When it comes to cuisines from overseas, us Brits are becoming increasingly more confident and adventurous in both eating and cooking them ourselves. While curries and pasta dishes have been popular for many decades, these days we are becoming bolder and looking for more flavoursome, exciting and challenging cuisines to either cook at home or try while dining out.
But what hot cuisines from afar do you need put on your bucket list?
A Mediterranean diet has long since been hailed as the key to a long and healthy life. Greek cuisine manages to combine good health with fresh, zingy flavours such as hummus, tzatziki and yoghurt based dressings adorning meat and salad dishes. Greek cheeses such as feta and halloumi are also rocketing in popularity with consumers.
Korean food places emphasis on using fermented ingredients which, at first glance, might not always sound too appealing. However, the rich, decadent flavours in dishes such as kimchi are undeniable and also extremely good for friendly gut bacteria. The combination of oriental food and spices along with toppings such as eggs and rich sauces is unusual but delicious. So give Korean food a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.
Food from Persia, Syria, Jerusalem and Iran tend to combine warming spices with a hint of sweetness. Meatballs and lamb with chickpeas and freshening herbs like mint and coriander are commonplace.
Packed with warming spices and often in easy-to-cook one-pot dishes, Moroccan food could be a perfect thing to try now that the weather is turning. Moroccan food often favours a long, slow cooking process with foods such as stews or tagines which makes for succulent meat and rich flavours that are easily achievable at home or in commercial combination ovens (https://www.247cateringsupplies.co.uk/catering-appliances/commercial-ovens-and-ranges/combination-ovens ). A report in Health and Fitness Revolution also highlights the health benefits of several ingredients used widely in Moroccan cooking such as chickpeas, dried fruit and couscous.
Portugal is a popular holiday destination with Brits so it’s unsurprising that many holidaymakers are bringing their favourite recipes home with them. Portuguese cuisine is a real treat with smoked sausage, rich desserts and deli-style platters full of cured meats and tasty cheeses all being very popular. Coxinhas are also a must-try dish.