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Comfort Foods from Around the World

Comfort Foods from Around the World

After a long day's work all you crave for is comfort... that which is rendered only by your favorite comfort food. Here's to the consoling foods that bond people from all over the world.
Shruti Bhat
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018
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Food is therapy to one and all, and when we say comfort food, we really mean that. It releases dopamine and serotonin in your brain that makes you feel good.
― Brett Hoebel
When it comes to food, just the word in itself is comforting. The aromatic smell, the tantalizing tastes and textures prancing on your tongue, slowly making its way down to your gullet & presto comfort! Once on your lips forever on your hips is the epitome of life quotes. But honestly would you trade taste and comfort that good for a few calories?
Comfort food is high in carbohydrates and even higher in nostalgia. But hey, let's face it, we are minions to our tongue, it wants what it wants and we gladly oblige. Honestly, nothing beats the homeland's delectable delights. Here's an extensively comforting list of soulful delicacies from around the world.
Comfort Foods from Around the World
British settlers in Australia, brought along with them rabbits, poultry, and cattle to make the transition from their old homeland to new homeland easier. Most importantly they brought along their comfort foods, that they just couldn't live without.

One such dessert that originated in this land is the Lamington. A traditional sponge cake, and icing, glazed with desiccated coconut. Sounds delicious doesn't it? Here are more comforting and edible treats from this land.
  • Apple pie
  • Baked rice custard
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Braised lamb shanks
  • Butterscotch apple dumplings
  • Casserole (beef or chicken)
  • Chicken soup
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Golden syrup pikelets
  • Honey and oat slices
  • Lamb and vegetable soup or Irish stew
  • Lamb chops
  • Vegemite on toast
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Meat pie
  • Pavlova
  • Pea and ham soup
  • Pie floater
  • Roast meat (with crackling)
  • Roast potatoes
  • Sausage and mash
  • Shepherd's pie
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Steak and kidney pie
  • Sticky date pudding
  • Brown sugar, yogurt, honey, and banana porridge
Japanese Miso Soup
Soup is an essential part of any Japanese meal. They are served after the main courses, along with rice and pickles. Miso soup is one such versatile soup which can be made with multiple ingredients viz. seafood, meat, tofu, vegetables or mushrooms. Miso soup is generally made of dashi and white and red miso. Some more comfort foods from Japan have been listed below.
  • Salmon and black sesame onigiri (rice balls)
  • Chicken sukiyaki, karē raisu (curry)
  • Oden
  • Okayu (rice porridge)
  • Omurice
  • Onigiri
Filipino Pancit Bihon
Pancit Bihon is a Filipino noodle delicacy. The term pancit literally means convenient food. A food that is convenient is quite comforting as well.

Pancit are thin rice noodles fried with soy sauce some citrus, mostly with patties, along with sliced meat and vegetables. The bihon however, is taken from personal choice of flavors and recipes, with additions like cabbage and Chinese sausage.
  • Adobo
  • Arroz caldo
  • Batchoy
  • Binignit
  • Balut
  • Chicken inasal
  • Chicken sopas
  • Crispy pata
  • Halo-halo
  • Kare-kare
  • Lechon
  • Lomi
  • Pancit
  • Puto
  • Sinigang
  • Sisig
  • Suman
  • Taba ng talangka
Canadian Poutine
Poutine is not just the national dish of Canada, but also the most favorite comfort food. Imagine, french fries, need I say more? But it gets even better, even after those two glorious words. French fries drenched in poutine gravy, made of butter, garlic, beef and chicken broth, and other few ingredients, only to be garnished with cheddar cheese.
  • Lasagna
  • Creamy chicken and mushroom pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Spinach and chicken soup with parmesan
  • Carbonnade beef pot roast
  • Beef meat loaf
  • Pork and chorizo burgers
  • Fried buttermilk chicken
  • Beef stew with cheese biscuits
  • Garlic goat cheese mashed potatoes
  • Stripey chocolate peanut butter loaf
  • Chocolate toffee brownies
  • Chocolate layer cake
  • Chocolate and salted caramel ice cream
Indonesian Ayam-Goreng
Indonesian food is becoming more and more popular, giving the international food chains a run for their money. One such favorite delight is their Ayam goreng. A deep-fried chicken variety, marinated in a combination of Indian bay leave, ground shallots, lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, tamarind juice, galangal, candlenut, salt and sugar. Often deep-fried in coconut oil. Severed alongside steamed rice, sambal terasi/ kecap (shrimp paste with chili/ chili slices and shallots in sweet soy sauce dip), and tofu.
  • Bakmi or mie ayam
  • Bakpao
  • Bakso, Bubur ayam (chicken congee)
  • Bubur ayam (chicken congee)
  • Cah kangkung
  • Gado-gado
  • Gudeg
  • Indonesian instant noodle
  • Indomie Mi goreng
  • Martabak
  • Nasi goreng
  • Nasi tim
  • Pempek
  • Rawon
  • Sate
  • Satay
  • Sayur asem
  • Soto ayam (chicken soto)
Korean Kimchi Jjigae
Spicy Kimchi Stew (Kimchi chigae) is one of the most loved dishes in Korea. As long as you have and like fermented kimchi, you can't go wrong. This dish is tad bit on the salty side, but it is meant to be that way as it is eaten with steamed/ boiled rice. A little bit of Kimchi, pork neck, kimchi juice, red chili flakes, salt and green onion make this delectable delight that most of Korea gorges on
  • Style steamed eggs
  • Stuffed chicken soup with ginseng (sam gae tang)
  • Bean paste stew (daenjang chigae)
  • Spicy fish stew (mae un yang)
  • French fries with bulgogi and caramelized kimchi
  • Budaechigae (Korean army base stew)
Chinese Dim Sum
Dim sum are the perfect examples of Chinese comfort food, because they literally mean, to touch your heart. Traditionally they are similar to hors d'oeuvres, along with tea to the travelers. However, there is a method to having dim sum. They come in an array flavors and assortments of sweet to savory dishes, along with mixed range of stuffing from meatballs to sweet cakes.
  • Fried rice
  • Dumpling variations.
  • Cold peanut sesame noodles
  • Ma po tofu
Thai Tom Yum
Tom yum is a hot and sour soup induced with fresh herbs. Tom refers to a boiling process, while yam is a kind of spicy and sour salad. The soup is made of a fresh stock, made up of kaffir lime leaves, lemon grass, lime juice, fish sauce, crushed chili peppers, and galangal. It has many a versions viz. Tom yum goong or tom yam kung (shrimp), Tom yum paa or tom yam pla (fish soup), Tom yum gai or tom yam kai (chicken), Tom yum po taek or tom yam thale (seafood, squid, shrimp, fish, etc.), Tom yam nam khon (with milk/ coconut milk), Tom yam kung maphrao on nam khon (meant), Tom yam kha mu (pork knuckles). Many more versions are springing up with ingredients viz. mushrooms, and oysters, rice, and even noodles.
  • Gang Jued
  • Gang massaman
  • Gang som pak ruam
  • Gai pad pongali
  • Gang keow wan
Indian Samosa
Most Indians happily gorge upon these savory delights, which can be found at every street corner. The taste of samosas may vary from street corner to street corner, but their main ingredients remain the same. Known for their triangular conical shape, they are basically shells made from refined flour, stuffed with a spice infused mixture of boiled and mashed potatoes, peas and green chillies, and deep-fried in oil. Generally served alongside salted green chillies, ketchup, and chutneys.
  • Vada pav (deep fried- spicy mashed potato & bread)
  • Suji ka halwa (Semolina- sweet dish)
  • Lentil rice
  • Pav bhaji (spicy mashed vegetables with bread)
  • Yogurt rice
  • Pakoda (deep-fried vegetables/ eggs/ meat/ shrimp)
  • Rajma chawal (red kidney beans stew and rice)
  • Makkey di roti aur sarson ka saag (corn flour flat bread, mustard leaves)
  • Khichdi
  • Idli sambar (lentil based vegetable stew)
Middle East
Middle Eastern Shawarma
Shawarma or Shawurma is a meaty delight made by stacking up various meat from various animals. The skewered on a very large spit. This colossal stack of meat is slow grilled for hours. If the preparation wasn't unique enough, serving of this meat is interesting in its own way. The meat is sliced off from the block of meat, and the rest is let to continue cooking.

Although this meat is served in a dish on its own, many prefer it pita bread with innumerable toppings viz. fattoush, tabbouleh, taboon bread, tahini, hummus, tomatoes, turnips, and cucumber.
  • Baba ghanoush (egg plant dip)
  • Fattoush (tangy salad)
  • Kofta (barbecued meat)
  • Hummus (seasoned chickpea paste)
  • Quwarmah al dajaj (curried chicken)
  • Tahini
  • Falafel (fried chickpeas balls)
  • Kulfi (ice cream)
  • Karhai chicken
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Namoura (dessert)
  • Fatayer (meat pie)
  • Falafel (fried chickpeas)
  • Baklava
  • Iraqi masgouf (carp)
  • Umm ali (bread pudding)
Russia and Ukraine
Russian Blini
Blini or blintchiki are a lot like pancakes, and are closely related to French crêpes. They are made of yeasty batter, with a splash of milk or water, and left to rise. Only to baked to a golden hue of perfection. The recipe varies with the addition of potatoes, apples, raisins. At times stuffed with vegetables, onions, sprouts, farmer cheese, cottage cheese, potatoes, meat, chicken, fruits, or jams, folded and rolled only to be re-fried into a heavenly delight. If that wasn't enough, it served alongside jam, honey, caviar, butter, and sour cream.
  • Callaloo
  • Borscht
  • Caviar
  • Dressed herring
  • Kotlety (meatballs)
  • Kholodets
  • Kvas
  • Napoleon
  • Okroshka
  • Olivier salad
  • Pelmeni
  • Pirozhki
  • Rassolnik
  • Shashlik
  • Shchi
  • Solyanka
  • Syrniki
  • Ukha
  • Vareniki
Greek Baklava
Baklava is probably the most favorite and classic Greek Desserts, preferred by not only the Greek but world over. Greek pastry made of flaky dough, layered with spiced nuts, bathed in sugary sweet syrup. If that doesn't get you hungry for more I don't know what will.
  • Moussaka
  • Tiropites (phyllo cheese triangles)
  • Horta vrasta (boiled leafy greens)
  • Chicken soup avgolemono
  • Galaktoboureko (custard phyllo pie)
  • Avgolemono (chicken soup with rice)
  • Fassolatha (classic white bean soup)
  • Spanakopita (spinach pie)
French Boeuf Bourguignon
The French and their food are inseparable, you will often find them saying, Mangez bien meaning Eat well instead of live well. They strongly believe in La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin, meaning Life is too short to drink bad wine. One such comfort food that hails form France is their Boeuf Bourguignon, which is also known as Beef burgundy. A beef stew, braised in red wine and beef broth, flavored with onions, garlic, and a bouquet garni (bundle of herbs), pearl onions, and mushrooms.
  • Onion soup
  • Pâté
  • Hachis Parmentier
  • Gratin dauphinois
  • Poule au pot
  • Paupiettes de Veau
  • Confit de Canard
  • Navarin d'Agneau
  • Gratin Dauphinois
  • Viennoiserie
  • Tarte Tatin
  • Creme Brulee
  • Tarte au Citron
  • Éclair
Italian Tiramisu
Tiramisu what a perfect name for this tasty delight. Tiramisu translates to lift me up or pick me up. And lets face it, who wouldn't love to pick up this sinfully delicious delight. Lady fingers (sponge cake) drenched in rich delicious coffee, layered with whipped cream, sugar, eggs, mascarpone cheese, and cocoa.
  • Authentic Spaghetti alla Carbonara
  • Porcini and Nepitella
  • Gelato
  • Pesto Lasagne
  • Italian Beef Stew 
  • Dolce
British Full English Breakfast
A 'Full English breakfast', unlike its name is devoured for breakfast, bunch, lunch, dinner, and as an in between meal. Such a meal fit for a king or queen, often consists of back bacon, baked beans, eggs, British sausage, tomato, mushrooms, and toast served with beverage such as coffee or tea. Other add-on combinations consist of black pudding, potato chips (french fries). Following are some more favorites from this land.
  • Cottage or Shepherd's pie
  • Custard
  • Fish and chips
  • Bangers and mash
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Cornish past
  • Fruit crumble
  • Lancashire hotpot
  • Mushy peas
  • Potatoes Chips
  • Crisps
  • Jacket potato
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Bread and butter pudding
  • Jam Roly-Poly
  • Rice pudding
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Treacle pudding
  • Yorkshire pudding
  • Roast meat
  • Roast chicken
  • Pies
  • Fish pie
  • Pork pie
  • Steak and kidney pie
  • Scotch egg
  • Stottie cake
  • Soups and stews
  • Beef stew with dumplings
  • Brown Windsor soup
  • Cawl
  • Cock-a-leekie soup
  • Irish stew
  • Potato, leek, and stilton soup
  • Toast
  • Baked beans on toast
  • Cheese on toast
  • Toad in the hole
African Boerewor
Boerewors is mostly popular in the Southern parts of Africa. It is a long sausage which is formed into a spiral - mainly made from ingredients like minced beef, pork, and lamb seasoned with spices. Boerewors is derived from two Afrikaans words boer meaning farmer and wors meaning sausage.
  • African beef & peanut stew
  • Braai broodjies
  • Braaied garlic and peri-peri chicken
  • Butternut soup
  • Chicken soup with braaied mielies
  • Chakalaka soup with boerewors balls
  • Malva pudding
  • Slow-cooked Karoo lamb shanks
  • Traditional bobotie
  • Vetkoek
Huevos Rancheros is one of the most popular comfort foods of Mexico. Sautéed bell peppers, onions, and sprinkled with herbs and spices to give it that extra kick of heat, taste, and flavor. All these ingredients are cooked in enchilada sauce and chicken broth, and served with tortillas and eggs. It is quite easy to see why this dish is one of the favorites.
  • Chipotle chilaquiles
  • Enchiladas verdes
  • Shrimp enchiladas
  • Crispy corn tortillas with chicken and cheddar
  • Shredded beef with lime and avocado
  • Chilaquiles
  • Asado de bodas (pork in red chile sauce)
  • Carne adobada (red chile and pork stew)
  • Sopa de garbanzo (Chickpea Soup)
  • Tacos de papa (potato tacos)
  • Chicken flautas with cotija and salsa roja
  • Arroz a la Mexicana (Mexican Rice)
  • Pork with mole negro sauce
  • Refried beans with chorizo
  • Mexican-style roasted corn
  • Creamed roasted onions
  • Stacked cheese enchiladas
  • Beef burritos, chile con queso
  • Empanadas
  • Chicken with pumpkin seed sauce
  • Mexican beef stew
  • Gorditas zacatecanas (zacatecan baked masa cakes)
United States of America
American Pie
Americans love their food, especially their comfort food. They are true foodies at heart, encourage foods from all over the world, and make it their very own. Be it sweet, savory, salty, or be it baked, deep-fried or frozen, if it tastes good, they love it.

One such favorite, is their pies. I'm not just talking about their meat pies, but their sweet, tarty, fruit or chocolate (chocolate is a fruit) pie. With flavors like Apple crumble, Banana cream pie, Bean pie, Blackberry pie, Blueberry pie, Boysenberry, Cheesecake, Cheese pie, Cherry pie, Coconut cream Pie, Derby pie, Fried pie, Green grape pie, Key lime pie, Lemon meringue pie, Mississippi mud pie, Neapolitan pie, Peach pie, Pecan pie, Pie a la mode, Pumpkin pie, Razzleberry pie, Rhubarb pie, Strawberry pie, Sweet potato pie, are some to name a few.
  • Bagels
  • Baked beans
  • Barbecued chicken
  • Biscuits and gravy
  • Burger
  • Cabbage rolls
  • Casseroles
  • Chicken-fried stake
  • Chicken soup (noodles dumplings)
  • Chili
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Cinnamon roll
  • Clam chowder
  • Cornbread
  • Cupcakes
  • Desserts
  • Dinner rolls
  • Doughnuts
  • Fried chicken
  • Green bean casserole
  • Green chili stew
  • Grilled cheese sandwich
  • Hoagie
  • Hot chocolate
  • Hot dog
  • Ice creams
  • Pancakes
  • Peanut butter
  • Pecan-peach cobbler
  • Pot roast
  • Potato chips
  • Ribs
  • Lasagna
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Meatloaf
  • Twinkies
  • S'mores
  • Spaghetti and meatballs
  • Waffles
Now that you know what the world of foods has to offer, you must know this is not the end. Now, let's move on to the foods that have crossed all barriers and boundaries, and have united the world in the best way possible. Following are some classic comfort foods that are popular all over the world.
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