Similar to Iranian and Turkish cuisine, the food of Azerbaijan is just as much about their history and culture as it is about sustenance. A traditional Azerbaijan meal will start with tea and go on for three to four hours. It is common for meat, poultry and fish to be incorporated in entrée dishes, in addition to a vibrant array of vegetables, herbs and spices. That being said, Azerbaijani cuisine is known for being very substantial and nutritious, as well as rich in calories.

Foods/Dishes to Try

  • Qutab – Thinly roughed dough cooked on a griddle
  • Dolma – Stuffed vegetable dishes
  • Lavangi – Stuffed fish or chicken
  • Sogan Dolmasi – Stuffed onions
  • Dushbara –Dumplings filled with ground meat and condiments 



Lebanese cuisine tends to offer a great variety while maintaining fresh and healthy. You’ll find that Lebanese food consists mostly of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, and seafood. Though poultry is the more popular meat of choice, lamb and goat are also incorporated in a variety of dishes. Olive oil, lemon, herbs and garlic are common flavors found in Lebanese cuisine.

Foods to Try

  • Mafroukeh – Dessert typically made with clotted cream
  • Baba Ghanouj – Roasted eggplants with garlic and tahini
  • Grilled Halloumi – Kind of cheese made from goat and sheep milk
  • Shish Tawook – Skewered chicken served with pure garlic paste
  • Safiha Baalbakieh – Meat-stuffed puff pastry 



While Iceland is known for its unique geography, hot springs, and glaciers, it also offers a delicious cuisine with a long history. Icelandic cuisine includes lamb, potatoes, fish and seafood, and the popular Skyr (similar to Greek Yogurt). Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland brings in a variety of fish including salmon, lobster, haddock and other cold salt-water fish, as well as more adventurous dishes such as whale and ox.

Foods to Try

  • Skyr – Yogurt
  • Hangikjöt – Smoked lamb
  • Kleinur – Fried pastry
  • Laufabrauð – “Leaf Bread;” Thin cakes fried in oil or mutton fat
  • Bollur – Cream Puff




With colorful vegetables and spicy stews, Ethiopian food is best described as rich and exciting. Everyone should have a taste of this East African country at least once. If not for the delicious food, then for the experience. The absence of utensils and communal style of eating is fun and unusual. Offering a beautiful diversity of flavors, Ethiopian cuisine is one you have to try.

Foods to Try

  • Dobo Kolo – Spicy, crunchy snack
  • Doro Wat – Chicken stew
  • Injera Bread – Sourdough-risen flatbread with spongey texture
  • Honey Wine – Alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with water
  • Fit-Fit Breakfast – Shredded injera, berbere, onions, and clarified butter



Often overshadowed by its two neighboring cuisines of Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodian cuisine is, as a result, overlooked by many people. While some Cambodian food is similar to that of Thai and Vietnamese, there are variations that make for a completely different palate experience. Rice is a staple part of the Cambodian diet, and is served at every meal. Contrast is also emphasized when it comes to flavors. When you’re in need of a quick snack before your next meal, the street food of Cambodia will leave you feeling more than satisfied.

Foods to Try

  • Fish Amok – Steamed coconut fish in banana leaves
  • Loc Lac – Cubed beef sautéed with vegetables and soy sauce
  • Khmer Noodles – Noodles topped with fish-based green curry gravy and other greens
  • Morning Glory – “Water spinach;” sautéed vegetable similar to spinach
  • Kuy Teav – Noodle Soup



A small country among centuries old spice routes, the cuisine of Oman is a blend of a variety of Asian staples. Many Omani dishes focus on chicken, fish, and lamb and are served with rice. This Middle Eastern cuisine draws upon a multitude of spices, especially Saffron, Rose Water, and Nutmeg. Omani cuisine is a hidden gem, which you need to try.


Foods to Try

  • Maqbous – Rice flavored with saffron and cooked over s spicy meat
  • Shuwa –Slow cooked lamb lathered in in a blend of spices and wrapped in palm fronds, served with basmati rice
  • Madrouba – Chicken and rice porridge
  • Halwa Dessert – A sweet dessert made from eggs, red, and white sugar, corn flour, and fat as well as saffron, dried fruits, or pureed dates
  • Omani Milk tea – Spiced tea sweetened with condensed milk



Malaysian cuisine is a combination of cultural influences from surrounding nations such as China, India, Thailand, and Singapore. Although the cuisine may be similar to that of its surrounding countries, it has its own Malaysian twist. Generally, the food of Malaysia is spicy. Common spices used in Malaysian cooking include coriander, cumin, lemongrass, cardamom, and star anise. In addition to the spices, Thai rice is a huge staple in the Malaysian diet. Malaysian cuisine comes together and creates its own unique flavors that are well worth a try.


Foods to Try

  • Roti Jala- Thin, netlike crepes with turmeric and coconut milk. Served with curry
  • Popiah- Rolls of shredded turnip, jicama, peanuts, egg or tofu, and other vegetables wrapped in a thin wheat crepe
  • Nasi Goreng – Fried rice with sweet soy sauce, shallot, garlic, ground shrimp paste, tamarind, and chili
  • Sambal Udang – Blend of chilis, shrimp paste (belacan), and Calamansi lime served with shrimp
  • Bak kut teh teh–– Pork ribs in spices and herbal soup



The cuisine of Turkey combines elements from Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Greek cuisines. Typical Turkish cuisine varies depending what part of the country you are in. In the capital city of Istanbul, cuisine typically consists of a light use of spices and the use of rice, vegetable stews, and fish. In the more Southeast regions of Turkey, you will find more of a stress on Kebabs and desserts such as Baklava. Finally, in regions of Turkey that are close to the Black Sea it is very common to see fish used almost exclusively. Regardless of what part of Turkey you are in, the food is bound to be delicious.

Foods to Try

  • Kofte – A classic Turkish meatball made from ground lamb, onions, and herbs. Served with yogurt sauce
  • Kuzu Tandir – Slow roasted lamb cooked over special pit “ovens”
  • Baklava – Rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo and filled with nuts and syrup or honey
  • Sis Kebap – Skewered and grilled cubes of meat
  • Imam Bayildi – Stuffed eggplant, with filling consisting of onion, garlic, and tomatoes





Singaporean food derives from a variety of cultures, similar to that of Malaysian cuisine. The food of Singapore is one of a kind and can be enjoyed in a number of places from Hawker Centers to more upscale establishments. In Singapore, food is viewed as extremely important to their national identity and as a way of unification between all the different cultures coexisting in the unique country.

Foods to Try

  • Chili Crab – Stir-fried Mud Crab in a semi-thick, sweet and savory tomato and chili based sauce
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice – Poached chicken with Chile sauce and rice
  • Kaya Toast – Sugar, coconut milk, eggs, and pandan served on toast. Generally eaten for snack
  • Laksa – Spicy noodle soup
  • Char Kway Teow – Stir-fried rice cake strips, very popular noodle dish




The food of Thailand is internationally popular. All around the world people enjoy Thai dishes such as Pad Thai and Tom Yum Goong. Thai cuisine specializes in vegetables, Thai curries, and fresh herbs such as lemongrass. Traditionally, Thai meals are served all at once, rather than in multiple courses. An authentic Thai meal consists of a soup, a curry dish, and a dip accompanied by fish and vegetables. Thai food is some of the best in the world, so make sure to give it a try!

Foods to Try

  • Tom Yum Goong – Spicy Thai soup with shrimp
  • Gaeng Keow Wan Kai – Green Curry Chicken
  • Gaeng Daeng – Red Curry
  • Pad Thai – Thai style fried noodles
  • Yam Nua – Spicy Beef Salad



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