerked beef). Portugal; Macau, China; Angola; Cape Verde; Mozambique; Goa, India
BulgariaBob chorbaBean soupIt is a soup made from dry beans, onions, tomatoes, chubritza (or spearmint), and carrots (or potatoes or meat).
Burkino FasoRiz grasFat riceIt is a rice dish with significant amounts of meat and vegetables (such as tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, carrots, cabbages, and onions).Senegal; Guinea
CambodiaAmok treySteamed curried fishIt is fish coated with a thick layer of coconut milk and then gently steamed in banana leaves. It can also be made with chicken or tofu.
CameroonNdoléBitter leaves indigenous to West AfricaIt consists of stewed nuts, ndoleh, and fish (or beef or shrimps), which is often eaten with rice, plantains, or bobolo.
CanadaPoutineIt is a fast-food dish made with French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.Northern United States
Cape VerdeCachupaIt is a slow-cooked stew of corn, beans, sweet potatoes, fish or meat (such as sausage, beef, goat or chicken).
ChileCurantoStew of meat and shellfishThe dish is traditionally prepared in a hole dugged in the ground heated over a bonfire. It consists of shellfish, meat, potatoes, and vegetables.
ChinaPeking duckBeijing roast duckIt is a roasted duck dish famous for its thin and crisp skin, which is often eaten together with scallions, cucumbers and sweet bean sauce as the fillings of rolled pancakes.
ColombiaBandeja paisaPlatter of persons from the Paisa regionIt is a dish served in a platter or a tray due to its large amount and variety of food, whose main ingredients include red beans cooked with pork, white rice, ground meat, chicharrón, fried eggs, plantains, chorizo, arepa, hogao sauce, black pudding, avocados, and lemons.
Costa Rica and Nicaragua Gallo pintoSpotted chickenIt is made of rice and black beans served during breakfast or dinner. Sometimes people also use a variety of meat or fish to make it.
CubaRopa viejaOld clothesIt consists of shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce base and vegetables, and is often eaten with black beans and rice.
Czech RepublicVepřo knedlo zelo Roast pork with dumplings and cabbagesIt consists of roast pork, dumplings, and cabbages (cooked or served pickled, sour or sweet).
Democratic Republic of the CongoPoulet à la MoambéChicken in a palm butter sauceIt is made by combining chicken, spices and palm butter to create a stew-like consistency, and it is usually served with rice and crushed, boiled cassava leaves.Countries in Central Africa
DenmarkStegt flæskFried pork stripsIt consists of fried pork belly and is generally served with potatoes and a parsley sauce.
Dominican RepublicLa BanderaThe flagIt consists of rice, red beans, and meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish), and sometimes it is served with a side of salad.
EcuadorEncebolladoFish soup with onionsIt is a fish stew consisting of fish (albacore, tuna or billfish), boiled cassava, and pickled red onion rings, which is usually served with side dishes such as banana chips, plantains, popcorn, or bread.
EgyptKushariA dish with rice and lentilsIt is a combination of rice, macaroni, and lentils, which is topped with spiced tomato sauce and garlic vinegar, and garnished with chickpeas and crispy fried onions.
El SalvadorPupusaLarge, stuffed, bulky tortillaIt is made of a thick, handmade tortilla with a variety of fillings (such as cheese, pork, and refried beans), and is often served with cabbage slaw with red chillies and vinegar.
EthiopiaWat with injeraStew with flatbreadIt consists of flatbread and stews that are prepared with various meat and vegetables, spices, and seasoned clarified butter.Eritrea
Finland KarjalanpaistiKarelian stew It is a meat stew consisting of meat (a combination of pork and beef), vagetables (carrots, onions, and root vegetables), and seasonings (black peppercorns and salt).Russia
FrancePot-au-feuPot on the fireThis beef stew dish typically consists of beef, some kind of cartilaginous meat (such as oxtail and marrowbone), vegetables (such as carrots, turnips, celery, onions, white cabbage, and leeks), and spices (such as bouquet garni, salt, black pepper, and cloves).
GeorgiaKhachapuriCheese-filled breadIt is a type of bread with fiilings in the middle that contain cheese (fresh or aged, most commonly sulguni), eggs, and other ingredients.Russia; Armenia; Israel
GermanySauerbratenSour roast meatIt is a pot roast dish that can be prepared with beef (or venison, lamb, mutton, pork, and horse) marinated in wine (or vinegar), vegetables, and spices. It is traditionally served with side dishes such as red cabbages, potato dumplings, egg noodles, and boiled potatoes.
GhanaBankuIt is cooked by mixing fermented corn and cassava dough in hot water into a smooth, whitish ball. It is served with soup, stew, or a pepper sauce with fish.
GreeceMoussakaChilledIt includes layers of minced meat (mostly lamb) and eggplants topped with a kind of white sauce. It is baked and typically served warm. Turkey; Levant; Egypt; Balkans
GuatemalaFiambreCold meatIt is a chilled salad consisting of over 50 ingredients varying from family to family. Some typical ingredients include sausages, cold cuts, pickled baby corns, onions, beets, pacaya flowers, different cheeses, olives, chicken, and brussels sprouts.
GuyanaPepperpotIt is a stew of meat (beef, pork, or mutton), and is strongly flavoured with cinnamon, cassareep, and other basic ingredients (such as Caribbean hot peppers).Countries in the Caribbean (such as Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and St. Vincent)
HaitiGriotsFried porkIt is made by boiling and frying cubes of pork, and is served with rice and beans.
HondurasPlato típicoTypical dishIt consists of grilled meat and pork sausages, stewed beans, chismol, fried plantains, and rice. It is served with sour cream, white fresh farmer’s cheese, avocado, and corn tortillas.
HungaryGoulashA meat dish prepared by herdsmenIt is a soup or stew of meat (beef, veal, pork or lamb) and vegetables (especially potatoes), seasoned with paprika and other spices.Netherlands; Belgium; Switzerland; Countries in Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe
IcelandKæstur hákarl Treated sharkIt consists of a Greenland shark or other sleeper shark which has been cured with a particular fermentation process and hung to dry for four to five months. It is often served in cubes on toothpicks.
IndonesiaTumpengIt is a cone-shaped rice dish covered with banana leaves, and is surrounded by various side dishes such as urap vegetables, fried chicken, grilled chicken, sweet and spicy fried beef, beef stew in sweet soy sauce, anchovy with peanuts, fried prawn, boiled marble eggs, shredded omelette, mashed potato fritters, and more.
IranChelo kababWhite rice with kababIt consists of steamed, saffroned basmati or Iranian rice and kabab, with grilled tomatoes on the side of the rice and butter on top of the rice.
IraqMasgoufA type of cooking techniqueIt consists of seasoned, grilled carp laid on a large tray garnished with lime (or lemon), slices of onion, and Iraqi pickles.Upper Mesopotamia (northwestern Iraq, northeastern Syria and southeastern Turkey)
IrelandIrish stewIt is a meat-and-root vegetables stew with lamb, potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley being the common ingredients.
Israel and PalestineFalafelSmall tasty thingIt is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both.Egypt; Germany; Countries in Middle East
ItalyPastaIt is typically a type of noodle made from an unleavened dough of a durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into various shapes and dishes. It is cooked with different cooking styles and served with different types of sauces or condiments.Worldwide (especially Europe and North America)
JamaicaAckee and SaltfishSalt cod is sautéed with boiled ackee, onions, Scotch Bonnet peppers, tomatoes, and spices (such as black pepper and pimiento), garnished with bacon and tomatoes, and is usually served alongside breadfruit, hard dough bread, dumplings, fried plantains, or boiled green bananas.
JapanSushiIt consists of cooked vinegared rice (brown or white) combined with varied ingredients (such as seafood, vegetables, fish and other meat, and occasionally tropical fruits). It is often served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.Worldwide (especially United States)
JordanMansafLarge trayIt is made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and it is served with rice or bulgur.Palestine; Iraq; Syria; Saudi Arabia
Kazakhstan and KyrgyzstanBeshbarmakFive fingersIt consists of boiled meat (finely chopped with knives), boiled noodles, and onion sauce, which is usually served with shorpo (mutton broth).Central Asia (especially where nomadic Turkic peoples live)
LaosLarbIt is a meat salad that is most often made with chicken, beef, duck, fish, pork, mushrooms, roasted ground rice, and fresh herbs. It is also flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, and padaek.Northern Thailand
Lebanon and SyriaKibbehBallIt a ball of ground meat (lamb, beef or goat), which is usually deep fried, though occasionally baked or cooked in a broth.Armenia; Cyprus; Egypt; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Palestine; Turkey
LithuaniaCepelinaiZeppelinIt is a type of potato dumplings that is made from grated and riced potatoes and stuffed with ground meat, dry cottage cheese, or mushrooms.
LuxembourgJudd mat GaardebounenSmoked collar of pork with broad beansThe dish is made by soaking the beans overnight and boiling and skimming the pork collar, and then allowing it to simmer again with leeks, carrots, celery, and cloves for about two hours. It can be served with boiled potatoes and wine (or beer).
MacedoniaTavče gravčeBeans in a skilletIt is a bean dish made of butter beans, onions, red and black peppers, salt, and parsley, which may be eaten with different kinds of meat.
MalaysiaNasi lemakCreamy riceIt consists of rice cooked in coconut milk with leaves of Pandan screwpine, which is served with traditional anchovies chili paste, cucumber, and various side dishes.Singapore; Riau Islands; Brunei; Southern Thailand
MexicoMole poblanoPuebla sauceIt is a sause that contains about 20 ingredients (including chili peppers and chocolate), and is most often served with turkeys, but is also served with chicken, pork or other meats.
MonacoBarbajuanUncle JohnIt is an appetizer stuffed with Swiss chard, ricotta, spinach, Parmesan cheese, onions, leeks, and other ingredients.Eastern part of French Riviera; Northern Italy
MongoliaBuuzSteamed dumplingsIt is a type of steamed dumplings filled with meat (mutton or beef), which is often eaten with salads and fried bread.Buryatia
Myanmar MohingaRice noodle and fish soupIt is a noodle soup dish originally served as breakfast, with its main ingredients being catfish, vermicelli noodles, fish sauce, fish paste, ginger, banana stem, lemongrass, onions, garlic, and chickpea flour.
NepalDal bhatLentil soup and steamed riceIt consists of steamed rice and lentil soup, which, in addition to lentils and beans, may be cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, chili, tomatoes, or tamarind.Bangladesh; India
NetherlandsStamppotMash potIt is a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables or fruit (such as pears, apples, and pineapples), which is usually served with smoked sausage, julienned bacon, or stewed meat.
New ZealandPavlovaThe last name of the Russian ballerina Anna PavlovaIt is a meringue dessert with a crisp crust and soft inside, usually topped with fruit (such as kiwifruit, passionfruit, and strawberries) and whipped cream.Australia
North KoreaBulgogiFire meatIt consists of thin, marinated slices of beef or pork, grilled on a barbecue, on a stove-top griddle, or stir-fried in a pan. It is sometimes eaten together with a side of lettuce, which is used to wrap a slice of cooked meat.South Korea
NorwayFårikålSheep in cabbageIt is a stew consisting of pieces of mutton with bone and cabbages, and is traditionally served with boiled potatoes.
PakistanNihariDay (because the dish was typically served after sunrise Fajr prayers)It is a stew consisting of slow-cooked meat (mainly beef or lamb) along with bone marrow.India
PalestineMusakhanSomething that is heatedIt consists of roasted chicken baked with onions, sumac, allspice, saffron, and fried pine nuts. It is often served on top of the bread, but somtimes it is also served with soup.
ParaguaySopa paraguayaParaguayan soupSimilar to corn bread, it is a spongy cake rich in caloric and protein content, which is often served with beef soup.Northeastern Argentina
PeruCevicheIt consists of chunks of raw fish marinated in freshly squeezed key lime or bitter orange juice, with sliced onions, chili peppers, salt, and pepper.Coastal regions of Latin America and the Caribbean
PhilippinesAdoboSauceIt is a dish and cooking process that involves meat (beef, chicken, or pork), seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. It is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade.
PolandBigosHunter's stewIt is made of finely chopped meat of various kinds stewed with pickled cabbage and shredded fresh white cabbage, and it is often served with rye bread or boiled potatoes.Belarus; Lithuania; Ukraine
PortugalCozidoStewIt is a rich stew that usually includes shin of beef, pork, assorted offal, smoked sausages, or chicken. It is served with cabbage, carrots, turnips, rice, potatoes, and collard greens.
RussiaShchiCabbage soupIt is a cabbage soup with main ingredients being meat (mainly pork), cabbages, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, and spices (pepper, salt and parsley).
Saudi ArabiaKabsaIt is a mixed rice dish that is usually made with rice, meat (chicken, goat, lamb, camel, beef, fish or shrimp), vegetables, and a mixture of spices (such as black pepper, cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves, and nutmeg).Yemen; Iraq; Jordan; Kuwait; Oman; United Arab Emirates; Palestine; Qatar; Bahrain
SenegalThieboudienneRice and fishIt is made from fish, rice, tomato sauce, and other ingredients such as onions, carrots, cabbage, cassava, and peanut oil.
SerbiaPljeskavicaBurgerIt is a grilled dish of spiced meat patty mixture of pork, beef and lamb that is served with onions, milk cream, relish, and spicy cheese salad, either on a plate with side dishes, or with flatbread as a type of hamburger.Bosnia and Herzegovina; Croatia
SingaporeChilli crabThis seafood dish consists of mud crabs that are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce.Countries in Southeast Asia
SlovakiaBryndzové haluškyPotato dumplings with bryndza sheep cheese and baconIt consists of boiled potato dumplings, a soft sheep cheese, and is optionally sprinkled with cooked bits of smoked bacon.
SloveniaAjdovi žganciBuckwheat spoonbreadIt is served together with obaras (a type of stew), meat sauces, sauerkraut, black pudding, and various sausages.
South AfricaBobotieCurry spicesIt consists of spiced minced meat (beef or lamb) baked with an egg-based topping.Kenya; Botswana; Zimbabwe; Zambia
South KoreaBibimbapMixed riceIt is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with sautéed and seasoned vegetables, chili pepper paste, soy sauce, an egg (raw or fried), and sliced meat (usually beef).North Korea
SpainTortilla españolaSpanish omeletteIt is an omelette made with eggs and potatoes, sometimes also with onion and/or chives or garlic. It is fried in oil and often served cold as an appetizer.Countries in Central and South America
Sri LankaRice and curryIt is a rice and curry dish consisting of a large bowl of rice (boild or fried), a vegetable curry (such as green beans, jackfruit, or leeks), a meat curry (most often chicken or fish), a dish of spiced lentils, and some side dishes.Southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu; Bangladesh
SwedenKräftskivaCrayfish partyIt has become a traditional summertime party when crayfish are served cold and eaten with one’s fingers after being boiled in salt water and seasoned with fresh dill. Bread, mushroom pies, surströmming, strong Västerbotten cheese, salads, and other dishes are also served in a buffet-style. Finland; Lithuania; Latvia; Spain
SwitzerlandFondueTo meltIt is made of melted cheese served in a communal pot over a portable stove heated with a candle or spirit lamp, and is eaten by dipping bread into the cheese using long-stemmed forks.North America; France; Italy
Tajikistan and UzbekistanOshIt is a specialty dish prepared for festive occasions, which consists of rice cooked with meat and oil, shredded carrot, garlic, and other vegetables.
ThailandPad ThaiFried Thai styleIt is a stir-fried rice noodle dish consisting of soaked dried rice noodles, eggs, chopped firm tofu, lime wedges, and chopped roast peanuts, which is flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper, and palm sugar.
TurkeyDöner kebab Rotating roastIt is made of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, which may be served on a plate with various accompaniments, stuffed into a pita or other type of bread as a sandwich, or wrapped in a thin flatbread.Worldwide
UgandaMatokeBananas or plantainsIt consists of meat and mashed plantain boiled or cooked in a sauce of peanuts.
UkraineBorschtHogweedIt is a sour soup that is typically made by combining meat (most often beef or pork, or a combiniation of both) or bone stock with sautéed vegetables (such as beetroots, cabbages, carrots, onions, potatoes, and tomatoes). Russia; Countries in Eastern Europe
United KingdomFish and chipsIt consists of fried battered fish and deep-fried chips.Ireland; India; United States; Denmark; New Zealand; Australia
United StatesRoast turkeyIt is a roast turkey stuffed with a bread-based mixture (made of ingredients like sage, chopped celery, carrots, and onions), which is often served with side dishes such as mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, dressing, winter squash, green beans, and so on.
UruguayChivitoBaby goatIt is a sandwich consisting primarily of a thin slice of churrasco beef, mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise, black or green olives, bacon, fried or hard-boiled eggs, and ham.
VenezuelaPabellón criolloNational dishIt is a plate of rice, shredded beef in stew, and stewed black beans with fried plantain slices or a fried egg being the common addition.
VietnamPhởIt is a noodle soup dish consisting of broth, rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat (primarily made with beef or chicken).Worldwide (espeically United States, Canada, France, and Australia)
YemenSaltahIt is a stew consisting of meat, fenugreek, sahawiq (a mixture of chillies, tomatoes, garlic, and herbs ground into a salsa), and common additions such as rice, potatoes, scrambled eggs, and vegetables.