If you are a foodie, like myself, you will know the horrors of entering a restaurant and being subjected to choose just one of many delicious dishes. Therefore I present to you a foodie’s dream come true; all the food from all over the world in 24 hours on UK time, as each country enters the New Year!
New Zealand @ 11:00am
Kick start your day with Maori Hangi; meat and vegetables traditionally slow-cooked in an underground oven.
Follow it up with Hokey Pokey; caramelised honeycomb flavoured ice cream. The original recipe consisted of solid toffee however around 1980 small balls of honeycomb become a marketing seller.
Australia @ 1:00pm
Lunch calls for Vegemite Toast; a thick, black food spread made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with celery, onions and a mix of spice additives. The product was invented by Dr. Cyril P. Callister, a chemist at Australian company Fred Walker & Co. in 1922.
Pudding is Lamingtons; a square-shaped sponge, with two layers of cream or jam, dipped in chocolate and coated with desiccated coconut. The National Trust of Queensland voted this treat an Australian icon and named it after Lord Lamington, a former Governor of Queensland.
Japan @ 3:00pm
A perfect light afternoon meal of Sushi; rice seasoned with rice vinegar mix, mixed with seafood/vegetables/nori and dipped into soy sauce and wasabi.
Together with a bowl of warm Ramen; wheat noodles served in soy sauce or miso soup mixed with pork, green onion, seaweed and egg.
China @ 4:00pm
As we start to creep into the evening, opt for Peking Duck; roast duck served with spring onions, pancakes, sweet bean sauce, and cucumber. It originates from the Yuan dynasty in Beijing and has an interesting preparation procedure.
Eat your duck with Dumplings; pieces of dough wrapped around a filling (rice/meat/seafood/vegetables). Jiao zi are crescent-shaped dumplings served boiled or steamed, guo tie are potstickers and fried jiao zi, bao zi are steamed buns amd shao mai are unsealed dumplings.
Malaysia @ 4:00pm
Go steady on the dumplings because Malaysia also enters the New Year at the same time as China. Of course, you must have Nasi Lemak; rice steamed with coconut milk and pandan leaves served with ikan billis, peanuts, sliced cucumber, boiled egg and sambal.
There are way too many dishes to choose from, so this second dish is a little bias but you won’t complain because it is definitely one of Malaysia’s tastiest dishes. Go for Sarawak’s Prawn Laksa; rice vermicelli, shredded omelette and cooked prawns in an aromatic broth, with sambal and lime served on the side.
Thailand @ 5:00pm
Start the evening with Pad Thai; rice noodles stir-fried with egg, tofu/seafood/meat and vegetables, flavoured with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, shrimp paste, garlic, red chili peppers and palm sugar, served with lime and roasted peanuts. This dish literally translates to “fried Thai” and came about in the late 1930’s.
Afterwards eat Mango Sticky Rice; a dessert made of glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. Eat this one fresh because the rice tends to dry out if left too long.
Vietnam @ 5:00pm
Again, don’t eat too much Thai food because Vietnam joins Thailand at 5:00pm. Have yourself a small bowl of Pho; rice noodles, beef, herbs and vegetables in a broth. This dish is a popular street food and originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam.
As a side dish, eat some Salad Rolls, also known as Gỏi Cuốn; pork, prawn, vegetables and rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper. These rolls originate from China and have been modified to suit local tastes.
India @ 6:30pm
After the fresh and light taste of Vietnam it is time for something a little spicer, we go for Khichdi; pot meal of rice and lentils. It is considered to be the healthiest food in India and is eaten by poor and rich alike, irrespective of their class.
I am going to be a little bias again and name the second dish based on how much I enjoyed it when a friend cooked it for me, though still very common in India, I give you Chole; chickpea curry made from chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, garlic ginger and Indian spices.
Russia @ 9:00pm
Having had a few hours break, it is time for more dumplings, Pelmeni; thin dough filled with minced meat and spices such as pepper, onions and garlic. These can be served alone, in butter, in soup broth or topped with sour cream.
Which brings us onto another favourite Russian meal, soup, and in this instance we are going for Shchi; a typical cabbage soup made from either fresh or fermented cabbage together with potatoes, carrots, onions and meat.
Greece @ 10:00pm
By now you may be feeling quite full, so here is a little break and a lighter snack of Olives; pickled with garlic, rosemary, feta cheese, almonds or jalapeños. The ancient Greeks smeared olive oil on their bodies and hair as a matter of grooming and good health.
Match it with some Souvlaki; chunks of meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer. If you have the stomach of a beast, also have it with pitta bread and tzatziki.
Poland @ 11:00pm
The Polish really know how to celebrate the festive season with food so a whole list of food could go in here, when I asked my friend for one dish she recommended over 8! So it was a tough choice but we opt for Pierogi; very small white dumplings filled with sauerkraut, mushrooms cheese and potatoes or fruit.
Polish cuisine is rich in meat so we also have Zrazy Zawijane; beef rolls stuffed with bacon, gherkin and onion or red pepper, in a spicy sauce.
Morocco @ 11:00pm
By now you are probably full of food and alcohol, do not fear, we are not too far from the finish line. Entertain your taste buds with Tajine; a slow-cooked savoury stew made up of meat/fish together with vegetables/fruit. Typical spices include ginger, cumin, tumeric, cinnamon and saffron.
We have not had anything sweet since Thailand, so now we eat some Kaab El Ghazal; pastry stuffed with almond paste and topped with sugar.
United Kingdom @ 12:00am
This one required no research, feel incredibly British at midnight by eating a Full English Breakfast; bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms, buttered toast, black pudding and baked beans.
One must also have Cream Tea; fresh scones with clotted cream and jam.
United States @ 5:00am
Continue to party through the early hours, or get a few hours kip, before we indulge in a sweet breakfast, Hotcakes; a stack of two or three pancakes topped with maple syrup and fruit.
Inspired by Thanksgiving, we should go for Pumpkin Pie; pie with a pumpkin custard filling and topped with cream.
Mexico @ 6:00am
If you have made it this far, you are one hell of a hero. Just two more to go, Chilaquiles; fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green/red salsa, pulled chicken, cheese and cream.
End this mighty feasting session with Chicken Mole; chicken breast coated with a chili chocolate sauce.