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Travel the World, One Gourmet Meal At A Time

Posted on March 07, 2014 by Admin

As gourmet week comes to an end, we are looking at national dishes. This week we have explored what 'gourmet' means and how a restaurant can be awarded, we have researched some well known chefs and how they became so famous, and we have shared our best gourmet offers to delight you.

A national dish is a meal that is strongly associated with a particular country. There are a variety of reasons for a national dish to earn its title, from a particular ingredient that is produced locally, to a festive culinary tradition.

Here at Great Little Breaks we have together a list of some great little national dishes, some you may know and some you may not?


The English are known for their traditional roast beef and Yorkshire puddings. As the UK, we are known for many things- fish and chips, Christmas pudding, etc- but England is famous for its Beef, preferably roasted alongside potatoes, vegetables, and lashings of gravy.


The Italians are known for many things, but their culinary skills stand out in the form of pasta, pizza, and polenta. Master of the oven baked flatbread with its various creative toppings, pizzas have becomes popular across the world, and pasta is now a staple food.


Masters of sushi, Japanese curry, and Ramen, the Japanese have made their culinary mark on the world. The increasing popularity of sushi across the world has led to many variations of the Japanese dish, and nearly every region in Japan has their own version of the dish 'ramen'.


When it comes to food, the French know what they're talking about. With many culinary delights putting them on the map- from croissants to various cheeses- it's hard to define one national dish. Something the French have become very famous for is their pot-au-feu- a beef stew that consists of beef and various vegetables, and is quintessential French family meal.


This exotic Middle Eastern country is famous for hummus, falafel, and Israeli salad, and these well known foods have again become very popular around the world. Hummus is a dip or spread made from cooked and mashed chickpeas, Falafel are deep fried balls made from chickpeas and beans, and an Israeli salad is a chopped dish made mainly from tomato, cucumber, onions, and parsley.


A traditional Mexican dish that has become very popular across the globe is the taco. Composed from a corn or wheat tortilla, tacos can be made with a variety of fillings such as beef, pork, chicken, seafood, vegetables, and cheese.


The national dish of this northern country is Fårikål. Translated as mutton stew, the dish consists of pieces of mutton, cabbage, whole black pepper, and often a little wheat flour. Cooked for several hours, it is traditionally served with boiled potatoes, and most popular in the early autumn.


Paella is the national dish of Spain. It is a Valencian rice dish that originated in the mid 19th century. There are three widely known types of paella- Valencian paella, seafood paella, and mixed paella.

Saudi Arabia:

Kabsa is a family of rice dishes that are mostly served in Saudi Arabia, where is it commonly known as the national dish. These dishes are made from a mixture of spices, rice, meat, and vegetables. There are many kinds of Kabsa.


The last national dish on our list is Pad Thai. This is a stir-fry rice and noodle dish commonly served as a street food or casual meal at local eateries in Thailand. It is made with rice noodles which are stir-fried with eggs, chopped tofu, flavoured tamarind pulp, fish sauce, and lots of seasoning.

Gourmet week is at an end, but do not despair! Next week is Spring week so watch this space for some Spring themed ramblings!

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