As diverse as our tastes and preferences in food may be, there’s one thing that unifies our taste bud and that’s Street Food. So, whether it is munching on Boli and groundnuts on the streets of Lagos, or nipping at Churros in Spain, street food embodies a global culinary culture that reflects our diversity, and it the same time our love for simple tasty meals.
Here are some top street foods around the world, some of which are completely familiar while others are totally foreign. Either way, they are worth tasting.
Boli – Nigeria
Typically eaten as a snack in Nigeria, Boli is made from plantain thrown on a grill and flipped until it is grilled to perfection. The result is an exciting balance of textures of a crisp outer part and soft inner part. In Western Nigeria, Boli is wrapped in paper and eaten with roasted groundnuts while in Southern Nigeria, this snack is turned into a delicious combination with roasted fish and palm oil sauce.
Chicken Rice – Singapore
Also known as the national dish of Singapore, Chicken rice is made from poached chicken served with rice. The combination of flavours from the chicken and rice gives the meal a moist and juicy taste.
Puff-puff is a deep fried, balled up flour snack popular on the streets of Nigeria, Congo, Liberia, Ghana, South Africa and quite a number of other African countries. Best enjoyed when it’s hot, puff-puff is the perfect go-to snack for any hot afternoon and goes well with soft drink or beverage.
Native to the streets of Egypt, Palestine and Israel, Falafel is made from chickpeas balls, although it could also be made from sandwich with fritters. Usually served in pita bread or its variations, it is stuffed with spices, hot sauce, mixed veggies and lots more.
A popular street food in Bangladesh and West Bengal, Beguni is made of battered sliced eggplant which is deep fried in oil. This yummy street snack is usually served with rice and is a food staple for Muslims during Ramadan.
Churro is a fried-dough pastry based snack street food which is greatly loved by people of Madrid. It could be eaten plain, dipped in thick hot chocolate or rolled in cinnamon sugar and has a crunchy, sugar-sweet taste.
Doubles – Trinidad and Tobago
This snack is the commonest street food in Trinidad and Tobago. Made from flat fried bread and filled with curried chickpeas, Doubles can be eaten alone or topped with pepper sauce or cucumber.
Halo-Halo – The Philipines
Halo-Halo is an all-time favourite for Filipino children. Translated in English to “Mix-Mix”, Halo-Halo is made from shaved ice, ice cream, fresh fruits, jellies and evaporated milk. It is the perfect treat for a hot and sunny day.
Suya – West Africa
Suya is a spicy meat skewer which is a popular food item in West Africa. It is traditionally prepared by the Hausa people of northern Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Ghana, and some parts of Sudan. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used.
Arepas – Columbia
This famous Columbian staple is one of the most versatile street food in the world as it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It consists of ground maize dough served with either plantain, tomatoes, avocado, cheese and lots more.
So, the next time you hit any of these cities, make sure to treat your tastebuds to any of these savoury street foods. And if you‘re in Nigeria and want to have a taste of the best Street Foods alongside so many other African and international dishes, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival is the place to be. Running from Sunday 28th April through to Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, the GTBank Food and Drink Festival holds its 4th edition in the metropolitan city of Lagos.
Here’s a Mash-Up Video of some of our Favorite Street Foods
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