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    People Are Sharing The 34 Best Authentic Dishes From Their Home Countries

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    Maybe you're sick of your dinner rotation and want to make something new, or perhaps you miss traveling and want to try cooking some globally inspired meals. Redditor u/PoissonIvyyy asked people to share their favorite authentic dish from their nationality or ethnicity. Here are some of the responses.

    1. Vietnam: "Banh Xeo, a crispy savory 'pancake.'"

    A woman putting Vietnamese crepe into a lettuce wrap.
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    "It’s my favorite meal and it's relatively easy to make as far as Vietnamese recipes go, with only a few ingredients. Add sparkling water or beer to make the batter extra crispy!" —u/49mttj

    Recipe: Crispy & Savory Vietnamese Crêpes

    2. Taiwan: "Beef noodle soup."

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    "A few tips for making it: quickly boil the meat beforehand and rinse well with cold water, removing all the stuff that gets boiled out. Simmer the broth and do not let it violently boil. Boiling it will incorporate fat into the stock and you will end up with a murky broth rather than a clear one. Serve with pickled veggies!" —u/Kawaii_Sauce

    Recipe: Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

    3. India: "Biryani! Make it with vegetables, chicken, or (my favorite) mutton."

    A bowl of Indian biryani with cubed meat.
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    "If making biryani from scratch is difficult, I recommend using Shan mix. Indians love it too and there are countless YouTube videos on how to make it with the mix." —u/lookingforashoujo

    Recipe: Chicken Biryani

    4. El Salvador: "Pupusas. They're thick, stuffed tortillas and you can customize what you put inside of it, like cheese, beans, pork, etc..."

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    5. Greece: "Spanakopita."

    Spanakopita, phyllo dough stuffed with spinach and cheese.

    6. Persia: "Ghormeh Sabzi."

    Iranian meat and bean stew with rice on the side.
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    "Bonus points if you can make a nice tahdig (crispy rice) to go with it. And serve with a side of mast o musir (yogurt with minced shallots)." —u/GoatLegRedux

    "Ghormeh sabzi is made with fenugreek, beef lamb or chicken, and kidney beans. It is stewed all day and served with long grain basmati rice. It is my favorite dish, and the smell reminds me of childhood." —u/boxxoroxx

    Recipe: Ghormeh Sabzi

    7. Cuba: "Ropa Vieja, which is basically Cuban pulled beef stew."

    Cuban ropa vieja over white rice.
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    "Serve with rice and black beans, plus corn if you want." —u/Jakexgainey

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef)

    8. Sri Lanka: "Sri Lankan rice and curry. It differs from Indian curry in a lot of ways and is worth a try."

    Sri Lankan rice with curry and roti-type bread.
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    9. Korea: "Cold noodles (naengmyeon) paired with barbecued short ribs (galbi)."

    Korean BBQ ribs aka galbi.
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    10. Philippines: "Adobo."

    Filipino chicken adobo over white rice.
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    "This popular Filipino dish and cooking process involves marinating meat, seafood, or vegetables in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns, then simmering them in marinade until the natural oils come out. Each household has a 'special' way of cooking adobo. Some omit vinegar or soy sauce, while others add coconut milk." —u/invmatrix

    Recipe: Chicken Adobo

    11. Indonesia: "Gado Gado."

    Indonesian gado gado aka vegetables, egg, and tempeh with peanut dressing.
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    12. Venezuela: "Guasacaca."

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    "It's a type of Venezuelan guacamole, but it's much better and tangy. It's typically used as dip with meat or bread." —u/Archetix

    Recipe: Guasacaca Sauce

    13. China: "Mapo Tofu."

    A bowl of mapo tofu with pork.
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    "Mapo Tofu is the recipe that started me on the journey of learning authentic Chinese cooking years ago. Best decision of my life!" —u/Ostrich__Jockey

    Recipe: Mapo Tofu

    14. China: "Hainanese chicken rice."

    Hainanese chicken rice with spicy chili oil.
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    15. Nepal: "Momo and achar. My family is from Nepal, and this is one of my favorites."

    Nepalese momo with achar.
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    "It's similar to Chinese dumplings, but made with completely different spices and uses a special tomato sauce (achar) to go with it." —u/snoop_ard

    Recipe: Chicken Momos With Tomato Achar

    16. Puerto Rico: "Rice with Spanish chorizo, pigeon peas, and olives. It's so delicious, especially when served with some plantains."

    Puerto rican arroz con chorizo and peas.
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    17. South Africa: "Bobotie"

    South African bobotie in a casserole dish.
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    "It's such a delicious winter food. My mom used to serve it with yogurt and banana slices to cool it down. Sounds weird, but it works!" —u/iwokeuplikemish

    Recipe: Best Bobotie

    18. Japan: "Oyakodon Donburi."

    Japanese chicken and egg bowl.
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    "It's a rice dish with egg and chicken thigh, and it is the ultimate umami." —u/mooonchkin

    Recipe: Oyakodon (Chicken and Egg Bowl)

    19. Nigeria: "Jollof rice. It's legendary!"

    Jollof rice with chicken and plantains.
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    Recipe: Jollof Rice

    20. Slovakia: "Halushki and homemade pierogis."

    Halushki aka cheese dumplings.

    21. Canada: "Poutine."

    A plate of poutine with gravy and cheese curds.
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    "There are two major selling points: you need a poutine gravy and actual cheese curds. If you just do regular gravy and chunks of whatever cheese, you're not going to get the real experience (although it'll still taste alright)." —u/MythicalBeast42

    Recipe: Canadian Poutine

    22. Poland: "Bigos, aka hunter's stew. It's basically stewed cabbage, meat and mushrooms and is so good."

    Polish hunter's stew made with beef and cabbage.
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    23. Jamaica: "Ackee and saltfish with fry dumpling or fry fish and festival."

    A plate of Jamaican ackee and saltfish with steamed callaloo.
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    24. Syria: "Bamiya. It’s an okra stew with sautéed vermicelli in butter and chicken broth."

    Sryan okra stew over rice.
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    "My family makes it with cilantro, tomato, a ton of garlic, beef (though lamb is more traditional), tomato paste, and a little bit of baharat. Make sure to use small okra, as the big ones get stringy and slimy." —u/topologicalpants

    Recipe: Middle Eastern Okra and Meat Stew

    25. Mexico: "Cochinita pibil."

    Conchita pibil tacos.
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    "My family is Mexican from Yucatan. The regional specialty there is cochinita pibil, which is usually eaten in taco form. You marinate pork in achiote (annatto seed) paste, orange juice, and lime juice, then slow roast it in banana leaves. The tacos are topped with pickled red onion and habaneros." —u/yayastrophysics

    Recipe: Conchita Pibil

    26. Sweden: "Kroppkakor (aka potatoes, meatballs, gravy, and lingonberries)."

    Swedish potato dumplings with gravy and berries.
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    27. India: "Aloo paratha."

    India: aloo paratha with ghee.
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    "It's unleavened dough rolled with a mixture of mashed potato and spices, which is cooked on a hot tawa (or a pan) with butter or ghee." —u/blue-account

    Recipe: Potato-Stuffed Paratha

    28. Hungary: "Chicken paprikash."

    Chicken paprikash over egg noodles.
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    "My grandpa used to make it for special occasions (Christmas Eve and the like). Still one of my favorite dishes." —u/ShutYourDumbUglyFace

    Recipe: Chicken Paprikash

    29. Ukraine: "Vareniki."

    Fried Polish vareniki (aka pierogis).
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    "One of my favorite treats! You can fill them with mashed potato, cabbage, or make them sweet with strawberries or blueberries." —u/itchy-n0b0dy

    Recipe: Ukrainian Olha's Varenyky

    30. Portugal: "Carne de Porco Alentejana. Portuguese pork and clams with potatoes in a great sauce. It's one of my favorites."

    Portuguese pork and clams in a wok.
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    31. Lebanon: "Kibbe. It's my favorite Middle Eastern/Lebanese dish."

    Fried kibbeh.
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    "I would describe it as sort of a Lebanese meat loaf. You can prepare it baked, fried, or even raw (never tried it this way, but it is very popular)." —u/patjorge

    Recipe: Lebanese Kibbeh

    32. Denmark: "Meatballs in curry."

    Meatballs in curry sauce over rice.
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    "The meatballs are made from pork and generally aren't seasoned with anything except for onion, salt, pepper, and some flour and egg to bind them. You either boil them in salted water or stock until they float, or you can steam them. Boiling is the traditional way. The curry sauce is roux-based and you can add finely minced onion and/or apple. Serve with rice." —u/sailor_stuck_at_sea

    Recipe: Danish Meatballs in Curry

    33. Germany: "Spätzle."

    German cheesy käsespätzle.
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    "If you’re feeling naughty, try Käse Spätzle (German noodles with cheese)." —u/Amirapewpew

    Recipe: Cheese Spatzle (Kaesepaetzle)

    34. Brazil: "Feijoada! It's black bean stew with sausage and pork."

    Brazilian black bean stew with sausage over rice.