Ponche, or hot dried fruit punch (Guatemala)

Tweet Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. It’s a former colony of Spain, but indigenous culture and influence remains particularly strong, with most of the population having indigenous roots. Because of the country’s rich history there are many important archeological sites. However, there was a civil war from 1960 to 1996, of […]

Gado gado, or steamed vegetable salad with spicy peanut sauce (Indonesia)

Tweet Indonesia is a geographically small country in Southeast Asia consisting of almost 18,000 islands, several of which only partially belong to it. Yet it has over 250 million inhabitants (nearly as many as in the U.S.!) belonging to over 300 ethnicities, with over 700 different languages, which is quite special. At least one country […]

Puha, or spicy tamarind soft drink (Ghana)

Tweet As far as African (especially West African) countries go, Ghana is doing pretty well. It was the first African country to declare independence from European colonisation. It is one of the stablest countries and largest economies in Africa and has possibly the best healthcare system on the continent. Ghana has large natural resources of […]

Eggplant curry (Botswana)

Tweet Botswana is a large landlocked country in Southern Africa, a former colony of the United Kingdom. Because 70% of the country is covered by the Kalahari desert, the population is only about two million, making Botswana one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Botswana used to be extremely poor, but now […]

Huiy barhi riha, or curried eggplant (Maldives)

Tweet The Maldives is a strictly Islamic island nation consisting of 26 atolls located in the Indian Ocean near India and Sri Lanka. It is the smallest Asian country both by population (about 400,000) and by land area and the lowest country on the planet. Sadly, the latter also means it is very vulnerable to […]

Curried mandarin orange “chicken” (Seychelles)

Tweet Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands which is considered a part of Africa, even though it is located 1,500 km (over 900 miles) east of the mainland. It is a former colony of the United Kingdom. With 84,000 inhabitants it has the smallest population of any African country. Another thing worth mentioning is […]

Sinigang sa sampalok, or sour tamarind soup (Philippines)

Tweet Philippine cuisine mostly consists of meaty and fishy dishes, with some Spanish influences. Americans are probably most familiar with adobo, a garlicky sauce which is used in canned chipotles (smoked chili) and by the way isn’t available here in Finland, often causing me grief with some recipes. Another famous dish is sinigang, a sour […]