Hitting the streets is the best way to discover a country's culture since you get to see everyday life. For the food factor, you could say that eating street food is a great way to immerse yourself in the country's culture. Below are some snacks from all over the globe that will make you cry in hunger!
Italy has a different take on rice balls. Arancini are usually made out of rice, ragu, tomatoes sauce, and mozzarella or peas. It's called arancini because of its orange color, arancia meaning orange and arancina meaning little orange in Italian. (x)
This snack is so popular in Hong Kong that it was named most popular street food in the country. Egg Waffles are made through pouring waffle batter into two hot plates with half-spheres scattered across the surface to create its shape. The first time I saw these things I hoped that in each egg there would be like a cream filling inside. Sadly my expectations were too high. But they do come in different flavors like strawberry, chocolate, or coconut. (x)
I'm talking about the authentic Mexican tacos here and not the ones you eat at Taco Bell. Authentic Mexican tacos are made out of soft tortillas that can be either rolled or folded. The filling can practically consist of anything you have, but essentially has some sort of protein. The original meaning of the word meant to plug or wad. (x)
Fries in sandwiches, yes! This South African snack originated a place around Cape Town where people would literally just put whatever leftovers they had into two slices of long bread. You can't say what the Gatsby usually is because there are many varieties sold in the country. However, one of the staple ingredients are fries or hot chips. (x)
At first poutine looks like someone's really drunken idea for a snack. But hey, it's a fucking good idea. Poutine is made out of cheese curds and gravy-like sauce over some crispy fries. Not only is it a street food, although also sold in many diners around Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, but it's also the ultimate comfort food. God bless Canada. (x)
Dinamita probably gets its name because the stem of the green chili and the cylindrical shape is similar to of a dynamite's. Essentially it is made out of a long green chili, seeds removed, that is rolled up with cheese in a lumpia wrapper then deep fried. Sometimes there would be meat inside like ground beef or ham.
Wouldn't it be great to have one international market that sells street food from around the world? If that existed, may my wallet and liver rest in peace. Amen.
- Words by Anna and illustrations by Kim
Arancini | Egg Waffles | Tacos | The Gatsby | Poutine | Dinamita