Foods That Start With X – Amazing Cocktails and Desserts!

foods that start with x

Going through a hard time finding some recipes, ingredients, meals, or foods that start with X? Then you have come to the right place.

It is not likely for people like us, from the western part of the world to have foods, let alone words that start with the letter X. After doing some research, we have collected some meals, recipes, or foods that start with the letter X. We at the JarKitchen will continue to lecture you about food, cuisine, kitchen, and kitchen appliances at our page Kitchen101!

We assume you may have gotten bored and lazy already, so let us dive directly into it 🙂

1. Xalapa Punch

Xalapa Punch is served in a whiskey glass with a slice of blood orange and ice

The first item on the list of Foods That Start With X is the Xalapa Punch. This is a true gentleman’s cocktail that also looks really classy. It is made out of strong black tea, grated orange peel, sugar syrup, rum, calvados, dry red wine. Afterward, you can use sliced orange or lemon to garnish this beautiful looking cocktail. It is a total party starter which your friends will also like!

For one more amazing cocktail, be sure to take a look at Daiquiri on our list of foods that start wtih L!

2. Xoi

Actually being written as Xôi, it is a dish from Vietnam. It is made of sticky rice and other ingredients along with seasoning of course. In some parts of Vietnam, people eat Xôi as the main dish. It is also popular around the world and a common on-the-go breakfast item! Be sure to check this one out if you happen to see one on the street. It is of course one of the foods that start with X.

3. Xi Gua Lao

Xi Gua Lao looks like a slice of watermelon and one of the foods that start with X

Looking like a watermelon right? You are wrong. This is Xi Gua Lao and it is a specialty in Chinese Cuisine. You are totally wrong because there is also watermelon in it. This one is made out of watermelon, agar, cherries, vanilla powder, and sugar. You make a syrup out of agar, vanilla powder, and sugar. Then you mix it with watermelon juice and cherries to cook. The result is this awesome looking dessert! Keep reading if you want to learn more foods that start with X.

4. Xinomavro Grapes

Xinomavro Grapes are blue in color and a good option for vines

If you went to Greece in the past and had red wine, it was probably made out of Xinomavro Grapes. Wine made with these grapes age well thanks to their perfect acidity and tannin content. This can be combined with Negoska (Another type of red wine grape) to produce very fruity wines with high alcohol content.

5. Xanthia

Xanthia is a yellow-colored cocktail that is served in a tall cocktail glass

This is an old-school cocktail from the past. But you can still see this sometimes at old bars. It is made of Gin, Cherry Brandy, Yellow Chartrubes, and ice cubes. You just stir them and voila! By the way, it is also a kind of moth and a goddess from Greek Mythology. Weird right? Xanthia is also one of the foods that start with X.

6. Xavier Steak

Xavier Steak with asparagus and cheese served on a white plate.

Xavier steak is a very easy dish to make because it contains three basic ingredients that we all like. Those ingredients are steak, asparagus, and cheese. Some may argue that putting cheese on a steak would be a massacre, but we disagree. This is what the famous chef Gordon Ramsay always says “Delicious”. We think we have shown you some pretty nice foods that start with X. If you think the same way, be sure to leave a comment.


7. Xylitol

Xylitol is one of the foods that start with X and looks like salt

Xylitol is a natural sweetener, but you may have already seen it in a product that we sometimes consume on a daily basis. Do you wonder what that is? It is chewing gum! It also has a higher glycemic index than sugar, which makes it harder for the human body to digest it. Xylitol is a sugar substitute made from plant fibers. Actually, that was one of the first foods that start with X that came into my mind while I was crafting this list. Because I was chewing gum 🙂

8. Xigua

Xigua looks like an ordinary watermelon from the outside, but is yellow on the inside

Xiguas are not your ordinary melons, because these come from Africa. Actually they resemble watermelons, but with a change in taste. Xigua actually means watermelon in Chinese. They are also a member of the gourd family just like ordinary watermelons.

9. Xacuti

Xacuti looks like a red soup and contains seeds

If you have ever been to India, maybe you have already heard of this one. Xacuti is one of the foods that start with X and is a dish that was originated in Goa, India. It is made of chicken, chilies, different masalas, potatoes, and poppy seeds. To be honest, it looks quite tasty.

10. Xampinyons En Salsa Mushrooms

Xampinyons En Salsa Mushrooms means mushrooms with salsa sauce

This is a saucy mushroom recipe, that incorporates garlic, champignons, sherry, water, tomato puree, and black pepper. Xampiyons En Salsa Mushrooms has a low calory content, making it a perfect lunch for white-collar workers. You can also consume it with rice.

11. Xidoufen

Xidoufen is a soup that is served with  lettuce, spring onions coriander sprinkled on it

Xidoufen is a famous soup from Chinese cuisine. It is made of peas, spring onion, garlic, coriander, ginger, and dry chili flakes. A healthy way to begin a winter day which will warm your stomach and keep you warm when you go to work. Chinese people have many foods that start with X.

12. Xiaolongbao

Xiaolongbao looks like classical dumplings

Still going on and on with our list of foods that start with x and we are almost halfway there. Xiaolongbao is a steamed bun. It is named after Xiaolong, which is a steaming basket made out of bamboo.

13. Xoconostle

Xoconostle is the fruit of a spiky cactus, one of the foods that start with X

Here, we have another fruit in our list of foods that start with X. Xoconostle grows on a prickly pear cactus, especially in Central Mexico. This one is a very sour fruit, so you should not eat it alone, but it is being used to add flavors to salsas and mole sauces.

14. Xia Mi

Xia Mi means “Rice Shrimp” in Chinese. Knowing that Xia Mi is one of the foods that start with X, after looking at the picture above, you might think where the rice is. Although it means Rice Shrimp it is not because it is made out of rice, but because it is really small and dried.

They are used to increase the flavor of the dish because this brings out the savory umami flavor in it. Umami is one of the five basic tastes. There is sweetness, sourness, bitterness, saltiness and there is Umami. If you want to know more about it, check it out here!

15. Xnipec

Xnipec is a soup made with purple onions

Xnipec is a traditional salsa that is being served in homes, restaurants, and cafeterias. It is a good combination with tortilla chips if you do not want to use ordinary tomato salsa. Because it is moderately hot and has a fresh fruity flavor. It contains Habanero peppers, tomatoes, small red onion, cilantro, and orange/lime juice. You will love it!

16. Xia

You are already familiar with this one from this list above, it is number 14. Xia means Shrimp in Chinese.

17. Xouba

Multiple Xouba fishes sitting on a plate, ready to be cooked

Xouba is a fish that looks like a sardine. It is found mainly near the coast of Spain and holds a tight place within the old Spanish cuisine. I don’t know, I always thought that fish names should at least sound familiar. Never would’ve guessed that I would see a fish between foods that start with X.

18. Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a white powder, is one of the foods that start with X

Xanthan Gum has many industrial uses because it is being used as an all-purpose thickener. It goes really well with gravies and sauces. Xanthan Gum is a product of fermentation of corn sugar. It is is also one of the foods that start with X.

Xanthan Gum is a great substitute for gelatin in recipes with the purpose of stabilizing suspensions. The upside of the Xanthan Gum is, that it is vegan. Gelatin comes from animals, rendering it non-vegan. There are many people out there that show allergic reactions to dairy, soy, and eggs. Xanthan Gum is a great substitute for using gelatin.

Usage of Xanthan Gam

Furthermore, you do not need to cool or heat the Xanthan Gum to get the jelly texture. It just jellifies after getting in contact with a liquid. It is not affected by Acid or heat, making it a perfect substitute for gelatin, because it can be used in a very wide variety of juices and sauces.

The ideal amount to use Xanthan Gum in your recipes is, to use about 1/8 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum per cup of liquid. The mixture is then to be blended with a blender. If you try to blend it with your hands, you will not catch up to its jellifying speed, resulting in clumps in the mixture. That is why it needs to be constantly blended/mixed in the process of making.

To form the best texture, you should first blend the Xanthan Gum with oil, then you should apply soy milk or rice milk into it. This will result in the best possible texture. This way, the sauce will be rich and deep in taste, which is normally achieved by cream, eggs, or butter. The mix will get thicker as you add more Xanthan Gum into it. Keep on reading! We are almost at the end.

19. Xmas Cake

This one is a bit tricky I know, but we really would like to mention this one. It is the Xmas or Christmas Cake. Xmas cakes are as you can assume, eaten in times of christmas. The unique property of this cake is to add brandy, rum, or whiskey to keep the cake moist. It also has many dried fruits inside, this way the fruity flavor gets combined with the alcohol, creating an amazing taste to warm up your belly after eating it. Yum! Just what I need on a snowy winter day.

A tip while making christmas cake, you need to feed it with alcohol in advance to both keep it moist and increase the alcohol content. You should stop feeding it with alcohol, so that the top crust gets dry and you will have the ability to perform the icing much better.

20. Xavier Soup

Xavier Soup is an Italian soup named after Saint Francis Xavier. He was a Spanish missionary in the past. Xavier soup is a chicken soup with parmesan dumplings. When chicken is combined with parmesan, it is going to feel like Italy inside your mouth.

Actually, let me give you the recipe on how to do it 🙂

Get a baking paper and fit a piping bag. It needs to have a large round tip, about half an inch in diameter.

Mix the flour, cream, and butter together over low heat in a saucepan. After it reaches the texture of the soft dough, remove the saucepan from the heat. After that, you need to add peppers, nutmeg, eggs, cinnamon, salt, and parsley. Stir very fast and hard to combine them as much as possible.

Fill in the dough into the piping bag and form small dumplings by squeezing the piping bag. Let your delicious dumplings rest for about half an hour.

21. Xiaodianxin

This is a very simple cookie from China. Yet another item in our list of foods that start with X that melts in your mouth. This is actually the most famous feature of butter cookies. They literally melt in your mouth as it touches your tongue. They are Chinese butter cookies that melt in your mouth after the second you start chewing them. It is made out of flour, sugar, milk, butter, and corn starch. The word itself means “cookie” in Chinese. Ah yes, also it is one of the foods that start with X.

22. Xo Sauce

xo sauce has a high consistency and red in color, best served with cured ham,

It is originated in the Cantonese cuisine within China. Xo Sauce is a spicy seafood sauce. Very popular in the Cantonese region. It contains dried seafood and cured ham. Another very interesting fact about the Xo Sauce is, that it has an umami flavor. The name, XO Sauce comes from fine cognac which also is eXtra Old (XO). At home, many people use this sauce to enhance the flavor of fried rice.

23. Xingren Donfu

Xingren Donfu look like wet marshmellows, served with fruits and is one of the foods that start with X

Xingren Donfu is one of the foods that start with X and is a very popular dessert that belongs to Chinese cuisine, especially in Beijing. It has also started to spread out from China to the world. It is made of almond milk, gelatin, sugar, and agar. Has a really soft and smooth texture. It literally melts in your mouth. Therefore, it is a very good option for children of a young age. I really like desserts or food that has this texture. For me, if a food melts in my mouth so that I do not have to chew it at all, it is a huge plus for me.

24. Xiangcaojing

Xiancaojing vanilla extract is red in color and in this bottle you see vanilla pieces

Xiangcaojing actually means vanilla extract in Chinese. It is being used in Vietnamese, Chinese, and other Asian cuisines. It is used in many desserts like cakes, brownies, cupcakes, cookies, and many more! Adding vanilla extract really alters the food’s taste. So be sure to use it. The main ingredient of the vanilla extract is vanilla of course, but it contains many more ingredients to give it the deep and complex flavor.

25. Xiphias

Xiphias is served with peas and sweet potatoes on a white plate, also one of the foods that start with X

Xiphias means swordfish in Greek. Not many people eat swordfish but there are recipes, especially in Greece that are made with this kind of fish. Xiphias is also called broadbills in English. We can say for sure, that Swordfish is classified as an oily fish. However, you should be warned, that Swordfish meat has high toxicity levels that may lead to poisoning. It contains methylmercury, so it is recommended by the FDA, that children and pregnant women should not eat Xiphias meat.

Another interesting information about Xiphias meat is, that they can sometimes have an orange-tint in color. This is caused by their diets, especially if the fish has eaten lot of shrimps. These Swordfishes are called pumpkin swordfish, and they are way more expensive than their white counterparts.

Not like other fishes that you consume on a regular basis, this fish is mainly sold in forms of steaks. This is because the Swordfish is.. well.. a big fish. Since it is mostly sold as a steak, most popular option to cook this fish is to grill it. Imagine eating swordfish grilled on a skewer! My god, that would be amazing. I should totally give it a try next time when I’m at the East Coast. In the East Coast of USA, Swordfish usually have a rosier flesh, which should look great on a grill!


This list was actually harder to craft when compared to other articles of ours in our Foodcyclopedia. Because as stated above, there are not many foods that start with X. Mainly they are from the Asian region because they have many foods that start with an X.

I have taken a look at the list again and was wondering which one my favorite is. I think my favorite would be the Xalapa Punch because I am in love with cocktails! If you also love cocktails and if you love making cocktails at home, I suggest you read the Fine Art of Mixing Drinks by David A. Embury. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your favorite was. See you in another article!

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