Does your mind go blank when you try to think of foods that start with x?
That’s totally understandable, but you’ll see that there are more foods starting with x than you think!
There are quite a few Mexican and Chinese dishes that start with x!
Exotic foods that start with X, how many do you know?
If we mentioned Xiangcaojing or Xnipec, would you know what they are?
We’re going to take you on a culinary journey through the world with foods that start with x!
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We love curry and xacuti is an Indian curry that originates from Goa.
Normally xacuti is made with chicken or beef and made with coconut, chilies, and white poppy seeds.
When we were in India, we were lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful vegetarian version of this popular dish.
It’s best enjoyed with a bowl of rice and naan bread to dip into it.
2. Xalapa Punch
Xalapa punch is a drink that is made with rum, brandy, and red wine.
You actually heat the red wine, along with heated orange rinds.
It seems quite simple, but trust us, it’s got a real punch to it!
3. Xampinyons En Salsa Mushrooms
Xampinyons en salsa mushrooms is a classic Spanish tapas dish found in Latin America and is made with stir-fried onions, garlic, and wild mushrooms.
As you can imagine, mushrooms are the main focus of this recipe.
4. Xanthan Gum
You may have heard of xanthan gum, it’s made from corn sugar that’s been fermented and is a popular food additive used to thicken foods.
A xanthia is a cherry brandy, gin, and ice cocktail.
You mix it with ice and then strain it into your cocktail glass.
6. Xavier Soup
If you’re Italian, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Xavier soup, an Italian dumpling soup, named after Saint Francis Xavier, a Spanish missionary.
So Xavier soup is from saintly origins!
Xavier Italian soup is a thick soup made with cream, and chicken stock, although we would use a vegetarian stock.
7. Xavier Steak
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Xavier steak refers to a specific cut of a steak, but it doesn’t.
Xavier steak is made up of three ingredients, steak, asparagus, and swiss cheese, naturally, we’d use a plant-based steak and vegetarian swiss cheese.
8. Xi Gua Lao
This is an interesting one, Xi gua lao is a watermelon jelly and is traditionally eaten in Beijing in summer.
They mix water with vanilla powder, sugar, and agar, then boil it with syrup.
Then the watermelon is squashed to get all the juice out of it, they then mix it into the syrup mixture and chill it.
You’d eat this dish cold.
9. Xia Mi
The literal meaning in Chinese is ‘rice shrimp‘ although there’s only dehydrated shrimp in this dish and no rice.
We don’t eat fish so it’s not on our list of foods that start with x to try!
Xiangcaojing is the Chinese word for vanilla extract and a favorite of mine to use in baking.
When we visited China we saw a lot of xiaolongbao, which is a Chinese steamed bun.
Traditionally these are steamed Chinese dumplings filled with meat and broth, although you could make a vegetarian version.
A delicious flavorful dish full of vegetables and flavor, with garlic, ginger, peas, dry chili flakes, and cilantro, xidoufen is a popular Chinese soup in Yunnan.
Did you know that Xigua is the Chinese word for watermelon?
Neither did we until we research all of these wonderful foods that start with x!
14. Xingren Doufu
We saw xingren doufu when we visited Beijing, it’s a popular Asian dessert made from almond milk, but we couldn’t try it as it’s a gelatin dessert.
15. Xinomavro Grapes
A very popular grape, xinomavro grapes are the grapes used by the ancient Greeks to make wine and they are still being used today.
This is one of our favorite foods that start with x!
Xiphias, or Xiphias gladius to be precise, is a swordfish.
A swordfish is an aggressive predatory fish, mainly found in the Pacific, Indian Oceans, and the Atlantic.
They’re called swordfish because they have flat, long, and pointed bills.
This is a fun fact, when swordfish reaches adulthood, they lose all of their teeth and scales!
17. Xmas cookies
Is it cheating to say that Xmas cookies are on our list of foods that start with X?
Probably but we just couldn’t leave them out!
From Yucatan, this is a fresh salsa, it’s made with habanero chilies and oranges and we are putting this fresh salsa on our list of foods that start with x that we must try!
19. XO sauce
Xo sauce is a very spicy sauce that we saw a lot of in Hong Kong but didn’t try it as it’s not suitable for vegetarians.
These foods all start with the letter X!
Chocolate lovers will enjoy xocolatl as it’s a Mexican hot chocolate, a spicy milky sweet hot cocoa, but you’ll find it served in America too.
Xanthia is native to Central Mexico and is a species of the prickly pear cactus, it’s used in a cocktail called xanthia.
We ate this a lot when we visited Vietnam, xoi is sticky rice and commonly eaten for breakfast!
We think that xouba, which are sardine-like fish, are better at swimming in the ocean, but they are used in different types of European dishes.
Extracted from plants, xylitol is a sugar substitute, it can be mistaken for sugar but the body finds it quite difficult to absorb.
It’s actually categorized as sugar alcohol.
A xylocarp is a fruit that has a woody, hard exterior.
Perhaps the most well-known xylocarp is the coconut, which is woody and hard on the outside, but firm and milky on the inside.
So there we have it, our list of foods that start with x is complete!
Can you suggest anymore that we should add to our list?
If so, then please leave a comment below, and we may even add your suggestion!
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