One of life’s beautiful experiences is food and travel. While we appreciate fancy dining and lavish dinners, the raw experience of global street food adventures’ transmit authenticity. It provides us with some of life’s most fascinating moments and enriches us in surprising ways.
Food is a natural pathway to a more profound knowledge of culture, history, people, and places in general. Street food naturally entices us to explore, to venture farther out than we might have otherwise.
Food not only fills the bowl, but good food also fills the soul. It allows us to learn more about the flavor of local delicacies and the essence of the cultures they represent. While there are many other street foods around the world, here are some that will make you hungry.
Empanadas are little savory pies that are popular throughout South America. Although empanadas (filled pastries, usually savory) are available across Argentina, the tastiest come from the Salta area in the country’s northwest. It’s also the only place where they widely use hot sauce.
Every area in Argentina has its distinct flavor. They all have the same basic culinary concept: a soft pocket of dough loaded with a delectable, savory filling.
Kebabs are grilled ground or chunked meat on a skewer. These are not exclusive to Armenia. There are various types of kebabs all over the world. Lula is a type of kebab made of meat mince that is skewered and grilled.
It is a specialty of the Armenian, Azerbaijani, and other South Caucasus, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian cuisines. The kebab rolled in lavash (flatbread) is the street meal of choice when you need a quick and easy snack.
Hearty, tasty, delectable, and inexpensive. During travels across Australia, meat pies are a go-to food for snacks or supper. This is one of the many things that should be on every foodie’s bucket list. Even if you’re in the middle of nowhere, which happens a lot in Australia, you can typically find them anywhere, from gas stations to small cafés.
This dish is filled with various meat combinations (typically beef, chicken, or pork) and can be a snack or a full meal. To make a complete lunch, pair it with gravy and mashed potatoes at one of the gourmet restaurants, or purchase a piece from a street seller!
Aloo Tikki is street food from the Indian subcontinent composed of boiled potatoes, peas, and various curry spices in Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi versions. In Hindi-Urdu and Marathi, “aloo” denotes potato, while “Tikki” signifies a little cutlet or croquette.
Aloo Tikki is a deep-fried mashed potato patty with coriander, peas, and spices. In some North Indian Dhabas or café-style eateries, Aloo Tikki is a potato sandwich placed between two slices of bread.
They serve spicy curry and various chutneys with a popular type of Aloo Tikki. It’s available at chaat stands all over the country.
Among the most beloved Indonesian cuisines is nasi campur, which refers to “mixed rice.” It includes a large serving of rice and a variety of side dishes, ingredients, and seasonings. They mainly offer it as part of a buffet, where guests can pick and choose from various alternatives.
It’s difficult to say which foods are served in ‘Nasi Campur’ because they vary from location to place and alter regularly. Indonesian curry foods, fried or stewed meat dishes, fried fish or shrimp, a variety of vegetable fritters, eggs, and soy products are also common.
Chile’s most famous street meal is the whole Italiano. You’ll never go back to plain old mustard and ketchup after tasting the Chilean Completo Italiano. Avocado makes everything better, especially on hot dogs.
The completo is a hot dog version consumed in Chile. It typically has diced tomatoes, avocados, mayonnaise, sauerkraut, salsa Americana, aj pepper, and green sauce. It can be twice as big as a typical American hot dog.
It is a crowd-favorite dumpling. It’s a crescent-shaped dumpling composed of thin pastry dough that’s loaded with finely minced meat (usual pork), cabbage, and garlic chives and fried, grilled, or boiled. “Gyoza” and “potsticker” are similar terms.
Jiaozi is one of the most popular dishes served during the Chinese New Year all across the country and throughout the year in the northern regions. Traditionally served with black vinegar and sesame oil dip, Jiaozi can be boiled, steamed, pan-fried, deep-fried, or served in a soup.
Arepa originated in the pre-Columbian periods in northern South America and is popular in Colombian and Venezuelan cuisines. It contains ground maize dough and is the best gluten-free comfort cuisine from Colombia.
The arepa is a fried cornmeal bread circle. It can be eaten or packed with cheese (arepa de queso), egg, or other stuffing as a side dish to a meal. The stuffed ones are more flavorful and fascinating. Each region of Colombia has special arepas, so we recommend sampling a few different versions as you travel the country.
Khachapuri is a cheese-filled bread that is a classic Georgian delicacy. The bread is leavened and left to rise before being shaped into various forms and filled with cheese, egg, and other ingredients mixed in the center. Traditionally, the bread crust is ripped off and dipped into the cheese.
The gooey richness of the cheese-stuffed bread spills out. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it’s a regular sight on the Georgian table.
It is not always necessary for street food to be savory. Knafeh is a sumptuous Middle Eastern dessert spun from dough with baked semolina bits on top and covered in sweet syrup. Based on the location, it’s usually piled with gooey white cheese or other ingredients like clotted cream, pistachios, or nuts.
Nothing beats Kunafa when it comes to a dessert. It has a delicate, creamy flavor that is only slightly sweet. It has been pleasing palates for decades.
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February 28, 2022 | 5 Minutes to Read