If you want to get a true taste of culture then look to the streets. These dishes cooked by locals are bursting at the seams with both flavour and character

New countries present an opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, and what better way to do so than with the food you eat. Restaurants can often lean towards the touristy side, and if you want a true taste of local cuisine then the best place to get it is out on the streets. Here are a few snaps of some of the best delicacies to get stuck into.

Kofi Broke Man, Accra

Simply roasted plantain bananas served with groundnuts, this delicacy is an adored classic throughout Ghana. It’s easy to see why – for something with only two ingredients it’s surprisingly delicious.

Patatje oorlog, Amsterdam

Also known as War Chips, upon tasting them you’ll understand why. Your mouth is the front line upon which peanut sauce, onions and mayonnaise do battle, all drizzled over crispy golden fries. It’s a culinary battle like no other.

Hot dog, Chicago

A little bit of Chicago history, these come in every variation you can think of and are all deliciously filling. Load up with toppings and mustard, but expect some disdainful looks should you dare ask for ketchup.

Simit, Istanbul

Often referred to as Turkish bagels, these are rings of baked dough covered in sesame seeds. They’re a classic breakfast on their own but you can also add a dollop of jam for some extra sweetness.

Picarones, Lima

These are pumpkin and sweet potato donuts, often served dripping in spiced syrup. Crispy on the outside and oh-so-delicious on the inside.

Fish & chips, London

Simple but effective, battered cod or haddock paired with chips has been around since the 1860s. The best ones are served in newspaper, with a little salt and vinegar and maybe some mushy peas if you’re lucky.

Poutine, Montreal

Literally meaning “a mess”, poutine is chips covered in cheese curds and gravy. The cheese and gravy is added at the last possible moment, so the chips are crispy and the cheese is warm but not entirely melted.

Dabeli, Mumbai

Popular throughout India, these are a spicy mix of boiled potatoes and dabeli masala, served in a burger bun. Perfect for when you need a jolt of flavour to keep you going.

Char Kway Teow, Penang

These are flat rice noodles stir-fried in pork fat, with several different ingredients depending on where you get it from. Commonly featured are egg, Chinese sausage, fishcake and beansprouts, combining together for an immensely satisfying dish.

Brioche con gelato, Sicily

This isn’t just an ice cream sandwich, it’s the ice-cream sandwich. You haven’t experienced Sicily until you’ve taken a bite of soft ice-cream in a toasted brioche bun.

A few more just to get your mouth watering….

Satay sticks in Singapore – oh yes!

Taiwanese hamburgers (Guo Bao) – might just be better than the American ones

Laboo, or boiled beets, are the winter food of choice in Tehran

Japanese Ayu look like they might still make a break for it

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