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

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Kugel, or sweet noodle casserole (Jewish)

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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 […]

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 […]

Liptauer/Šmirkás, or spicy “cheese” spread (Slovakia)

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Bobotie, or curried “meatloaf” (South Africa)

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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” […]

Tortilla de patatas, or potato “omelet” (Spain)

Tweet Spain is the second largest country in Europe, located in the Southwest, by the Mediterranean. It also includes the Balearic islands, the Canary islands and three exclave states out of the country: the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco and Llívia in France (how come we were never told about these in school?). […]

Malidzano, or eggplant dip with walnuts (Macedonia)

Tweet Macedonia is a small landlocked country located in the Balkan in Southern Europe. A former Yugoslavian state, it gained independence in 1991. Afterwards there have been some fierce quarrels with Greece, which also has a place called with the same name. Macedonia has plenty of beautiful nature scenery and famous Orthodox churches which also […]

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 […]