Confused about what to order in international cuisine? Try these

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The thing about international cuisines is that on the one hand you have amazing deals and offers waiting for you on apps like Clicktable for when you are planning to eat out, but on the other hand, you don’t exactly always know what to order. We have become quite adept at ordering pizzas and pastas, but when it comes to international dishes, we are always puzzled. If you too fall into the same pod, you could give these suggestions a try:
 
 
Pastas, pizzas, and spaghetti are some of the most common dishes from Italian cuisine. But if you want to traverse more into Italian dishes, here’s something that you could try –
 
Ravioli
 
Raviolis are rather like dumplings which are made by stuffing a filling in between two pasta sheets. This dish is generally served with broth or pasta sauce.

 
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Bruschetta
 
This is an antipasto, or starter, and is made with bread that has been rubbed with olive oil and garlic. Bruschetta may be personalized, based on the toppings that are added to it. Some of the most famous bruschetta toppings include tomatoes, onions, olives, ham, cheese, etc.

 
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Risotto
 

This is a rice dish made with Carnaroli, Arborio or Vialone Nano rice, which can be cooked with different types of stocks. The dish is slow cooked till it attains a rather creamy consistency. This is the most common form of cooking rice in Italy.

 
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Lasagna
 
This is the oldest type of pasta and is made in layers. This dish can be veg or non-veg, depending on what is added between the layers. There is no better comfort food than a plate of fresh piping hot lasagna with your favorite foods, put between pasta sheets and cheese, and oven-baked to perfection!

 
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Quesadillas and tacos have been around for so long that we’ve almost forgotten that they come from Mexican cuisine.
 
Enchiladas
 

This one is a rather simple dish with tons of flavor. An enchilada is a corn tortilla wrapped around a variety of fillings and topped with a chili pepper sauce. Some of the most popular enchilada fillings are black beans, chicken, cheese, green salad, avocadoes, etc.

 
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Chimichangas
 
This one is a burrito that went swimming – in hot oil. A deep fried burrito, the chimichanga is typically prepared in a flour tortilla and is bursting with cheese, veggies, meat, seasonings, and of course, flavor.

 
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Tostadas
 

Tostada basically means toasted. So if you take a tortilla, toast it, and add some toppings, you get what is generally offered in restaurants as a tostada. Varying from restaurant to restaurant, you can get tostadas in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. There could be minced meat and cheese over your tortilla, or you might prefer choosing a corn and sour cream version.

 
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Chili
 

Known in Mexico as a Chili Con Carne, this dish is a spicy little stew that is made with meat and chili peppers, mostly cooked along with tomatoes and beans.

 
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Referring to the Thai and Chinese cuisines mainly, we know that we have already made chili chicken, Manchurians, chop suey, and fried rice our own. But what else does this cuisine offer?
 
Kung Pao (Chinese)
 

Kung Pao, also known as Gong Bao or Kung Po at some places, is a stir-fry that is made with chicken, vegetables, peanuts, and chili peppers. This dish can range from slight to pretty spicy; all you have to do is ask for it. It pairs rather well with fried rice.

 
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Wontons (Chinese)
 

These are basically dumplings with a rather different shape. Mostly, wontons are served in soups or can sometimes be deep fried. The wonton wrappers can be filled with everything from minced pork to grated veggies, and unless served in a soup, can be enjoyed with a sweet chili sauce.

 
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Pad Thai (Thai)
 

This is a stir-fry noodle dish that has soaked dried noodles. The ingredients that are commonly added to this dish include eggs, tofu, fish sauce, tamarind pulp, shrimp, and spices.

 
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Thukpa (Tibetan)
 
Originating from the Eastern part of Tibet, this dish is a clear noodle soup. It also has a number of variations which differ, based on the spices and the vegetables or meats that are added to the preparation.

 
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Greek cuisine is still rather young in India, with most dishes still to reach popularity. However, if you find yourself in a Greek restaurant, here’s something to help you order –
 
Moussaka
 

Moussaka is a potato or eggplant based dish that may or may not include ground meat (if you order it of course). This dish has a number of local variations but is mostly served hot and layered with potato and eggplant, with layers of meat or veggies in between. A wholesome dish to have, don’t forget to ask for some bread for the perfect balance of flavor.

 
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Baklava
 

Baklava is a dessert that is a sweet, rich pastry. It is made with numerous layers of filo that is sweetened, filled with chopped nuts, and held together with honey or sweet syrup.

 
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Papoutsakia
 

This is an extra juicy and succulent dish, made with an eggplant that is stuffed with ground meat, cheese, and other ingredients like onions, tomatoes, and seasonings.

 
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Dolmades
 

This is a great vegetarian appetizer. It is made with grape or vine leaves that are stuffed with rice and herbs, rolled, and then cooked. This dish should be served cool or at room temperature.

 
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We know about Pita, and shawarma rolls have marked their place, but here are some more dishes that this delectable cuisine has to offer:
 
Tabbouleh
 

This is a vegetarian salad that is made with tomatoes, onions, mint, parsley, and bulgur; seasoned with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt; and traditionally served as a part of mezze (starters).

 
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Kibbeh
 

This dish is made with bulgur, ground meat, onions, and Middle Eastern Spices. After being cooked, the dish can either be served raw with dips or in broths.

 
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Baba Ghanoush
 
Another mezze dish, baba ghanoush is made from eggplants. The eggplants are cooked with tahini and various spices and are mostly eaten with khubz (pita).

 
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Fattoush
 

The fattoush is a flat bread salad that is made with toasted or fried pita and mixed with a lot of vegetables and seasoning.

 
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Now that we are through with this short guide, you shouldn’t feel too confused about what you want to eat the next time you’re at an international cuisine restaurant.
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