Savour York Region: Must-try dishes all over the world

One of the best experiences when travelling to another country is their traditional cuisine. Not only does it play an integral part in defining a nation’s culture but also lets you have a unique food experience. Whether you’re trying a local delicacy at a street market or an international restaurant located near you, here is a list of must-eat foods around the world.

Croque monsieur – France

A Croque monsieur is a popular sandwich in France that primarily consists of ham and cheese. This is a great breakfast meal that is suitable for those people who want a quick snack. Overall, this rich and savoury dish is best enjoyed with a knife and fork. To further enhance its taste, you can also pair it with a glass of your favourite French wine.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper

For the sandwich:

  • 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices of French bread
  • 8 slices ham (it must be about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese
  • Optional: 1 tsp of herbes de Provence

Borscht – Russia/Ukraine

Borscht is a type of soup that originated in Ukraine and is known throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Throughout the years, many variations have been made, but beetroot is a core ingredient, as well as stock and sauteed vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups fat-free chicken broth (you can also choose a vegetable broth)
  • Optional: 1 clove garlic
  • 4 medium beets (it must be peeled)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Garnish: 
    • Yoghurt
    • Sour cream
    • Crème fraîche

Kimchi – South Korea

Are you a fan of vegetables and spicy food? Then this dish is perfect for you. The main ingredient of this Korean dish is Chinese cabbage. It is usually marinated with onions, garlic, and red pepper.

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of Napa cabbage
  • 1/2 cup of kosher salt
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced ginger
  • 3 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Sriracha
  • 6 scallions (it must be sliced)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated

Pasta Carbonara – Italy

Carbonara first began in Rome and was considered one of their staple dishes in the country. This pasta is usually cooked with cream sauce, eggs, pancetta (sliced bacon) and olive oil. It is served in a round dish and topped with Parmesan cheese for a finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 pound bacon (it must be cut into 1/2-inch dice)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Italian parsley (it must be chopped)
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • 2 tsp of ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 slices of bacon strips (it must be chopped)