Traditional Food Around the World

There are about 200 countries in the world, and every country has its own traditional food. Food is part of every country’s culture.  It is what makes countries unique. Do you know each countries’ traditional food?
I will introduce the traditional food of several countries in the following paragraphs.

jap flag sashimi


Sashimi is one of Japan’s traditional food. Sashimi is sliced raw fish eaten with ginger and soy sauce mixed with wasabi.



One of Spain’s traditional food is Mejillones rellenos. Mejillones rellenos is stuffed mussels, called tigres (“tiger”) in Navarre because of the spicy taste.

taiwan flag tofu


Stinky tofu (chòu dòu fu) is one of Taiwan’s traditional food. You may ask why it’s called Stinky tofu because it smells like rotten food. It smells worse than it looks but it actually tastes better than it smells. Stinky tofu is crispy fried tofu cubes, silky soft insides, soaked in pickled cabbage and spicy chili sauce on the side. An interesting fact, the stinkier it smells, the better it is.

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United States

One of the United States’ traditional food is the cheeseburger. Cheeseburger is a BBQ hamburger patty topped with cheese. Traditionally, it is often served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, bacon, mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise.

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New Zealand

Maori hangi was the most widely used method of cooking by Maori for over 2000 years. Hangi is a style of cooking traditional foods, such as meats, seafood, and vegetables. Lamb is preferred in New Zealand over other meats.

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Dumplings (jiǎo zi) is one of China’s traditional food. It is often filled with beef, pork, chicken, shrimp and/or veggies wrapped around small pieces of dough. You can either steam, fried, or boil it. Then dip the dumplings in black vinegar with chili sauce, chili sauce with soy sauce, or soy sauce.



Gorditas is one of Mexico’s traditional food. Gorditas is crisp on the outside and soft within, it is often fried in lard or butter instead of oil. These savory corn cakes are a great base for all types of toppings, from pulled pork to shredded chicken (Zubin Shroff).

Traditional cultural food is what make each and every country unique, it is what differs us. Each country has their own interesting individual type of food. If you ever travel to a different country, you should always try their traditional food, chances are you might like it.


Submitted by Xin Ru Pan





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