Without further ado, we throw ourselves headfirst into the world of raw fish. We're naturally talking about SUSHI and no visit to Japan would be complete without sampling this healthy delicacy.
It is low in calories and packed with fatty omega-3 acids that are good for you. Well, as long as you don't overeat that is!
We love, love, love the cold beet soup SALTIBARSCIAI (Šaltibarščiai) stemming from Lithuania, made with buttermilk, sour cream, cucumbers, dill and hard-boiled eggs.
It's filling yet refreshing on a hot day. Plus, it just looks so pretty!
When taking a vote on our favourite Asian flavours, PAD THAI is a clear winner. And the best thing is: when done right, the flavours and textures of a good Pad Thai coming together in your mouth will immediately transport you back to Thailand!
Even if you are sat in Wigan.
We are all over Narcos: Mexico at the moment, and what more fitting food then than some succulent TACOS?
Easy to make and you usually have leftovers for the next day. We also like the fact that you eat them with your hands. :P
It is Sweden's favourite comfort food – and the culmination of any decent IKEA visit – MEATBALLS of course.
It is served with buttery mash, a creamy gravy and lingonberry jam on top. (This due to Swedish people's fascination with things that are sweet and salty simultaneously. Hmm..)
One of our French editors put forward PALAK PANEER & GARLIC CHEESE NAAN, flavours he fell in love with whilst backpacking in India.
Now surely nothing tastes as good as eating it in India, but we fortunately come a very close second here in the UK. (Ask around in Europe, it is almost impossible to find a good authentic Indian!)
We set sails for Latin America next on our culinary trip, and sample some more raw fish with a bit of Peruvian CEVICHE. This dish made a real splash a few years back, and it seemed like every hip restaurant around was serving it.
And it's no wonder. It is light, healthy and tasty all in one go!
Also in Latin America – but a much more hearty dish – we find the Colombian specialty from Antioquia based on rice, minced meat, egg, banana, chorizo, tomato, avocado, chicharrón, arepa, hogao and fríjoles: BANDEJA PAISA.
Prepare to enter food coma stage...
Noting tastes more like summer than a steaming pot of fresh mussels drenched in garlic and a side of chips with mayo : MOULES FRITES. The dish originates from Belgium, but any French seaside restaurant worth its salt will have it on the menu.
It is preferably enjoyed overlooking the big blue horizon to the cry of seagulls in the distance.
For our next entry on the list, we return to Asia and an all time favourite: DUMPLINGS! Steam them, bake them, fry them and pack them with all sorts of goodness.
Whether Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese... or even Polish (think pierogi) we love them in all shapes and forms. A dumpling a day keeps the doctor away!
Another one of our top comfort foods is PHO. A popular street food in Vietnam, this flavoursome broth comes with rice noodles, herbs and sometimes meat/chicken/tofu and keeps us feeling warm and cozy during winter season.
Heads up: The slurping nature of this dish makes it one to avoid on any first date. Slurp away!
It so simple, yet so effective. Who ever thought of lacing ketchup with curry powder and drizzle it over some juicy hot dogs? There are discussions in Germany where the CURRYWURST was actually invented (some say Hamburg, others Berlin.)
We couldn't care less. It's yummy regardless.
OK, dear vegans please look away NOW. Next on our list: traditional Spanish TAPAS, which usually translates into loads of small dishes of cheese and meat.
(Having said that, tasty vegan-friendly options include spinach with chickpeas and roasted peppers and eggplants.)
From tapas, we are just a hop and a skip away from FONDUE – the Swiss national dish consisting of dipping bread into a large communal pot of gloriously melted cheese.
What's not to like?
... and no list is complete of course without an honorary mention of PIZZA.
Shout out to all our Italian pals.
And here we go. Now we are insanely hungry after all that. We wish you a bon appétit for now mateys!
And please, feel free to submit your own suggestions of your FAVOURITE FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD.