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Top 100 Food Items of All Time

Foods are the most addictive things in the world
There are uncountable food items in the world. You won’t be able to eat each and every food item that is in the world in your lifetime. Each country has its own food specialty.

In this article, we’ll be listing the top 100 food items of all time from all around the world.

1. Pizza


Pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world. It originates in the ancient middle east as a flatbread. The Romans and Greeks take it to the next level by adding local spices and olive oil on top of the flatbread.
Today we have over 100 distinct types of Pizza all over the world.
2. Sushi
Sushi is Japanese famous food. Sushi is basically a sheet of dry seaweed that has rice and filling in it. The taste of food makes food famous around the world.
3. Cheeseburger
Hamburgers come in different sizes, shapes, and tastes but among all the hamburgers, the cheeseburger is the most popular one.
The slice of cheese between the burger gives the taste that makes people addicted to it.
4. Dim Sum
If you’re looking for something to eat with tea Dim Sum is the best option. Dim Sum comes with all flavors. It is popular all over the world. And some countries like Nepal have a unique Dim Sum called Momo.
The taste of Momo’s is just out of the world. You should try it.
5. Jiaozi
Jiaozi is another type of dumpling similar to Momo’s and Dim Sum popularly found in China and Asian countries. This dumpling contains meat and vegetable filling and is usually served as a side dish, appetizer, and sometimes as a main course.
6. Ramen
Ramen is another famous noodle soup in Asian countries. The food was first introduced in Japan in 1910 and since then it has become one of the most popular foods in Japan.
7. Mochi
As is famous for its food and culture. That is the reason Asia has lots of food that is popular all over the world.
Mochi is also Japanese cuisine. Though the making process is lengthy, the taste of the food is worth the effort.
8. Paella
Paella is a Spanish food similar to Indian Biryani. They make this food with saffron-flavored rice, seafood, vegetables, and meat. Paella is a classic Spanish dish that is found everywhere in the country.
9. Tacos
Taco is a national dish of Mexico which is famous in America and Europe. Taco is basically a baked tortilla topped with many ingredients.
10. Sashimi
Sashimi is another famous Japanese dish famous worldwide. More than the taste, people fall in love with the texture and decoration of the food. Sashimi comprises raw sliced fish, shellfish, or meat.
11. Kofta or Kofte
Kofta is made of ground beef and lamb which is usually fired meatballs. You’ll find Kofta mostly in every country of the world. But the most popular destination in Turkey and India.
12. Croissant

Croissant is crescent-shaped pastries made of pure butter and yeast that is filled with chocolate, jam raisins, or cream cheese. Croissant is one of the most famous foods in Europe, particularly France.

13. Risotto
Risotto is one of the oldest dishes that still follow the same cooking process and uses the same ingredient. The primary ingredient of Risotto is rice, stock, parmesan, onions, saffron, and wine.
Risotto is famous in Italy and other parts of Europe.
14. Pizza Napoletana
The origin of Pizza Napoletana can be traced back to the early 1700. There are only two types of Pizza Napoletana a) Marinara and b) Mozzarella. The preparation process is simple, and the ingredient used is also simple. You’ll need tomato sauce, garlic, and oregano.
15. Cupcake
I am sure you have heard of Cupcakes. You’ll find it in every part and corner of the world. It’s a tiny cake baked in a thin paper or aluminum.
16. Pasta Carbonara
We exactly don’t know in which country Pasta Carbonara originated but people claim it to be a Roman dish.
Pasta Carbonara is basically a combination of spaghetti, cured pork jowl, egg yolks, and Pecorino Romano cheese.
17. Roti
Roti is a traditional Indian food that has become famous worldwide. It is a flatbread made with whole meal flour. There are many variations of Roti such as Tandoori Roti, Makki di Roti, and Chapati.
18. Canape
Canape is a single bit appetizer popular in Europe and America. Canape is made of a thin slice of bread or crackers that are covered with sausages, seafood, olives, and cheese.
19. Mac and Cheese
If you’re in America, you know how popular Mac and Cheese is in America. Literally, every restaurant has Mac and Cheese on their menu.
Mac and Cheese comprise melted cheddar cheese and firm macaroni pasta.
20. Cheddar
Cheddar is a cow milk cheese that is famous all over the world. The origin of Cheddar can be traced back to the 12th century. It’s basically a hard cheese made from pasteurized cow’s milk which when kept longer gives sharper flavor.
21. Wagashi
Wagashi is a single bit of traditional sweets in Japan. Wagashi is made of grains and azuki beans which is usually served with tea.
This Japanese sweet has three variations a) Namagashi (fresh confectionery), b) Han Namagashi (half-dry confectionery), and c) Higashi (dry confectionery).
22. Spaghetti
Spaghetti is an Italian dish first in the 12th century. It’s a type of pasta that comprises Durum flour and water. Sicily is the home of the first dried pasta.
23. Burrito
Mexican food made of a wheat flour tortilla with meat, beans, rice, and cheese filling. We can trace the origin of Burrito back to the 19th century but it only appears in an American restaurant in the early 1920s.
24. Pad Thai
Pad Thai is the national dish of Thailand. This is one of the most flavorful dishes in the world which comprises rice noodles, tofu, dried shrimp, bean sprouts, and eggs.
25. Hamburger


Hamburger is not only famous in America. You’ll find Hamburger in the remotest part of the world. It has become so popular that there are over hundred types of Hamburger all over the world.
But a traditional Hamburger comprises meat patties, tomato slices, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, ketchup, and salsa.
26. Fondue
Have you tried a melting pot of unique flavors and aromas? If not yet, try Fondue which is a national dish of Switzerland. The ingredient used in Fondue is cheese and cherry brandy or white wine that add flavor to the dish.
27. Mousse
Mousse is a French origin creamy sweet which is made of egg whites or whipped cream. The most popular flavor of Mousse is chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
28. Tea
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. An Afternoon which is an old British tradition makes tea famous worldwide. Tea comes in all forms and flavor and it is popular among people as a morning hot drink.
29. Tiramisu
Tiramisu which is an Italian dessert was invented recently, but it has become an all-time favorite for the majority of the dessert lovers.
The dessert has a coffee-soaked layer with mascarpone cream in it.
30. Wonton
Another Chinese dish that is famous and one of the most preferred food items of all time. Wonton is a thin-skinned dumpling that has meat, seafood, or vegetable filling. It is similar to Nepal’s national food Momo.
31. Yakiniku
Yakiniku is a Korean dish famous for its cooking technique. We can call the cooking process as grilling. The only difference is Japanese and Koreans use a table grill to cook bite-sized pieces of meat and vegetables.
32. Ricotta
Ricotta is basically a fresh soft cheese made from goat, cow, and sheep. But the famous Ricotta is made from Italian water buffalo milk.
You should understand that it’s not cheese. It’s a creamy curd made by reheating the whey.
33. Brownies
Brownies are one of the most popular American desserts. The chocolate used for preparing brownies is top quality, dark and bittersweet. If the chocolate lacks quality, the brownies won’t give the desired taste and texture.
34. Milkshake
Milkshakes is another cold beverage preferred by 90% of the population in the world. Its icy flavored milk top with ice cream. Today there are lots of syrups that make the drink even better.
35. Yakitori
Yakitori is another popular Japanese grilled chicken dish. Small pieces of chicken meat are skewered on a Japanese special skewer called Kushi. The best part that makes the dish delicious is the seasoning either during or after the grilling.
36. Feta
Feta is another famous cheese from Greek which is also known as “the princess of cheeses.” The process of making this cheese different from other cheese. This cheese has a mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk and the latter is less than 30%.
37. Mozzarella
Mozzarella is an ancient cheese-making process that can be traced back to 4th BCE. This food item is even mentioned in the 1570 cookery book of Bartolomeo Scappi who is a famous Renaissance chef.
Mozzarella is made of whole cow milk that is fresh and soft.
38. Tortilla
Tortilla is a Mexican origin and has been in the culture for thousands of years. The olden process of preparing Tortilla is present even today among some native Indian groups.
Tortillas are basically used to wrap tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
39. Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips are famous in England and Europe. But due to its taste, it’s become an all-time favorite for foodies all around the world.
Fish and Chips as you already know by the dish name consists of fried fish and potatoes.
40. Churrasco
Churrasco is a Brazilian way of making a barbecue. The barbecuing process uses big skewers and wood fire to grill beef, pork, chicken, and other juicy meat pieces.
41. Doughnuts
Who in the world does not like Doughnuts? It’s one of the famous fried cakes that have holes in the center. It’s a kind of dessert and cake at the same time.

42. Pho
Are you a fan of soups? If yes you should try Pho which is a Vietnamese noodle soup. Pho is a national dish of Vietnam and you find it at every street corner. People of Vietnam love Pho and you will become a fan too once you taste it.
43. Biryani
Biryani is an Indian classical dish that can be traced back to the Mughal Empire. It’s a popular dish that is becoming famous worldwide.
The primary ingredient used for making biryani is rice. Though rice might be the major part of the dish, the taste is produced by the spices, the meat, vegetables, and other ingredients in it.
44. Macaron’s
Macaron’s origin was in Italy in the year 1533. But back then Macaron’s were made without the fillings.
It’s basically sandwiched but is small, sweet, and has light filling in the middle.
45. Tagliatelle al ragù alla Bolognese
Tagliatelle is one of the famous and one of Bologna’s signature dishes. It is known as spaghetti Bolognese in other parts of the world. Though the texture and the taste might differ from place to place the cooking process remains the same.
46. Fried Chicken

The most popular food in the world. Who doesn’t like Fried Chicken? Just thinking about it my mouth is watering.
Fried Chicken is basically a piece of chicken cooked in hot boiled oil.
47. Ceviche
Let’s travel to Peru. If you ever happen to travel Peru don’t miss out the delicious Ceviche which is a national food of Peru.
The food contains raw fish, some species, onion, chili peppers and lime juice.
48. Baozi
Here is another Chinese dish that is perfect for morning breakfast. It’s a snack or you can call it a steamed bun made with bread called Mantou. There are a variety of Baozi with different flavor filling in it.
49. Hummus
This is another popular dish that is popular internationally. The flavor is a bit tangy and that’s what makes people like it.
Hummus is made with mashed chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon juice and garlic.
50. Sundae
Sundae is one of the most preferred ice-creams in America and around the world. It is topped with flavor sauce and syrup and usually served in a bowl.
51. Laksa
Laksa is another popular noodle soup found in many southeast Asian countries. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia are some of the countries where Laksa is famous.
There are two famous versions of Laksa a) Asam Laksa and b) Laksa. People love to eat Laksa as a main course.
52. Gyoza
Here is another famous Japanese dumpling. Gyoza is similar to Chinese Jiaozi dumpling but the recipe is slightly different. Chinese Jiaozi gives you Chinese taste and Gyoza gives you Japanese taste.
Gyoza is made of flour, eggs, and water. It has a mixture of meat and vegetables stuffed in it.
53. Tempura
Tempura is also a Japanese dish. Unlike any other dishes Tempura is a little different. It’s a Japanese version of deep-fried seafood.
Some of the commonly used ingredients are squid, small crabs, scallops, shrimp, and vegetables like mushrooms, snow peas, and Japanese eggplant.
54. Falafel
Falafel is an Israeli fast food which is now popular all over the world. It is particularly made of chickpea and has high protein in it.
55. Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are made of thin sheets of dough filled with delicious ingredients that are deep-fried in hot oil. The common filling in the spring rolls includes shredded, pork, shrimp, mushrooms, and cabbage.
Though it is a Chinese traditional snack, it is popular worldwide.
56. Miso Soup
Another traditional Soup from Japan. Miso soup is a soy-based soup. To prepare the soup you’ll need Miso paste, Dashi and seaweed or tofu. This soup is one of the healthiest soup in the world.
57. Barbecue Dish
Barbecue dishes are increasingly becoming popular all over the world. But particularly in America. Barbecue is a Caribbean style of smoke meat cooking.
Barbecue used to be popular in rural areas but today we could find a barbecue set up in most all urban houses.
58. Baklava
Baklava is a famous dessert popular in Turkey, Asia, and the Middle east. The dessert has layers of thin phyllo dough, chopped nuts, and sweet syrup.
59. Lasagna
Lasagna is a flat sheet of dough cut into strips. Basically, it’s a type of pasta that has its own flavor. The dish is made of flour and water by boiling in salty water.
60. Cremeschnitte
Cremeschnitte is a classical European dessert that is known for its taste and texture. The most popular flavor of Cremeschnitte is custard cream cake flavor with vanilla.
61. Kare
Kare is a type of curry famous in Japanese cuisine. The first introduction of Kare was recorded in between 1868-1912. The best way to bring out the taste of Kare is to eat it with rice.
62. Tortas
Tortas is a Mexican sandwich that is filled with delicious ingredients. This sandwich is unique in its own way that adds the flavor and taste of Mexico.
63. Creme Brulee
This is another popular European classic dessert. The dessert is served in a bowl that comprise egg yolks, cream, sugar, vanilla, and roasted toffee crust.
64. Souffle
This is another French dessert that is popular all over the world for its soft and airy texture. Souffle is made of pudding or cream base and a meringue made of egg whites.
65. Pizza Margherita
I am sure you have heard of this name Pizza. It’s one of the most popular types of Pizza in the world. Pizza Margherita is made to resemble the colors of Italian flag.
66. Panna Cotta
Another simple yet tasty dessert in Italy. Panna Cotta is considered to be a traditional Piedmontese dessert today because of its taste and simplicity.
67. Guacamole
Guacamole is made of ripe mashed avocados, onions, and chiles and is seasoned with sea sale and coriander. It’s one of the world-famous buttery dishes.
68. Chutney
Chutney is one of the most eaten side dishes in India and other parts of Asia. Mostly Indians like eating chicken, chapati, parathas with chutney. Chutney comes in different tastes and flavors and can be made of literally any vegetables and fruits.
69. Kimchi
Kimchi is a form of pickles that is famous in Korea. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable pickle that is eaten as a starter or side dish in Korea.
70. Tofu
Tofu is a Chinese vegan product that is similar to cheese in texture. But it’s not cheese.
71. Borscht
Borscht is one of the famous Ukrainian dishes. It’s a form of soup made with meat, bone stock, vegetables, and fermented beetroot juice.
72. Quiche
Quiche is a French Pie made of eggs, cream, bacon, cheese, mushrooms, and sometimes seafood. And it’s one of the most popular pies in the French.
73. Borek
Borek is famous in Turkey and some parts of Asia. It’s a sweet wrap in a thin sheet of dough made of flour water and salt.
74. Enchiladas
If you love eating tortilla’s you will love Enchiladas. Enchiladas is a form of tortilla that is filled with cheese, meat, or fish and is served best with chile-based sauce.
75. Onigiri
Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball that is moist, chewy, and hearty. The balls are filled with salmon, plums, pickled, mushrooms, and other vegetables.
76. Fudge
Fudge is a creamy cube made with milk, sugar, and butter. To add flavor, it is topped with different flavorings. It’s one of the most popular dishes in America.
77. Gaufre
Gaufre is a waffle that is popular in Belgium and Europe. It is made of thick dough or a thin batter and top with flavor syrup.
78. Makizushi
Makizushi is a Japanese Sushi known for its texture, taste, and aroma. You need only two ingredients to prepare Makizushi, rice, and fish. There are lots of other Makizushi but the most famous one is rolled sushi.
79. Moussaka
Moussaka, one of the famous Greek dishes, consists of ground lamb meat, eggplant, and a thick layer of bechamel sauce. This dish is also popular in the Middle East and some parts of Europe.
80. Pavlova
Pavlova is one of the tastiest desserts in the world. It contains egg whites, sugar, vinegar and cornstarch.
81. Churros

If you’re looking for something crispy that is famous and tastes good Churros is for you. This Spanish sweet treat has taken over the world.
Churros is a deep-fried yeast doubt encrusted with sugar.
82. Quesadilla
Quesadilla is another famous Mexican snack made of flour or corn tortilla. The tortilla is filled with melted cheese, meat, beans, or potatoes.
83. Tamal
Tamal has a lot of variety, it can either be savory or sweet depending on which country you’re in. It is made of masa dough and has a filling in it. It’s one of the common foods of Mexico and America.
84. Bulgogi
Another delicious Asian food which consists of spicy slide meat and vegetables. It is often eaten as a side dish or appetizer.
85. Bibimbap
Bibimbap is a mixed cooked rice dish famous in South Korea and some parts of Asia. The dish consists of stem rice, sliced beef, vegetables, soy sauce, and a raw egg.
86. Shabu-Shabu
Here is another popular Japanese dish that is easy to prepare and tastes delicious. Shabu-shabu mainly consists of sliced meat and vegetables.
87. Pommes Frites
Pommes Frites was invented in Belgium and has gained popularity all over the world. There is no difference between French fries and Pommes Frites. Only the name differs.
88. Udon
Udon is a Japanese noodle that is thick and chewy. It is made of wheat flour and an ingredient called Soba.
89. Nachos
Nachos is a chip that is served with melted cheese or ketchup. These chips became famous in 1960 for their unique taste and texture.
90. Tonkatsu
Tonkatsu is another popular Japanese cuisine popular worldwide. The dish mainly consists of deep-fried pork cutlet.
91. Naan
Naan is a flatbread that is chewy in texture. It’s one of the popular breads in India and other parts of Asia and the Middle East. There are two variations of naan, Naan-e-tunuk and Naan-e-tanuri.
92. Fajitas
Fajitas is a mixed marinated grilled steak that is served with a wheat flour tortilla. It is one of the most popular Tex-Mex cuisines in the world.
Fajitas is a Spanish dish and is known for its taste and flavor.
93. Chocolate chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are also famous all over the world. People love eating it with a glass of milk, tea, or coffee. If you haven’t eaten one, you should try it at least once in your lifetime.
94. Satay
Satay is another south Asian dish particularly popular in Indonesia. The ingredients that you find in Satay are skewered meat of a crocodile, snakes, beef, and other animals.
95. Sarma
Sarma is one of the most eaten Turkish dishes. It’s a dumpling that has a filling of meat, rice, herbs, and vegetables.
97. Cellophane Noodles
Cellophane Noodles is the thinnest noodle in the world. It is also known as glass noodles or Chinese Vermicelli. These noodles are extracted from beans, yams, cassava, and potatoes.
98. Pretzel
Pretzel is a German style baked bread that is circular in texture. This bread consists of flour, salt, malt, yeast, and water.
99. Baguette
Baguette is a French Bread that is long, light, and airy. It is made of wheat flour.
100. Parmigiano Reggiano
Parmigiano Reggiano is Italy’s famous cheese known for its taste and texture. This Italian cheese is considered to be the world’s top-quality cheese.
Conclusion
These are the top 100 food items of all time. Depending on each country the taste and texture of the dish might vary but the cooking process remains the same.
If you’re a food lover these are the foods you should try at least once in your lifetime.

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