Food and accommodation usually take much of one’s traveling budget. When traveling, one of the things I often find most interesting a specific place is their food. It brings a whole new ground for discovering the City through their gastronomic treats and specialties that you won’t find in any other places. One of the world’s famous treats is street food. They are often associated with fast food or something that is ready to eat or drink. These goodies and are light on the budget, a good way to stave off hunger forthe wander lusts. Most, if not all, are finger foods or skewered for convenience and enjoyment. Street foods are normally found on sidewalks, along the streets, around the bend but equally satisfying depending on one’s taste. Here are some (but not all) of the world’s best street food wonders. I’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section.
Belgian Frites, Belgium- These have morphed into a myriad of forms including freedom fries, frites and chips. This potato madness is famous around the world. Frites are traditionally made with Belgian Bintje potatoes, twice-cooked and may be seasoned with salt, or dipped in ketchup (catsup) or mayonnaise. Digging deep into its history, as opposed to current beliefs, French fries were claimed to originate from Belgium with the name Belgian Frites but there’s actually nothing French about them. It is said that they are called French Fries because French was the official language of the Belgian army at that time (World War I era) and also because in old English, “French” means to cut into sticks.
Poutine, Canada- A street food treat that involves another street food wonder. Poutine makes way for revolutionizing French fries from a plain snack to a full-packed meal. In Poutine; fries are cut thicker and larger than the average ones, so that the outside stays crunchy and the inside remains warm and soft. Cheese curds and gravy or sauce are added to give more flavor and twist to this all-time favorite snack turned meal. There are also variations of this street food in other countries, like in Italy where they replace gravy with tomato sauce, adding a touch of Italian twist to this Canadian dish. Of course, who can forget NJ Disco Fries; a popular staple of the club & tunnel crowd. These fries are topped with melted mozzarella cheese and gravy and found in diners throughout the state.
Crepe, France- Paris made its name through their world-class dining places and delicious mouth-watering offers. The streets and sidewalks were no alien to France’s food business, hence, the birth of the Crepe industry. These are authentic, thinly-made French pancakes that are served with fillings. Be it meat, fruits, or sweets, crepes surely satisfy your gastronomic needs. They will leave you on your toes, and wanting more. They are not only available on the streets, they’re now getting into the top restaurants, not only in France but in other parts of the world as well.
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