Traditional Christmas dishes from around the world
No matter where in the world you are, Christmas is about more than tradition and family – it’s also about food.
Apart from the centrepiece, Swedish Christmas dinner usually includes meatballs, lutfisk, a potato and fish dish, and pork sausage. Libations consist of Glögg, a mulled wine, which is drunk before or after the meal.
The tradition began in 1974 when the chicken brand created an advertising campaign called “Kentucky for Christmas” and it became popular. Most families have to place their Christmas orders weeks in advance to secure their fried chicken meals.
In addition, traditional Japanese Christmas also sees Christmas cake eaten, especially strawberry shortcake. Hot sake is also served on the holiday to wash down the meal.
There are two types of Christmas cake, Bolo Rei, a nut- and fruit-filled concoction and Bolo Rainha, a variation with no candied fruit, as well as filhoses, fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar, and Broa, small sweets made from egg yolk and sweet potato.
For dessert, Stollen, a fruit bread of nuts, spices and dried fruit topped with powdered sugar is a traditional favourite, in addition to gingerbread houses, called pfefferkuchenhaus.
As for beverages, Feuerzangenbowle or “fire tong” punch, a hot mulled wine and rum beverage is popular, as is regular mulled wine, called Glühwein.
For dessert, Multekrem is made by mixing cloudberries with whipped cream and sugar.
For Jewish people living in America, the tradition is to eat Chinese food – with most Chinese restaurants open on the holiday.
Christmas pudding tops off the end of the feast. And Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without mulled wine.
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