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8 of the Best Street Foods Around the World

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published October 19th 2014
Sample the Culture and Eat on a Budget
When traveling, street food is both a good solution if you want to eat on a budget and a way of getting to know the country's culture. Besides being cheap, street food is most times fresh as well as tasty.


Chouriço in Goa, India

A pork sausage dried slowly under the burning rays of the Indian sun, chouriço is the tastiest tribute to Goa's Portuguese past. If you are traveling to Goa, you can sample these red-brown delights at noon time as they are sold on carts under Catholic names such as "Virgin Mary Meats" or "Ave Maria Sausages", referring to this spicy dish's origin. Although they look rather similar, the chouriço should not be mistaken with the Goan frankfurter. For a complete treat, try the chouriço with pão - a small Indian bread.


Covrigi in Romania

Some may say they are just a type of pretzels or bagels, but once you have tasted them, you understand they are something different. Very cheap, they can make up for a meal. The Romanian covrigi are available in different versions – with poppy seeds, salt or sesame.

Patat Oorlog

Patat Oorlog

When feeling a sudden hunger while strolling along the canals and sampling Amsterdam's coffee shops, grab the most delicious snack in the city: the patat oorlog – some crispy fries in a paper cone covered with a colorful mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup and peanut satay sauce, all crowned with a healthy dose of sautéed onions. Useless to seek some refinement! It's right there in the street and provides you with the pleasure of breaking all dietary rules.


Kimbap in Korea

An essential part of the Korean culinary culture and a must taste while traveling to this country, the kimbap is the Korean version of sushi, being a roll of rice wrapped in dried seaweed. The best part about it is that you can put inside anything you want: omelets, salami, vegetables, tuna, etc.


Falafel in Israel

A vegetarian dish whose origins are subject of controversy, the falafel is actually a sort of dumplings made of chickpeas and other types of vegetables and spices, traditionally grilled and served in pita bread. Very tasty, they usually come accompanied by small salads.

Belgian waffles

Waffles in Belgium

Who hasn't heard of the Belgian waffles? You can have them almost anywhere in the world, but if you want to go for the real thing, try the ones sold on food trucks selling in Brussels. You can choose your own topping, but how about sticking to what the Belgians do best – chocolate?


Bratwursts in Germany

Traveling to Germany without having tasted the bratwursts would be a real sin. Wash it with a German beer and you can say you have eaten like a local. Moreover, it would cost you nothing compared to a restaurant meal. For breakfast, try a pretzel.

donner kebab
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Doner Kebab in Turkey

You can eat it in many other parts of the world, but, just as with the Belgian waffles, if you want to taste the original recipe, you should try a doner kebab in Turkey. A cheap meal, it will save you some money also, especially that Istanbul is a well-known shopping destination.
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In Melbourne, it would have to be a Dim Sim (one of Eddie's from Sth.Melb market)!
by fluffynut (score: 2|937) 1807 days ago
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