54 International Foods that Start With K

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If you are bored with food or eating healthy, take a break and check out these international foods that start with k. I need to mix up my posts as well, you know!

There are a lot of foods in the world that start with the letter K, some you may never have heard of! From European and African cuisines to those of Asia, the Americas, and beyond, there are plenty of foods that start with K. But what are some of them and what countries do they originate from? Here is a country-by-country list of foods that start with K.

if there’s another letter you’re interested in, drop a comment and let’s see what I can find!


kebab is one of the foods that start with k


A kebab is a grilled meat dish with origins in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In Afghanistan, kebabs usually consist of lamb or beef.



Kashkaval is a cheese that is popular in the South-Eastern European region, including Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, and North Macedonia. This cheese is made from cow or sheep’s milk and is often used as a side dish or in sandwiches.


Kangaroo Meat

Don’t get confused by Austria here. Though, if you do find yourself in Austria, you’ll find a restaurant making fun of those who get the countries confused and you’ll be able to find kangaroo meat. Typically though, this meat is a dish of indigenous Australian origin and has become popular in contemporary Australian culture. It is served as meatballs, sausage, steak, kebab or roast form.

Kitchener Bun

The Kitchener bun is a dessert dish that resembles the German doughnut known as a Berliner. It is served mainly in Southern Australia and is noted for being served with jam, powdered sugar, and topped with whipped or pastry cream.

Try making you rown HERE!


Aside from the kangaroo meat you can now fin din Austria, there are a few other foods that start with k in this country.

kaiser rolls are one of the foods that start with k

Kaiser Roll

A Kaiser roll is a traditional Austrian baked good that consists of water, flour, yeast, salt, and malt. These rolls have gained popularity worldwide as sandwich rolls. Take it from me, they are delicious!


Kai Kouxiao

Kai Kouxiao, meaning “laughing mouth” in Mandarin, are deep-fried sesame balls. They consist of flour, sugar, water, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and are coated generously in sesame seeds, then deep-fried.

kiwi is a food that starts with k


Kiwifruit, or Kiwis, are a fruit originally of Chinese origin. They are a soft fruit with green flesh, brown skin, and black seeds. Though originally from China, they are commonly associated with New Zealand, where they were popularly introduced in 1904.

Kung Pao

Kung Pao (or Gong Bao) is a meat (traditionally chicken) dish with its origins in Sichuan, China. It consists of chicken stir-fried with chili peppers, scallions, and peanuts.


kushari is a food that starts with k


Kushari is an Egyptian dish that consists of lentils, macaroni, tomato sauce, chickpeas, fried onions, rice, and sometimes other ingredients. It is considered a national dish and is popular as a street food.



Kitcha is a thin bread that consists of water, flour, and salt. As a bread that contains no yeast, it is an unleavened bread — and is often served in a dish called Chechebsa, which contains Kitcha mixed with spices and butter.


Kitfo is a dish that is minced beef that has been combined with spices and clarified butter. This mixture is then lightly fried and served somewhat rare. Kitfo is served with cheese, vegetables, and flatbreads.



Knockwurst, or knackwurst, is a German sausage that consists of pork, veal, salt, and seasonings. It can be stuffed with fresh garlic and is often served with mustard.


Kuchen is a type of German cake. It consists of ingredients such as milk, flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. Kuchen comes in several varieties, some including ingredients like cinnamon, custard, cheese, nuts, cream, jam, or fruit.


Kugel is an Ashkenazi Jewish dish that consists of egg noodles or potato — which are then mixed with other ingredients including eggs, milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, and/or vegetables. It is European in origin, notably in the region of countries like Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.



Kelewele is a dish of deep-fried plantains seasoned with salt and spices such as chilies and ginger. It is popular as street food and is also served as a side dish along with meat or stews.

kenkey is a food that starts with k


Kenkey is a dish of fermented corn. It is made by combining cornstarch with white cornmeal, boiling the mixture, and then forming the cooled ingredients into balls, often wrapped in dried corn leaves. This dish is often served alongside fish and vegetables.



Kak’ik is a traditional Guatemalan stew dish that consists of turkey, chilies, onions, tomatoes, tomatillos, spices, and stock. It has its origins in native Mayan cooking.


kachori is one of the foods that start with k


Kachori is a dish of gram flour dough wrapped around mung beans, which have been mixed with spices. This dough ball is then deep-fried and served with different sauces.

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer is an Indian dish that consists of paneer cheese, red pepper, green pepper, onion, cream, tomatoes, and spices such as coriander, cardamom, fennel, and chili powder. It is usually served with rice.

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Kedgeree is a dish consisting of rice and smoked fish, as well as eggs, milk, butter, lemon, and spices. It originated in India and has since become popular elsewhere, especially in the UK.


Kulfi is also known as Indian ice cream; it is made with cardamom, milk, sugar, and nut ingredients. It has a somewhat hard consistency and dates back at least to 16th-century India.


kecap manis is a food starting with k

Kecap Manis

Kecap Manis is an Indonesian condiment that consists of soy sauce and sugar, and sometimes garlic, anise, and other ingredients. It is not only a condiment but used in dishes such as stir-fries, fried rice, and noodle entrees.



Though kale is a plant that is consumed worldwide, it is of particular importance in the Irish dish Colcannon — a mixture of cream, mashed potatoes, butter, salt, onions, and kale.



In Northern Italian cooking, Kipfel (or Kipfl) is a yeast and flour-based baked good that is rolled into the shape of a crescent. Though similar in shape to the French croissant, it is made of a very different type of dough mixture.


In Italy, what are referred to elsewhere as Knodel (potato or flour dumplings) are known as Canederli. This version of Knodel consists of milk, chopped stale bread, eggs, cheese, spices, olive oil, and is boiled in water or stock.

Ivory Coast

Kedjenou is one of the foods that starts with k


Kedjenou is a stewed chicken dish popular in the Cote d’Ivoire. It is made of chicken, onions, peppers, tomatoes, stock, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and herbs and spices such as paprika and thyme.



Kamameshi is a rice dish that consists of rice that has been cooked in stock, with vegetables such as carrots, soybeans, and mushrooms added. Kamameshi may also contain meat, and it is traditionally cooked in a communal fashion in an iron/ceramic pot known as a “meshi.”


Katsudon is a dish that consists of a fried cutlet (usually pork), egg, and rice served in a bowl. This dish can also contain vegetables. The name “Katsudon” is a combination of the words “tonkatsu” (fried cutlet) and “donburi” (rice bowl).


Kombu is dried kelp seaweed. In Japanese cuisine, kombu is used to make dashi, a type of soup stock. It can be also dried, pickled, or served fresh.



Kalguksu is a noodle dish with knife-cut wheat noodles placed in a light broth, often with seafood and vegetables. It is usually served in the summer.


Kimbap (also known as Gimbap) is a dish consisting of rice, vegetables, meats, and egg wrapped in Gim (seaweed) and cut into slices.

kimchi is one of the foods that start with k


Kimchi is a fermented cabbage dish that serves as a condiment. In Korea, napa cabbage is lacto-fermented with water and salt, then seasoned with chili pepper, garlic, ginger, and sugar.


Kari Ayam

Kari Ayam is a Malaysian chicken curry dish. It consists of chicken, coconut milk, fish sauce, curry paste, garlic, ginger, shallots, curry leaves, and potatoes. It is served with rice.

Kari Kambing

Kari Kambing is a lamb curry dish. It consists of lamb, tomatoes, coconut milk, ginger, garlic, chili peppers, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, coriander, onion, cinnamon, and chicken stock.



Kahlua is a liqueur that contains coffee, rum, and sugar. It has its origins in Veracruz, Mexico, and is used for making cocktails and baked desserts.

Kidney Beans

Kidney Beans are somewhat long, red beans that have their origins in Central America and Mexico. They are now popular worldwide, enjoyed in foods such as American Chili con Carne, Indian Rajma, and New Orleans Red Beans and Rice.



Kuli-Kuli is a dish consisting of ground peanuts, salt, spices, and occasionally sugar, that is formed into different shapes and deep-fried. It is popular in Nigeria and other West African countries.

New Zealand

Kanga Pirau

Kanga Pirau is a fermented corn porridge dish that originated from the Maori of New Zealand. Corn in it is soaked, fermented, mashed, cooked, and served hot or cold.

The Philippines

kare-kare is one of the foods that start with k


Kare-Kare is a Filipino stew that consists of peanut sauce, pork, oxtail, and vegetables such as green beans, asparagus beans, okra, eggplant, or Chinese cabbage. It is commonly served at parties.


Kinilaw is a Filipino dish that consists of raw fish mixed with vinegar and the juice of local fruits such as mangoes, starfruit, or tropical limes. It is then seasoned with salt, black pepper, ginger, onions, and chili peppers.


kielbasa is one of the foods that start with k


Kielbasa is a type of sausage that is European (particularly Polish) in origin. It can be made with many types of meat — such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, or veal — and has several different regional varieties inside and outside of Poland.


Kiszczonka is a Polish soup that contains water, milk, black pudding sausage, flour, and spices. It is common in the Polish city of Poznan.



Kasha is a dish consisting of grains of cooked buckwheat (or other grains) combined with butter, vegetables like mushrooms and onions — and sometimes with salted meats. It is eaten in Russia, and also throughout the Eastern European region.

South Africa

koeksister is a south african food starting with k


The Koeksister is a confectionary that has its origins with the Afrikaner people of South Africa. It is a twisted doughnut sweetened with syrup and seasoned with lemon juice, ginger, and cinnamon.



Knack is a Swedish Christmas dessert. It is a toffee that consists of cream, sugar, syrup, butter, and almonds. Alternative ingredients can include citrus fruit, cocoa powder, candy canes, ginger, or cinnamon. I want to try this one now. I’m almost willing to fly to Sweden to find out.



Kibbeh is a dish that is popular in the Mediterranean and the Levant. In Syrian cuisine, it is a deep-fried pocket of beef/ground bulgur surrounding a filling of onions, ground beef, salt, pepper, and spices.


kachumbari is one of the foods that start with k


Kachumbari is a salad dish that consists of tomatoes, onions, cilantro, avocado, lime juice, and sometimes chili peppers. It is popular in Tanzanian and other East African cuisines.


Kaeng Phed

In Thai cuisine, Kaeng Phed is a curry dish that consists of red curry paste, fish sauce, Thai basil, vegetables, coconut milk, spices, chilies, sugar, and Kaffir lime leaves.

United Kingdom

kidney pie is one of the foods that start with k

Kidney Pie

Kidney Pie is a variant of the English favorite Steak and Kidney pie. It is a mixture of lamb kidneys, salt, pepper, stock, carrots, potatoes, and onions baked under a pastry crust.


In the UK, kippers refer to smoked kippers, a fish dish that consists of an oily fish that has been pickled (or salted) and smoked. This dish is usually served at breakfast.

United States


Ketchup is a condiment consisting of tomatoes, vinegar, and sugar. Though different types of ketchup (including mushroom-based ketchup) date back to at least 18th century England, tomato ketchup is much more likely to have originated in the U.S. in the 1800s.

Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is a type of popcorn that is popped with corn oil, sugar, and salt. It has its roots in the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, dating back to the 1700s. Today, it’s a great treat at carnivals and fairs!

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie is a pie dessert that consists of lime juice, egg yolks, a graham cracker crust, condensed milk, topped with meringue or whipped cream. It is named after the Key Lime, a lime hybrid of the Florida Keys.

knishes are a food that starts with k


Knishes are potato-based pies that are sometimes filled with onions, kasha, or cheeses. They are of Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish origin and are served with condiments such as sauerkraut or mustard. Knishes are regionally popular in New York City and the Northeastern United States.



How many of these foods that start with k did you know already and how many are you going to try? I’m off to make some Kaiser rolls myself to remind me of living in Europe! Let me know which letter you’d like to see next!



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