Top 10 National Dishes

National dishes are a part of a nation's identity and self-image. A national dish is strongly associated with a particular country for several reasons:
1) It is a staple food.
2) It is made from a selection of locally available ingredients, sometimes 'exotic.'
3) It is served as a festive culinary tradition that is part of a cultural heritage.
4) It is a part of a religious practice.
5) It has been promoted as a national dish by the country itself.

It wasn't easy to make this list because:

On one hand, a country may have more than one national dish, especially big countries with diverse traditions and cultures (USA, India).
On the other hand, two or more countries may have the same national dish (both Peru and Ecuador claim ceviche as their national dish).

I ranked the dishes according to my taste, and you know that taste is something very subjective. I didn't rank the countries, so nobody should feel offended.
The Top Ten
1 Poutine - Canada Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec in the late 1950s, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with light brown gravy. Poutine is the most popular dish in Quebec. It's also found across Canada and in some places in the northern United States. Poutine has many variations... read more

Call me biased, but I really like it.

But a British guy wrote something in an article about dishes that can't be called biased because he isn't Canadian:

"I tried this one very recently after my Canadian roommate very patriotically wouldn't stop raving on about it, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. This is food for addicts, pure and simple. You have greasy chips (or fries, as you people over the pond call them) that are then loaded with cheese curds and topped off with a generous slathering of rich gravy. When I tried this dish, the world faded away around me, I dived in and totally forgot my friends, my manners, my name..."

Yup, don't forget to write your name on a sheet of paper before you try poutine.

2 Hamburger - United States

Cheeseburgers are so good. I prefer them homemade, as they are healthy that way.

3 Gyro - Greece

Gyro (or gyros) is meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Very often, several types of meat are placed on the spit (lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal). They may be grilled for as long as a day. The resulting taste is incredible. It can be served on a plate or as a wrap. Gyro is like shawarma or döner kebab.
I like this type of meat preparation.
Contenders: Moussaka, Souvlaki

4 Yorkshire Pudding - England
5 Wiener Schnitzel - Austria

I tried it and I loved it.
It is a very thin, breaded, and pan-fried cutlet made from veal.

6 Dumplings - China

In Montreal, Canada (where I live), many varieties of dumplings can be found in grocery stores, and I like most of them.

7 Sushi - Japan

I like most of the sushi varieties.

8 Belgian Waffle - Belgium
9 Pasta - Italy

Contenders: Polenta, Pizza, Risotto.
Pizza is probably the most popular Italian dish worldwide, but in most sources, pasta is considered their national dish more often than pizza.

10 Roast Lamb - New Zealand

New Zealand lamb, particularly the leg, is prized for its flavor and tenderness.
Contenders: Bacon and egg pie, Pavlova

The Contenders
11 Pizza - Italy

I didn't do research, but I have a feeling that this might be the most popular food internationally.

12 Fish and Chips - United Kingdom

According to wiki, Fish and Chips are traditionally wrapped in white paper and newspaper.

13 Apple Pie - United States
14 Crêpe - France
15 Tacos - Mexico A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.

Very popular in North America (US, Canada), not only in Mexico.

Whenever I hear Mexico, this is the first thing that comes to mind for me.

16 Döner Kebab - Turkey
17 Chicken Tikka Masala - UK

A dish of chunks of roasted marinated chicken (chicken tikka) in a spiced curry sauce.

18 Dolma - Azerbaijan, Iraq, Armenia

Dolma is stuffed veggies - usually tomato, pepper, eggplant, onion, zucchini, garlic.

19 Paella - Spain
20 Souvlaki - Greece

That's pretty good - small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer.

21 Pljeskavica - Serbia
22 Stegt Flæsk - Denmark
23 Köttbullar - Sweden

Yay, they are the best. I love these.

24 Brownies - United States
25 Macadamia Nut Pie - Marshall Islands

I think I would like this. In our grocery store, there are Macadamia Nut Cookies, which I like.

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