When you hear the word pasta images of noodles covered in tomato sauce, layered sheets covered with meat and cheese, or a bowl of low mien come to mind. But did you know that Italy and China aren’t the only cultures that eat the flour based food? In this week’s installment of Gastronome Wednesday I’ll show you how the other countries of the world eat pasta.
Aushak and Mantoo
Aushak and Mantoo is a ravioli like pasta originating from Afghanistan. The pasta is filled with either ground beef (Mantoo) or scallions (Aushak). It is customarily served with a garlic yogurt sauce
Originating in Siberia the Pelmeni is stuffed with minced meat or mushrooms. The little pillows resemble a giant tortellini but are made with flour and water. After boiling they are usually served in a broth or in the water they were boiled in.
Hailing from Egypt and a carb lover’s delight, Kushari or Koshary, is made with chickpeas, lentils, pasta, and rice and topped with garlic, vinegar, and tangy tomato sauce. The dish is completed with a sprinkle of fried onions.
The irregular shaped egg noodle known as Spaetzle is a German staple. It’s a side dish served with meat and gravy. It’s also delicious as a stand alone meal served with melted butter.
Fideua is a Spanish dish originating from the coast of Valencia. It’s similar to Paella in that it features shellfish and fish and is prepared the same way.
Have you had any of these pasta dishes? What is your favorite pasta dish? Share you experiences with us!