Travel the world from your own kitchen with these kid-friendly international foods for the family!
Take a taste:
1. Nutella Banana Dorayaki
Traditional Japanese dorayaki are made by sandwiching a sweet red bean paste between two pancakes. This recipe diverges slightly from that concept to be a bit more kid-friendly, using banana slices and Nutella between two orange mochi pancakes. (Who, young or old, wouldn’t want a Nutella pancake sandwich?!)
Make Nutella banana dorayaki
2. Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
These Vietnamese rolls are the perfect thing to bring to a party. They can be filled with whatever the kids like, they’re easy to transport, and they look like tiny treasures waiting to be snatched up
by little hands.
Make Vietnamese rice paper rolls
3. Croque Monsieur Croissant Sandwiches
This recipe combines two ultra-French foods: the croissant and the Croque Monsieur, which is basically an open-faced grilled cheese (the kids know what that is!) with ham. Be sure to don your berets and hold your pinkies out while cutting into this fancy sandwich!
Make croque monsieur croissant sandwiches
Whether you pronounce this Greek dish “ji-roh” or “yeer-oh,” there’s one thing we can all agree on: everyone at the dinner table will love these tasty lamb sandwiches with cool, mild Tzatziki sauce.
5. Easy Udon Noodle Soup
Udon refers to the thick noodle used in Japanese cuisine, such as soups like this one. Made with chicken broth, it’s not a far cry from your kid’s beloved chicken noodle, so they shouldn’t be too nervous about trying it.
Make easy udon noodle soup
6. Pumpkin Pierogies
Pierogies are an Eastern European dish similar to Italian raviolis, but stuffed with vegetables, potatoes, or cheese in lieu of sauce. This version is filled with a fall-ready flavor kids are probably already familiar with: pumpkin puree!
Make pumpkin pierogies
Sosatie is a South African version of barbecue, traditionally made with marinated chunks of pork and lamb. But just in case your kids are still a bit attached to Lamb Chop, our version uses pork and chicken instead.
8. Pad Thai
This takeout favorite — and popular Thai street food — is made with noodles and bean sprouts. With its milder (but equally tasty) flavors, it’s the ideal dish to introduce to your kids before moving on to spicier Thai curries and sauces.
Make pad thai
9. Maple Syrup Tarts
Our neighbors up north count toward global cuisine, too! Butter tarts are considered one of Canada’s quintessential desserts, and they’re not unlike the, er, American tarts your kids have probably eaten. Give this simple recipe a whirl for an international post-dinner treat (mini Canadian flag not included).
Make maple syrup tarts