Seafood paella, Spain: One mouthful of a steamy bowl of paella and you'll be on a beach in Spain -- such is the power of this seafood extravaganza.
Som tam, Thailand: Thailand's famous fiery salad features garlic and chillies alongside string beans and peanuts.
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Poutine, Canada: This iconic Quebec dish mixes french fries, cheddar cheese and gravy to make one of Canada's iconic foods.
Tacos, Mexico: Tacos are a chief component of Mexican cuisine -- rolled-up tortillas stuffed with sizzling chunks of meat or vegetables, covered with guacamole and salsa.
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Stinky tofu, Southeast Asia: This form of fermented tofu has a strong odor and a delicious taste.
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French toast, Hong Kong: HK-style French toast takes the brunch staple to a new level -- thanks to the peanut butter or kaya jam.
Chicken parm, Australia: Australian pubs have made this Italian dish their own -- the combination of melted Parmesan and tomato on chicken fillet is irresistible.
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Fish 'n' chips, UK: One of Britain's favorite dishes dates back to the 1860s -- crispy fried cod or haddock is paired with chunky chips. A Friday dinnertime special across the UK.
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Pho, Vietnam: Sometimes simplicity is key -- and pho is living proof of that mantra. Broth is mixed with rice noodles, herbs and usually chicken or beef and served up in a tasty bowl.
Pastel de nata, Portugal: Legend has it that Portuguese nuns and monks first conjured up these sinfully delicious custard tarts.
Butter garlic crab, India: In this amazing Indian dish, cooked crab is kept simple, drizzled in mouthwatering butter-garlic sauce.
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Poke, US: This Hawaiian raw fish salad has crossed the globe -- making a name for itself as a delicious and healthy dish.
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Croissant, France: Channel your inner Parisian with a mouthful of buttery croissant, best accompanied by a steaming cup of hot coffee.
Arepas, Venezuela: Arepas are corn-dough cakes, grilled, baked or fried and filled with mouthwatering meats and vegetables.
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Massaman curry, Thailand: Sweet meets savory in this Thai curry dish, which sold on street corners across the country and makes the perfect warming meal.
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Bunny chow, South Africa: One of South Africa's best-loved street foods, bunny chow is hollowed-out half- or quarter-loaves of white bread filled with super-spicy curry. The dish originated in Durban's Indian community.
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Kebab, Turkey: Meat or seafood mixed with vegetables on a skewer -- what could be better?
Piri-piri chicken, Mozambique: Galinha à Zambeziana is a finger-lickin' feast of chicken cooked with lime, pepper, garlic, coconut milk and piri piri sauce.
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Lechón, Philippines: A Filipino national dish, lechón is a whole young pig slow-roasted over charcoal for several hours. The process makes for tender meat and crispy skin. It's prepared on special occasions throughout the year.
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Tom yum goong, Thailand: This Thai soup mixes sour, salty, sweet and spicy flavors to maximum effect.
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Chicken rice, Singapore: Singapore's specialty: steamed or boiled chicken teamed with rice and sliced cucumber.
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Penang assam laksa, Malaysia: Malaysia's favorite dish is a noodle-based fish dish -- spicy and delicious.
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Hummus, Middle East: This humble Middle Eastern spread, made with chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and tahini has become a fridge staple all around the world.
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Marzipan, Germany: Sweet and sugary almonds are bound together to make marzipan -- often molded into delightful shapes and always delicious.
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Pierogi, Poland: Pierogi are Polish dumplings that can be filled with everything from potato to sauerkraut to meat to cheese and to fruit, and often topped with melted butter, sour cream or fried onions.
Hamburger, Germany: This juicy amalgamation of meaty flavors is a classic for a reason -- from the fast food edition to the ever-growing number of gourmet burger joints.
Peking duck, China: The key to this slow-roasted duck is its maltose-syrup glaze coating -- succulent and scrumptious.
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Sushi, Japan: This Japanese culinary delight has migrated across the world, becoming a staple of fast food dining.
Chocolate, Mexico: For anyone with a sweet tooth chocolate is the ultimate treat -- a creamy confection once drunk by the Mayans and still popular today.
Neapolitan pizza, Italy: Forget deep dish pizza or your favorite frozen grocery store brand -- Neapolitan pizza is the classic. The key ingredients are the sea salt and specific type of tomatoes.
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