"It's The One Thing I Make Sure To Eat On Every Trip Across The Atlantic": Americans Are Sharing Foods From Abroad That Are Difficult To Find Back Home

Have you ever traveled abroad and tried a snack or dish you fell in love with, only to find you can't find it at home? Well, I scoured the BuzzFeed community and put together this list of international foods American travelers would love to find in the US (and I've included a few of my own answers too!).
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1. “Khatchapuri. It's a Georgian delicacy that's basically a bread boat stuffed with bubbly cheese. It's served straight from the oven, so you can tear off pieces of bread and dip them in the melted cheese.”
– SeanConneryAgain
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2. "Döner kebabs. Berlin has stands on practically every block. Why don't I see them all over the US? They're so delicious and the perfect cheap meal."
—u/Magicpenny
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3. "Suppli. You may have heard of arancini, which are Italian fried rice balls. Well, Supplì are the Roman version. The name of this popular street food means “surprise”, as these delicious fried creations can be filled with everything from risotto in tomato sauce to rice with chicken broth, mozzarella and parmesan. They're not common in the US, but they're one of the most delicious things you can make with rice, and I'd really love to see them become a home cooking staple like mozzarella sticks or onion rings."
– Hannah Lowenteil
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4. "Mojama, a type of tuna that's cured in sea salt and then thinly sliced ​​like graved lax. I fell in love with this dish in Spain and Italy, but have only seen it once or twice in the US. It almost tastes like a combination of smoked salmon and prosciutto, and it's so delicious."
– Hannah Lowenteil
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5. "Käsesspätzle, which is basically German macaroni, but with spaetzle (noodle dumplings) instead of macaroni. It's covered in caramelized onions and sooo good.”
—u/holy blasphemies
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6. "Thai oyster omelet called Hoi Thod. I tried this Thai-style crispy omelette with oysters in Bangkok's Chinatown and it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. I've never seen it in the US, even though I lived in NYC and sought out this delicacy."
—UNCalum
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7. "Pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg custard tart dusted with cinnamon or sugar in a flaky, buttery crust. I absolutely fell in love with this little pastry when I was in Portugal where it is one of the most iconic desserts. You can track it down where I live in New York City, but the options are few and far between. I wish they were more popular because they're such a treat."
– Hannah Lowenteil
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8. "Sabich sandwiches. Falafel, kebab, and shawarma are big here in the US, but Sabich is super underrated and hard to find. It's a pita sandwich with succulent, fried eggplant, hummus, and boiled egg, and the whole tastes much greater than the sum of its parts."
—u/dj_spinlock
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9. “Orange Fanta is just way better in Europe than the US version. A preservative is used in the US to keep the color stable, which is banned in Europe. Because of this, the European version is made differently. It tastes like fresh, fizzy orange juice. I take something with me on every trip across the Atlantic!”
—tomb4adc7727a
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10. "Salmorejo. You've probably heard of gazpacho, but do you know its close cousin Salmorejo? This tomato-based chilled soup is popular in southern Spain. Because it's mixed with bread, it's both thicker and creamier than gazpacho. It's so delicious and so refreshing on a hot day, but I've hardly ever seen it in the States.
– Hannah Lowenteil
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11. "Okonomiyaki, these are Japanese cabbage pancakes. They are flavorful, crunchy and so good. I cook them for American friends and they always love this dish right away. Okonomiyaki is found occasionally, but I think (and hope) it will be the next Japanese food to really gain popularity in the US."
—u/aoiumi
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12. "Arepas! In theory, they're easy to prepare, but I still haven't been able to find anything that matches the taste and texture of the ones I ate almost every day in Venezuela."
- Aditson
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13. "Meat pie. No pot pies, no pies, no turnover, but a real hand held meat pie with a bottom crust and a top crust. And pork with skin on it. I never understand why every meat processor and butcher removes the skin. It's just not the same."
—u/jaymz668
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14. "Tahdig, an Iranian dish that literally means 'bottom of the pan.' It's essentially a large circle of crispy, deep-fried basmati rice. It tastes like heaven for rice lovers and should be a lot more popular in the US.”
—kiran2345rry
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15. "Icelandic Hot Dogs (aka Pylsa) Of course, it's not hard to find a hot dog in the US, but no baseball frank, New York dirty water dog, or Chicago-style hot dog compares to the Icelandic Pylsa blows." every other hot dog I've ever tasted. Made from a trio of beef, pork and (mostly) lamb, it's a super tender and high quality sausage, encased in a crispy casing. And the side dishes: raw white and crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard and a spicy caper remoulade. The US could really take a page out of Iceland's book when it comes to hot dogs.”
– Hannah Lowenteil
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16. “Tafelspitz. This Austrian boiled fillet was one of the best dishes I've eaten in Vienna and I haven't been able to find it anywhere in the US.”
—Zorblak
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17. "Zumo de Coco." I discovered this creamy and rich coconut juice thickened with small pieces of fresh coconut meat in Barcelona and I have yet to find it anywhere else. In the US, Vita Coco's pressed coconut water or Trader Joe's Coconut Smoothie are the best alternatives I've found, but it's still nothing like the Spanish stuff."
– Hannah Lowenteil
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18. "English bacon. I don't know why it's different, but the taste is incomparable. It's not the same as US bacon, ham, or even Canadian bacon. He's just so much better.”
—joanne3482
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19. "Some gelato from Italy. There's just something about it. You can order water flavored ice cream and it will still be better than gelato anywhere else.”
—alexandresaffi50
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20. “Spanish ham croquettes. Sure, you'll find them occasionally in tapas restaurants across the US, but it amazes me that this comfort food isn't that much more popular. It's basically a crispy, fried ball of mashed potatoes sprinkled with Iberian ham. I tried to find a frozen version from the supermarket so I could have it on hand, but never had any success!"
– Hannah Lowenteil
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21. "Currywurst is a German dish of sausage and fries with ketchup and curry powder. It shocks me that it hasn't gained popularity across the US."
—u/indyK1ng
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22. "I wish Indonesian food was more popular in the US in general, but there are two dishes I crave in particular: gado gado (a large Indonesian salad with vegetables, hard-boiled egg, and tempeh in a rich and creamy peanut sauce) and nasi goreng ( Indonesian fried rice). I live in New York City, where there is no shortage of global cuisine, but Indonesian food is still very hard to come by. After traveling to Indonesia I fell in love with the flavors and wish I could find more authentic versions of my favorite dishes in the US."
– Hannah Lowenteil
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23. "Chicken rice from Haina. It is very popular in Southeast Asia. There are a handful of restaurants in New York City where you can find this dish, but it's not very common. I think it would be very popular given how universal it is delicious, simple and affordable."
—u/HeyItsMau
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24. “Arroz de Marisco, a Portuguese dish made with rice loaded with all kinds of seafood. Most people have heard of paella, but few have tried this equally delicious recipe.”
—u/I watch too many TV shows
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25. “Japanese Egg Salad Sandwiches. There's just something about it that tastes so much more delicious than any egg salad in the US. The Japanese version is rich with a strong egg yolk flavor and the perfect amount of tanginess. And to top it off, it's served on that crustless, soft white bread. When I was in Tokyo, I bought one every morning from 7-Eleven for about $2.
– Hannah Lowenteil
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26. "In Sicily, especially in Palermo, they make panelle, which are crunchy fritters made from chickpea flour. It's a popular Sicilian street food, but I haven't had anything quite like it in the US.”
—u/sdgoat
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27. "Real Swiss butter. This is the delicacy of cows grazing high up in the Alps. The butter from the summer months is wonderful - dark yellow or even orange. Nothing like the stuff you buy in the US.”
—u/humble patriot
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Do you have one to add? Tell me in the comments!

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