Posted by: nancycurteman | September 27, 2017

8 World Famous Peasant Foods

Exploring new food experiences is one of the joys of traveling. There is such a wonderful variety of gourmet delights that one can’t possibly hope to experience all of them. So, I’d like to suggest that one consider tasting 8 world-famous peasant foods as a starting point instead of focusing only on elegant chef-created fare. Peasant foods are the kinds of foods prepared for family meals throughout the world. Here are some examples of popular peasant foods.

India’s Masa la dosa is a simple crêpe that encases mashed potatoes and is dipped in coconut chutney, pickles, and tomato-and-lentil based sauces.

Som tam from Thailand is a mixture of dried shrimp, peanuts, tomatoes, string beans and green papaya tossed in a sauce of tamarind juice, fish sauce and lime juice flavored with crushed garlic and chilies. Good with rice.

• The Polish love Pierogi-dumplings filled with all kinds of fillings from potatoes, sauerkraut, to meat or cheese topped with butter, sour cream or fried onions.

• While in Turkey, be sure to try Yalanci dolma, a mixture of rice, pine nuts, raisins and herbs wrapped in vine leaves.

Champ is a popular Irish dish. Mix mashed potatoes with spring onions, butter, salt and pepper. That’s all there is to this filling dish.

South Africans treasure their Bunny Chow.  They hollow out quarter loaves of bread, fill them with spicy curry and they’re ready to eat.

• In Canada almost every restaurant serves Poutine. Fatty but good. It consists of a stack of French fries smothered in cheese curds and rich brown gravy. If that’s not fat enough for you, they will add beef, pork and other accoutrements.

• On the leaner side is Goi cuon, a Vietnamese  dish consisting of pork, shrimp, and rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper accompanied by a special Vietnamese sauce for dipping.

These are a few of the abundant world-famous peasant foods. If you have a favorite I would love to hear about it. Please share.


  1. UK
    Pan Haggerty – thinly sliced potatoes layered with cheese and onion baked slowly until melty and tender with a brown crispy crust
    Toad In The Hole – sausages baked in a Yorkshire Pudding batter served with mashed potatoes and gravy
    Bubble & Squeak – Sunday roast leftovers, chopped and mixed and shallow fried

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