If you’re always curious when it comes to discovering new ingredients and international dishes, continue reading to discover 10 foods that start with E.
You’ll get to learn about a wide array of mouth-watering foods from different parts of the world. Such as Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
All of the delicious dishes and ingredients that are listed below are foods that I’ve personally sampled, on my trips around the world.
Some Foods That Start With E
- English Muffins
- Egg Foo Yung
- Edam Cheese
- Edamame Beans
- Edinburgh Rock
Enchiladas – Mexico
Enchiladas are corn tortillas that have been filled with beans, vegetables, meat or potatoes and usually baked in an oven.
Some of the most popular variations include beef enchiladas and chicken enchiladas. Although vegetarian, bean and cheese filled enchiladas are also commonplace.
One reason why I enjoy enchiladas so much is that they are covered with cheese and a flavorful sauce before they are baked in the oven.
Enchiladas were inspired by the corn tortillas which the ancient Mayans, folded around fish. The first Mayans who were thought to eat fish enchiladas lived in the Valley of Mexico. A region of Mexico that featured an abidance of lakes and fish.
You won’t have any trouble finding enchiladas in Mexico as they are sold on the street as well as in local eateries such as cantinas.
Empanadas – Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines
Empanadas are a fried pastry that is filled with meat, cheese, vegetables, and corn. Empanadas were invented in Spain. In 1520 empanadas were mentioned for the first time, in Spanish chef Robert de Nola’s cookbook, “Llibre del Coch”.
In Argentina, fish tacos are eaten during Lent. While in Belize empanadas are created using corn dough and are packed full of chicken and beans and topped off with cabbage and salsa.
In the northern regions of the Philippines, empanadas that offer mung beans, papaya, sausage, and egg yolk are incredibly popular.
English Muffins – The UK and the USA
English muffins are often served for breakfast in the United Kingdom. English muffins are small, flat yeast-leavened bread that is usually cut in half and lighted toasted.
Some popular spreads that are added to English muffins include butter, strawberry jam, honey, and cream cheese.
Some cafes serve breakfast sandwiches which are created using English muffins. If you’re curious, you’ll be able to try and English muffin that features bacon and egg, for breakfast.
While English muffins are associated with the UK, they were actually invented by a British ex-pat who moved to the USA. In 1880, Samuel Bath Thomas sold the first English muffins in his bakery in New York City.
Escargot – France
On to the next food on our list of foods that start with E, escargot. Sampling escargot on a trip to France should be on every traveler’s bucket list.
They are often served as an entree and usually are cooked with garlic butter, wine or chicken stock. While some chefs add extra ingredients to their escargot, such as pine nuts, parsley, and thyme.
In France, chefs remove each snail from their shell, to cook them, before placing them back into their shells, to present to their customers.
One of the reasons why escargot is one of France’s national dishes is that the French Alps in Eastern France, boast an abundance of snails.
Furthermore, snails are commonplace in most French villages and historically, were a reliable source of food.
However, the French were not the first Europeans to eat snails. As the ancient Romans used snails in a wide variety of dishes. In fact, the Romans actually farmed snails, in order to meet public demand for fresh snails.
Egg Foo Yung – China and Indonesia
Egg Foo Yung was inspired by a traditional egg-based, Chinese dish, Fu Yung, which was produced in Guangdong. The term Egg Foo Yung is Cantonese and roughly translates to “hibiscus egg”.
Foo Yung or Egg Foo Young is a Chinese omelet that often contains bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, spring onions, mushrooms, and water chestnuts. You can also order Egg Foo Yung that features chicken, shrimp, beef or roast pork.
In Indonesia, a variation of Egg Foo Yung is served with sweet and sour sauce. In the Netherlands, locals eat a similar dish named Foe Yong Hai. Foe Yong Hai is a Chinese style omelet, that is served with a sweet, tomato sauce.
Egg Foo Yung is such a popular dish that it’s also served at Chinese restaurants in the USA. In the USA it’s typical to eat Egg Foo Yung with gravy.
Edam Cheese – The Netherlands
Edam cheese is a popular type of cheese, that was named after a Dutch province, in North Holland.
Originally Edam cheese was sold in round cylinders and was covered in thick, red, wax. One of Edam cheese’s unique qualities is that it doesn’t spoil and ages well.
Between the 14th and 18th centuries, Edam cheese was the most popular cheese in the world. Due to the fact that it didn’t spoil when it was shipped to far-flung destinations around the globe.
Fresh Edam cheese has a mild flavor and tastes slightly salty and nutty. However, if you prefer cheese that has a strong, sharp taste, purchase Edam cheese which has been allowed to age.
If you end up visiting the Netherlands, it’s well worth tasting different types of Edam cheese from a local cheese store.
The best way to enjoy Edam cheese is with a glass of wine and a few crackers. Although Edam cheese also pairs nicely with fruit such as apples and pears.
Eggplant – India, China, Thailand
Eggplants grow throughout Asia are thought to have originated in India.
Eggplants still grow in abidance in India, and there are many different types of curries, that feature eggplant as a key ingredient.
Some delicious, traditional curries that are created using eggplants, include Bhurtha and Baingan ka Bharta.
I highly recommend trying out Baingan ka Bharta, for the first time. Baingan ka Bharta is prepared using eggplant, tomatoes, ginger, cilantro, and garam masala.
Eggplants also grow in China and the first written record of eggplants was written in China. Eggplants are mentioned in the Qimin Yaoshu, an agricultural document, which was written in 554.
If you explore China, it’s well worth trying out Szechuan eggplant. Eggplant that has been prepared with soy sauce, sesame seed oil, garlic, and chili.
Eierkuchen – Germany
If you have a sweet tooth, treat yourself to Eierkuchen, in Germany. Eierkuchen is a traditional crepe, that is usually filled with a chocolate spread or jam. Sometimes Eierkuchen is filled with sugar.
In order to create your own Eierkuchen, you’ll need flour, eggs, milk, sugar and canola oil. Although you’ll be able to find Eierkuchen at most German food markets. You’ll even be able to find Eierkuchen at a traditional Christmas market!
The primary difference between American pancakes and Eierkuchen is that Eierkuchen is flatter and larger than traditional pancakes.
If you’ve even tried French crepes, you’ll fall in love with Eierkuchen, after just one bite.
Edamame Beans – Japan
Edamame beans are actually young, green soybeans.
If you visit Japan, you’ll notice that they are frequently served as appetizers at Japanese bars and restaurants. Typically you’ll be served Edamame beans before you’re served an entree or main.
If you’ve never eaten Edamame beans before, eat them straight from the pod.
While in some countries Edamame beans are served with salt, in Japan, they are blanched and are served without salt. Although some restaurants sprinkle sesame seeds onto their Edamame beans.
If you like the taste of Edamame beans, you’re in luck as Japan produces countless snacks which are Edamame bean flavored. Such as Edamame bean flavored potato chips.
Edinburgh Rock – Scotland
Edinburgh rock is a sweet that resembles colorful pieces of chalk and many adults fondly remember eating Edinburgh rock in their youth.
Each packet of Edinburgh rock usually offers yellow, white, pink, orange and green pieces of candy.
While you may be slightly hesitant to pop a piece of Edinburgh rock into your mouth, as it resembles chalk, it has a pleasant, sweet taste. Better yet it will crumble in your mouth as it has a soft, crumbly texture.
Edinburgh rock was invented in the 19th century by Alexander Ferguson. A businessman who opened a successful confectionery business in Edinburgh.
Due to the success of his mouth-watering creation, Ferguson was able to retire early and lived out the rest of his life, in his hometown of Doune.
There is a persistent rumor that Ferguson discovered Edinburgh rock by accident after leaving out a tray of sweets, for too long.
If you’re a foodie as well as an avid traveler, hopefully, you discover a few foods that start with E, that you’ll be able to seek out, on your upcoming international adventures.
Especially if you enjoy sampling authentic, local cuisines and have a strong, healthy sense of adventure.
As a bonus, hopefully, you also learned a few surprising facts about a few international foods, that will impress your travel companions.