Burma is a fascinating land, isolated for political reasons from the rest of the world for decades and having developed many unique culinary traditions found nowhere else on Earth. Their national dish, mohinga, somehow manages to create something rich and delicious out of catfish and shrimp paste and gave us valuable insight into the cuisine of the country.
In the end, though, nothing was going to get Burma past Afghanistan and its national dish, Qabali Palau. Slow-cooked chicken, fluffy rice, and a sweet and rich vegetable topping put Afghan cuisine on a higher plane. Afghanistan will next meet Israel in the final round of The World Cup of Food.