Experiencing different cuisines is part of the beauty of travelling. Each country has its own unique set of dishes it loves, its unique set of spices it uses and, ultimately, its unique combination of flavors it prefers over anything else.
Diverse, exciting and fascinating, Europe is a continent where you are likely to meet people with so many different backgrounds that you could write an entire library about it. And while all these people may be really different from each other, their National Dishes are equally varied as well.
What are of the European National Foods you probably did not know about? Read on in this handy European Food Guide and find out more.
Denmark. Norse countries love meatballs – so it’s really no surprise that Denmark’s national dish includes this as well. Frikadeller (Meatballs) and Wienerbrød (Danish pastry) are considered to be the most popular and representative foods in Denmark, so you should definitely try them out.
Germany. What would you expect the largest economy in Europe to eat on a daily basis? Germany’s national food is a lot more modest than you would expect, but it is amazingly delicious at the same time too. Bratwurst (a type of sausage), sauerkraut (sour cabbage salad), mashed potatoes and roasted onions – this is what Germans consider to be their national food.
Poland. Close to Germany, but with a completely different history and a culture that somehow blends the Western Europe into the Eastern part of the continent, Poland has its own good share of amazing foods too. Sauerkraut and meat stew is, however, Poland’s national dish, so you should try it as soon as you get there.
Croatia. Simple and truly delicious, Croatian food is meant to warm your heart and simply make you feel better. Their national food is a stew named Istrian Yota – but aside from this, Croatians also love to eat Cevapi, a street food that resembles sausages made from lamb, pork or beef).
Monaco. This Lilliputian country is a charmer in its own right! Elegant, exquisite and luxurious, you would expect from Monaco to have a national food that matches its “exterior” opulence. Instead, Monaco decided that its favorite national food is…a sandwich. Don’t fret, though! This sandwich is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before! In Pan Bagnat, Monaco’s national sandwich, salad Nicoise, boiled eggs and anchovies come together in an explosion of great taste!
Iceland. Unique and truly fascinating, Iceland is an amazing place to visit (and learn from). With a system that values the environment and with a true originality in its own core, this country will be unforgettable for you regardless of where you come from. What is Iceland’s national food? Icelanders love eating Hakarl, which is basically…fermented shark. Now, that’s something you definitely didn’t try before, so it’s more than worth taking a bite and experiencing the world through Icelandic taste buds!
Slovakia. One of the gems of Central and Eastern Europe, Slovakia couldn’t have shied away from offering a unique combination of flavors. Their national food is simple, delicious and original in its own way: potato dumplings, sheep cheese and bacon. You will be charmed by this simplicity and taste!