Food is an universal language that everyone can understand, and one of the best ways to get to know a culture is through eating their food. Street food in particular is a fast, easy and delicious way to start your journey.
Some may sound delicious, and some might be strange, but all are worth the try.
Here are some examples of street food around the world.
1. China – Jian bing
One of the most popular street foods in China is called Jian Bing (煎饼) or otherwise called Chinese Breakfast crepes. These are made using a combination of mixed flour, eggs, and a variety of different savoury toppings such as scallion, chopped coriander and crispy fried crackers.
2. Amsterdam – “Hollandse Nieuw” Herring
The Hollandse Nieuw Herring is a Dutch delicacy served raw topped with chopped raw onions and gherkins. This can be eaten on its own or with bread.
3. Korea – Soondae
Soondae is a common South Korean street food, it consists of a blood sausage mixed with sticky rice or clear noodles.
4. Hong Kong – Egg puff waffles (Gai Dan Jai)
These Hong Kong egg waffles are an iconic street snack made with a griddle that creates hollow circular “egg puffs” which is where the name originates from. The waffle is served warm, with a crispy exterior and soft interior.
5. Vietnam – Duck Embryo
A half boiled half hatched duck egg. A dish commonly enjoyed by locals with a drink or beer. These are also a delicacy found in the Phillipines and Cambodia.
6. Germany – CurryWurst
A tasty pork sausage street snack topped with Curry sauce or Curry ketchup.
7. Spain – Bocadillo
A simple but popular street snack consisting of a 6 – 8 inch sandwich made with Spanish bread or baguette filled with various meats.
8. Ukraine – Pelmeni
Pelmeni are essentially Ukrainian dumplings filled with meat, potato or vegetables.
9. Belgium – Frites
One of the most famous Belgium street foods is their frites or fries served in a cone.
10. New Zealand – Pavlova
Plot twist: Something else Australians claim even though New Zealand might have a stronger case (Is that Russell Crowe’s music?). Pavlova is a meringue based cake often decorated with fruits and named after acclaimed Russian ballerina Ana Pavlova. It is also delicious.
11. Malaysia – Durian
Durian is a fruit that you will either love or send you running. The strong pungent smell is distinctive and some have described it as the king of fruits.