Around the World in 80 Dishes

Andrew Zimmern, the chef and host of Bizarre Foods, once remarked during an interview that "[f]ood is the simplest way to learn about another culture."  That concept -- learning about cultures through cuisine -- led me to pursue a personal challenge.  I wanted to travel across the globe on a culinary adventure inspired by Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. However, rather than completing this adventure in 80 days, I decided that it should involve 80 Dishes ... one main course from 80 different countries. This adventure would take me to more than just Egypt, India, China, Japan and the United States. I wanted to visit many more places, like Ethiopia, Mongolia, Uruguay, and Andorra, where the cuisines are not as well known, thereby providing me with an opportunity to learn about new cultures.

Returning to Andrew Zimmern, he also once advised, "be a traveler, not a tourist," and, "look beyond what's right in front of you" because it is a key to understanding the world in which we live. This advice guides me on my personal culinary adventure. With each challenge, I spend a lot of time researching the country, along with its cuisine and culture. I examine recipes and try to ascertain their historical and cultural importance. I also try to make, not just a main course, but also appetizers, side dishes and even beverages.  This makes each challenge not simply about a dish, but an experience.  It takes a lot of time to prepare for each challenge, and not everything that I read makes it into every post.  However, I try to approach each challenge, as well as each blog post, with one objective: to leave after each "visit" to a country with not only the knowledge of how to cook a dish, but also a better understanding of the culture and cuisine of that country.

I hope you will join me on my personal, culinary adventure. Each country that I have "visited" or each challenge that I have completed is listed below (with the dish that counts toward my challenge being underlined):

1.       Ethiopia
          
          Doro Wat (Spicy Chicken in a Red Chili Sauce)
          Yataklete Kilkil (Vegetables with Garlic and Ginger)
          Tej (Ethiopian Honey Wine)

2.       Czech Republic
          
          Veprova Pecene (Roasted Pork)
          Houskove Knedlicky (Bread Dumplings)

3.       Bangladesh
          
          Makher Taukari (Fish Curry)
          Bangladeshi Jasmine Rice

4.       Jamaica
           
          Jerk Chicken
          Ginger Beer

5.       Iran
          
          Kebab-e Jojeh (Chicken Kabob)
          Salad e-Shirazi (Tomato Cucumber Salad)
          Doogh

6.       Ecuador
          
          Ceviche de Corvina (Black Bass Ceviche)
          Locro (Creamy Potato Soup)
          Aji Criollo (Ecuadorian Hot Sauce)
          Cuaker (Oatmeal Beverage)

7.       Democratic Republic of Congo
          
          Chicken Moambe

8.       Greece
          
          Psari Spetsiotiko (Fish Baked with Tomatoes and Bread Crumbs)
          Domatokeftedes (Tomato Fritters)
          Tzatziki (Cucumber/Yogurt Sauce)
          Aginares Latheres (Artichokes with Vegetables)

9.       Mongolia
          
          Hushuur (Fried Meat Dumplings)
          Guriltai Shol (Meat and Dough Soup)
          Suutei Tsai (Milk Tea)

10.     Cuba
          
          Ropa Vieja
          Congri (Cuban Red Beans and Rice)
          Cuban Sofrito

11.    Libya
         
         Khalyat Alkadba wal Galoob (Fried Liver and Heart)
         Bzaar
         Hararat (Libyan Five Spice)

12.    Paraguay
         
         So'o-Yosopy (Beef Soup)

13.    The Philippines
          
         Adobong Manok (Chicken Adobo)
         Tahong Ng Sabaw (Green Mussel Soup)

14.    Mozambique
         
         Matata (Clam and Peanut Stew)
         Camarao Mozambique
         Piri-Piri Sauce

15.    Uruguay
         
         Chivitos al Pan

16.    Andorra
         
        Escudella

17.    Haiti
         
         Griots (Haitian Fried Pork)
         Diri Kole ak Pwa (Red Beans and Rice)
         Accra (Malanga Fritters)
         Soupe aux Pois Rouges (Red Bean Soup)
         Bonbon Sirop

18.    Bhutan
         
         Kangchu Maroo (Pig Trotter Curry)
         Ema Datshi (Chile Cheese Stew)

19.    Eritrea
         
         Tsebhi Sega (Spicy Minced Meat)
         Eritrean Berbere
         Tegelese Tesmi
         D'Nish Zigni (Fiery Potato Stew)

20.    Australia
         
         Carpetbag Steak

SP.   Tibet 
        
         Sha Momos (Tibetan Meat Dumplings)
         Sepen (Tibetan Hot Sauce)
         Po Cha (Tibetan Butter Tea)

21.    Mauritius
         
         Mauritian Duck Curry
         Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

22.    India
         
         Rogan Josh
         Daal Saag (Split Lentil Curry)
         Vegetable Pullao

23.   Pakistan
        
        Karahi Gosht

24.   Lebanon
        
        Shish Taouk
        Tabbouleh

25.   Laos
        
        Beef Larb

26.   Morocco
        
        Mechoui (Meshwi)
        Chickpeas with Mint, Scallions and Cilantro

27.   China
        
        Peking Duck

28.   Italy
        
        Cuscusu (Couscous with Fish)
        Polenta Pasticcata al Gamberi (Polenta with Shrimp)
        Ostriche Arrosto (Roasted Oysters)
        Cozze allo Zafferano (Mussels with Saffron)
        Polpette di Pesce in Umido (Fish Meatballs in Broth)
        Calamari Piccanti (Spicy Calamari)
        Insalata di Polpo e Patate (Octopus and Potato Salad)

29.   Croatia
        
        Brodet

30.   Djbouti
        
        Skoudehkaris
        Laxoox

31.   Panama
        
        Sancocho de Gallina

32.   South Korea
       
        Saengseon Gui (Grilled Fish)
        Olingeo Gui (Spicy Grilled Squid)
        Gulmuchim (Seasoned Fresh Oysters)

33.   Guyana
        
        Guyanese Goat Curry

34.   Ghana
        
        Jollof with Rice
        Chichinga (Goat Kebabs)
        Suya

35.   Tonga
       
        'Ota 'Ika

36.   Myanmar
    
        Durus Kura

37    Dominican Republic
    
        Chivo Guisado
        Tostones
        Batida de Lechosa

38.   Belize 
    
        Chimole
        Recado Negro

39.   Somalia
    
        Surbiyaan Hilib Adhi (Lamb with Rice)
        Malawah

40.   Spain 
        
        Pato a la Jerezana (Jerez Style Duck)
        Gazpacho Andaluz

The culinary adventure continues.  Here are some challenges that are in the works: 

        Dominica
        
        Mountain Chicken with Provisions

        Sri Lanka
    
        Kukul Mas Curry
        Pol Sambol
        Rasam

        Gabon
        
        Coupe Coupe


And, as I near the halfway point in my culinary challenge, a special challenge involving a group who does not have their own country is in the works.

Please check back every once in a while to see what will be my next challenge, as well as what I learned from each experience.

ENJOY!
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