Comfort Foods Around the World
Although chicken noodle soup might be most people’s idea of the perfect comfort food, there are other delicious meals that are just as satisfying. It might interest you to know what people in different countries consider comforting.
In the United States, typically requested dishes include brownies, tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, mashed potatoes with gravy, lasagna, chili with cornbread, pizza, s’mores, potato skins, buffalo wings and more. Canadian favorites include poutine, which is a dish of French fries served with gravy and cheese curds. Macaroni and cheese is also well loved there.
In the United Kingdom, childhood favorites are popular in adulthood. These dishes include sausages with mashed potatoes, steamed puddings, ice cream, and boiled eggs with toast strips for dipping. Satisfying Irish foods include boiled stews, homemade cakes, and traditional Irish breakfast.
Congee is considered the most soothing snack in China and this is a thick breakfast soup. Egg drop soup, sweet red bean soup and sweet potato soup are also popular. Japanese curry and miso soup are well loved in Japan.
South American Comfort Food
Argentineans enjoy breaded meat with fries, pasta with Parmesan and butter, dulce de leche and cannelloni with tomato sauce, while Brazilians prefer steak and fries, chocolate milk, fried eggs and beef stroganoff.
In El Salvador, people find tamales, sweet breads, rice pudding, tres leches cake and fried plantain to bring comfort and in Mexico quesadillas, vermicelli soup, huevos rancheros, and enchiladas are popular.
Some European Favorites
Scrambled eggs, fried eggs, spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce, pancakes with sugar and honey, omelets with sausages and cheese, and meatballs are Greek comfort foods. Hungarians prefer goulash and other traditional dishes.
The Italians like pizza, lasagna, cannelloni, spaghetti with garlic and olive oil, onion omelet and mortadella sandwiches. In Spain, dishes such as fried rice, fried potatoes, potato omelet are preferred. Meatballs with mashed potatoes, pancakes with jelly and porridge with lingonberry jam are well loved Swedish foods and the Swedes also enjoy boiled potatoes with sour cream.
More Tasty Treats
Vegetarian comfort foods in India, where there are more vegetarians than anywhere else, include poori, which is a deep fried bread, red lentil stew, and rice dishes. Meat and fish eaters can enjoy kachori and samosas. Filipino comfort food includes ice cream, chocolate and anything resembling home-cooked meals.
Hummus, falafel, sweet pancakes, and lentil soup are popular throughout the Arab world. Coriander and chickpea soup is also a soothing dish and tagines are well loved in North Africa. An egg and fenugreek soup called eshkeneh is well loved in Iran and a comforting drink there is called dogh. This is made primarily with yogurt and water.
You can see from the above foods that soup features in many cuisines as a satisfying and popular dish. This is partly because it is warm and thick and partly because there are so many soup recipes that everyone can find at least one soup to love. Pumpkin soup is especially popular because it can be sweet and creamy or savory and spicy.