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.
#Streetfood options are as ubiquitous as the wind, and on Lagos Ave, East Legon, engaging and enterprising Vida serves a perennial fave – roast plantain and groundnuts. Slightly burnt for extra character 👌🏾.#travel #accra #food #facesinmotion #wondersofwanders #foodiefriday pic.twitter.com/ZbVmcHyzZ3
— Wonders of Wanders (@wondersowanders) August 31, 2018
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.
You haven't lived if you haven't had Dutch fries 🙌🏼
— Najla Gün (@NajlaGun) April 7, 2016
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.
#Chicago is famous for its Chicago style hotdogs. #foodtravelchat #foodie #foodies #foodiegram #hotdog #hotdogs #pickles #relish #tomato #tomatoes #mustard #bread #cheatmeal #cheatfood #HumpDay #humpdaytreat #humpdayvibes #Wednesday #dinner #dinnertime #IL #ChiTown #Chicagoland pic.twitter.com/bJ1DrppsnR
— ParnellTheChef (@ParnellChef) August 9, 2018
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.
It’s always time for this Turkish classic: Simit 😋
— One Istanbul (@oneistanbul) July 24, 2018
These are pumpkin and sweet potato donuts, often served dripping in spiced syrup. Crispy on the outside and oh-so-delicious on the inside.
— Florian (@florianmuehl) February 13, 2016
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.
— Burton Road Chippy (@burtonrdchippy) January 23, 2018
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.
— Blue Caribou Canteen (@bccanteen) January 28, 2017
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.
The perfect mix of sweet and spicy and buttery goodness 😍 This is by far the best #Dabeli I've had and it's available in the #Girgaon area 😋 More about this in my new video – https://t.co/rsmVYfPvq0#mumbai #streetfood pic.twitter.com/76iuqQBY8Q
— sugarspiceniceindia (@sugarspicenice8) September 30, 2018
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.
— Azimzikry (@azimzikryy) May 5, 2018
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.
— Mrs.Vanni (@MrsVanni) July 14, 2018
A few more just to get your mouth watering….
Satay sticks in Singapore – oh yes!
— Ben Thomas (@senorthomas) January 14, 2018
Taiwanese hamburgers (Guo Bao) – might just be better than the American ones
— hobe89 (@HobeTsai) March 18, 2018
Laboo, or boiled beets, are the winter food of choice in Tehran
— Ruth Badley (@RuthBadleyPR) March 2, 2017
Japanese Ayu look like they might still make a break for it
Ayu – This small fish is very popular in Japan and is served both grilled on a stick at yatai and as part of very elaborate and classy meals. It is supposed to be best when it looks like it is still swimming.#streetfood #Tokyo #Japan #kegonfalls #Nikkohttps://t.co/5uda5NCsso pic.twitter.com/wV7A9s9vdm
— Fotobaba (@fotobaba) July 25, 2018