The World’s Most Delicious Foods: Culinary Treasures Unveiled

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Dive into the delicious world of popular food dishes that have captured the hearts and appetites of people from all walks of life. These are the meals that have crossed oceans and borders, becoming staples at dinner tables and street corners alike. From the sizzling, smoky flavors of barbecue to the comforting simplicity of a perfectly baked pizza, these dishes are celebrated for their ability to bring people together and create a universal language of taste. Whether it’s a spicy bowl of ramen, a succulent serving of roast chicken, or the sweet indulgence of chocolate cake, each dish carries with it a story of cultural significance and culinary delight. Join us as we savor the tastes that have become favorites for their rich flavors, accessibility, and the joy they bring to everyday dining experiences.

100. Baklava (Turkey/Greece)


Baklava is a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened with syrup or honey. It’s a celebrated dessert with a contested history, often associated with the cuisines of the Ottoman Empire region, including Turkish, Greek, and Middle Eastern cultures.

99. Chicken Fajitas (Mexico)

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Chicken Fajitas are a Tex-Mex dish consisting of seasoned, grilled chicken strips served with sautéed bell peppers and onions. They’re typically accompanied by warm flour tortillas and various toppings such as cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. For a flavorful marinade, ingredients like lime juice, olive oil, and spices such as cumin and chili powder are used.

98. Tacos de Carnitas (Mexico)

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Tacos de Carnitas are Mexican tacos filled with braised or simmered pork that’s been shredded and often crisped up before serving. The meat is typically seasoned with a blend of spices, orange juice, and sometimes beer, then garnished with cilantro, onion, and salsa, all wrapped in a warm corn tortilla.

97. Miso Soup (Japan)

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Miso Soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” into which softened miso paste is mixed. It often contains additional ingredients such as tofu, wakame seaweed, and green onions. Miso paste, made from fermented soybeans, rice, or barley, adds a rich umami flavor. It’s a staple in Japanese cuisine, enjoyed for its warm, savory comfort.

96. Beef Shawarma (Middle East)

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Beef Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish featuring thinly sliced, marinated beef stacked in a cone-like shape and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie or spit. Traditionally, it’s shaved off and served in a pita or wrap with vegetables and sauce. The beef is marinated in spices like allspice, paprika, and cumin, along with olive oil and citrus.

95. Chicken and Waffles (United States)

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Chicken and Waffles is a dish combining crispy fried chicken with soft, sweet waffles, often served with butter and maple syrup. Its origins are somewhat disputed, with some tracing it back to the Pennsylvania Dutch and others to the African American community in the Southern United States. A notable mention is the Wells Supper Club in Harlem during the 1930s. It’s now a beloved comfort food enjoyed across the country.

94. Bangers and Mash (United Kingdom)

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Bangers and Mash, a classic British comfort food, consists of sausages (“bangers”) served with mashed potatoes (“mash”). It’s often accompanied by onion gravy, vegetables, or peas. The term “bangers” is believed to have originated during World War I due to the sausages’ tendency to burst or “bang” while cooking, as meat shortages led to sausages being made with fillers that caused them to pop under high heat.

93. Chicken Adobo (Philippines)

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Chicken Adobo is a popular Filipino dish featuring chicken marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, and black peppercorns, then simmered until tender. It’s known for its tangy, savory, and slightly sweet flavor profile. Bay leaves are also commonly added to the marinade for additional aroma. This dish reflects a cooking method indigenous to the Philippines, which involves stewing with vinegar.

92. Gyoza (Japan)


Gyoza are Japanese dumplings with origins from China, known as jiaozi. They have a thin wrapper and are typically filled with a mixture of minced pork, cabbage, chives, green onion, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Gyoza can be cooked in various ways, including steaming, boiling, or pan-frying to create a crispy bottom. They are often served with a dipping sauce made from soy sauce and rice vinegar, sometimes with a drop of chili oil.

91. Chicken Tandoori (India)

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Chicken Tandoori is a popular Indian dish made with yogurt-marinated chicken, seasoned with a blend of aromatic spices, and traditionally cooked in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. The marinade typically includes spices like garam masala, cumin, coriander, and turmeric, which give the dish its distinctive red-orange color. The chicken is left to soak up the flavors for several hours or overnight before being roasted. It’s known for its smoky flavor and tender meat.

90. Beef Pho (Vietnam)

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Beef Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup known for its flavorful, aromatic broth made from simmering beef bones, charred onions, ginger, and spices such as star anise, cinnamon, and cloves. It’s served with rice noodles (pho noodles) and thin slices of beef, often including cuts like brisket or sirloin. Fresh herbs, bean sprouts, lime wedges, and sliced chili are provided on the side for garnish according to personal taste.

89. Chicken Biryani (India)

Chicken Biryani is a South Asian mixed rice dish with aromatic spices and tender chicken pieces. It’s made by layering marinated chicken with parboiled rice, herbs like mint and cilantro, and fried onions. The dish is seasoned with spices such as saffron, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves, which infuse the rice with flavor as it steams. Biryani is often garnished with boiled eggs, nuts, and raisins, and served with raita or curry on the side.

88. Peking Duck Pancakes (China)


Peking Duck Pancakes, also known as Mandarin pancakes or spring pancakes, are a traditional accompaniment to Peking Duck, a famous Chinese dish. They are thin, crepe-like wrappers made from a dough of all-purpose flour and hot boiling water, with sesame oil or another vegetable oil added for pliability and flavor. These pancakes are used to wrap slices of crispy Peking Duck skin and meat along with scallions and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.

87. Beef Tacos (Mexico)

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Beef Tacos are a Mexican dish consisting of ground beef cooked with various spices like chili powder, cumin, and garlic, served in a hard or soft tortilla shell. They’re often garnished with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese, and salsa. For a more authentic taste, toppings like chopped onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice can be added.

86. Beef Wellington (United Kingdom)

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Beef Wellington is an elegant and classic British dish consisting of a tender fillet of beef, often coated with pâté and duxelles (a finely chopped mixture of mushrooms, shallots, and herbs), all wrapped in puff pastry and then baked until golden. It’s traditionally served medium-rare and sliced into thick portions, revealing the juicy beef and flaky pastry layers.

85. Tortilla Española (Spain)

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Tortilla Española, also known as Spanish Omelette or Tortilla de Patatas, is a widely popular Spanish dish. It’s a thick, hearty omelette made with eggs, potatoes, and often onions, cooked in olive oil. The ingredients are simple, but the technique is key, with the potatoes and onions often being slow-fried before being mixed with the beaten eggs and cooked to form a dense, cake-like omelette. It can be served hot or cold, and is a staple in Spanish cuisine, enjoyed as a tapa, light meal, or even for breakfast.

84. Crispy Pata (Philippines)


Crispy Pata is a Filipino delicacy consisting of a whole pork hock that is simmered in spices until tender, then deep-fried until the skin is golden and crisp. The meat inside remains moist and flavorful. The hock is typically seasoned with ingredients like garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns during the simmering process. It is often served with a dipping sauce made from vinegar, soy sauce, and chopped onions, and sometimes with chili for added spice. Crispy Pata is a popular celebratory dish due to its rich taste and satisfying texture.

83. Tteokbokki (South Korea)

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Tteokbokki, also spelled ddukbokki, is a popular Korean street food dish featuring chewy rice cakes in a sweet and spicy sauce. The sauce is typically made with gochujang (Korean chili paste), along with ingredients like sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. It often includes fish cakes, boiled eggs, and green onions as additional ingredients. Tteokbokki is known for its bold, savory flavor and is a staple in Korean comfort food.

82. Chicken Souvlaki (Greece)

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Chicken Souvlaki is a popular Greek dish consisting of small pieces of marinated chicken grilled on skewers. The marinade typically includes olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Greek herbs such as oregano. It’s often served with tzatziki sauce, a cool and creamy cucumber yogurt sauce, and can be accompanied by pita bread, salad, or rice.

81. Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Italy)


Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a Tuscan steak, traditionally from the Chianina breed of cattle, and is a signature dish of Florence, Italy. This thick cut of steak, usually a T-bone or porterhouse, is cooked over a high-heat grill to achieve a charred crust while keeping the inside rare. The seasoning is simple, typically just salt, black pepper, and sometimes a hint of olive oil or a brush of rosemary and sage-infused oil. The steak is often served rare to highlight the quality of the meat.

80. Peri-Peri Chicken (Portugal)


Peri-Peri Chicken is a dish with roots in both Africa and Portugal, featuring chicken marinated in peri-peri sauce, which is made from crushed chilies, citrus peel, onion, pepper, garlic, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, piri piri (African bird’s eye chili), basil, oregano, and tarragon. The chicken is then grilled or roasted. The sauce can vary from mild to very hot, and it imparts a spicy, tangy flavor to the chicken.

79. Chili Con Carne (United States/Mexico)

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Chili Con Carne is a classic stew that originates from the American Southwest and is known for its rich, spicy flavor profile. The dish typically includes ground or diced beef, chili peppers or chili powder, tomatoes, beans, onions, garlic, and a variety of spices like cumin and oregano. Some recipes might also include bell peppers, beer, or chocolate to add depth to the flavor.

78. Gumbo (United States)

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Gumbo is a traditional Louisiana dish with a mixture of cultures including West African, French, Spanish, and Native American influences. It’s a hearty, flavorful stew that starts with a roux (a cooked mixture of flour and fat) to thicken the soup. The “Holy Trinity” of gumbo consists of bell pepper, onion, and celery, and it often includes a variety of meats or seafood, such as chicken, sausage (commonly andouille), shrimp, or crab.

77. Borscht (Russia/Ukraine)

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Borscht is a hearty soup of Eastern European origin, particularly famous in Ukrainian and Russian cuisines. It’s primarily made with beetroot, which gives the soup its distinctive deep red color. The soup typically includes a variety of vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, and tomatoes, and is flavored with garlic, bay leaves, and dill. It can be served hot or cold, often with a dollop of sour cream on top and a sprinkle of fresh herbs.

76. Lechon (Philippines)

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Lechon is a festive dish popular in several regions of the world, particularly in the Philippines and Spain, as well as in Latin American countries. It involves roasting a whole pig over charcoal until the skin is crispy and the meat is tender and flavorful. The pig is often seasoned with a variety of spices, and in the Philippines, it is commonly stuffed with lemongrass, tamarind, garlic, onions, and chilies before roasting.

75. Chicken Katsu (Japan)


Chicken Katsu is a Japanese dish that consists of a breaded, deep-fried chicken cutlet. The chicken, typically a boneless breast or thigh, is coated in flour, dipped in beaten egg, and then rolled in panko breadcrumbs before being fried. This results in a crispy outer layer with a juicy interior. Chicken Katsu is commonly served sliced with a side of cabbage and drizzled with tonkatsu sauce, a thick, savory-sweet sauce. It can also be accompanied by rice and miso soup to make a complete meal.

74. Chimichurri Steak (Argentina)

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Chimichurri Steak is a dish that pairs grilled or seared steak with chimichurri sauce, a vibrant green sauce originating from Argentina and Uruguay. The sauce is typically made with finely chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and red wine vinegar, with variations often including cilantro, shallots, and red pepper flakes for added heat.

73. Arancini (Italy)

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Arancini are delicious, crispy, deep fried Sicilian balls of rice with a meat or tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese filling. These Italian rice balls are typically made with leftover risotto, coated with bread crumbs, and then deep fried to achieve a golden, crunchy exterior. The fillings can vary, often including peas, ragù (meat sauce), and mozzarella, which melts beautifully when the arancini are cooked.

72. Cacio e Pepe (Italy)

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Cacio e Pepe is a classic Roman pasta dish that means “cheese and pepper” in Italian. It’s known for its simplicity, requiring just a few key ingredients: pasta (typically spaghetti, tonnarelli, or bucatini), Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly ground black pepper, and a bit of the pasta cooking water to create a creamy sauce without using cream.

71. Hainanese Chicken Rice (Singapore)


Hainanese Chicken Rice is a comforting, one-pot dish that originates from Chinese cuisine but is particularly popular in Southeast Asia, especially in Singapore and Malaysia. The dish features poached chicken and fragrant rice cooked in chicken broth. The chicken is typically poached whole with ginger and spring onions, resulting in tender, juicy meat. The rice, meanwhile, is sautéed in ginger and garlic before being cooked in the flavorful chicken broth. Hainanese Chicken Rice is usually accompanied by dipping sauces such as chili sauce, ginger paste, and dark soy sauce, and often garnished with cucumber and coriander.

70. Mole Poblano (Mexico)

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Mole Poblano is a rich, complex sauce deeply rooted in Mexican cuisine, particularly from the Puebla region. It is famous for its blend of spices, chocolate, and a variety of dried chilies, which create a unique balance of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors. Mole Poblano is often served over turkey or chicken and is a staple during special occasions like weddings and holidays, especially Cinco de Mayo.

The sauce typically includes ingredients such as ancho, pasilla, and guajillo chilies, almonds, peanuts, sesame seeds, raisins, Mexican chocolate, and a variety of spices like cinnamon and cumin. These components are blended and simmered to develop a deep, rich flavor profile.

69. Chicken Satay (Thailand/Indonesia)


Chicken Satay is a popular Southeast Asian dish consisting of marinated, skewered, and grilled chicken, served with a dipping sauce. The marinade typically includes ingredients like lemongrass, turmeric, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce, which impart a fragrant and savory flavor to the meat. The chicken is then threaded onto bamboo skewers and grilled until golden brown.

The most common dipping sauce for Chicken Satay is peanut sauce, which is made from ground roasted peanuts, coconut milk, soy sauce, tamarind juice, and spices. The creamy, sweet, and spicy flavors of the sauce complement the smoky taste of the grilled chicken.

68. Wiener Schnitzel (Austria)

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Wiener Schnitzel is a traditional Austrian dish that consists of a thin breaded and pan-fried cutlet made from veal. The name “Wiener Schnitzel” itself means “Viennese cutlet” in German. To prepare Wiener Schnitzel, the veal cutlets are tenderized to thin them out and increase their surface area, then seasoned, dredged in flour, dipped in beaten eggs, and coated with breadcrumbs. The breaded cutlets are then fried in a generous amount of butter or oil until they are golden brown and crispy.

The dish is customarily served with a slice of lemon, which can be squeezed over the schnitzel to add a bright, acidic flavor, complementing the richness of the fried veal. Accompaniments often include parsley potatoes, lingonberry jam, cucumber salad, or a simple green salad.

67. Paneer Tikka Masala (India)


Paneer Tikka Masala is a popular Indian dish composed of marinated and grilled paneer (Indian cottage cheese) cubes served in a creamy, spiced tomato onion gravy. The paneer is typically marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices such as garam masala, cumin, coriander, and turmeric, then grilled until charred and smoky.

The masala, or gravy, is made from onions, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and a variety of spices, including chili powder, turmeric, and coriander, which are cooked down to create a rich and flavorful base. Cream, butter, or yogurt is often added to the gravy to create a smooth and luscious texture.

66. Beef Empanadas (Argentina)


Beef Empanadas are a popular Latin American and Spanish pastry that can be baked or fried, filled with a savory mixture of seasoned ground beef, onions, and sometimes ingredients like olives, hard-boiled eggs, raisins, and spices such as cumin and paprika. The dough for empanadas is typically made from flour, butter, and water, which is then rolled out, cut into circles, filled with the beef mixture, and folded over to create a half-moon shape. The edges are crimped to seal the filling inside before cooking.

65. Arepas (Colombia/Venezuela)

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Arepas are a traditional dish in both Colombia and Venezuela, where they are a staple of the diet and have cultural significance. These versatile corn cakes are made from pre-cooked corn flour (masarepa), water, and salt, and can be grilled, baked, or fried. They are known for their crispy exterior and soft, warm interior.

Arepas can be filled with a variety of ingredients, such as cheese, ham, pulled pork, black beans, or avocado, making them suitable for any meal of the day—from breakfast to dinner. They can be split open and stuffed like a sandwich or topped with the fillings.

64. Pupusas (El Salvador)

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Pupusas are a traditional dish from El Salvador, and they are also popular in Honduras. These thick, hand-made corn tortillas are typically stuffed with a variety of fillings, such as cheese (queso), refried beans, and finely ground pork meat known as chicharrón. Other fillings can include squash (ayote) or loroco, an edible flower native to Central America.

63. Sauerbraten (Germany)


Sauerbraten is a traditional German pot roast, usually of beef (but other meats such as lamb, mutton, pork, and traditionally, horse), marinated before slow cooking as pot roast. The meat is marinated for several days in a mixture of vinegar or wine, water, and a variety of seasonings before being slow-cooked. The result is a tender roast with a characteristic sour flavor, hence the name “Sauerbraten,” which translates to “sour roast.”

62. Beef Rendang (Indonesia)

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Beef Rendang is a rich and tender coconut beef stew which is explosively flavorful, a signature dish from Indonesia, and also popular in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and Southern Thailand. The dish is well-known for its complex and unique flavors, resulting from the slow cooking of beef in coconut milk and a paste of mixed ground spices, including ginger, galangal, turmeric leaves, lemongrass, garlic, and chilies.

61. Shakshuka (Middle East/North Africa)

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Shakshuka is a popular Middle Eastern and North African dish that consists of poached eggs in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, onions, and often spiced with cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. The dish has origins in Tunisia and is a staple of Tunisian, Libyan, Algerian, Moroccan, and Egyptian cuisines. It is typically served in a cast iron pan or tajine with bread to mop up the sauce.

60. Pirozhki (Russia)


Pirozhki, sometimes spelled as piroshki or pyrizhky, are small, individual-sized baked or fried buns that are a popular street food and comfort food in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia. The name “pirozhki” is the diminutive form of “pirog,” which means pie in Russian, but it would be more accurate to call them stuffed buns rather than pies. They are not encased in a flaky pie crust but are instead made from a yeast dough that is soft and can be either baked to a golden color or fried to a crispy texture.

The fillings for pirozhki are incredibly varied and can include meat, fish, vegetables, rice, mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, or a combination of these. Sweet versions can also be made with fillings such as fruit, jam, or sweetened cheese.

59. Kebab (Various)


Kebabs are a widely popular dish originating from the Middle Eastern cuisine, and they have become a favorite in many parts of the world. The term “kebab” generally refers to a variety of grilled meat dishes, although it can take different forms depending on the region.

Traditionally, kebabs are made by skewering marinated pieces of meat, such as lamb, beef, chicken, or fish, and then grilling them over an open flame. The marinades and spices used for kebabs can vary greatly, but often include ingredients like yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and a blend of regional spices.

58. Pierogi (Poland)

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Pierogi are traditional Polish dumplings that have become a staple in Eastern European cuisine. These crescent-shaped dumplings are made from unleavened dough and can be stuffed with a variety of fillings, the most common being a mixture of mashed potatoes and cheese, meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms, or fruit for sweet versions.

57. Moules Frites (Belgium/France)

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Moules Frites, which translates to “mussels and fries,” is a classic dish popular in Belgium and Northern France. This beloved meal traditionally consists of steamed mussels paired with a heaping portion of crispy French fries. The mussels are usually cooked in a broth of white wine, garlic, shallots, and herbs, creating a flavorful sauce that complements the tender seafood.

The fries are an essential component of the dish and are typically double-fried to achieve a golden, crunchy exterior with a soft interior. Moules Frites is often served with mayonnaise or aioli on the side for dipping the fries.

56. Beef Stroganoff (Russia)


Beef Stroganoff is commonly served over egg noodles or rice, but it can also be paired with potatoes or served as a standalone dish. The combination of creamy sauce and savory beef makes it a hearty and satisfying meal, especially in colder weather.

The traditional recipe involves tender beef, typically filet mignon or another prime cut, which is thinly sliced and cooked in a rich sauce with mushrooms and onions. The sauce is typically made with a base of beef broth and mustard, which is then combined with sour cream to create a creamy, tangy flavor. It’s often seasoned with paprika and finished with a touch of dill or parsley.

55. Falafel (Middle East)

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Falafel is a popular Middle Eastern dish that is widely enjoyed around the world, especially among vegetarians and vegans. It consists of deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas (or sometimes fava beans), herbs, spices, and often garlic and onion. The ingredients are blended together, shaped into small balls or patties, and then fried until golden and crispy.

54. Tom Yum Goong (Thailand)


Tom Yum Goong is a famous Thai soup known for its distinct hot and sour flavors, with “goong” meaning “shrimp” in Thai, which is the key protein in this dish. The soup is aromatic and combines a variety of bold ingredients such as lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and Thai bird’s eye chilies.

The base of the soup is typically made with chicken or shrimp stock, and it’s seasoned with fish sauce and lime juice to enhance its characteristic flavors. Other ingredients commonly found in Tom Yum Goong include mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. The soup is both spicy and tangy, offering a complex taste that is both refreshing and satisfying.

53. Beef Bulgogi (South Korea)

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Beef Bulgogi is a classic Korean dish that is well-loved for its sweet and savory flavors. The name “bulgogi” translates to “fire meat,” which refers to the traditional cooking method of grilling marinated beef on a barbecue or stove-top grill. This dish is made with thinly sliced beef, typically sirloin or ribeye, which is marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and other ingredients.

52. Chicken Shawarma (Middle East)

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Chicken Shawarma is a popular Middle Eastern dish that features marinated chicken that’s stacked on a vertical spit and slow-roasted as it turns in front of a heat source. The outer layer is shaved off as it cooks and becomes crispy, resulting in tender and flavorful pieces of chicken. For home cooks, a similar effect can be achieved by marinating the chicken and then grilling or roasting it in the oven.

51. Peking Duck (China)


Peking Duck is a renowned Chinese dish from Beijing, known for its thin, crispy skin and succulent meat. The dish has a long history, dating back to the imperial era, and is celebrated for its intricate preparation and cooking process.

To prepare Peking Duck, chefs typically start by inflating the duck to separate the skin from the fat. The duck is then boiled briefly, and a glaze made of maltose syrup or honey is applied to the skin. The duck is left to air-dry to ensure the skin will crisp up when roasted. Traditionally, the duck is roasted in a hung oven, which allows the skin to cook evenly and become crispy.

50. Croque Madame (France)

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A Croque Madame is a French cafe classic, essentially a Croque Monsieur with the addition of a fried or poached egg on top. The Croque Monsieur is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich that’s taken to the next level with the addition of a creamy béchamel sauce and sometimes Dijon mustard. When topped with a fried egg, the sandwich becomes a Croque Madame, with the egg representing a lady’s hat, according to French culinary tradition.

49. Creme Brulee (France)


Crème Brûlée is a classic French dessert that consists of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. It is typically served in individual ramekins and is known for the dramatic contrast between the smooth, creamy custard and the brittle caramelized sugar topping.

48. Bibimbap (South Korea)


Bibimbap is a quintessential Korean dish whose name literally means “mixed rice.” It’s a colorful and nutritious meal consisting of a bowl of warm white rice topped with an array of seasoned vegetables, gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or a fermented soybean paste called doenjang. It often includes a raw or fried egg and sliced meat, usually beef. When served, the ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating.

47. Lobster Roll (United States)


A Lobster Roll is a sandwich native to New England, particularly popular in the coastal areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. It consists of lobster meat served on a grilled hot dog-style bun with the opening on the top rather than the side. The lobster is usually tossed with mayonnaise or melted butter, along with seasonings, and sometimes includes additional ingredients like celery or chives for added crunch and flavor.

46. Buttered Popcorn (United States)

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Buttered popcorn is a classic and beloved snack, especially popular at movie theaters and for at-home movie nights. It consists of popped corn kernels coated in butter, and often salted. The key to great buttered popcorn is achieving a balance where the popcorn is evenly coated with butter for flavor but not so much that it becomes soggy.

45. Tempura (Japan)

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Tempura is a Japanese dish that features seafood and vegetables that have been battered and deep fried, resulting in a light, crispy coating. The batter is made from cold water (often sparkling water is used to increase the lightness and crispiness), wheat flour, and sometimes egg, which is mixed together just until the ingredients are combined but still slightly lumpy. It’s important not to overmix the batter, as this can result in gluten development which would make the tempura coating tough rather than light and crispy.

44. Currywurst (Germany)

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Currywurst is a popular German street food that consists of steamed, then fried pork sausage (Bratwurst), typically cut into slices and seasoned with a distinctive curry ketchup sauce. The dish is often served with a side of French fries or bread rolls. It originated in Berlin in the late 1940s and has since become a beloved snack across Germany, with regional variations and countless food stalls and restaurants dedicated to this iconic dish.

43. Bánh Mì (Vietnam)

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Bánh mì is a type of Vietnamese sandwich that represents a fusion of French and Vietnamese cuisine. The term “bánh mì” actually means “bread” in Vietnamese, referring to the French baguette that is used as the base of the sandwich. The baguette was introduced to Vietnam during the French colonial period in the late 1800s, and over time, the Vietnamese made it their own, creating a lighter, airier version of the traditional French baguette.

The sandwich itself typically includes a variety of ingredients such as seasoned pork, pâté, pickled vegetables (like daikon and carrot), cilantro, sliced cucumber, and spicy chilies. Mayonnaise or a soy sauce-based spread is often spread on the inside of the baguette, and some versions include additional meats like Vietnamese ham (chả), grilled chicken, or meatballs.

42. Tacos al Pastor (Mexico)

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Tacos al pastor is a dish developed in Mexico, which is heavily influenced by Lebanese immigrants who introduced the region to shawarma, or roast lamb. The Mexican adaptation, known as “al pastor,” translates to “shepherd style” and is made with thinly sliced pork that has been marinated in a combination of dried chilies, spices, and pineapple, then cooked on a vertical spit called a “trompo.” The pork is typically served on small corn tortillas and is often accompanied by diced onions, fresh cilantro, and a slice of pineapple.

41. Seafood Paella (Spain)


Seafood paella is a classic Spanish dish that originates from the Valencia region, known for its rich culinary traditions and abundant rice production. Paella is named after the pan it’s cooked in – the ‘paellera,’ a large, shallow, and typically round pan with sloping sides, which allows the rice to cook evenly and develop a crispy bottom known as ‘socarrat.’

The traditional seafood paella includes a variety of seafood such as shrimp, clams, mussels, and squid, and is characterized by its use of short-grain rice, which absorbs flavors well. Key ingredients also include garlic, onion, tomatoes, saffron (which provides the signature yellow color and unique flavor), and sometimes bell peppers and peas. The dish is often garnished with lemon wedges, which diners can squeeze over the paella before eating to add a bright, acidic note.

40. Buffalo Wings (United States)

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Buffalo wings are a popular American appetizer or main dish, consisting of deep-fried chicken wings coated in a flavorful sauce made from a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and melted butter. They are typically served with celery sticks and either blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping.

The dish was created in Buffalo, New York, which is how it got its name. The generally accepted story is that Buffalo wings were first prepared at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo by Teressa Bellissimo on October 30, 1964. She concocted them as a late-night snack for her son and his friends by deep-frying leftover wings and tossing them in homemade hot sauce.

39. Goulash (Hungary)

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Goulash is a traditional Hungarian stew (or sometimes soup) known as ‘gulyás’ in Hungarian, which is deeply rooted in the country’s culinary history. The dish has origins that can be traced back to the 9th century, to stews eaten by Hungarian shepherds. The name “goulash” comes from the Hungarian word “gulyás,” which means “herdsman” or “cowboy,” and originally referred to the stew these herdsmen would make while working with cattle on the Great Hungarian Plain.

38. Jambalaya (United States)


Jambalaya is a traditional Southern dish, particularly associated with Louisiana’s Creole and Cajun cuisine. It’s a one-pot meal that typically consists of rice, a variety of meats such as chicken, sausage (often Andouille), and sometimes seafood like shrimp, along with a mix of vegetables including onions, bell peppers, and celery (known as the “holy trinity” in Cajun and Creole cooking). The dish is seasoned with spices and herbs, which can include garlic, thyme, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves, and it often has a smoky flavor from the sausage or the cooking method.

37. Chicken Parmesan (Italy)

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Chicken Parmesan, also known as Chicken Parmigiana, is a popular Italian-American dish. It consists of breaded and fried chicken breasts topped with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella, Parmesan, or provolone cheese. The dish is often served with pasta, such as spaghetti, or on a sub roll as a sandwich.

The recipe typically involves coating chicken breasts in a mixture of flour, beaten eggs, and breadcrumbs (often seasoned with herbs) before frying them to a golden brown. Once fried, the chicken is placed in a baking dish, covered with marinara sauce and a generous amount of cheese, and then baked until the cheese is bubbly and golden.

36. Ice Cream (Global)

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Ice cream is a sweetened frozen dessert typically made from dairy products, such as milk and cream, and often combined with fruits, nuts, chocolate, or flavors. It’s churned at a low temperature to incorporate air and prevent ice crystals from forming, resulting in a smooth and creamy texture.

The origins of ice cream can be traced back to ancient times, with various forms of cold desserts enjoyed in China, the Middle East, and Rome. However, the version of ice cream we’re familiar with today started to become popular in Europe and America during the 18th century as refrigeration technology improved.

35. Fish and Chips (United Kingdom)

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Fish and chips is a classic British dish consisting of battered and deep-fried fish, traditionally cod or haddock, accompanied by thick-cut fried potatoes known as chips. It originated in England, and its exact origins are somewhat unclear, with multiple claims to the title of the first fish and chip shop. The dish has become an iconic symbol of British food and is commonly served wrapped in paper for takeaway.

34. Cannoli (Italy)


Cannoli are traditional Italian pastries that originate from the island of Sicily. They consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy filling usually containing ricotta cheese. Cannoli are popular in Italian cuisine and have become a staple in Italian-American dessert menus.

The shells are made from a dough that typically includes flour, sugar, and wine or vinegar, which helps to create a crispy texture when fried. Once the dough is rolled thin, it’s wrapped around cylindrical molds and deep-fried until golden. The filling is primarily sweetened ricotta cheese, often enhanced with vanilla, chocolate chips, candied fruit, or nuts. The ends of the filled cannoli may be dipped in additional ingredients such as chopped pistachios, mini chocolate chips, or powdered sugar for extra flavor and decoration.

33. Ceviche (Peru)

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Ceviche is a seafood dish popular in various Latin American countries, with its origins often attributed to Peru. It’s made with fresh raw fish or seafood that is “cooked” or cured in fresh citrus juice, typically lime or lemon. The acidity in the citrus juice denatures the proteins in the seafood, giving it a cooked appearance and texture without the use of heat.

The basic ingredients for ceviche include fresh, raw fish such as sea bass, grouper, or sole, which is cut into bite-sized pieces. The fish is then marinated in the citrus juice along with seasonings like salt, red onion, cilantro, and sometimes chili peppers for added heat. Additional ingredients can include tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, or bell peppers, which contribute to the flavor and texture of the dish.

32. Ramen (Japan)


Ramen is a popular Japanese noodle soup dish that has its roots in Chinese cuisine. The dish was adapted and evolved in Japan, becoming a staple of Japanese food culture. Ramen consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (chashu), nori (dried seaweed), menma (fermented bamboo shoots), and green onions.

31. Donuts (Various)


Donuts, also known as doughnuts, are a popular sweet treat consisting of fried dough. They come in many shapes and sizes, but the most recognizable forms are the ring donut with a hole in the middle and the filled donut, which is without a hole and typically stuffed with jam, custard, or cream.

30. Lasagna (Italy)

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Lasagna is a classic Italian dish made by layering sheets of pasta with fillings such as ragù (meat sauce), vegetables, cheese, and bechamel or tomato sauce. It’s a staple of traditional Italian cuisine with many variations that reflect the diverse regional tastes throughout Italy.

The dish is often attributed to the region of Emilia-Romagna, where Bolognese sauce originates, but there are many regional versions of lasagna across Italy. For example, in the southern regions, it’s common to include ricotta cheese and mozzarella, while in the north, bechamel sauce is more commonly used.

29. Chili Crab (Singapore)


Chili Crab is a renowned seafood dish that is particularly popular in Singapore. It features stir-fried crab coated in a sweet, savory, and spicy tomato-based sauce. The dish is often made with mud crab, which is known for its soft, tender flesh, but other types of crab can also be used.

The sauce for Chili Crab is a combination of tomato paste or ketchup, chili sauce, and sometimes includes other ingredients like eggs, which are beaten into the sauce to create a thicker, more luscious texture. Garlic, ginger, and shallots form the aromatic base of the sauce, while rice vinegar or lime juice add a touch of acidity. Some recipes also include sweet chili sauce or sambal oelek for additional heat and flavor.

28. Massaman Curry (Thailand)

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Massaman Curry is a rich, relatively mild Thai curry that reflects a fusion of Thai and Indian culinary influences. It’s known for its savory, slightly sweet flavor profile and aromatic spice blend, which typically includes cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cumin, bay leaves, nutmeg, and mace. The curry paste is often made with dried red chilies, lemongrass, galangal, and garlic, among other ingredients.

27. Poutine (Canada)


Poutine is a beloved Canadian dish that originated in the province of Quebec in the 1950s. It’s a simple yet indulgent dish that combines three key ingredients: French fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. The cheese curds should be fresh and squeaky, melting slightly under the heat of the hot gravy poured over the crisp fries.

26. Croque Monsieur (France)

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The Croque Monsieur is a classic French bistro sandwich that is rich and indulgent, known for its toasted exterior, warm and creamy interior, and its combination of ham and cheese. The sandwich typically features Gruyère cheese and thinly sliced ham between two slices of pain de mie or another type of white bread. What sets the Croque Monsieur apart from a regular ham and cheese sandwich is the béchamel sauce—a white sauce made with butter, flour, and milk—that is spread over the top of the sandwich before it is baked or broiled to a golden brown.

25. Ravioli (Italy)

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Ravioli are a type of Italian dumpling composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin pasta dough. The filling can vary widely and includes ingredients like cheese, meats, vegetables, or seafood. They are typically served with a sauce, which might be a simple tomato sauce, brown butter, or a more complex meat or cream-based sauce.

24. Hummus (Middle East)

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Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini (sesame seed paste), olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. It’s a staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines and has gained widespread popularity around the world as a healthy and versatile food.

23. Gyros (Greece)

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Gyros are a popular Greek street food that consists of meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie, traditionally pork in Greece, or chicken, and sometimes lamb or beef in other countries. The meat is typically seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices, sliced off the rotisserie in thin shavings, and served wrapped in a flatbread such as pita, along with ingredients like tomatoes, onions, fries, and a yogurt-based sauce like tzatziki.

22. King Crab Legs (United States)


King crab legs are a prized seafood delicacy known for their size and the sweet, tender meat they contain. They are often associated with Alaskan cuisine, as the largest king crab fisheries are located in the cold waters off the coast of Alaska. King crab legs are typically sold pre-cooked and frozen, making them relatively easy to prepare at home since they just need to be reheated.

21. Caviar (Global)

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Caviar refers to the salt-cured roe of certain species of fish, most notably sturgeon. It is considered a luxury delicacy and is often associated with gourmet dining and upscale events. The roe is typically served chilled and has a delicate texture that bursts with a slightly salty, fishy flavor. There are various types of caviar, each with its own characteristics, depending on the species of sturgeon from which it is harvested.

20. Tiramisu (Italy)


Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert made with layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a creamy lightly sweetened mascarpone cream. The dessert is often dusted with cocoa powder on top and can be enhanced with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for added richness.

19. Risotto (Italy)


Risotto is a creamy Italian rice dish cooked with broth until it reaches a rich, creamy consistency. The dish is typically made with Arborio rice, a short-grain variety known for its high starch content, which contributes to the creaminess of the dish. Risotto can be flavored in numerous ways, with ingredients such as saffron, mushrooms, seafood, pumpkin, or cheese, and it’s often finished with butter and Parmesan cheese to enhance its luxurious texture.

18. Lobster (Various)

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Lobster is a type of shellfish that is highly regarded as a gourmet delicacy, known for its tender and sweet meat. It is often associated with luxury dining and special occasions. There are several species of lobster, but the most commonly consumed in North America is the American or Maine lobster (Homarus americanus), which is found in the Atlantic Ocean and is recognizable by its large, meaty claws.

17. Sashimi (Japan)


Sashimi is a Japanese delicacy consisting of fresh raw fish or meat sliced into thin pieces and often eaten with soy sauce. Unlike sushi, which includes vinegared rice, sashimi is served without rice, highlighting the purity and natural flavors of the seafood.

16. Dover Sole (Italy)

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Dover sole is a type of flatfish known for its mild, sweet flavor and delicate, flaky texture. It is considered a premium seafood item, often found in fine dining restaurants. Dover sole is named after the English port of Dover, where the fish has historically been landed, but it is found in the waters of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea.

15. Truffle Pasta (Italy)


Truffle pasta is a luxurious dish that combines the rich and earthy flavors of truffles with the comforting texture of pasta. Truffles are a type of edible fungi highly prized for their intense aroma and depth of flavor. There are various types of truffles, such as black truffles and white truffles, each imparting a unique taste profile to dishes.

14. Pad Thai (Thailand)


Pad Thai is a popular Thai street food dish that has gained international fame for its vibrant flavors and satisfying combination of textures. It is a stir-fry dish made with rice noodles, which are typically cooked with eggs, tofu, shrimp, or chicken, and flavored with a balance of sweet, sour, and savory ingredients. The dish is commonly garnished with crushed peanuts, fresh lime wedges, bean sprouts, and chopped green onions or chives.

13. Moussaka (Greece)

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Moussaka is a traditional Greek eggplant casserole made with layers of eggplant (aubergines), potatoes, and a spiced meat filling, typically using ground beef or lamb. The dish is topped with a creamy béchamel sauce and baked until golden and bubbly.

12. Cheeseburger (United States)


A cheeseburger is a classic American dish consisting of a hamburger patty topped with cheese and served inside a split bun. The cheese is typically placed on the patty shortly before the patty is finished cooking to allow it to melt. While cheddar is a popular choice, various cheeses such as American, Swiss, pepper jack, or blue cheese can also be used.

11. Foie Gras (France)

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Foie gras is a luxury food product made from the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened. It is a traditional French delicacy known for its rich, Croissant uttery, and delicate flavor and is enjoyed in various forms, including whole foie gras, pâté, or mousse.

10. Croissant (France)


The croissant is a buttery, flaky, viennoiserie pastry of Austrian origin, named for its historical crescent shape. Croissants and other viennoiserie are made of a layered yeast-leavened dough. The dough is layered with butter, rolled and folded several times in succession, then rolled into a thin sheet, a technique called laminating. The process results in a layered, flaky texture, similar to a puff pastry.

9. New England Clam Chowder(United States)

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New England Clam Chowder, also known as “Boston Clam Chowder,” is a type of clam chowder that is famous for its creamy texture and rich flavor. It is one of several regional varieties of clam chowder, with New England’s version distinctively known for its milk or cream base.

8. Gelato (Italy)


Gelato is a popular Italian frozen dessert that is similar to ice cream but has some key differences. It is known for its intense flavor, smooth texture, and lower fat content compared to traditional American ice cream. Gelato is made with a base of milk, sugar, and flavorings such as fruit and nut purees. It contains less air and more flavoring than other kinds of frozen desserts, which contributes to its density and rich taste.

7. Châteaubriand (France)


Châteaubriand is a dish that traditionally consists of a large center cut filet of tenderloin grilled between two lesser pieces of meat that are discarded after cooking. It is named after the French writer François-René de Châteaubriand, who is often associated with its creation in the early 19th century, although the exact origins are somewhat unclear.

6. Hot Pot (China)


Hot pot, also known as steamboat, is a culinary tradition where a simmering pot of broth is placed at the dining table, and ingredients are placed into the pot to cook. The dish is known for its communal dining style, often enjoyed with family and friends, and is popular in various East Asian countries, each with their own variations.

5. Raclette (Switzerland)

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Raclette is both a type of cheese and a Swiss and French dish based on heating the cheese and scraping off the melted part. The name raclette is derived from the French word “racler,” which means “to scrape.” Traditionally, the dish is made with raclette cheese, which is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese that is usually fashioned into a wheel of about 6 kg (13 lb).

4. Chocolate Cake (Worldwide)

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Chocolate cake is a popular dessert known for its rich and indulgent flavor. It is a classic treat enjoyed by people of all ages and can be made using various recipes, ranging from simple, one-bowl recipes to more elaborate, layered creations with different types of frosting.

3. Sushi (Japan)

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Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish that has gained immense popularity worldwide. It typically features cooked vinegared rice combined with a variety of ingredients, such as seafood, vegetables, and occasionally tropical fruits. The concept of sushi was likely introduced to Japan in the ninth century, and it became popular there as Buddhism spread, encouraging the reduction of meat consumption in favor of fish and vegetables.

2. Pizza Margherita (Italy)


Pizza Margherita is a classic Italian pizza that embodies the colors of the Italian flag with its simple topping of ripe tomatoes (red), fresh mozzarella cheese (white), and basil (green). This pizza is known for its simplicity and fresh flavors, and it is named after Queen Margherita of Savoy.

1. Guacamole (Mexico)

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Guacamole is a traditional Mexican dip made primarily from avocados, and its name comes from the Nahuatl words āhuacamolli, which translate to “avocado sauce” or “avocado mixture.” The basic ingredients for guacamole include ripe avocados, lime juice, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and salt. Some variations might include additional ingredients such as garlic, jalapeño peppers, or other seasonings to enhance the flavor.


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