When it comes to comfort food, we're just as likely to crave ethnic dishes like chewy noodles with spicy black bean sauce as all-American classics like mac and cheese. In some cases it's the memory of a dish our Grandmother used to make, and in other instances we have been introduced to new flavors by our friends and their families. What are your favorite ethnic comfort foods? (Shown above the jump, from left to right)
• 1 Congee - This soothing Asian porridge is made by boiling rice in water and adding various seasonings and condiments. I grew up eating the Vietnamese version, called cháo, and still long for my parents to be around to make it for me whenever I'm sick!
Recipe: Congee, Comfort Food for Frugal Times (The Kitchn)
• 2 Pierogi - Whether stuffed with cheese, vegetables, or meat and boiled, baked, or fried, these Eastern and Central European dumplings never fail to satisfy.
Recipe: Polish Pierogies (Epicurious)
• 3 Ful medammes - A hearty Egyptian and Arabic dish made from fava beans, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice, and often served with fried or boiled eggs and a pita bread.
Recipe: Ful Medames (Egyptian Brown Fava Beans) (Claudia Roden)
• 4 Phở - This aromatic Vietnamese soup is the perfect balance of savory stock, slippery rice noodles, and fresh garnishes.
Recipe: Beef Pho Noodle Soup Recipe (Pho Bo) (Viet World Kitchen)
Vegetarian version: Vegetarian Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) (The Kitchn)
• 5 Jjajangmyun - Chewy, hand-pulled wheat noodles, salty black soybean paste, and diced meat and vegetables make this a favorite Korean comfort food.
Recipe: Jjajangmyun (blackbean noodles) (Maangchi)
What are your favorite ethnic comfort foods?
Related: What Kind of Cuisine Did You Grow Up With?
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