Part of the joy of discovering new flavours and ingredients comes from the experience: the sights, sounds and smells of your surroundings as you take that perfect bite. Inexpensive and portable, street food can be one of the best ways to suss out a country’s cuisine. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the world’s best, with recipes to match so you can recreate them at home and relive the magic.
A small fried bread (or bara) stuffed with spicy chickpeas, Trinidadian doubles are a slightly messy but enjoyable portable snack that can be enjoyed any time of day. we’ve got more recipes that will make you rethink canned beans.
This German hotdog dish, or “poor man’s steak” – sometimes shredded and often topped with a combination of ketchup and curry powder – can be an acquired taste. Sold streetside from vendors in areas of Germany from Frankfurt to Berlin, currywurst is a memorable experience to try at least once.
Bitterballen (The Netherlands)
Deep-fried croquettes studded with a variety of ingredients (often meat) bitterballen are a crunchy delight. It’s often consumed in the Netherlands as an afternoon or late night snack, typically with local beer or jenever, a Dutch malt-based juniper-flavoured beverage somewhat reminiscent of gin.
Soup Dumplings (China)
There’s a trick to eating these dumplings so that you consume rather than costume yourself with the liquid filling: place it into a spoon and take a small bite or poke a small hole in the steaming hot dumpling to cool it down first. Although the origin stories are varied, Xiao Long Bao are enjoyed in many areas of China, including Shanghai.