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 […]

Le canard au tangor et à la vanille, or “duck” with clementine and vanilla (Réunion)

Tweet Réunion is an island on the East coast of Africa, a bit farther away than Madagascar. It is an overseas department of France, so technically a part of France, the EU and the Eurozone. There are two volcanoes and three calderas. The world records for rain in 1 day (over 73 inches or almost […]

Chimichurri, or parsley condiment (Nicaragua)

Tweet Nicaragua is an ethnically and culturally diverse country in Central America, a a former colony of Spain. It gained independence back in the 1800s, though it was occupied by the U.S. from 1912 to 1933, which was followed by several dictatorships. Nicaragua has three distinct geographical regions: the Pacific lowlands, the Amerrisque Mountains, and […]

Borani kadu, or roasted butternut squash with spices and yoghurt (Afghanistan)

Tweet Afghanistan is a large landlocked country in Central Asia, unfortunately one that nowadays most would first associate with war or terrorism. Many also know the Afghan hounds, which originated from Afghanistan. It is a dry, mountainous country which gets quite a few earthquakes. The area has been inhabited by humans for up to 50,000 […]

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 […]

Crnogorska corba od kopriva, or nettle soup (Montenegro)

Tweet Montenegro is a country in the Balkan, formerly a part of Yugoslavia. It has a fairly low population, only 620,000 people. After dissolution of Yugoslavia it remained in union with Serbia and only gained independence in 2006. Montenegro is perhaps best known for its mountains and mountainous regions. It is also a highly biodiverse […]

Oignons à la Monégasque, or sweet and sour onions (Monaco)

Tweet Monaco is a tiny city state in Southern France near Nice and the Italian border. With an area of about 2 km2 it is the second smallest (after Vatican) and with its population of about 37,000 the most densely populated country in the world. The official language is French, while a minority speak Monégasque, […]

Coconut pandan pumpkin (Kiribati)

Tweet Kiribati is a rather unusual country geographically. It is a very poor island nation located in the center of the Pacific ocean comprised of 32 atolls and one coral island, dispersed over an area of 3.5 million square kilometers(!), with a permanent population of only about 100,000. It used to be called Gilbert islands […]

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 […]

Curtido, or tart cabbage slaw (El Salvador)

Tweet El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, located on the Pacific side. It is a former colony of Spain. Most of the five million inhabitants are mestizos and slightly over half are Catholic, but there are also large Protestant and non-religious minorities. Despite its small size, El Salvador […]