This saffron-infused rice dish is cooked with anything and everything ranging from chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, beans, peas, artichokes and peppers. Paella is the quintessential must-try in Spain. It must be made in a traditional “paellera”, a large round pan that is seasoned with olive oil before each use.
Egypt: Ful Medames
Skip the cereal for breakfast while in Egypt and instead try Ful Medames, a hearty dish made with beans, eggs, and pita bread. Fava beans are cooked with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and cumin, and served with a hot fried egg and warm pita bread.
India: Masala Dosas
A spicy, savory cousin to the crêpe, Masala Dosa is made from ground rice and various kinds of beans. It’s lightly cooked into a pancake-like wrap that is then filled with a mixture of potatoes, mustard seeds, curry, cumin, onion, peppers, and turmeric.
El Salvador: Pupusas
Ready for a pumped-up quesadilla? This traditional Salvadorian street food consists of a thick, hearty corn tortilla filled with cheese, beans, or meat, and is then cooked over a wood fire. Served with “curtido”, a slightly fermented cabbage relish, this is comfort food with a kick.
New Zealand: KiwiBurger
An amusing addition to any trip abroad is a visit to an American classic— McDonald’s®— to see how the local Golden Arches put their own spin on the McMenu. In New Zealand, the restaurants boast the “KiwiBurger.” Made out of the traditional beef patty, plus eggs, beets, tomato, tomato sauce, lettuce, cheese, mustard, tomato sauce and onions on a warm toasted bun, this local favorite’s name ironically has nothing to do with the kiwi fruit or the kiwi bird.
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