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Explore the World with these Delicious National Dishes

In honour of our ongoing deals on your favourite international dishes and our upcoming Tastebuds Food Festival, we’ve decided to take a look at some delicious national dishes from around the world.


Scholars say that a national dish is one that is strongly associated with a particular country. It can be considered a national dish for several reasons.

It’s a staple food of the country, made from a selection of locally available ingredients that are prepared in a distinctive way.

It contains a particular ‘exotic’ ingredient that is produced locally.

It is served as a festive culinary tradition that forms part of a cultural heritage.

During the ages of European empire building, nations worked hard to develop national cuisines that served as a sense of identity and a way to distinguish themselves from rivals. 

National foodie identities are just as important today with UNESCO labeling several beverages, foods, and food-making processes as intangible cultural heritages of humanity.


Lavash – the preparation, meaning, and appearance of this traditional bread

armenia lavash


Beer Culture

belgian beer


Gingerbread Craft

croatia craft

Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal & Spain

The Mediterranean Diet


Democratic People’s Republic of Korea


nk kimchi


(sorry, we had to…)


 French Gastronomy (meaning pretty much everything the French cook)

french feast


Washoku: the culinary traditions of Japan



The traditonal Mexican cuisine


Oman, Qatar, Saudia Arabia & The United Arab Emirates

 Arabic Coffee

arabic coffee

South Korea

Kimjang: the art of making Kimchi



 Turkish Coffee Culture

turkish coffee

Before we get started on our list, due to their diversity, the cuisines of some countries simply cannot be represented by any single national dish. Other countries also share national dishes because the foodie culture is spread across modern borders.

Futhermore, because national dishes are such a point of pride and so interwoven into a nation’s sense of identity, strong emotions can arise when trying to choose a country’s national dish, so don’t get mad at us. Thanks!




It’s hard to choose just one dish, but since we’re fearing the onset of winter, Bisque is our pick.

This smooth, creamy, highly seasoned soup is based on the strained broth of crustaceans. It was traditionally made as a way to extract flavour from imperfect shellfish that didn’t look good enough to sell at the market.

Get a taste of France this week with La Cuisine d’Olivier. You can try their traditional French food alongside their special on English-inspired Baked Chicken & Chips. 




Another hard cuisine to choose just one type of dish, but we absolutely love sushi, and so does the rest of the world!  Sushi refers a special type of vinegared rice with ingredients, oftentimes raw seafood, placed on top. Don’t get it confused with sashimi, that’s just the seafood without rice!

Sample Japan as part of our international deals week! Fenghe is offering discounts on their Butterfly Roll, Iza is also serving Miso Salmon Guacamole Rolls, and Naam Thai is handing out a staple of Japanese life: a Bento Box with Sole Fillet




India is a hugely diverse country that’s all about food, making it (again) tough to select one dish, so we went with Khichdi. Embarrassingly enough, we had never heard of it before! Many variations contain rice and lentils (which orginated in India), but other kinds include bajra and mung beans. In Indian culture, it’s one of the first solid foods that babies eat.

They may not be offering this special dish, but Masala Art is discounting their popular Butter Chicken while Bollywood is slashing prices on their Afghani Chicken for our International food week!




Wait, what? It’s not vodka? Seriously? – We kid. Vodka is awesome and would go especially well with these minced meat dumplings called Pelmeni. Minus the sour cream, they look a lot like Chinese dumplings, no?

Dive into fine Russian fare this week with Pushkin. They’re cooking up specials on Beef Stroganoff.


Pad Thai

pad thai

These stir-fried dried rice noodles are loaded up with egg, shrimp, beansprouts, garlic, shallots, tamarind, and fish sauce for an amazing array of flavours. This dish came into being during World War II when the country was experiencing rice shortages. The prime minister encouraged people to eat noodles instead, and this now famous Thai dish was born!

Get your fill of curry today with Chick Rice’s deal on Green Curry + a small Chicken Fried Rice or from Vietnamese restaurant Cyclo’s Cambodian-style Amok Fish Curry.

The United States: Hawaii 



Seriously, if we run into another person who asks us how many hamburgers we eat a day after finding out we’re American… C’mon, everyone knows that Americans only eat two burgers a day! Haha. Although the U.S. is known for burgers, it’s a huge country with a diverse range of food. That’s why we’re looking at the litlte island of Hawaii for the national (state) dish. Poke is a salad of raw seafood with heavily Asian-influenced seasonings like furikake, green onion, soy sauce, and sesame oil. It’s a trendy food right now and can be found in more and more places on the mainland.

Try this awesome dish for an equally awesome price at Little Catch with their Mentaiko Shrimp Poke + Miso Soup combo!

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Now for life’s important question: what’s for dinner?


Sherpa’s Global Week: Explore Cuisines from East to West

In spirit of the holiday season, Sherpa’s will be hosting the Tastebuds Food Festival this Saturday (December 2) at 800 Show in central Jing’an! Prepare to chow down on your favourite international dishes while sampling cocktails and dancing like no one’s watching.

To gear up the celebrations, we’ve decided to treat you with special deals on some of the most popular foods in our menu for a full week! That’s exactly seven days when you can eat your way around the world without leaving the couch. Sweet!



Little Catch: Mentaiko Tiger Shrimp Poke + Miso Soup (1̶0̶5̶ 85RMB)


Al’s Diner & Gracie’s Ice Cream: Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese (7̶5̶ 48RMB)


Cyclo: Cambodia Amok Fish Curry (7̶0̶ 56RMB)

*Tue-Fri 11:30-14:30; Sat & Sun


salmon roll

Iza: Epic Beef Croquette (3̶8̶ 30RMB) & Miso Salmon Guacamole Roll (5̶8̶ 46RMB)

*Available until Tastebuds Food Festival on Saturday

butter chicken

Masala Art: Butter Chicken (6̶8̶ 34RMB)

red rice

Moka Bros’: Red Rice Crunch Bowl (6̶0̶ 48RMB)

*Available daily from 2PM


Pushkin: Beef Stroganoff with Mashed Potato (4̶8̶ 38RMB)

*Available until Tastebuds Food Festival on Saturday

bento box

Naam Thai: Sole Fillet Rice Bento Box (7̶8̶ 55RMB)

marma beef stew

Organic Kitchen: Mama Beef Stew (5̶8̶ 46RMB)

*Available until Tastebuds Food Festival on Saturday


urban soup

Urban Soup Kitchen: Winter Set (7̶5̶ 29RMB)

chicken filet

Mr. Pancake House: Chicken Fillet Salad (4̶4̶ 22RMB)

*One order per bill



Bollywood: Afghani Chicken (8̶0̶ 56RMB)

baked chicken

La Cuisine d’Olivier: Baked Chicken & Chips (9̶2̶/̶1̶5̶5̶ 64/108RMB)

green curry

Chick Rice: Green Curry + Small Chicken Fried Rice (9̶6̶/̶1̶0̶5̶/̶1̶1̶0̶  60/70/75RMB)


Fenghe: Butterfly Roll (6̶8̶ 48RMB)

Sherpa’s Global Week kicks off today through Sunday the 3rd of December. Make sure you don’t miss out!


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