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Popular Global Cuisine, Food Dishes from around the World- Part 12


1. Tres Leches, Costa Rica

One of the most popular desserts is Tres Leches (three milk) It is a wet cake composed primarily of milk and sugar. The ingredients include whole milk, evaporated skim milk, sweetened condensed milk, as well as heavy cream, eggs, sugar, ground cinnamon, baking powder, vanilla extract, and dark rum. Recipes for this cake can be found in Mexican, Cuban, Nicaraguan, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rican cuisines.

2. Cuban Sandwich, Cuba

Cuban sandwich made with roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard pressed on crispy Cuban bread, it’s a satisfying sandwich loved by many. The two most important ingredients of the Cuban sandwich are the pork, which is a staple of the Cuban diet, and the crusty Cuban bread. Similar to a French baguette, yet more light and fluffy, this style of bread is made with a small amount of lard for texture.

3. Koupepia (stuffed vine leaves) and Gemista, Cyprus

Koupepia is closely related to Greek and Turkish cuisine,  It has also been influenced by Byzantine, French, Italian, Catalan, Ottoman and Middle Eastern cuisines. Koupepia (as we call them in Cyprus) are dolmades stuffed with rice, ground pork or veal, fresh herbs and seasoning, cooked in a tomato sauce. They can be served as part of a meze platter or salad plate, eaten as finger food or as a main dish. Koupepia are usually made in large batches and can be frozen to be enjoyed at a later time – the dish is in every Cypriot grandmother’s menu. The stuffing of vegetables, called Gemista, is a Cypriot tradition which extends beyond vine leaves, with peppers, tomatoes, onions, courgettes and even courgette flowers often being cooked in this manner.

4. Svíčková, Czech Republic

There are not many Czech traditional dishes that would be based around chicken, but duck? That’s a completely different story. What do you think of at a notion of a “typical Czech meal”? No matter what exactly, beef sirloin with cream sauce will definitely rank in top 5, Buzzers! Svíčková, or svíčková na smetaně (beef sirloin in cream sauce), is a typical Czech dish and one of the most popular Czech meals in the world. Svíčková na smetaně is a hearty dish typically eaten during the cold winter  The beef is slow cooked with a variety of root vegetables, traditionally onions, carrots, celeriac, leeks and turnips to create a substantial tender and flavorsome dish. In many Czech restaurants, Svíčková na smetaně is often served with a cream (smetana) topping, cranberry sauce and a slice of lemon. Knedliky (bread dumplings) often accompany the dish, and they are used to soak up the root vegetable sauce.

5. Kokoda, Fiji

Fijians prefer a more tuber and coconut based diet. It is also famous for its seafood.  Kokoda (pronounced as CORE-CONDAA) is fresh “Mahi-Mahi” fish marinated in freshly squeezed lemon juice and left to cook for several hours. Fresh coconut cream is then added to give it a creamy flavour along with finely diced tomatoes, spring onions, chillies and with salt and pepper. Fijians love their Kokoda to be spicy, but you can request the locals to go easy on chilies. In Fiji, they traditionally serve Kokoda in a large clamshell or half a coconut shell.

6. Mustikkapiirakka (blueberry pie), Finland

In July and August bilberries paint the Finnish forest. They are everywhere and could cause a sense of panic if you are not used to seeing them in such abundance. Although all Finnish berries can be made into delicious pies, bilberries served with fresh milk are the one known and adored by all. Mustikkapiirakka or blueberry pie is yet another popular Finnish thing, usually eaten for dessert and often found in cafe’s if you’re eager to taste this. The simplest way to make this is by making a simple short crust pastry, laying it on a pie baking round, mixing frozen blueberries with powdered sugar and potato flour, place them on top of the pastry, and bake it till the crust is cooked. So simple and so yummy Buzzers.

7. Flija, Kosovo

Flija is served with sour milk or yoghurt, pickled vegetables, cheese, honey, jam or ajvar (a spicy homemade spread). Flija may be the most complex simple dish. It takes about five hours to make one, and maybe you can leave it to bake, lol well talking five hours of constant work and attention. It is made by pouring alternating layers of thin batter (in triangle patterns) and cream into a circular pan, and baking each layer one at a time with a special lid that is either electric or covered in hot coals. So delish!

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