As the song says, “food, glorious food, we’re anxious to try it”. There are so many delicious international dishes available, and travelling gives us the opportunity to try food that we might not have tried before. You might even have discovered a new dish after hosting a guest from another country.
With that in mind, I’d like to start a new game.
The rules are easy! Below I’ve listed twenty international dishes, and scrambled the letters up, so it’s your task to unscramble the letters and tell me what the dishes are! Bonus points if you can tell me the country that the dish comes from!
✅ Haggis - Scotland
✅ Cheese Fondue - Switzerland
✅ Pho - Vietnam
✅ Dim sum - China
✅ Meat Pie - Australia
✅ Moules-Frites - Belgium
✅ Poutine - Canada
✅ Frikadeller - Denmark
✅ Fish and Chips - England
✅ Crêpe - France
✅ Moussaka - Greece
✅ Nasi Goreng - Indonesia
✅ Lasagne - Italy
✅ Sushi - Japan
✅ Kibbeh - Lebanon
✅ Kimchi - Korea
✅ Bigos - Poland
✅ Paella - Spain
I hope you enjoy the game!
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Nasi Goreng is also a popular dish in The Netherlands, not only in Indonesian / Chinese restaurants but also to cook at home.
I never tried the Danish Frikadeller. Wikipedia shows me it is related to "meatballs".
In NL we have a snack with almost same name, it is called "Frikandel".
So now there is one unknown dish in the game (Belgium)
When i think of Belgium in Dutch (Flemisch) language, first "patat" or "friet" (UK: fries) comes to my mind ! But also mossel (UK: mussel)
Then suddenly i released: it is all in French language !
Moules Frites (Mussels with fries)
@Emiel1 That one was super tricky, well done! Moules-Frites is such a classic in Belgium, as well as in the north of France (which I'm more familiar with personally).
@Emilie @Jenny is no 10 Fish and Chips. One year we were staying in Whey- on- Went and we queued for over an hour for fish and chips in a shop that had served them for over 100 years the advertisement said.
To our Aussie tastes they had thick batter and were fatty and they weren't worth the waste of time but we did enjoy the conversations with the people in the front and behind us.
@Laurelle3 Shame they weren't the best, hopefully you'll get a chance to have a proper good one sometime - they can be delightful! 😊 Did you get vinegar on your chips to make it even more authentic?
@Laurelle3 You got it! Fair point - I think many anglo-saxon dishes kind of overlap, don't they? It's one of the great things about cuisine, you can see how dishes travelled and evolved as cultures and nations did. 🙂
As clues for the remaining ones, perhaps I can give you the countries linked to the dishes?
6 - Australia
7 - Belgium
9 - Denmark
10 - England
13 - Indonesia
What do you think, any more ideas with those in mind? 🙂
I would rather have Tacos. Our famiily serve them as a self hejp meal with bought Taco boat shape shells - heated, cooked mincewith onion, garlic and taco mix, grated cheese, diced capscicum, onion, celery, lettuce, and tomatoe. I try to make a complete meal and our family members can put what they want.
14 - Neslaga - Lasagne
Although Italian in origin, according to the internet, "one of the first references to modern-day lasagne can be found in a 14th-century English cookbook that highlighted a dish with layers of pasta without the tomatoes."
Kind of cool! It's a staple of the American family kitchen. I have one in my freezer right now in case there's an impromptu dinner chez moi.