Top 10 National Dishes

National dishes are 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 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 the one hand, a country may have more than one national dish, especially big countries with diverse traditions and cultures (USA, India).
On the other, 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 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 is 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 😜 - Metal_Treasure

2 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 / döner kebab.
I like this type of meat preparation.
Contenders: Moussaka, Souvlaki - Metal_Treasure

3 Hamburger - United States

I really like hamburgers. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo

Many dishes are listed as national dishes which I will add later (such as Apple Pie, Fried Chicken, and more)
This is from wiki:
United States : Apple pie, hamburger, brownies
Northeast : Philly cheesesteak, funnel cake, New England clam chowder, lobster roll, buffalo wings, Peking ravioli
Midwest : hotdish, Cincinnati chili
South : Fried Chicken, macaroni and cheese, barbecue, gumbo, jambalaya, key lime pie
Texas : Tex-Mex
West : Chili, fajitas, sopaipilla
Mountain West : Rocky Mountain oysters
West Coast : Cioppino, Cobb salad, Mission-style burrito, California roll - Metal_Treasure

4 Yorkshire Pudding - England

What can I say? It's a classic. - Rocko

Contenders: Roast Beef, Fish and chips (I will add them, too)

This is from wiki:
United Kingdom : Fish and chips, Chicken tikka masala, Sunday dinner, Full breakfast (regional variations), Jelly with ice cream (national dessert)
England : Beef (especially roast beef and corned beef), Pudding (usually Christmas plum pudding), Bangers and mash, Shepherd's pie, Yorkshire pudding
Cornwall : Cornish pasty
Northern Ireland : Ulster fry, Irish stew, Champ, Pastie supper
Isle of Man : Skeddan jiarg
Scotland : Haggis
Wales : Cawl - Metal_Treasure

5 Wiener Schnitzel - Austria

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

This is so delicious! Just need some sauce too and than enjoy😋 - Userguy44

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. - Metal_Treasure

7 Sushi - Japan

I like most of the sushi varieties. - Metal_Treasure

Sushi looks so good - darthvadern

8 Belgian Waffle - Belgium

Almost irresistible... - Metal_Treasure

9 Pasta - Italy

Pasta is awesome - darthvadern

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. - Metal_Treasure

10 Roast Lamb - New Zealand

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

The Contenders

11 Pizza - Italy

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

Pizza is the #1 food of all time! - Maddox121

Pizza is my favourite food - darthvadern

12 Apple Pie - United States

I definitely like it! - Metal_Treasure

My favourite kind of pie. My mouth waters! 😋 - Userguy44

13 Fish and Chips - United Kingdom

According to wiki, Fish and Chips is traditionally wrapped in white paper and newspaper. - Metal_Treasure

14 Tacos - Mexico A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.

Whenever I hear Mexico this is the first thing that comes in mind for me - darthvadern

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

15 Döner Kebab - Turkey

(aka Doner kebab).
Doner kebab inspired similar dishes such as the Arab shawarma, Greek gyros, and Mexican al pastor. The vertical rotisserie was invented in the 19th-century Ottoman Empire. - Metal_Treasure

16 Dolma - Azerbaijan, Iraq, Armenia

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

17 Souvlaki - Greece

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

18 Pljeskavica - Serbia

It's a meat patty - Metal_Treasure

19 Stegt Flæsk - Denmark

A fried pork and potato-based dish - Metal_Treasure

20 Köttbullar - Sweden

Yay, they are da best. I love these - darthvadern

Swedish meatballs - Metal_Treasure

21 Macadamia Nut Pie - Marshall Islands

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

22 Roast Beef - England
23 Crêpe - France

A crêpe or crepe is a very thin pancake. - Metal_Treasure

24 Sauerbraten - Germany

(German: "sour roast").
It is a pot roast that can be prepared with a variety of meats that are marinated for several days before cooking. - Metal_Treasure

25 Bratwurst - Germany

That's really yummy. - Metal_Treasure

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