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12 Local Dishes You Can't Miss When You Travel

Burgers? Boooring! There's a whole world of incredible flavors out there. Jump outside your comfort zone with another culture's favorite comfort food. Your next vacation can become a culinary adventure with Emirates.

1. Argentina - Rogel

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Layer upon layer of thin dough and sweet gooey dulce de leche, adorned with fluffy peaks of meringue make this traditional Argentinian cake as visually impressive as it is delicious.

2. Malaysia - Nasi Lemak


Nasi Lemak is like a Malaysian smorgasbord and is surprisingly usually served for breakfast. The dish is cooked in coconut milk and "pandan" leaf, which is native to Malaysia. While there are many variations to the dish, the customary components of Nasi Lemak are rice, smabal squid, fried chicken, cucumber slices, fried anchovies, roasted peanuts, half a hard boiled egg, and spicy sauce.

3. India - Jalebi

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When you think Indian food, you think of the country's delicious variety of curry. But what you should be thinking about is jalebi, the super sweet street candy. Made simply by deep-frying wheat flour and soaking it in sugar syrup, the curly sweet can be served hot or cold at any hour of the day and pairs great with a warm glass of milk.

4. Brazil - Acarajé


A deep fried ball of peeled black-eyed peas stuffed with shrimp, green, and red tomato salad and a variety of different flavorful pastes. Think falafel, and then take a bite and forget what falafel is.

5. Zimbabwe - Kiwano aka African Cucumber

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Despite its nickname, this juicy fruit is actually more of a melon than a cucumber. It is most commonly served in fruit salads or hollowed out and blending into smoothies and sorbets.

6. Taiwan - Snake Wine

7. Japan - Takoyaki


Octopus balls covered in mayonnaise might not sound like the most appetizing snack, but these flavorful treats are a staple of street vendors all over Japan. Think of them as a sort of grown-up fish stick: part guilty pleasure, part comfort food and 100% delicious.

8. South Africa - Bunny Chow

9. China - Lotus Root


This crunchy root can be served in salads, soups or stir fries. It is thought of as a "cooling food" which is eaten to restore balance to the body.

10. Philippines - Bibingkang Galapong

11. Lebanon - Atayef

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Lebanese sweets are anything but average. The atayef, for example, is a light pancake filled with cheese and chopped pistachios, topped with fruit jam and drizzled with rose water syrup. The soft dough and cheese mixed with the crunch and sweetness of the pistachio makes for a unique and satisfying dessert.

12. Bali - Nasi Babi Guling

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Nasi Babi Guling is a hearty dish comprised of rice (nasi) and slow cooked whole suckling pig (babi guling), topped with spices and wrapped up neatly in little packets.