Sometimes the finest restaurants take a beating when it comes to local street food that comes so easy, tasty and affordable, you wouldn’t mind helping yourself to a second serving. Like that pasta place around the corner or the shawarma stand on the next block that has the best hummus in town, the options are all so ideal and accessible, they make you wonder if your life would ever be the same without them. So here’s a list of street food items from around the world that upgraded themselves from a local delicacy to a global craze…
- Crêpes | France
- Falafels | Egypt
- Quesadillas | Mexico
- Hot Dogs | Germany
- Fish & Chips | England
- Pani puri | India
Crêpes | France
Cray about crepes? Thank France! What started out as a sweet and healthy breakfast option in France, was taken to the next level by French creperies all over the country with the addition of whipped cream, jams and Nutella.
Falafels | Egypt
For all the chicken tikka rolls that the vegetarians can’t have, they have Egypt to rely on for its amazing contribution to street food, the falafel. And yes, all the disputes and debates over the origins of this delicious snack seem justified when you’ve had a bite of it, slathered in hummus.
Quesadillas | Mexico
If you’re guilty of going to Taco Bell more often than you’d care to admit, you owe it to the Mexicans for their chance experiment at melting cheese on flatbread (tortilla); which later became one of the best street food items in the world.
Hot Dogs | Germany
When Germany’s frankfurter made its international debut thanks to German immigrants in America, it was coined the ‘hot dog’ due to the nature of storing sausages in boiling hot water. Either way, this little frankfurter has come a long way.
Fish & Chips | England
Dating back to 19th century England when this combination of ‘fish and crisps’ constituted a major portion of the working classes’ diet, today, we remain grateful for the meatatarian addition to our vegetarian fries.
Pani puri | India
When speaking of street food, how does one miss out on panipuri? This gone-in-60-seconds snack was always a famed one but reached its true peak after the release of Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Queen’, that had people all over the world raging about it. Today, our tangy Indian chaat has made its way to countries such as Singapore, Dubai, London and New York.
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