30 delicious comfort foods from around the world

30 delicious comfort foods from around the world

Ramen noodles are comfort food in Japan as well as the United States.Yuga Kurita/Getty Images

  • There are times when we all crave comforts, and nothing hits the spot more than your favorite food.
  • Grilled cheese reigns supreme in the US, while shakshuka is a go-to comfort food in Morocco.
  • In the UK, Brits indulge in some classic fish and chips after a night out.

While we rely on food to sustain us physically, we also depend on it for its comforting properties — sometimes a dish just knows how to convey so much more than words ever could.

From fried fish and chips in the UK to the lasagna-like moussaka in Greece, certain dishes just make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Whether you’re looking for something to fill you up on a chilly day or for a delicious dish for your next family dinner, these comfort foods are sure to hit the spot.

Here are 30 comfort foods from around the world that everyone should try.

French onion soup is popular comfort food in France.

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French onion soup.bonchan/Shutterstock

Best enjoyed with a slice of crusty bread, French onion soup is comfort food at its best. Rich, warm, and blanketed under a generous portion of creamy cheese, French onion soup can make even the worst day slightly more bearable.

Beef bourguignon is another warming French classic.

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Beef bourguignon.Erin McDowell/Business Insider

Beef bourguignon, which was popularized in the US by chef Julia Child after she learned to cook in France, is a beef stew made with carrots, onions, garlic, pearl onions, and bacon, cooked down in red wine. It’s often paired with crusty bread, making for the perfect winter meal.

Ramen noodles are a comfort food in Japan as well as the United States.



From the sodium-heavy instant packs found in every American college dorm to award-winning ramen restaurants in Tokyo, ramen has developed into a global obsession. Here are some instant-ramen hacks to help you level up your next bowl.

Poutine, or fries covered in gravy and cheese curds, is a popular comfort food from Canada.

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Poutine.DAVID BOILY/AFP/Getty Images

We have Montreal to thank for Canada’s unofficial national dish, poutine, which also sometimes goes by its informal nickname, “Canadian salad.” The iconic dish consists of crispy, golden fries topped with cheese curds and drenched in gravy.

Chilaquiles is a delicious dish from Mexico.


Chilaquiles.La Contenta/Yelp

Chilaquiles translates to “in a sauce of chiles,” and is a dish consisting of heaps of crisp tortilla triangles tossed in a pan with salsa, and then piled with crumbled cheese and crema.

Chilaquiles are also often enjoyed for breakfast.

Fish and chips is the comfort food of Great Britain.

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Fish and chips.Igor Sh/Shutterstock

If you’re harboring any reservations about just how delicious battered fish and crispy fries taste when dipped in a creamy tartar sauce, do yourself a favor and embark on a mission to make your own fish and chips at home.

You also can’t go wrong with a full English breakfast.

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English breakfast.Reuters

A standard “full English” — also called a fry-up — includes things like roasted tomatoes, fried eggs, sausage, and baked beans, sometimes piled onto toast.

Wiener schnitzel is popular in Austria.

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Wiener schnitzel.Sophie-Claire Hoeller/Business Insider

Wiener schnitzel, the national dish of Austria, consists of boneless, mallet-thinned meat, usually veal, that is then breaded and deep-fried until it reaches prime crispiness.

Spaghetti alla carbonara is one of many comfort foods to come out of Italy.

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Spaghetti alla carbonara.Nattaphat Littlekop/Getty Images

Originally from the region of Lazio, which is around Rome, this decadent spaghetti is a creamy mix of guanciale, velvety olive oil, fatty egg yolk, and nutty Parmesan cheese.

Sausage rolls are comfort food in Australia.

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Sausage rolls.Erika Cross/Shutterstock

Think of these Aussie favorites like the larger, heartier, and more sophisticated version of pigs-in-a-blanket.

Pierogis are the Polish version of dumplings.


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Pierogies are boiled dumplings that are typically filled with a mixture of potatoes and cheese curds, and often enjoyed with a generous dollop of sour cream and caramelized onions.

Matzo ball soup is a popular comfort food from Israel.

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Matzo ball soup.Ezume Images/Shutterstock

Matzo balls — which are made from matzo meal and eggs, and often consumed during Passover — are doughy, rich soup dumplings that have a delicious tendency to soak up all the flavors of the broth in which they’re submerged.

Congee is a beloved comfort food in China.


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Congee — a soothing type of rice porridge that is so extensively cooked that the individual grains of rice coalesce into an almost homogeneous base — is popular in many East Asian countries, and is often fortified with different garnishes and ingredients to amplify the flavor.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are the epitome of American comfort food.

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Grilled cheese.iStock / Ju-Lee

The simple comfort mainstay known as the grilled-cheese sandwich can come dressed up or au naturel — just as long as it comes with a side of tomato soup for dunking.

Here’s how to make the perfect grilled cheese, according to a cheese expert.

Another American comfort food is Chicago deep-dish pizza, a spin on the Italian favorite.

Chicago deep-dish pizza

Chicago deep-dish pizza.Ja Crispy/Shutterstock

This pizza is more pie-like, with a hearty serving of sauce and a stuffed crust.

The exact origins of the dish are debated, but Eater Chicago calls Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria “one of the original inventors of the Chicago deep dish.”

Bratwurst is comfort food in Germany.

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Arguably Germany’s most widely valued culinary contribution, bratwursts are thick German-style sausages that are frequently paired with stewed sauerkraut and a tall, cool beer.

Kare-kare is a nutty and sweet stew from the Philippines.


Kare-kare.RAGMA IMAGES/Shutterstock

Kare-kare gets its signature flavor from a thick and savory peanut sauce.

Paella is one of Spain’s most delicious foods.


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Rich, smoky, vibrant, and nourishing, Valencians take their paella, a rice dish topped with seafood, seriously — it is Spain’s best-known culinary export, after all.

Khichuri, or Khichdi, is a comfort food in India.



NPR reported that Khichuri, also called Khichdi, is an ancient Indian comfort dish made from rice and lentils that is typically prepared in one pot.

Butter chicken is another popular comfort food enjoyed around the world, with roots in India.

Butter chicken served with naan bread

Butter chicken served with naan bread.vm2002/Shutterstock

Butter chicken, otherwise known as murgh makhani, is made with chicken in a creamy tomato and butter sauce.

Butter chicken is similar to the British-Indian dish chicken tikka masala, but The Indian Express reported that butter chicken originated in New Delhi.

Mofongo is a plantain dish served in Puerto Rico.


Mofongo.Rachel Moon/Shutterstock

Mofongo, a ball-shaped dish of pickled, fried, and then smashed plantains that are flavored with garlic, salt, and oil in a wooden pilón, is a Puerto Rican staple usually served alongside a hearty stew or broth.

Moussaka is the comfort food of Greece.


Moussaka.Bernd Juergens/Shutterstock

Moussaka, a baked dish that can be described as Greece’s version of lasagna, typically features layers of fried eggplant, potatoes, ground meat, and spices, all topped off with grated cheese and a cream sauce such as béchamel.

Shakshuka is a classic dish in Morocco.



Shakshuka is a stew of eggs poached in a spicy sauce of tomatoes, chiles, and onions flavored with cumin. While it likely originated in North Africa, it is a popular dish throughout the Middle East.

Picadillo is the comfort food of Cuba.


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Picadillo, a Cuban-style hash, routinely features a base of ground beef and tomatoes, but you’ll find different renditions of the dish depending on which region you’re eating it in. Some prefer it with olives for a salty kick; others enjoy it with raisins for sweetness.

Goulash is a warming, delicious stew from Hungary.


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Goulash is a hearty, paprika-flavored stew with cubes of seared beef, parsnips, carrots, and potatoes.

Swedish meatballs are the epitome of comfort food.

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Swedish meatballs are served at most holidays and special events in Sweden. The meatballs are commonly made with a mixture of ground beef and pork, swimming in a delicious gravy of meat juices, flour, and butter.

Ash Reshteh is comfort food in Iran.

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Ash Reshteh.Benson Y./Yelp

Thick, stick-to-your-ribs soups make up the backbone of Iranian cooking. Ash Reshteh, a noodle soup full of beans, herbs, and yogurt, is arguably the most famous type.

Naan is another comfort food in India.


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Soft, pillowy, and marked with gorgeous golden spots, naan, which is baked in a hot tandoori clay oven, is a type of bread that’s perfect for dipping or relishing on its own.

Ackee and saltfish is a delicious dish from Jamaica.

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Ackee and saltfish.Create Opps/Shutterstock

Jamaica’s national fruit, the ackee, is the star of ackee and saltfish, the island’s national dish, a salty and savory sautée that’s often served with fried plantains and rice.

Borscht is a comforting soup from Ukraine.



Borscht, a sour soup with a vibrant red color, thanks to its primary ingredient of beets, is traditionally made with meat or bone stock, sautéed veggies, and fermented beetroot juice, although there are countless variations of the dish.

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