Around the World in 14 Recipes
Just decades ago, you had to travel the world to experience global recipes. Now, thanks to the internet, you don’t even need to leave your home to enjoy a world of flavours.
While Australians are known for our love of ANZAC biscuits, damper, lamingtons, pavlova and vegemite on toast, we’re also quite comfortable tucking into spicy Thai curries, mouthwatering masalas and sweet and tasty baklava. Australian cuisine is all about making the most of our multicultural society so it pays to know where to buy authentic ingredients for your most exotic international recipes.
Mani Asian Supermarket
This Asian Supermarket offers a huge range of dried, canned, fresh and frozen foods from every corner of the continent. Find a variety of baked buns, noodles, breads, cakes, cooked BBQ meats, tofu, fish and seasonal Asian vegetables. Use these authentic ingredients to cook dishes such as:
Asian Salmon and Sweet Potato Tray Bake
This flavoursome salmon and sweet potato tray bake is the perfect no-fuss midweek meal and combines a delicious blend of highly nutritious ingredients. Take it further by adding broccoli or quinoa or even a little creme fraiche.
Thai Green Chicken Curry
Making your own fragrant curry paste takes this Asian dish up a notch and is bound to impress your dinner guests. Sweet, spicy and aromatic, this recipe produces melt-in-your-mouth chicken and a sauce you would happily drink from the bowl. Served over rice with green beans it will transport you to Phuket without ever leaving your home.
With juicy steak, crunchy greens and a sticky soy stir-fry sauce, this beef dinner is an absolute winner. Choose lean flank steak for the perfect cut or chat to the friendly butchers at Woolworths. Squeeze a touch of lime over the dish to finish and you’ll have the whole family asking for more.
Drawing inspiration from a Japanese gyoza recipe, this is one of Jamie Oliver and his wife Jools’ favourite recipes. The filling is Vietnamese-style and the mix of Asian flavours is incredible. Light and aromatic, this dish is served with glass noodles and a spectacular dipping sauce. This dish is perfect to share, which is how these dumplings earned their name.
Mongo Indian Groceries
Whether it’s Indian, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Fijian on the menu, Mongo is your one stop shop to make your subcontinental recipes come to life. Specialising in Indian spices, dairy products and frozen snacks, there’s something for every home cook. After shopping at Mongo you’ll have everything you need to make:
Potato & Cauliflower Masala Dosa
Dosa, or Thosai, originated in South India and is traditionally a breakfast dish consisting of a fermented crepe with a spiced potato filling. Full of flavour, it’s a nutritious start to the day or a low-fat, high-fibre option for lunch.
Butter chicken is a firm favourite of Indian-style home cooking. Colourful, fragrant and deliciously buttery, it’s easy to see why. Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this recipe. They’re all available at Mongo’s and you’ll be surprised by how simple this dish is to make.
Sweet Potato Cakes
Snacking throughout the day is an important part of Indian culture which is why Mongo’s stocks such a variety of fresh and frozen snacks. Making your own Indian treats to nibble on throughout the day is easy and enjoyable, and though there are plenty of recipes to chose from, these sweet potato cakes are a stand out. There’s no way you’ll be able to stop at one.
Though Woolworths is as Australian as a Vegemite Sandwich, it prides itself on stocking an impressive range of global ingredients. As demand for international products continues to increase, their range just keeps getting better and if you take some time to browse through the isles you’re bound to find some international inspiration. As the “fresh food people” you’re also guaranteed a great range of fresh produce. Turkey is just one country with a great range of products available at Woolworths.
Get inspired, shop
1. Turkish and make:
Traditional Baklava is undoubtedly delicious, but adding pistachio to the mix creates a whole new taste experience. Rich, deep and buttery, this recipe has a purity of flavour that, while very sweet, is never cloying. Once baked, Baklava will keep well for several days and can even be frozen for a longer shelf life.
Shop Greek and make:
A traditional Greek moussaka layers juicy minced beef or lamb, rich tomato sauce, sweet eggplants and a creamy bechamel sauce before being baked to golden perfection. Every Greek family has their own version, but this recipe is great for beginners.
Shop Mexican and make:
Pulled Pork Fajitas
Pulled pork has got to be one of the biggest culinary trends of the last five years. Combine it with crunchy coleslaw, tomato, coriander and sour cream you are instantly transported to Mexican heaven. Pulled pork fajitas is something the whole family can enjoy. They’re also a great dish for entertaining when friends drop by unexpectedly.
2. Shop English and make:
No Fuss Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a classic British dish that’s cheap to make and pleases just about everyone. Juicy, flavoursome minced meat is mixed with carrots, onions and peas and topped with a crust of mashed potato. What’s not to love? This recipe is the definitive version of this staple midweek no-fuss meal.
3. Shop French and make:
An upside down pastry with caramelised fruit, a tarte tatin is the epitome of French cuisine. Dead simple to make, it combines golden puff pastry, soft juicy apples, delicious caramel and in this case, a handful of fresh cranberries. Miam!
4. Shop Norwegian and make:
Skolebrod is the Norwegian name for a type of sweet roll filled with custard and topped with icing and grated coconut. It translates to “School Bun” as it was traditionally put in school lunches. Norwegians love their bread, and we bet your kids will love this tasty treat too.
5. Shop Russian and make:
This beetroot and cabbage red soup is a delicious belly warmer on a cold day and friendly on the budget too. Served with potatoes, veggies, herbs, a dollop of sour cream and a slice of rye bread it’s a staple of Russian cuisine for a reason.
Enjoy International Dining Experiences in Gungahlin
Not in the mood for cooking but still want to experience international flavours? Make your way around the world with Marketplace Gungahlin’s fantastic range of restaurants. Enjoy Japanese at Bento Tei, Thai at Chong Co, Italian at Crust Pizza, Korean at Doo Ri, Vietnamese at Simply Pho, Lebanese at Sultan’s Turkish Pide or Mexican at Zambrero.