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Kid-Friendly Foods Around the World (Slideshow)

Kid-Friendly Foods Around the World (Slideshow)


Want to introduce your children to some new foods? You may be inspired by what fellow parents around the world are doing

Kid-Friendly Foods from Around the World

Want to introduce your children to some new foods? You may be inspired by what fellow parents around the world are doing.

Curaçao: Keshi Yená

The Dutch Caribbean island blends flavors from 55 different ethnicities, so the kids have a really unique choice of foods incorporating Indonesian, Dutch, and Venezuelan traditions. Keshi yená, or stuffed cheese, is a definite favorite. The dish originated during the island’s slave era when kitchen workers would stuff hollowed cheese rinds with bits of discarded meat scraps, and steam it to turn the rind soft again. It’s now a household favorite, and of course it is; what kid wouldn’t love stuffed cheese?

Costa Rica: Gallo Pinto

Chris Hoyt, Co-Founder of LanguaTravel, organizes Costa Rican kids’ camps and language immersion programs for hundreds of families each year, so coming up with healthy, kid-friendly cuisine is something they think about quite often. “We've found that the most popular food with local kids as well as travelers is the Costa Rican staple gallo pinto (guy-oh peentoh). It's pretty simple to make, and you can find it in virtually any restaurant in Costa Rica. We serve it in all of our camps, as it's generally allergy-friendly and not too challenging to the young palate.” Gallo pinto consists of black beans and rice, cooked together in oil, and can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is commonly served with an egg, or as part of a casado (a traditional Costa Rican platter) with chicken and fried plantains.

India: Idli

“We lived in India for a few years and we had one of our kids while living there," adds Barta. "My son's first solid food was kitchri, which is rice and lentils boiled together. There are some other fantastic Indian street foods like bhel puri and pani puri which are delicious and festive because you usually eat them when you're out of the house doing something fun!” Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan, founder and CEO of MomaBoard.com, says the kid-friendly food options in India are endless. There’s dosa, sort of a crêpe that is served plain or with potatoes, and paratha, a North Indian favorite, a type of wheat bread that can be stuffed with potatoes, vegetables, or minced meat.

Italy: Cacio e Pepe

Any kid who likes macaroni and cheese — and we challenge you to find one who doesn’t — will love cacio e pepe. This is a classic Roman dish with grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. Other kid-friendly foods in Italy include pizza, served in the Italian thin-crust style; stuffed tomatoes; and roasted vegetables. Nutella, a spread that was developed in Italy and has become popular with people worldwide, is delicious, too. Kids in Italy enjoy their Nutella spread on bread or apples.

Nigeria: Plantains and Yam root

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Gina London is an American former CNN correspondent who now travels around the world providing communications consulting and training programs for business professionals, churches, and other organizations. “Now I'm spending a lot of time in Nigeria and have introduced my 6-year-old daughter, Lulu, to two of West Africa's delightful staples: plantains and yam root. Plantain chips are Lulu's go-to instead of cheese puffs or other over-processed snacks. And I have used boiled yam with honey and fruit as an alternative to sweet morning cereal for breakfast. As a starch, yams aren't jam-packed with protein or multi-vitamins, but they're a filling alternative to other sides and they can also be used to make cakes and other desserts if your child is gluten-free.”

Poland: Pierogi

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Children in Poland love pierogi, which are dumplings of unleavened dough that are boiled and then baked or fried, usually in butter with onions. This kid-friendly treat is often stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit.

Brazil: Feijoada

Feijoada, made with black beans and an assortment of meat, is part of Brazil’s national cuisine and is super popular with kids. Pão de queijo is also fun for kids and easy to make. It’s a dish of little balls of puffed cheesy cassava-flour bread. What’s not to like? For Brazilian children with a sweet tooth, brigadeiro is a very popular snack: a fudge ball made with sweetened condensed milk and cocoa powder, covered in chocolate sprinkles.

Mexico: Antojitos

Much like the kids of the rest of the world love what they can eat with their hands, Mexican children love antojitos, which is word for Mexican street food snacks, including tacos and quesadillas. Anything that starts with a tortilla — and thus can fit in your hand — will be a hit with young eaters. With a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese, and toasted, basically making it a Mexican grilled cheese. Tacos are also popular, as are taquitos, which are small, rolled-up tortillas stuffed with meat, such as this chicken variety. The neat little packaging makes them easier to eat than tacos.

Germany: Pretzels

Pretzels dunked in mustard are a traditional treat that German kids love. In the southwest, a noodle dish called spätzle, the German answer to the world’s love affair with the pasta of Italy, is popular with kids. It’s a dumpling and Italian pasta hybrid that can be mixed with various sauces or gravies, or eaten on its own.

France: Crêpes

France isn’t big on the “kid’s meal” (or ketchup, for that matter), as kids often eat smaller versions of what their parents are eating. Kids in France enjoy savory crêpes or omelets paired with fruits or vegetables. Of course, like with kids everywhere who enjoy the bliss that eating with your hands can bring, snacks like croissants and the croque-monsieur (basically an open-face grilled cheese with ham) are also popular with French children

Russia: Syrniki

Tatiana Tugbaeva, owner of My Little Jules, grew up in Russia, and the first dish her mom and grandma made for her was syrniki. “Syrniki are basically fried patties made from cottage cheese. They are usually slightly sweet and served with sour cream and jam or sweet condensed milk. Another dish was makarony po flotsky (sailors' pasta). To make this dish, you simply need to mix cooked pasta with fried ground meat, fry the mixture for a little bit, and sprinkle some cheese on top.” Simple as that.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.


10 Delicious Kid-Friendly Foods of the World

Parents remain ever hopeful as we strive to introduce different foods into our children's diets. Whether your family is traveling the world, or just looking for a little variety in your home kitchen, international cuisine can be a source of inspiration and nutrition. Here are 10 foods from around the world that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters (except when they don't).

Antojitos, Mexico

Meaning 'little snacks', antojitos is a catch-all term for Mexican street food, including tacos, quesadillas and other lesser-known treats. These snacks are eaten all over North America, but the most authentic antojitos are purchased from street-corner stands in Mexico City. Many south-of-the-border snacks start with a tortilla, which is the first clue that they will appeal to young eaters. They're also generally eaten without utensils −- another bonus. For a quesadilla, the tortilla is folded in half, filled with cheese and toasted on a griddle, so it's essentially a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich. Its slim, half-moon shape makes a quesadilla easy to eat, even for toddlers. Tacos are also popular for little ones: the child-sized tortillas are filled with chicken, chorizo, seafood or any other protein that your niños might like.

Rice and beans, the Caribbean

Simple and nutritious, rice and beans is a staple throughout the Caribbean, and Central and South America. By 'staple', we mean that in many of these places they are eaten every single day. The rice is brown or white the beans are red or black they are served mixed or separately. Most importantly for parents, this dish is high in protein and sticks to the bones. Most importantly for kids, the ingredients are familiar and it tastes good.

Crêpes, France

The beauty of crêpes is their versatility. They can be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert they can be savoury or sweet they can be healthy or not. These ultra-thin pancakes are filled with fruit, cheese, meat or -- for bons enfants who finish their vegetables -- something sweet. While France gets most of the credit for this culinary creation, you'll also find crêpes by other names in Russia (bliny) and Poland (naleśniki), as well as other parts of Eastern Europe (palačinka) and northern Europe (pannekake).

Cacio e pepe, Italy
A child who likes macaroni and cheese −- and what child doesn't −- will like cacio e pepe. This quintessential Roman dish is a simple masterpiece, featuring grated Pecorino Romano cheese and cracked black pepper, tossed with spaghetti and olive oil. The pepper's bite is muted by the cheese and pasta, so the overall effect is cheesy, creamy goodness. Just like mac 'n' cheese, but authentically Italian. Cacio e pepe appears on every menu in Rome.

Meze, Turkey and the Middle East

There is a lot for kids to love about the meze (snacks) that are such an integral part of cuisine in Turkey and the Middle East. For starters, meze are mostly finger food, requiring dipping, spreading and other fun eating techniques. Also, a typical meze platter includes lots of variety, from basics like olives and yoghurt, to exotic irresistibles like hummus (chickpea spread) and baba ghanoush (eggplant spread), to tempting treats like köfte (lamb meatballs) and falafel (deep-fried chickpeas). Even the pickiest of eaters are bound to find something they like. And if all else fails, there's always plain pita bread.

Couscous, North Africa

Couscous is a traditional Berber food (called seksu in the local language), which is eaten in Morocco, Tunisia and throughout North Africa. It has also been adopted and adapted by the food-loving French. Children have a fondness for soft starchy foods like pasta and rice, and couscous falls squarely in this category. Even if it is unfamiliar, most kids will be tempted by the grain-sized semolina that's steamed until fluffy −- whether the meat and vegetables are heaped on top (as is traditional) or served safely on the side.

Biryani, India

Biryani is a quintessential Indian dish, originating in Hyderabad but popular all around the subcontinent. It features basmati rice, spiced with cardamom, cloves, coriander or saffron, and mixed with vegetables, chicken or meat. What makes biryani stand out from other rice dishes is also what makes it appeal to kids: the spiced rice is cooked separately from the other add-ins, so their coming together is a deliciously complex layering of flavours and textures. Important for suspicious young eaters, this means that the individual elements are still recognisable and − if necessary − separable.

Sate, Indonesia

Sate (sat-ay) is food on a stick, exhibiting the same appeal as popsicles and corn dogs. Not only that, but this skewered meat is cooked over a fire and served with a peanut dipping sauce. So the flavours are familiar and it's fun to eat − a sure-fire kid favourite. Sate is a national dish of Indonesia (invented in Java) − but it's popular throughout Southeast Asia.

Xiaolongbao, China

Xiaolongbao originated in Shànghǎi, but you'll find them on menus in Chinatowns around the world. Tasty and filling, they are steamed dumplings, filled with minced pork and rich broth. The name means 'little basket buns', as xiaolongbao are traditionally cooked in bamboo baskets but in English they are usually called 'soup dumplings' for their rich, soul-satisfying filling. Kids can't resist the twisted-dome dumplings, which look like bite-size presents to open, discover and devour. Just make sure they are sufficiently cooled before serving, so the hot soup does not scald little tongues.

Pho, Vietnam

Beef noodle soup seems simple enough, but Vietnam's masterpiece pho is a complex mingling of flavours −- cinnamon, ginger and anise enhancing the rich broth, tender noodles and rare beef, and a squeeze of lime for tartness − the resulting dish so much more than the sum of its parts. Your children do not understand this, nor do they need to. They need only slurp the noodles and sip the broth and fill their tummies with warming, nourishing contentment.