1. Southern's Chicken and Waffle
2. New Orleans' Sweet Beignet
3. Nigerian Meat Pie!
I love this food! Onyinye, my room mate came from Nigeria and she spoiled me with fantastic dishes from Nigeria! I ate Jeloff Rice, fried Plantain, Puff Puff, Fufu, Ogbono soup, and the meat pie. I'm featuring the meat pie now because I helped her make some at one time.
How do you make it?
Put the meat pies on an aluminum foil and inside an oven. Then voila!
4. Mexican's Quesadilla
5. Alligator Salad
Yes. Alligator salad. Isn't that interesting for an appetizer?
My room mates and I went to Charleston, South Carolina during a break. We decided to stop by at Poogan's Porch to taste the Alligator Salad. Poogan's Porch is located at 72 Queen St, Charleston. At first, it seems that you're eating chicken meat the aftertaste is like fish.
6. Chinese Szechuan Tai An Yu Pian
There are many different type of Chinese food. The northern part for example, has different taste then the central. The southern part of China has even more different taste. Szechuan is a Chinese cuisine style from the southwestern part of China. It usually have strong spicy taste and has a lot of ingredients particularly garlic, chili peppers, and Sichuan pepper.
The tasty and spicy soup above is called Tai An Yu Pian from Gourmet Kingdom at East Main Street, Carborro, North Carolina. It has a lot of Mala sauce, which is oily, spicy, and gives a numbing taste in your mouth.
7. Japanese Octopus Takoyaki
This is one of my favorite Japanese dishes. "Tako" means octopus and "yaki" means fried. Hence, Takoyaki (たこ焼き) is fried octopus. The street vendor snack is usually served with Japanese Worcester sauce, mayonaise, dried green seaweed 'aonori', and shavings of dried bonito 'katsuobushi' (source: Wikipedia).
Japanese usually made them using a special frying pan called Takoyakiki. Much like cupcakes pan, Takoyakiki has holes to be filled with the batter.
8. Indonesian Sambal Hot Sauce
I know it sounds unfair to compare everything else with some hot sauce. But it's true that Indonesian Sambal are the best when compared to any kind of food (may it be grilled chicken, fried fish, lettuce, anything!). "Sambal" is our traditional chili sauce made with stone pestle and mortar. As you crush the chili peppers, you would add garlic, shallot, and other spices according to what you need. Below are the 9 main Sambal we have in Indonesia.
I'll explain clockwise, starting from the top.
Now as you can see above, we can eat the many different Sambal with a variety of dishes. For example, with fried shrimp mayonnaise sauce, fried fish, crab with soysauce, or water spinach with Belacan sauce. Of course, you would eat them with rice and maybe fresh coconut water!