25 Traditional Street Foods Every Traveler Must Try
The key to understanding a place’s history and culture often lies in its cuisine .We think that in order to find the best food in a place you are visiting for the first time ,you have to search for it in the streets .
Not only is eating street food an easy and cheap way to fill your stomach, but it also opens the door to a whole world of utter taste. From the all-American hot dog to Sicily’s spleen sandwich, every world traveler must try these 20 iconic street foods.
25.Arepa (Colombia and Venezuela)
Arepas are the most important in the Colombian and Venezuelan diets. These thick and mushy patties are made with either ground maize flour , maize meal or maize kernels .It is then mixed with water and salt, as well as sometimes butter, eggs, milk or oil. Baked, fried, grilled, boiled or steamed, arepas vary in flavor color and size. Stuffed or topped with meat, cheese, tomatoes or salad, or even eaten plain as a side to a meal, this will be your favorite if you visit Colombia or Venezuela.
Calzones are actually folded pizzas and like the pizza itself ,were invented in Naples. Made with salted bread dough and stuffed with ham, salami or vegetables, mozzarella, ricotta or parmesan calzones are baked in the oven. Italian street vendors often sell them in a smaller size that can easily be eaten on the go because a calzone can be quite a large meal.
Currywurst is a fast food dish of German origin consisting of steamed, then fried pork sausage cut into bite-sized chunks and seasoned with curry ketchup, a sauce based on tomato paste, itself topped with curry powder. This dish is often served with French fries.
22.Pani câ mèusa (Palermo, Italy)
Pani câ mèusa is a sandwich that is exclusively found in Palermo, where it is mostly sold in the main markets of the city. The name means “bread with spleen” in Sicilian, and it is made by boiling calf’s lung and spleen before frying it and then nestling it between two slices of a white bread called vastedda . When served with caciocavallo or ricotta cheese, it is called “maritatu,” or married, and when it is served without any cheese, it’s called “schettu,” or single.
Ramen is a noodle soup dish that was originally imported from China and has become one of the most popular dishes in Japan in recent decades. Ramen is inexpensive and , a factor that also makes it an ideal option for budget travelers. Ramen restaurants can be found in virtually every corner of the country and produce countless regional variations of this common noodle dish.
Turkish simit is a circular bread that’s mostly accompanied by tea or ayran (salted yogurt drink) and consumed for .It is believed that simit has been baked in Istanbul since the 1500s, while the name hails from the Arabic word samīd, meaning white bread or fine flour. In Turkey, simits are sold by street vendors who walk around either pushing trolleys or carrying trays piled with these delicious, crunchy bagels on their heads.
The national dish of Georgia, khachapuri is a cheese-filled bread . Eggs are also commonly used as a filling. Khachapuri is popular in many other post-Soviet states, particularly Russia and Armenia, as well.
18.Aloo chaat (South Asia)
Aloo chaat is a dish made with boiled and fried potatoes mixed with spices .It is popular throughout South Asia, but particularly so in Pakistan and northern India. It can be eaten as a snack, a side dish or a light meal .Aloo chaat can be different in different regions in terms of specific spices used.
A gyro or gyros is a Greek dish made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie .Like shawarma and tacos , it is derived from the lamb-based doner kebab. In Greece it is now most often pork or chicken .It is typically served wrapped or stuffed in a pita, along with ingredients such as tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.
16.Stinky tofu (China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan)
While its name comes from its sour odor, this East Asian street snack is still quite popular. Chou doufu , or stinky tofu, is a fermented tofu originating from China. Generally, it is made by adding tofu to a brine made with fermented milk, meat and vegetables that sometimes also has Chinese herbs, bamboo shoots, and dried shrimp. The tofu can be left in the brine for up to some months, before being cut into cubes. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside and can be eaten cold, steamed or stewed, but the mostly deep-fried. Usually topped with chili sauce and pickled cabbage, it can also be served in soup or on a skewer.
15.Tornado potatoes (South Korea)
Tornado potatoes ,also called twist potatoes are a popular street food in South Korea .It is a deep fried spiral-cut whole potato on a skewer, with various seasonings such as onion, cheese, or honey. In some varieties there are spliced sausages in between.
Crepes are a popular thin, pancake-like pastry popular throughout France. Originating in the French region of Brittany, now they are famous all over the world. There are two types of crepe: sweet crepes and savory galettes . Sweet crepes are typically made with Nutella, fruit spreads or sliced fruits or syrup and then dusted with powdered sugar or fresh fruit. If you’re going for the more savory type, popular fillings are cheese, artichoke, mushrooms and all kinds of meat.
Takoyaki is a battered fritter stuffed with octopus. Made with a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a pan , the small, round treat is filled with diced or minced octopus, tempura scraps, green onion and pickled ginger. The takoyaki are then brushed with mayonnaise and takoyaki sauce and then sprinkled with dried shavings of bonito and also green laver .
12.Bungeo-ppang (South Korea)
Bungeo-ppang is a fish-shaped pastry stuffed with sweetened red bean paste. One of South Korea’s most popular winter street foods, the snack is often sold at street stalls, grilled on an appliance similar to a waffle iron but with a fish-shaped mold. Red bean paste is the standard filling but many bungeo-ppang sold as street food are filled with pastry, pizza toppings, chocolate and others.
11.Naan (South and Central Asia, Middle East)
Naan is a bread made from maida , an Indian white flour that is very powdery and fine-grained, similar to pastry flour. It is eaten most often with curry, used instead of a spoon and to pick up vegetables (and meat). It is often seasoned with nigella seeds .Naan is usually cooked quickly in a hot tandoor, a cylindrical clay and brick oven with a dome-shaped top.
10.Fish and chips (England)
Ahh…. Fish, chips and mushy peas! There is nothing more British than fish and chips. Freshly cooked, hot fish and chips, smothered in salt , wrapped in newspaper – it simply cannot be beaten!
9.Bunny chow (South Africa)
Often referred to a “bunny” by locals, bunny chow is a South African street food that originated with the Indian community in the city of Durban. A bread loaf is hollowed out and filled with curry, usually lamb, chicken or bean. The dish, which is traditionally eaten by hand, is also usually accompanied by a side of salad .
8.Banana cue (Philippines)
One of the most widespread sweet snacks in the Philippines is banana cue .It is made by deep-frying saba bananas .The bananas are generously coated in a thick layer of caramelized sugar. The sweet bananas are often served on bamboo skewers ,because they are usually enjoyed as street food.
Focaccia is a type of Italian bread .Focaccia is traditionally baked in a stone-bottom oven, and its distinctive texture is because of poking the bubbles forming in the bread. Olive oil is spread on the dough before baking. Focaccia is often topped with herbs and other ingredients, such as cheese ,tomatoes or onion. It can be served as an appetizer, snack, side or sandwich bread.
6.Chapli kebab (Pakistan)
Chapli Kebab or Kabab is a Pashtun-style minced kebab, usually made from ground beef, mutton or chicken with various spices in the shape of a patty. It originates from Peshawar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The Pekhawri Chapli Kabab is made with beef and is a popular Street Food throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of Pakistan, as well as in eastern Afghanistan and some parts of India.
5.Doubles (Trinidad and Tobago)
Doubles is a street food originating from Trinidad and Tobago. It is mostly eaten during breakfast, but sometimes people eat it during lunch or as a late night snack .Doubles are made with two baras (flat fried dough) and filled with curry channa (curried chickpeas) and various chutneys .Doubles was first created in Fairfield, Princes Town by Emamool Deen and his wife Raheman Rasulan Deen in 1936.
4.Hot dog (United States)
You can find Hot Dog on the menu at many restaurants, corner shops, and stadiums in addition to hot dog stands and food trucks in big cities like Detroit, Chicago and New York .A grilled or cooked sausage is served on a hot dog bun and enriched with whatever the eater pleases, ketchup, mustard, onions, cheese, chili and many others more . Variations in preparation differ by region.
3.Shawarma (Middle East)
Shawarma is a dish in Middle Eastern cuisine consisting of meat cut into thin slices, stacked in a cone-like shape, and roasted on a slowly-turning vertical rotisserie . Originally made of lamb or mutton, today’s shawarma may also be chicken, turkey, or beef. Thin slices are shaved off the cooked surface as it continuously rotates. Shawarma is one of the world’s most popular street foods.
A taco is a traditional Mexican dish consisting of a small hand-sized corn or wheat tortilla topped with a filling. The tortilla is then folded around the filling and eaten by hand. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, seafood, beans, vegetables, and cheese, allowing great versatility and variety. They are often garnished with various dressings , such as salsa, guacamole, or sour cream, and also vegetables, such as lettuce, onion, tomatoes, and chilies .
1.Pommes frites (Belgium)
There are not many dishes in the world that are as popular as pommes frites. Originally invented in Belgium, this dish is made out of potatoes that are cut into strips and deep-fried in hot oil. No nation in the world celebrates and enjoys this dish more than the Belgians.
They eat it on a daily basis, as a side dish or as a snack, while pommes frites shops, called can be found throughout the country.