Iconic Dishes from Around the World

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Puerto Rico: Pollo Guisado/Carne Guisado

A Puerto Rican spread isn’t complete without a chicken or beef guisado dish. Home Chef Maria’s slow-cooked stew becomes so tender that you could cut it with a fork, and becomes even heartier with potatoes, carrots, and a savory side of white rice.

Guyana: Mutton Curry

This South American country’s diverse population gives way to a unique blend of dishes. The most popular protein in Guyana is mutton, and it is often stewed into a spicy curry. Home Chef Heema’s Mutton Curry is tangy and features juicy mutton served in-bone with potatoes and a side of basmati rice. It is also seasoned with ginger, garlic, turmeric, garam masala, and red chili

Venezuela: Arepas
Loved by vegetarians and carnivores alike, Arepas are a Venezuelan staple. Traditionally made with corn flour, this savory handheld snack is naturally gluten-free. When served plain, they can be dipped in your choice of sauce. However, you are most likely to find arepas served stuffed with meat, beans, cheese, or veggies.

Tequeño World cooks up a large variety of arepas (including those stuffed with vegan beef and vegan cheese) on our platform.

Photo by Tequeño World

Ukraine: Borscht

Borscht, a Western Ukrainian beet-based dish, is an unexpected blend of tangy and bright flavors that, according to our Home Chefs Ben & Zikki, will satisfy all of your unknown cravings – and we have to agree!

Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly, it includes whole beets, as well as beet kvass, celery, beans, mushrooms, cabbage, onion, and dill.

Italy: Gnocchi Sorrentina

What could be more comforting than an aromatic pasta dish? Nana Italia, a Queens-based Home Chef, uses her grandma’s recipe, which includes a homemade tomato sauce, mozzarella and parmesan, garlic, and fresh basil.

Algeria: Varkoukes

A trip to this North African country isn’t complete without couscous, but you can experience a taste of Algeria without a pricey plane ticket. Home Chef Kamal’s Algerian Pearl Couscous, also known as, Varkoukes is a soup dish with green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and savory seasonings like onion, garlic, paprika, coriander, and cumin.

Iraq: Kabab & Potatoes

Kosher ground beef, mixed with onion, parsley, and a home-y blend of spices meet potatoes, zucchini, and peas, then the combo is topped with tomato sauce and poured over white rice.

India: Bombay Bhel Puri

Home Chef Varsha loved snacking on this street-style crunchy salad (made with puffed rice, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and a variety of chutneys and spices) as an after-school snack growing up in India. Now, she crafts and serves her own Bombay Bhel Puri to her community in Brooklyn on WoodSpoon.

Vietnamese: Bún Mam

Seafood lovers won’t be able to get enough of this fermented fish broth soup, topped with fresh shrimp and squid. Originating in Southern Vietnam, it is full of flavors like lemongrass, pineapple, chives, and herbs.

Japan: Gyoza

This signature Japanese dish is so versatile! It can be filled with veggies or pork (or both) and served alongside just about anything. Home Chef Isao, the son of a lifelong Japanese restaurateur, recommends pairing his easy-to-share gyoza with a crisp beer and a great group of friends.

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