In every household of every family of every nationality and denomination known to man, families have their favorite traditions and dishes that define them as a culture, as a nation, and as a union. It’s one of the most traditional of all family traditions that the world’s families have indulged in for as long as families and home-cooking have exited – which is practically all of human history for that matter.
With this being said, let us take an in-depth look into the history, cultural significance, ingredients, procedures, and styles of cooking that are observable in family recipes all around the world. We all have our own taste and our own preferences, but it’s significantly noteworthy to mention and remember this: the one thing that transcends culture and language is family and unity, and that’s the basis for every good tasting traditional meal. There wouldn’t be any family recipes if not for family and family traditions. It’s safe to conclude that a soul-satisfying and wholeheartedly crafted family recipe is a product of pure love and respect, stemming from generations upon generations of unity, gatherings, and togetherness.
Here are some of the world’s tastiest home-cooked dishes from households and families all over the globe. It’s safe to say that each and every single one of these soul-foods are undoubtedly delicious and profoundly unique in their own ways.
Let’s start off with:
- Italian spaghetti and meatballs
This world-famous Italian dish has been perfected by the grandmothers of years past – even the meanest mafia boss has or had a grandmother who can cook you the best spaghetti and meatballs you’ve ever had in your life. This Italian classic is comprised of boiled psata and a rich tomato sauce cooked with a wide array of tasty herbs and spices, often topped with parmesan cheese or black pepper.
- Middle-Eastern Falafel
Falafel, believed to have arisen in Egypt, is a popular street food eaten throughout the Middle East. The preparation involves combining fried chickpeas, garlic, onion and spices together in a special sauce that comprises mouthwatering middle-eastern classic.
- Cebuano Lechon from the Philippines
The world-famous Lechon that Cebu-City Philippines is renowned for is basically charcoal-roasted piglet stuffed with a wide-array of flavorful spices like bay leaves, garlic, salt, lemon grass, tamarind leaves, and black peppercorn. The result is a heavenly combination of crispy goodness and juicy, well-rounded meat with a distinct Cebuano flavor to it. This dish is made all over the Philippines, but it’s no secret that Cebu City is home to the best.
- Indian Chana Masala
This Indian classic is composed of a variation of chickpeas mixed with blend of various spices, cooked in a spicy onion-tomato gravy. It’s popular in the Pakistani region, but varieties of the style are observable in all parts of the Middle-East, with Indian Chana Masala being one of the most well-known dishes to have originated from India.
- Good old bacon and eggs
The humble American breakfast of bacon and eggs has become a definitive cultural icon throughout the years, and is widely regarded as the one of the most American meals known to man (and also one of the best tasting). Fried bacon with a side of sunny-side-up or scrambled eggs was positioned as a breakfast meal due to a deliberate ad-campaign that intended to increase the demand for bacon – and it did so quite successfully.