The aroma of your favourite meal can transport you back to the country of its origin quicker than any flight ever could. And that’s before even tasting the dish. A serving of a special dinner quickly has a profound effect on the senses, and brings with it a recollection of the highlights of many expat’s travels. Intrigued by the powerful properties of modest meals, we asked our followers which memorable dishes they’d uncovered on their travels and found some delightful reincarnations of popular dishes.
Okonomiyaki, a unique take on the pancake (pronounced o-konomi-yaki)
Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake widely available throughout Japan. The name translates to ‘grilled as you like it’ because ingredients of the cabbage based pancake can vary significantly depending on the tastes of the person eating it, like an oriental pizza. The constantly changing ingredients means that the dish appeals to picky eaters and can be made around the world using whatever is available around you, so long as you’re able to get your hands on the required garnish. The crispy onions, tangy pickled ginger and the bonito fish flakes that dance across dish when piping hot, help to make this succulent pancake delicious. This is true whether it’s eaten Osaka style, with extra ingredients in the batter like an omelette or Hiroshima style with the fillings on top like pizza.
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Ceviche a different type of sushi (Pronounced seh-VEE-chay)
Tender slices of fresh uncooked fish may sound like another popular Japanese food, but we’re talking about the South American alternative ceviche. A hallmark dish across the continent in countries like Peru, Chile and Argentina, Ceviche is another versatile meal. The crisp taste of the lemon juice used to cure the seafood is refreshing to the senses. A meal that is easy to eat on a hot day south of the equator, served either cold or at room temperature.
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Apple Strudel a spicy alternative to apple pie
Apple strudel is a prime example of comfort food. With a blend of cinnamon spices, roasted bread crumbs, and baked apples, the secret to making the perfect Strudel is in the pastry. According to the legend of the Austrian emperor’s perfectionist cook, the pastry must be so light you should be able to read a love letter through it. Strudel is a brilliant way to end a meal for baking enthusiasts, or expats that like a dessert as hearty as their main meal. The flavoursome treat makes for an interesting alternative to classic apple pie, the warm pastry can be cooled down with some frosty ice cream. There aren’t many dishes so good that they have an entire festival devoted to them. Expats in Hungary who are hungry for the pie in all its different forms can grab several slices at Vasvar’s strudel festival held every August.
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