Riz des Iles, or curried rice with corn and “fish” (Comoros)

Tweet Comoros is a tiny island nation on the African coast near Madagascar. It consists of four main islands and many smaller ones. One of them, Mayotte, remains an overseas department of France. The rest gained independence from France in 1975, though sadly there have been several coups after that. There are less than a […]

Cold tofu salad (Taiwan)

Tweet The official name of Taiwan is “Republic of China”, which may be confusing as the official name of China is “People’s Republic of China”. Taiwan has been ruled by the Japanese and the Chinese and the current existence of the state is a bit muddled, as China (PRC) – and as a result a […]

Jeow mak keua, or spicy eggplant dip (Laos)

Tweet Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, much less known in the West than many of its neighbours like China, Thailand and Vietnam. Its population is only about six million, very little in the Asian scale. It used to be a colony of France and gained independence in 1953. Laos is now […]

Nigvziani badrijani, or eggplant rolls with walnuts and cilantro (Georgia)

Tweet Georgia (not to be confused with the U.S. state with the same name) is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, and a former part of the Soviet Union. It also considers Abkhazia and South Ossetia parts of the country. The character of the country is highly defined by the mountainous location. The deepest […]

Maharagwe, or curried black-eyed beans in coconut milk (Mali)

Tweet People know very little about Mali, considering that area-wise it is the 24th largest country in the world. Few would be able to place it on the map: it is in West Africa, landlocked. The natural resources include gold and uranium, but Mali is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with […]

Lentil sauce with herbs (Kazakhstan)

Tweet Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country and the largest landlocked country (though it borders the Caspian Sea), located in Central Asia/Eastern Europe. The former Soviet state is ethnically very diverse, though over half of the people are Kazakhs. Religious diversity and tolerance is also very big, though 2/3 of the people practice Islam. […]

Black bean salsa with mango and lime (Aruba)

Tweet Aruba is a part of the Netherlands Antilles (or Dutch Antilles) and hence also a part of the Netherlands. The island is located very close to the Venezuelan and Colombian coast and has about 100,000 inhabitants. Aruba has a drier climate than most of the Caribbean and is outside of the hurricane belt, which […]

Loubieh bizeit bil kizbara, or green beans with cilantro and garlic (Lebanon)

Tweet Lebanon is a small country in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean sea. Despite the small size of the country, it has four distinct physiographic regions: the coastal plain, the Lebanon mountain range, the Beqaa valley and the Anti-Lebanon mountains. The country has a long, rich history, but has also suffered tragedies, like a […]

Khagina, or spicy scrambled “eggs” with tomatoes and onion (Pakistan)

Tweet With almost 180 million inhabitans Pakistan is one of the most populous countries of the world. Considering that fairly little is known about it in the west, save for its nuclear weapons and it being a neighbour of India. Disputes over some areas have led to wars between India and Pakistan. There have been […]

Bánh xèo, or mung bean crêpes stuffed with tofu, vegetables and herbs (Vietnam)

Tweet Vietnam is a quite long but mostly very narrow country located in the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. A former colony of France, the country suffered a a war from the 1950s/1960s until 1975, which killed millions of people, also many in the neighbouring countries. (For some reasons, many Americans think the U.S. “won” […]