10 Unique Comfort Foods from Around the World

 Are you tired of eating poorly? Or are you sick and don't know what to eat to feel better? Or are you just feeling like you need something different? Well, here are 10 uncommon comfort foods you should try.

1. Pho

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Pho is a popular food in Vietnam, served in households, street stalls, and restaurants countrywide. This Vietnamese soup dish includes broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat. Pho is often considered the Vietnamese national dish: its steamy, delectable aroma and savory flavor will leave your mouth watering, making it one of the best dishes for a cold night or when you are under the weather.

As one commenter said, “Well… Vietnamese noodle soup Is Pho-nomenal… ”

2. Kottbullar

Kottbullar, also known as Swedish meatballs, is a traditional dish that is often considered a comfort food in Sweden. Made up of small, round meatballs that are typically made from a mixture of ground beef and pork, along with breadcrumbs, onions, and spices, and they’re often served with lingonberry sauce. It is considered a comfort food because of its warm, hearty, and comforting flavors, along with the memories associated with it, often reminiscent of home-cooked meals and family gatherings.

3. Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken tikka masala is a super popular Indian dish around the world, made with marinated chicken chunks in spicy, creamy orange sauce. Although it's quite spicy and has earthy notes, the chicken has a chargrilled flavor that pairs perfectly with the creamy sauce and is best served with rice.

One Redditor said, “Chicken Tikka Masala warms the soul! Expensive, though, but I would eat it every week if I could!”

4. Vepro Knedlo Zelo

Vepro kneldo zelo is a traditional Czech dish that is often considered a comfort food. It's made with pork knuckle and sauerkraut in a flavorful broth, typically seasoned with caraway seed, pepper, and bay leaves. The dish is typically served with bread dumplings or boiled potatoes. Many Czech families have their own recipe for vepro kneldo zelo, and it is often served for Sunday dinner or on special occasions such as Christmas or Easter. 

5. Moussaka

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Moussaka is an eggplant and potato-based dish, often including ground meat, which is common in the Balkans and the Middle East, with many local and regional variations. This comfort dish, often called the “Greek Lasagna”, gets its reputation from its palatable taste and delightful aroma. In many Mediterranean cultures, moussaka is a dish that is often made for special occasions and holidays, such as weddings, birthdays, or Christmas. This association with family and special occasions adds to the comforting and nostalgic feeling that moussaka evokes.

6. Korean BBQ

Made with marinated pork, beef, or chicken and served with different sides like kimchi, rice, and pickled vegetables, Korean BBQ has rapidly become a staple dish in different parts of the world.

One user said, “Korean BBQ with all the side dishes 😫.”

It has become a beloved comfort food around the world, known for its unique flavors and cooking techniques. The dish is often served at social events and catered BBQs, encouraging people to unwind and take a break.

7. Jollof Rice

Rice has always been a classic, cheap, and easy-to-prepare food that is quite common in kitchens of various cultures around the world. Being familiar to many cultures, it's known for its food versatility in the kitchen. But the way it is prepared in the West African Country, Nigeria, is a sight to behold. Jollof rice is made with a wonderful tomato sauce mixture made from fresh tomatoes, beef, pork, chicken, or seafood, and of course, the main ingredient: perfectly cooked rice. All of this makes jollof rice a staple in Nigerian households around the world.

8. Ramen

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Ramen is a Japanese-style dish consisting of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a broth with typical toppings like sliced pork nori, menma, and scallion. It combines the comforting flavors of sweet, salt, and fat, essentially hitting all of our primal cravings at once, which makes it one of the best comfort foods no matter what time of day it is.

As one user said, “There is nothing quite like good old ramen.”

9. Shakshuka                                        

Shakshuka is a popular dish from North Africa and the Middle East that is made up of eggs poached in a flavorful tomato and pepper sauce and garnished with vegetables, herbs, chili flakes, or even cheese. The dish is typically served for breakfast or brunch and is often accompanied by bread for dipping into the sauce. It has become increasingly popular in recent years, being on the menu of every Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant.

10. Banitsa

Banitsa is a traditional Bulgarian dish that is often considered a comfort food. It is a pastry made with phyllo dough and a filling of cheese, eggs, and yogurt. The dish is simple to make and can be served as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner option. Banitsa is also considered a traditional Bulgarian dish and is often served during holidays or special occasions. This comfort food leaves your taste buds craving more and your nostrils filled with a pleasant baked aroma.


Are any of these comfort foods in your top ten?  Would you love to try them, or do you have any other recommendations? If you’ve had any of them, please share your experiences with us in the comments.

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