Immerse yourself in an international palette of flavors, where each dish tells a story of serenity and warmth. From Greek moussaka to Swedish köttbullar, comfort food is the universal language of well-being. Learn what dishes the people of different countries serve themselves to improve their mood and feel homely warmth on cold winter days. This culinary journey invites you to taste traditions that bring people together in search of flavors that remind you of carefree moments.

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Comfort Food is dishes reminiscent of carefree childhood, hot vacations or moments spent with loved ones. Poles will probably immediately think of a plate of aromatic tomato soup, a portion of grandma’s dumplings with fruit or deep-baked doughnuts with homemade jam and icing, which they like to eat not only on Fat Thursday. What dishes are considered comfort food in other corners of the world? Go on a delicious journey with us and learn not only about culinary inspiration, but also the vocabulary associated with it.

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  • Ireland – Sheperd’s Pie – is a so-called shepherd‘s casserole. It consists of baked beef, potatoes, onions in a large dish. Interestingly, the French are familiar with a similar dish, only that it is called Hachis Parmentier. Learning English online with Preply allows you to catch more of these tasty “tidbits.”
  • Greece – Musaka – this dish probably needs no introduction to anyone. Although moussaka (or moussaka, or Μουσακάς in Greek) has its roots in the Middle East, today it is considered the national dish of Greece. It contains all the Balkan goodness – minced lamb meat, eggplant, and topped with a fluffy quilt in the form of French béchamel (béchamelle).
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Photo: Musaka
  • Ukraine – Syrnyky – it is the cheese pancakes resembling Polish pancakes that are considered comfort food by our eastern neighbors. Their name (originally сирники) comes from the Old Slavic word syr (cсир), meaning soft curd. They are administered, among other things. For breakfast version with raisins.
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Photo: Syrnyky
  • Sweden – Köttbullar – under this mysterious name are Swedish meatballs. They are most often served with cream sauce (the name of the dish is köttbullar med gräddsås), pressgurka (cucumber salad), rårörda lingon (lingonberry sauce) and potatismos (mashed potatoes).
  • Indonesia – Sataje – or sate, according to the original spelling. These are meat skewers with lots of spicy seasoning, served with peanut and soy sauce. They are often accompanied by lontong, a rice cake traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf. Interesting fact: in 2011, the satyas hit 14. place on the list of the world’s 50 tastiest foods prepared by CNN Go.
  • South Africa – Chakalaka – is a so-called vegetarian bigos made of beans, onions, peppers, carrots and a mixture of spicy spices. It tastes best accompanied by mieliepap, which is a corn “variety” of oatmeal, or amasi (a fermented yogurt-like dairy product).
  • GhanaNkatenkwan – which is a thick, aromatic stew of tomatoes, peppers, chilies, garlic, onions and peanuts. Abroad, the dish is also often associated under the name peanut butter soup. It is almost always served with omo tuo (large rice balls) or fufu (a type of fermented noodles made from cassava or corn flour).

Curious about what culinary specialties serve as comfort food in countries like Colombia, Brazil, or Argentina? Or are you wondering which dishes have the power to lift moods and bring comfort to the people of these remote corners of the world? Learn the recipes, stories and traditions behind your favorite dishes. On Preply, you will read articles on comfort food from different regions of the world.

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