Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and eating lots and lots of food. So, this holiday season why not mix it up and make some tasty traditional Christmas dishes from another part of the world. From Ethiopia’s Doro Wat on Injera (a spicy meat stew) to Iceland’s Hangikjöt (a smoked leg of lamb), these 20 interesting dishes from around the world offer a diverse selection of dishes that will make this Christmas one to remember.
1. Akoho sy voanio (Madagascar)
This savoury holiday dish consists of chicken-coconut stew that is poured on top of a hearty serving of rice.
2. Bibingka (Philippines)
This airy rice-coconut-cheese cake is to die for.
3. Black Fruit Cake (Belize)
This delicious black fruit cake is very rich and contains stout and rum.
4. Ceia de Natal (Brazil)
This amazing Brazilian Christmas turkey is cooked with a marinade made from champagne and spices.
5. Chicken Soup Avgolemono (Greece)
This festive soup is made with chicken, lemon, egg, and rice.
6. Chiles en nogada (Mexico)
Comprised of meat, stuffed with fire roasted poblano peppers covered in a creamy walnut sauce and a pomegranate seed garnish, this flavorful dish will leave you just like the peppers, stuffed.
7. Ciorba de perisoare (Romania)
This traditional dish is a soup composed of many meatballs in a sour vegetable broth.
8. Doro Wat on Injera (Ethiopia)
This spicy meat stew is paired with this spongy, bread-like texture, called the injera. This creates a complex, dense and simultaneously light meal.
9. Feast of Seven Fishes (Italy)
Due to fish being so abundant in Italy, this lavish meal consists of many different types of fish, typically seven, but sometimes, even more, usually served with pasta.
10. Hallacas (Venezuela)
The delectable mixture of capers, raisins, peppers, and various meats, wrapped in maize and plantain leaves, creates the perfect meal.
11. Hangikjöt (Iceland)
This Christmas dish is simple, a smoked leg of lamb, but highly flavourful.
12. Imbuljuta tal-Qastan (Malta)
This rich cocoa-chestnut soup is extraordinary.
13. Janssons Frestelse (Sweden)
Made up of shoestring potatoes, anchovies, onions, pickled sprats, bread crumbs and cream, this is a thick dish and full of flavour.
14. KFC and Kurisumasu Keiki (Japan)
In Japan, the finger-licking KFC bucket of fried chicken has become a staple of Christmas. Following the main course is dessert, which is a sweet and fluffy
strawberry sponge cake.
15. Kulkuls (India)
These fried coconut cookies are scrumptious.
16. Lampreia de Ovos (Portugal)
This festive dish is a sweet egg cake baked in the shape of a sea lamprey.
17. Lechon (Puerto Rico, United States)
This holiday meal, an entire roasted pig, usually takes the majority of the day to cook, resulting in tender meat which is filled with flavour.
18. Mince pies (England)
This traditional dish consists of warm and dense pies that are filled with fruit and beef suet.
19. Pavlova (Australia and New Zealand)
This meal is made out of a hard meringue textured shell with mixed berries and fruits on top and soft and airy, marshmallowy layers on the inside.
20. Tamales colorados, negros and chuchitos (Guatemala)
An assortment of colorados, negros, and chuchitos tamales, that together complete the most wonderful dish.
- 1 1. Akoho sy voanio (Madagascar)
- 2 2. Bibingka (Philippines)
- 3 3. Black Fruit Cake (Belize)
- 4 4. Ceia de Natal (Brazil)
- 5 5. Chicken Soup Avgolemono (Greece)
- 6 6. Chiles en nogada (Mexico)
- 7 7. Ciorba de perisoare (Romania)
- 8 8. Doro Wat on Injera (Ethiopia)
- 9 9. Feast of Seven Fishes (Italy)
- 10 10. Hallacas (Venezuela)
- 11 11. Hangikjöt (Iceland)
- 12 12. Imbuljuta tal-Qastan (Malta)
- 13 13. Janssons Frestelse (Sweden)
- 14 14. KFC and Kurisumasu Keiki (Japan)
- 15 15. Kulkuls (India)
- 16 16. Lampreia de Ovos (Portugal)
- 17 17. Lechon (Puerto Rico, United States)
- 18 18. Mince pies (England)
- 19 19. Pavlova (Australia and New Zealand)
- 20 20. Tamales colorados, negros and chuchitos (Guatemala)