Austria: Apfelstrudel

Apfelstrudel or Viennese apple strudel is a close cousin to classic American apple pie. Tart apple is paired with sweet pastry dough for a delicious combination. Austrians love eating it with their afternoon coffee.

Brazil: Pudim

Pudim looks exactly like flan, but the Brazilian version has a softer texture. You’ll find this dessert in every restaurant, cafe and home.

Greece: Spanakopita

This savory spinach and feta pie is a Greek staple originating almost 400 years ago. You’ll find freshly-made spanakopita at nearly every bakery in the country.

Japan: Ramen

Ramen noodles don’t come out of a styrofoam cup in Japan. Japanese ramen consists of Chinese-style noodles served in a meat broth flavored with soy sauce or miso. Each region of Japan has its own variation, and toppings range from boiled egg to corn.

South Africa: Biltong

Biltong is made from a variety of spiced, dried and cured meat, including beef and ostrich. It’s usually eaten as a snack and tastes like a saltier version of beef jerky. Many locals dice the meat strips and add them to stews or muffins. You can also find biltong-flavored cheese spreads and potato chips in the country.

South Korea: Bulgogi

The U.S. has several Korean barbecue joints, but make sure to try it during your visit to South Korea. Bulgogi literally translates to “fire meat” and gets its slightly sweet flavor from a sugar-and-soy sauce marinade. You can try this fresh meat — eaten within a day of butchering — at upscale restaurants or from pan-ready kits found at local markets.

Vietnam: Pho

Food is a prominent aspect of Vietnamese culture. You’ll notice markets on every corner that offer an assortment of delicious homemade fare. Pho, a broth-based soup filled with noodles and raw meat, is offered any time of day — even for breakfast.

Thailand: Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum translates to “sour/spicy soup” and is the most popular soup in Thailand. You can order it two different ways: with coconut milk (tom yum goong nam khon) or without (tom yum goong nam sy).

Spain: Paella

This Spanish rice dish is like no other with ingredients like chicken, sausage, shrimp, saffron and potatoes. It originated in the Valencia region, where the two main ingredients — saffron and rice — grow. If you can, forgo the restaurant version and try it homemade instead.

Poland: Chlodnik

A summer staple, Polish chlodnik is a refreshing cold beet soup with a vibrant pink color. It’s flavored with cucumbers, radishes, plain yogurt and topped with hard-boiled eggs, making it a truly healthy and delicious meal.