World’s best food traditions – in photos

The ancient Egyptians were concerned with people’s livers and kidneys, offering specially prepared foods to help a person’s weight and their general health. The Roman Emperor Julian began to supplement the diet of his people, creating special bars of nougat with bits of almonds, walnuts and dried fruits.

In China, soy was part of the daily diet of his people, and Chinese legends tell of fat-laden culinary creations such as roasted duck (moovai), candied moon fruit, mackerel and black-eyed peas. Soup featuring fish and berries is one of the most important elements of Eastern cuisine.

A Chinese woman sits at a fish in the Yangtze River, Shanghai, China.

Danish cuisine includes the rich shepherds feast, which is so special that only older people who have experienced it themselves take part. The birthday cake of the Danish nation is Christmas Eve and consists of a honey cake made from candles and typically has 200kg of beer mixed in.

French food has its own unique treatment of fish. There are so many examples of this that they almost make you hungry, but some are better than others. The jellied butterfish is best.

In Mexico, the pollo en juana (roasted chicken), tacos de pollo en balado (par-sa-ze-ke-ah) (fish-pando in batter), chilaquiles and guacamole will all go down well.

In France, Marseilles is known for its steamed clams. There are many ways to do this, but the classic way has lots of garlic and parsley and a chilli-infused broth.

Indian cuisine is often described as the cuisine of the gods and serves up daily dosas. Moong dal, a mild oatmeal-based dal with a strong flavour, is always a hit. White rice is a good choice.

The Po Goong Den Moo, is a common soup served in Malaysia. Vegetarians are typically served curry noodles, with fresh vegetables. You can often taste preserved bean sprouts in the soup. The bell peppers, red chilies and garlic can be added to make it really spectacular.

The Wok-Tofu, a Chinese snack food is a versatile dish in Asia. A traditional way to start the day is with a bowl of savoury and spicy dumplings.

South Asian dishes are inspired by carnivores and bibimbap is the dish with everyone in Singapore asking for. Bibimbap can be varied in ingredients, but ideally includes big rice grains, fried rice (gyuto), vegetables (goong-pow), veggies, peanuts, herbs and chilies.

Mexican cooking is a little different to most others and often features rich sauces, vinegars and rubs, like chimichurri.

In South Korea, a hot potato soup is usually served for breakfast. In Japan, ramen is served with udon noodles and is eaten all over the year.

Canto, is a deliciously light, pungent pasta served with an egg and with many meat-filled pastas. It’s served in Italy and also seems to be a popular feature of French food.

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