Every country is distinct and unique in its own way. Not only do they have distinguishable social norms and cultures, but also different varieties of food. Whether it be history or the resources available in specific regions of the world- everywhere a new and special street food menu has been discovered!
There’s nothing stronger than a bond created over food. Here are a few street foods from different parts of the world:
Belgium’s street food legacy, Gaufre or better known as Belgian Waffles are simply phenomenal. The recipe is rather easy to follow, where one uses thin batter to make checkered patterns and bake the item in a waffle maker. These cakes can be served with different types of toppings such as fruits for a more citrus flavour, chocolates or different syrups for a sweeter taste, and savoury complements.
These are a greek street food delicacy that makes use of meat, such as chicken, pork, lamb or beef. The meat is sliced or shredded and used as a stuffing in pita bread. In addition, they make use of vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce, onions, pickles, etc, to make the dish more flavorful, along with using complementary sauces such as tzatziki.
It’s interesting Indian street food, one that can be sweet, sour, or spicy. It’s got a crispy “puri” that is stuffed with a delicious combination of mashed potatoes, chickpea and cilantro, along with original Indian spices. It is then dunked into mint or tamarind chutneys (or liquid counterparts of the dish) to add more flavour to this mouthwatering snack!
Bah Kut Teh
It is believed that the Hokkien immigrant community from China created Bah Kut Teh, which translates into ‘Meat Bone Tea’. Basically, it consists of a tea-like herbal broth with pork ribs. Legend has it that this dish was pioneered by a poor cook who used his leftover ingredients to feed a starving beggar. It’s long been a very well-received street food in Singapore, and is thoroughly enjoyed by the locals and tourists alike!
A Levantine Arab street food, Shawarma is considered a glorious meat delight in the Middle East. The dish is based on chicken, beef, lamb- perhaps, even all three- slowly roasted over a pit of flame and flavoured using distinct spices. Usually, the meat is then wrapped into pita bread with a variety of vegetables, tahini and hummus. Shawarma is undoubtedly one of my personal favourites!
Food is, unmistakably, one of the most efficient and fulfilling ways to connect with a new or your own culture!
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