Are you the type of person who loves to try different types of food? Because I love to do it. It is not only about knowing different flavors but also understanding the history behind every dish. If you want to know more about gastronomy around the world, you have to keep reading.
Fortunately for you, there’s no need to travel around the world to know more about dishes. In this article, you will get to know 10 amazing foods that come from different parts of the world and I decided to order the dishes by letter. This article will only cover foods that start with F.
What are some foods that start with F?
- Fegato Alla Veneziana
- Fig Roll
- Foi Thong
Are you ready? Here we go.
Amazing Foods that Start with F
Fabada – Spain
This is a dish that comes from the northern Spanish region of Asturias. It is believed that this dish exists since the 17th century when poorer people would mix faves with any meat leftover. If you are planning to visit Spain you need to try this dish.
This meal is made with fabes (white beans) combined with different types of sausage, pork, chorizo as well as spices like saffron.
To prepare it you just need to cover the beans with hot water and allow them to stand overnight.
Fill a dutch with water and bring to a boil. Add salt pork, allow it to boil and pout out water. Drain water from the beans and place them in a dutch oven. Pour in water and bring to a boil. Stir in the spices, beef, ham, pork, and wait until the beans are tender and you have a delicious dish.
Faggot – United Kingdom
Are you ready to travel to England? Faggots are a typical British food that was originated in Western England and gained popularity during the food rationing in world war II.
They are a larger version of meatballs that is traditionally made from pork and parts from the animal that is generally discarded like the heart and liver which makes it a cheap dish.
The meat is mix with a combination of herbs, spices, onions, and in certain British regions, they add breadcrumbs to give it a crunchy taste. This mixture is rolled into large balls and wrapped in caul fat to hold them together.
Fegato Alla Veneziana – Italy
This dish will take you to Venezia, it is a signature meal in the city. Are you part of the small team who loves organ meats? Because this dish consists of the calf’s liver. But it doesn’t have the mineral taste that is so common in the liver.
The origins of this dish go back to the Romans who cooked liver with figs to disguise its mineral taste, later they replaced the figs with onions to add a sweet taste.
This dish contains calf liver with its peel-off, olive oil, butter, parsley, pepper, yellow onions, and it is served with soft polenta which is a cream made with cornmeal.
Feijoada – Europe
Are you a fan of beans and beef? Then you are going to love this dish. There are two versions of its origins. The first one states that it comes from slavery time when slaves would put together the leftovers of beans and meat from its owners to create a meal.
The other version states that it comes from the European settlers to create a cheap stew that wouldn’t demand much of time. It is known as “food of the soul” because it puts you in a state of pleasure and happiness.
It is typically cooked with black beans. These are stewed at a low heat over a long time with pork, chunks of beef or jerked beef. In some regions, vegetables like pumpkins, carrots, potatoes, and kale are added.
Fig Roll – Egypt
Have you ever tried the fig newtons? If you love them you should know that they are based on the fig roll recipe which is originated from Egypt. It was traded by sailors and explorers of the region until it became popular in Southern Asia.
In 1892 James Mitchell received a patent and created a pastry that was made based on the homemade recipe.
The pastry of this snack is dry and crumbly. If you want a softer pastry you can add almonds and nuts. The filling contains soft dried figs which provide an intense flavor. After trying them you won’t eat American fig Newtons again and will rather prepare your own fig rolls.
Finikia – Greece
Also known as melomakarona, it is a Greek dessert that is an essential part of every Christmas dinner. They look like biscuit cookies and have different variations according to the region of Greece.
This recipe is delicious and easy to do but requires a lot of time to ensure the cookies have the right shape and taste.
If you want to prepare them and feel like you are in a Greek Christmas dinner for a day, you will need basic ingredients like purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, extra virgin olive oil, orange juice, brandy, and sugar.
One of the most important parts of this recipe is the syrup which is made from honey. The cookies should be dipped in the syrup right after getting out the oven to let them absorb the honey. Once they are ready, they are rolled in walnuts. In a variation, they are deep-fried.
Flauta – Mexico
Flautas are a signature Mexican street-style food. They are usually served as an appetizer and are called “flautas” because they look like the musical instrument flute. They come from Sinaloa, a state of northern Mexico.
Flautas consist of a corn tortilla that has a small amount of filling that can be shredded chicken, beef, fish, etc.
Flautas are rolled-up and deep-fried to achieve a crunchy taste and a golden-brown color. Toppings are usually added to the flautas. You can either choose cheese, sour cream, vegetables or whatever you prefer. This dish is pretty easy to prepare.
Foi Thong – Portugal
This is a popular Thai dessert that has a lot of influence from the Portuguese gastronomy and it is based on a treat called “fios de ovos”. Its name translates to golden threads because it is what it looks like. It was first introduced to the royal court of Ayutthaya by Maria Guyomar de Pinha in the 17th century.
It is made by drizzling eggs yolks, through a narrow Foi Thong funnel, into a sugar syrup long, and delicious golden threads. Pandan leaves are usually added to the syrup to give it a special taste as well as a jasmine scent.
This dessert is usually served at weddings and formal ceremonies. You can prepare this recipe at home. It doesn’t only looks wonderful but it also tastes delicious.
Fougasse – France
It is a flatbread that comes originally from France. It is believed that was originally used to calculate the temperature of a wood fire oven. The time it would take to be ready would give an idea of when the rest of the bread could be loaded.
It is usually served as an appetizer. The bread has open areas that allow it to bake quickly and have a crunchy surface.
By itself, it is an excellent dish. You can dip it in olive oil or vinegar or make a French version of a calzone with cheese, Roquefort, goat cheese, dried fruits, nuts, olives or bacon.
Francesinha – Portugal
This is a Portuguese sandwich that was created in 1953 by Daniel Da Silva. A returned emigrant from France who wanted to adapt the croque-monsieur (a French sandwich) to give it a Portuguese taste.
It has a secret beer sauce with a red or orange color. Many people believe that the sauce is what makes it taste so delicious. It is made with bread, cured ham, chipolata, steak, and roast meat. The sandwich is then covered with melted cheese and a thick sauce. It is a signature dish from Porto.
Fugu – Japan
Our last trip will be to Japan! Fugu is a blowfish that can be more poisonous than cyanide. When it is in danger it pulls itself into a spiny, balloon shape and has a poisonous chemical called tetrodotoxin which is found in the skin, blood, ovaries, and liver of the fish.
The poison from this fish can cause numbness in the mouth, paralysis, and death. It is an expensive meal that starts at $120.
The preparation of this dish is controlled by the Japanese government. The chefs who prepare this dish need to be qualified. It will take them three or more years to obtain the license to prepare the Fugo. Even the smallest mistake in the preparation could be fatal.
There are different ways to prepare this meal. You can eat it fried, in a salad, in sashimi, cutting it in thin slices, or smoked. Would you dare to try it?
Each country has a rich culture and gastronomy full of history. We hope that you enjoyed this quick world travel and were able to learn more about the history behind every dish.
Have you tried any of these meals? Which one is your favorite? If you haven’t tried any of these dishes, prepare them the next time you are looking to try new and intense flavors. Except for Fugo. You would have to go to Japan to try that out!