There are so many reasons to travel the world. You can immerse yourself in other cultures, make friends with people from wildly different backgrounds, marvel at famous landmarks, and explore awe-inspiring landscapes. Traveling also happens to be one of the best things you can do if you're a foodie – provided you’ve got an adventurous palate.
Because of SPRESSO’s love for both food and travel, we decided to take a look at some of the most delicious foods from across the globe. Just be aware that you won’t find this stuff by heading to a 5-star restaurant. To get your hands on these tasty morsels you’ll have to hit the streets.
Bak chor mee, Singapore
There’s a reason why Singapore always tops the list for global cuisine. With its huge Chinese, Indian and Malaysian populations, it’s a true cultural and culinary melting pot. Street food wise, you’re spoilt for choice, but we’d recommend starting with bak chor mee. This traditional Singaporean dish is made from minced pork, slices of pork, mushrooms and noodles tossed in chilli and vinegar, and is available all over the city.
The lahmacun is, in simplest terms, Turkey’s take on pizza. A round, thin piece of dough is topped with minced beef or lamb, onion, tomatoes, parsley, lemon and Middle Eastern spices. It’s the perfect fast food – filling, packed with flavor and, because it’s usually served rolled up, incredibly easy to eat with one hand. With your free hand you can snap that perfect Instagram and give all your friends back home food envy...
Pani puri, Mumbai
Don’t despair veggies, there’s plenty of street food out there for you too – just take these delicious little Indian snacks. Wander through the streets of Mumbai and you’ll find pani puri everywhere. This popular street eat is made from a light deep-fried bread, crisped and hollowed and stuffed with spiced water, potato, chickpeas, onions and tamarind chutney. What could be better?
It’s hard to imagine something more appetizing and indulgent than a ball of risotto and cheese covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. For the best arancini, you’ll want to head to the Italian island of Sicily, where these delicious rice balls originated in the 10th century. In the capital of Palermo, there’s stall after stall selling these delectable morsels; fillings vary but you can expect to encounter ragu, peas and mozzarella. Bellissimo.
The Colombian city of Cartagena is renowned for its historic architecture and picturesque Old Town, but it also happens to be a haven for food lovers. Top of the list for street eats here are arepas, flat round patties made from corn or maize. The patties are grilled, fried, baked or steamed and filled with all kinds of delicious ingredients, including cheese and ground beef. And to finish off? A topping of fresh guacamole and pico de gallo.
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