What kind of traditional foods do you eat from your country?

Name one kind of traditional food you eat in your country. When, why do you eat this food?

For example, in the US, we eat turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving/Autumn Harvest. Everyone from around the country, drive or fly back to celebrate this tradition/holiday with their family.

I should add, holiday traditional foods


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  • We do turkey on Thankgiving. At first, I thought this would be like a "traditional cultural" type question... Like Scottish people and Haggis.

    We did switch it up for about 3 years with my sister doing badly prepared Cornish game hens, but went back to turkey after that. We do ham on Christmas... But not much past those.

    I used to get dragged to Burns Night dinners and was forced into eating more haggis than any kid should have to eat, but otherwise not much traditional holiday food other than Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've done a few Passover Seder dinners for a few years, even though I'm not personally Jewish, which could I guess be considered a traditional holiday dinner type thing.

    • "traditional cultural" type question... Like Scottish people and Haggis.

      yeah. would love to know about the Scottish traditional foods...

    • Luckily not all of it is disgusting... But Haggis is. I've been part of several Presbyterian churches, and many of those are based in that culture... Some more than others... I've been to Scotland once, but as a kid growing up, again, I had to endure Haggis every Burns dinner (Robert Burns was a famous Scottish poet- basically we celebrate his poetry and Scottish stuff.

      there's Tatties - just mashed potatoes
      Neeps - mashed turnips - meh.
      Crannachan - a dessert with whiskey, whipped cream, berries and oatmeal- it's ok, not a huge fan

      Now we generally have this once a year at the end of January. One of those things for me to kind of do it and get it over with. I never really got into it. Just some dorky thing old Scottish people (or people with that heritage) like to do. I always found most of it pretty corny, but some of the food was ok... Just not the neeps, haggis or whiskey.

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  • Num Banh Chok (Cambodian fish noodle soup)

    It's eaten through any holiday as its one of the most popular cuisines in Cambodia. Eaten with a handful of veggies and chillies, you eat the yellowish-green broth with thin rice noodles

    • the veges look delicious... is that yard long string bean?

    • Yeah long string beans ☺️ Gives it some texture. The veggies are eaten raw and you could sprinkle some crushed roasted peanuts on the top (but that's optional)

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  • This is the funny thing about traditions. I have no idea what would constitute a traditional food in my country (Canada) as we are a mixture of cultures. We too have Turkey with all the fixings on Thanksgiving, and family comes together to celebrate. Now we celebrate our Thanksgiving in October so that is a bit different. Thanksgiving is not as huge in Canada as it is in the States though. For Thanksgiving dessert we usually have pie.

    When I say fixings, that usually constitutes gravy, mashed potatoes, some type of vegetable, turnip (YUM!), cranberry sauce (double yum!) and coleslaw. And of course we can't forget the stuffing!

    We also have Turkey, or Ham on Christmas. For dessert we may have pie or some other dessert.

    Some people eat deer, or fish if they are hunters (not for special occasions, but just in general). I've never had deer, but I Love eating fish! I usually eat Haddock or Salmon. There is usually fresh Perch caught near where I live so I will eat that too.

    Other traditional foods would be Beavertails (no not literal beavertails) More like a pancake type dessert. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeaverTails

    Kd (Kraft Dinner) (Also known as Kraft Macaroni and Cheese) is another thing that is considered Canadian so I have heard. I myself love the stuff! Even the art of preparing this stuff (which comes with directions, is an art upon the person cooking the KD themselves). Everyone I have talked to has their own method. I don't know anyone who reads and follows the directions. It's like all Canadians are born knowing how to prepare this stuff.

  • YES! I love these kinds of topics relating to food :D
    I was born and raised in Jamaica before I moved. So my family is Jamaican. Here are some things we eat on special occasions.
    For Independence Day, Heritage Day, National Heroes Day, Jamaica Day etc. (we are VERY patriotic people) we always enjoy our National Dish: Ackee and Saltfish. We don't usually enjoy that mixture alone so we usually put fried dumplings, fried or roasted breadfruit, callaloo or fried plantains along with it.
    For Christmas, we enjoy fruit cake (with extra rum ;) well, that's how my family makes it), banana bread or pudding and the usual ham or jerk pork. For drinks we serve Sorrel Juice.
    Last but not least, you cannot forget the Sunday Dinner. Yes, every Sunday is a feast. This is how much we love our food. We need a GOOD meal before we go back to work/school the next day. We enjoy brown rice and peas, with oxtail and many vegetables with homemade juice. For dessert, we eat ice-cream :) (that's how it went in my family).

  • Blanquette de veau, cassoulet, foie gras, canard à l'orange (orange duck), turkey with marrons, raclette, fondue, etc...

    • sounds like a feast. orange duck yummmm

    • It's so good and it's all common dishes that we eat everyday not for a special occasions except for the turkey :)
      Yes orange duck is really tasty ^-^

  • I live in the U. K and it's traditional for a lot of people to eat fish & chips on a Good Friday, on an Easter weekend holiday... even those who aren't religious


  • Well I'm a halfie. Dad's from England, mum's from here. So on holidays we usually eat a lot of standard "American" food but my mum'll make a couple of British dishes, usually deserts, especially if my grandpa comes to visit. My favorite Christmas dish is pavlova, which is a British thing.

  • mangu con salami, every single motherfucking day of my god dang life, it's good tho 😂

    • thats like eating bread every meal/day for some countries
      and rice for other countries

  • Gee, where do I start? Well, the Muslims in Indonesia eat these rice cakes called "ketupat" (rice that's cooked into a big, dense cube and then sliced into pieces and is then eaten with some sort of curry). They eat it during eid-al fitri, which is after the fasting Period is over. I, however, am not part of this tradition...

  • Traditional holiday foods:

    Matzo Ball Soup, if you haven't had this you're missing out BIG TIME

    Latkes (potato pancakes served at Hanukkah)

    Challah Bread (best bread ever)

    Those are my favorites, but there's a ton more.

    • Omg that is my favourite bread so is brioche pastry. I've made challah bread before in high school

    • @rgb008 - I make very good matzo ball soup :)
      my mother in laws initial is rgb :P

      @Ahrixxa my daughter loves challah bread...

      i am chinese ex. American jewish
      i think i will make matzo ball soup once i get better.

  • In Sweden (or most of Scandinavia) during the 13th of December on the St Lucia holiday we make and eat these super tasty buns called "Saffransbullar/Lussebullar" (Saffron Buns). They're quite interesting because they have quite a intense yellow colour to it, sometimes freckles of orange in it as well. The small black spots are raisins. As tasty as they are, we only eat them in December along with gingerbread and glögg (nordic mulled wine).
    Can't wait, only a few months to go until its time again :D

  • fried chicken, cheeseburgers. very American. when don't you eat it? it's at every reastraunt, every party, every cook out, every venue..

  • I didn't like it as a kid but I've actually grown to like Sauerkraut on occasion

  • I am a mix of:-
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    Filipino: Lumpia

  • in Kenya we eat chicken with Chapati and other accompaniments. but my tribe's traditional food is called Muthokoi..

  • During festivals like Diwali, these common dishes are prepared all over India. There are many regional variations of it though.
    Laddoo (sweet)

    Kheer/Payasam (sweet)


    Festive Special rice (biriyani, pulao etc) This one is saffron rice, my favourite.


    Puri (deep friend bread)

    And yes, the omnipresent curry lol.

  • In the U. K, for Christmas we have turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots (or other veg), stuffing (a baked mix of bread crumbs, onion, sage made into balls), gravy.
    For pudding, we have a thing called Christmas pudding which is a steamed (EXTREMELY stodgy) ball of dense sponge with dried fruit in it. We then pour brandy on it and set light to it :D
    We also have a thing called Christmas cake which is consumed around Christmas time. A fruit cake wrapped in marzipan and icing.
    Mince pies :D
    Bubble & Squeak - eaten on boxing day. Basically all the leftovers mixed together and then lightly fried.

  • Im American and my family eats duck, seafood, and ham, and mexican food

  • In Montenegro we have lots of traditional food for various holidays (New Year, Christmas, Easter etc). My favorite traditional foods are: Rumetinov (Corn bread), Gibanica sa kiśelim mlijekom (pastry filled with salty cheese and buttermilk) and Ječmena kaša sa pečurkama (Barley porridge with mushrooms), Kuvana Krtola sa jogurtom (boiled potato halves with yogurt) and Japraci (stuffed collard greens), Paštrovski makaruli (macaroni with olive oil and cheese from brine), Pinđur (type of vegetable relish), Priganice (Montenegrin type of doughnuts), and Źevanica (type of pie with various fillings).

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    • what about special holiday dishes? and for what holiday?

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    • Thank you for sharing

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