This is massaman, which is served with rice. It is a typical Thai dish and is best served the day after it is made. The main ingredients include: coconut milk, water, massaman curry, broth, onion, potato, and the meat of your choice. Some people include peanuts, but I prefer it without. Either you can have it spicy or not.
#2: Candied Yams - Victoria Gillerlain
Candied Yams are a delicious and tasty side commonly served around and on Thanksgiving in America. Candied yams are typically made with sweet potatoes and brown sugar combining to make a great taste and texture for your taste buds. However, besides candied yams bright orange color, what sets it apart is layer of marshmallows coating the entire top of the dish, making it instantly recognizable and insanely sweet. Candied yams are very popular in the South of the US.
#3: Nacatamales - Raquel E. Martinez
A typical meal from Nicaragua, nacatamales are a spiced corn mass, similar to mashed potatoes. Apart from their main ingredient of corn, they consist of vegetables, green olives, prunes and meat or pork, mixed with some rice. Formed into a mass in the shape of a little pillow, they are traditionally wrapped in a banana leaf and tied with twine. Then they are dropped in boiling water for several hours in order to let all the flavors be absorbed. They are served steaming and warm in the opened banana wrap. Usually eaten at breakfast on Sundays, nacatamales are very filling meals.
#4: Hamantashen - Rachel Peterson
Hamantaschen are a traditional Jewish cookie made for Purim, a holiday that celebrates the saving of the Jews from a man named Hamen. The cookies are triangular to represent Hamen’s three-cornered hat, and the name is said to be derived from the Germanic word ‘tasch’ – meaning pocket or pouch, - and the name Hamen. Additionally, ‘tasch’ is also said to signify the money he offered Ahasuerus in exchange for the permission to kill the Jews. Hamantaschen are most commonly filled with poppy seed, date, apricot, raspberry, and a wide variety of other flavors!
#5: Ta'am - Fatima A. Dadou
Ta'am is a traditional Algerian dish typically consisting of couscous served with sauce which can include carrots, potatoes, turnip, zucchini, raisins, squash, lamb, chicken, beef, etc. It is very common and one of the most popular dishes in Algeria. It has different names in different regions and differs even from house to house. For example, in Biskra it is known as berbousha. The more meat served on top, the more honorable. Ta'am is served in pretty much all special occasions such as weddings, funerals, family get-togethers, aqiqah, charity dinners, etc.
#6: Pho - Tori M.
Pho (pronounced like fuh) is a common dish in Vietnam. It's a soup made with vegetables, rice noodles, and meat, usually beef or chicken. It's eaten throughout entire country but it's slightly more popular in the north where it's eaten no matter the time or day.
#7: Okinawa Soba - Roxy LaChance
Okinawa soba is a noodle soup popular in Okinawa. The noodles are made from wheat, unlike the noodles found on the mainland of Japan which is made from buckwheat. It is usually served in a seaweed and fish broth soup with toppings of pork belly (or pork ribs), fish cake, and sliced scallion. For spice, beni-shoga (pickled ginger) is added.