You might think that grilled food is the same everywhere but you will be surprised that in many countries, there is more to it than just throwing some meat on the ricette barbecue. In fact, there are some wonderful grilled food options from around the world that you might consider trying for yourself. Each dish may require a different style of cooking, some ingenious combinations of ingredients, or a marinate that you have never tried before.
Here are 5 different countries and their most popular BBQ-styled foods that you can try at home.
Japan – Yakitori
No this is not a sushi dish despite sounding like one. Yakitori is essentially street food sold in Japan. It involves skewering small pieces of chicken or chicken innards and grilling them over white charcoal. This charcoal is used because it is smokeless, burns for longer and burns at a lower heat. Tasty, this dish is usually sold with beer and is popular with busy workers coming home from work.
Korea – Bulgogi
Korea is just as big a fan of grilled foods as America is and Bulgogi is one of their favorites. This thinly sliced beef is marinated in soy sauce with other additions such as sesame, scallions, and pears. It is grilled and then served alongside vegetables and herbs. If you have the ingredients, why not try it out?
India – Tandoor
Who doesn’t love Indian food? Well, they are fond of grilling too and Tandoor is a must-try. Skewered chicken that has been marinated in yoghurt, garam masala, and a selection of other spices, is cooked at very high temperatures to purposely bring out a grilled taste among the other traditional Indian flavors.
China – Char Siu
Char Siu translates to fork roast which is an understandable name considering how it is cooked. This is pork which has been marinated in five-spice and honey and other seasonings. Using long forks, the meat is then placed over a fire or barbeque until cooked. The end result is one of the meat that is covered in a thick yet delicious sauce.
Mexico – Barbacoa
Did you know that the term barbeque actually comes from barbacoa? Other than a type of cooking, barbacoa is actually in Mexico too. There is not too much in terms of ingredients other than a goat or cow meat. Traditionally, the meat is wrapped in leaves and thrown into an underground pit which cooks the meat slowly. Of course, a BBQ will do if you do not have access to your own pit!
We bet you are getting hungry after reading those fantastic grilled foods from around the world. You might even be thinking about getting your BBQ set up so that you can try some of them out! As long as you have the ingredients, most of the above can be done at home on the BBQ and would actually make for a great idea the next time you have friends over.