National Geographic has ranked Jamaica’s Ackee and Saltfish as the world’s second best national dish.
Our ackee and saltfish was outranked by the United States’ hamburgers.
According to the Top 10 National Dishes list ackee is a “nutritious fruit with a buttery-nutty” flavour and “resembles scrambled egg when boiled”.
National Geographic also said that “Jamaicans sauté the boiled ackee with saltfish (salt-cured cod), onions, and tomatoes” adding that it is sometimes served “atop bammy (deep-fried cassava cakes) with fried plantains”.
Fellow Caribbean island Barbados also made the list placing third with their coo-coo and flying fish. The National Geographic described it as “a polenta-like cornmeal and okra porridge” adding that “coo-coo pairs perfectly with flying fish, which is either steamed with lime juice, spices, and vegetables or fried and served with a spicy sauce“.
Korea’s bulgogi, Kibbeh, and Hungary’s Goulash were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, on the list of best national dishes.
Austria’s wiener schnitzel, France’s pot-au-feu, England’s roast beef and yorkshire pudding, as well as Ireland’s Irish stew, concluded the top 10 in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth positions respectively.
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