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What to make for Christmas dinner? It is dependent upon where you reside


People traveling abroad this Christmas may not find their favorite holiday food on the menu.

That is because traditional holiday fare varies world wide.

To see who’s eating what this weekend, the culinary website Chef’s Pencil created a map showing what it says are the most well-liked Christmas dishes world wide.

Where turkey is the tradition

Travelers spending the vacation in the USA, Canada, France, Ireland and the UK can expect turkey on the table this Christmas, in keeping with the map.

Those headed to parts of South America can too — the map shows turkey is a top Christmas food in Brazil, Chile and Peru.

Even so, each country has its own tackle how turkey is traditionally served, in keeping with Chef’s Pencil’s research.

“For instance, in Peru, roast turkey slices are served with a melange of creme fraiche, chicken broth, lime juice, jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro and cayenne pepper,” the web site states. “In Chile, roast turkey is traditionally full of apples.”

But there’s one similarity: Roasted potatoes are served alongside turkey “nearly in all places,” in keeping with Chef’s Pencil.

More countries eat pork

Pork dishes are much more popular than turkey, by way of the number of nations where each are served, Chef Pencil’s representative Salomea Restea told CNBC Travel.

Pork is the most well-liked traditional holiday dish in 23 countries, greater than the 17 that concentrate on turkey, she said.

Suckling pig is the middle of the standard Christmas table in Spain and Cuba, while the Philippines feasts on roasted pork, in keeping with the map.

Filipina Marites Rheme Lopez Javier said “no person eats turkey” in her hometown of Bangar, La Union on the island of Luzon. As a substitute, families buy a live pig to cook at home, or a pre-roasted whole pig, called “lechon.”

“Lechon could be very expensive,” she said, adding that a pig that may feed as much as 50 people can cost greater than $300.

That is why “liempo,” or grilled pork belly, can also be popular, she said. It might feed 10 people for 300-500 pesos ($5-9), she said.

Roasted pork also dominates in Haiti, Switzerland and Slovenia, while ham is the favored dish in Jamaica and South Africa, in keeping with the map.

Julskinka, which translates to “Christmas ham,” is a chilly ham dish accented with mustard and breadcrumbs that’s eaten in Sweden, while crispy pork ribs, or ribbe, is served in Norway for the vacation.

In Mexico and other parts of Central America, pork is steamed and wrapped in corn husks to make tamales, in keeping with Chef’s Pencil.

But pork joint is one other holiday hit in Mexico too.

“In Mexico, a pork joint will probably be covered with a generous layer of homemade adobo, a thick chili paste with vinegar or citrus juice, and enriched with the flavors of onions, garlic, cumin and oregano,” in keeping with the article.

Where other meats prevail

Duck dominates in Denmark, and goose in Belarus and Russia, in keeping with the map.

Yet chicken is the popular dish for celebrations in Malta and Uganda, it shows. Brazilians also eat Chester chickens, that are larger than average chickens but smaller than turkeys, in keeping with the Latest York Times.

Within the Netherlands, revelers grill a medley of meat and vegetables on the table at a festive meal often known as gourmetten.    

Italians traditionally eat veal, while Rwandans grill each beef and goat for Christmas, the map shows.

Other countries prepare a mixture of meats for the vacation. Bolivia, for instance, has a penchant for picana soup, which is usually made with chicken, lamb and beef flavored with wine and beer.

Rice, fish and prawns

Stuffed cabbage rolls grace Christmas feasts across the Black Sea, in places like Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria, in keeping with the map.

It also shows residents of Nigeria and Ghana have a good time over jollof rice — a dish of long-grain rice, tomatoes, onions and spices.

Carp, a freshwater fish, is popular in Central and Eastern Europe, while saltwater cod tops holiday menus in Italy and Portugal, the map shows.

In a post about Christmas in Portugal, the travel website Portuguese for a Day states, “Christmas isn’t Christmas without codfish on the table!”

Sydneysider Paula Williams said Australians feel the identical way — about prawns.

Crowds gather to purchase prawns before Christmas on the Sydney Fish Market, which experiences its busiest week of the yr before Christmas.

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“Prawns are pivotal for Aussies for Christmas,” she said. “People queue up on the fish markets for prawns. Lines are huge — they’re massive.”

Since Christmas marks the start of summer, Christmas in Australia is “all concerning the outdoors,” she said.

“It’s concerning the barbie, sitting within the sun and swimming,” she said. “It’s too bloody hot to eat turkey.”


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