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Food is one of the many great aspects of travel. It plays a huge role in hospitality, community and customs. You may find yourself invited into a home to try a national dish, or end up sitting around on plastic chairs and tables sampling street food with the locals. Food brings people together and enriches travel! Since our Must-Try Meals From Around The Globe was such a popular article, and since there are so many more fabulous dishes to list, we decided to put together Part #2. Enjoy!

1. Stewed Chicken with Beans & Rice, Belize

Rice and beans is a common meal all over Belize, and although beans contain protein, Belizeans try to incorporate meat of some sort into all of their dishes. Stewed chicken is a very popular choice and for good reason! The chicken is perfectly spiced with Creole seasonings and stewed until it falls off of the bone. Accompanied with a black bean and rice salad, plantain chips and garden salad, it makes for the perfect meal. food in belize

2. Chile Relleno, Mexico

Poblano peppers are stuffed with melted cheese ( either queso Chihuahua or queso Oaxaca), coated in an egg batter or corn flour, and fried. Usually some sort of tomato sauce will be poured over top. This dish originated in the city of Puebla in Mexico, and today it can be found all over the country as well as in U.S.A and Guatemala. Not the healthiest meal, but definitely delicious! mexican food

3. Plov, Uzbekistan

This is the signature dish of Uzbekistan, however it can be found all over Central Asia. Rice, carrots, onions and pieces of meat (usually mutton) are cooked over an open fire in a large cauldron called a kazan. This is a simple, yet hearty and flavourful meal.  uzbekistan food

4. Qurutob, Tajikistan

This is the national dish of Tajikistan, which is traditionally eaten with one’s hands and served in a wooden bowl. Thin, flaky flatbread is covered in a liquid made from water and dissolved salty cheese balls, sometimes yogurt is used as well. The dish is topped with onions and dill before serving.

Tajikistan food

5. Tah Chin, Iran

It would be hard to find this dish in a restaurant, but if you get offered it from a local, definitely say yes! This traditional, savoury dish is made from rice, eggs, saffron and chicken, all baked together in a perfect square.

iranian food

6. Dim-Sum, Hong Kong

The dim-sum (Cantonese bite sized food) found in Hong Kong is delicious. Check out the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant, Tim Ho Wan, to try steamed buns, pot stickers, dumplings and much more.

hong kong food

7. Shawarma, Egypt

Shawarmas are popular throughout the Middle East. Meat (usually lamb, beef or chicken) is prepared on a vertical spit and grilled for hours, even days. When ready, shavings of the meat are cut off and served in a pita wrap or bun with onions, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce. A garlic sauce, tahini or hummus is sometimes included as well.

Egyptian food

8. Wildebeest Stew, Swaziland

After an incredible day of safari and spotting wild animals, why not sample them for dinner?! In Swaziland out on Milwane wildlife sanctuary, you can try wildebeest stew, springbok steak and gazelle curry.

swaziland food

9. Spicy Hot-Pot, China

Hot-pots can be found all over Asia, but the spicy Sichuan hot-pot comes from China. Bits of sliced meat, all sorts of raw vegetables and tofu are dipped into a boiling-hot vat of spiced oil, or vegetable broth to cook. Because the meat is so thin, it doesn’t take very long before it is ready to eat. This is a great communal meal.

chinese hot pot

10. Roti, Grenada

Roti is a bread made from wholemeal flour, typically eaten in the subcontinent, parts of South Africa and the southern Caribbean. This particular roti has chicken and chunks of potato with curry seasoning, all folded nicely in a roti packet.

roti in grenada

Hungry yet?!

How many different foods from this list have you tried?  Is food an important part of travel to you?

If you liked this list, make sure to check out Must-Try Meals From Around The Globe, Part #1.

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19 thoughts on “10 Must-Try Meals From Around The Globe, Part #2

  1. Yummy! You bet I am hungry now. I used to make Belizian Rice and Beans all the time. I have had about half of the food on the page and I love it all enough that I want to try the rest – except for the spicy in the hot pot. I was able to order mine mild 🙂

  2. I LOVE Chile Rellenos, and can’t wait to try them in Mexico next month! I’ve always wanted to try hot pot too, maybe I should get to China next… 🙂

  3. I just love Dim Sum, ate it every day while we were in Hong Kong! 🙂 Ah I got super hungry from seeing all these delicious food! I have heard that the food in Iran is very good, so I really want to try the Tah Chin. Yes, food is definitely a big and important part of travelling! 🙂

  4. Dim sum, chile relleno and spicy hot-pot are some of my favorites! Great list of global cuisine- you’re making me hungry ;-P I would add pho to the list- vietnamese food in general is just to die for!

  5. Nice! It’s great when you can learn how to make local dishes and bring them home to share with friends and family…we didn’t learn how to make any while in Iran, but wish we had 🙂

    Cheers!

  6. Nice! You’ll love the food in Mexico I’m sure – it’s sooo good 🙂

    The food in China is some of our favourite, it’s completely different than the “Chinese” food we get in Canada!

  7. Drooling….. The food really looks tasty… Dimsum and Shawarma looks yummy… what type of rice are they cooking on Stewed Chicken with Beans & Rice? is it black rice?

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