Our Favorite Globally-Inspired Recipes for the 2018 Winter Games

With the winter games on the (very near) horizon, we were inspired by some of the athletes competing from around the world. From Japan to the United States, from India to Greece, at Plated we pride ourselves on embracing myriad global cuisines. Whether crispy rice bibimbap or aromatic garam masala is more your thing, we’ve got something for absolutely everyone. We’re cheering on some of the competing teams via these much-loved international Plated dishes. Go team!

Japan: Zaru Soba with Soy-Honey Chicken

After returning from a trip to Japan, Chef Elana knew she wanted to replicate one of her favorite dishes she had tried: Zaru Soba. While soba most often refers to thin, spaghetti-like noodles made with buckwheat flour, in Japan, this term can refer to any thin noodle. In this version of zaru soba, aka cold noodles dipped in a salty-sweet sauce, we’re swapping in chewy long life noodles and adding roasted zucchini and soy-honey chicken thighs. Stir a little spicy wasabi into the sauce, and enjoy the crunchy zing of pickled ginger between dunks.

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Argentina: Chimichurri Chicken Burgers with Provolone

Melty, grilled Provolone cheese, known as Provoleta, is a classic Argentine dish. This burger recipe calls on the flavors of provolone and chimichurri, the traditional Argentine sauce made with fresh herbs traditionally used to top grilled meats. Served with a crunchy carrot, cabbage, and bell pepper slaw, this is a burger we’d definitely crave after an athletic event.

USA: Buffalo Chicken Sliders

We couldn’t resist including one of our favorite mashups of two classic American recipes: buffalo chicken sliders. These mini-burgers are served with carrot “fries” and an endlessly dip-able Greek yogurt ranch. Go ice skating, then make these burgs.


Korea: Beef Bibimbap

A dish originally created to incorporate leftovers, bibimbap means “mixed rice” in Korean. Rice is served in a hot pot, forming a crispy crust, and is then topped with both meats and veggies. This beef bibimbap, which celebrates the games host country, incorporates flavorful steak with sautéed mushrooms and spinach.

India: Cauliflower Tikka Masala

Warm, spiced garam masala is one of our favorite ingredients for infusing Indian inspiration into recipes. We can safely say our cauliflower tikka masala is a gold medal-worthy dish, especially paired with scoop-able garlicky naan.

Greece: Greek Baked Shrimp with Feta

This Greek-inspired dish has it all: tender shrimp, a sweet tomato-fennel sauce, crunchy breadcrumbs, and orzo pasta. After being seared, the shrimp are layered with the white wine–infused sauce, and topped with salty feta and herbed breadcrumbs. It’s all baked to melty, crispy, golden brown perfection, and served over orzo with a squeeze of lemon. Opa!

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