To truly experience a culture, one must start with food. Regional dishes can sometimes tell a better story about a place than a tour guide ever could. As much as world-renowned restaurants are worth trying; the quick roadside snacks that the locals indulge in daily are often the truest reflection of a country's cuisine. Street vendors exist all over the world, serving a variety of delicious street food ready to grab and go along your travels. Here,we sum up a few on to go treats from around the world that should be on everyone's "must try" list.
Steamed Bao - Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
With soft-textured, slightly sweet bread (called Mantou
) that is steamed instead of baked, it's the perfect base for any combination of pulled, cooked and caramelized meats and vegetables.
Suppli - Rome, Italy
Rounded portions of rice, tomato sauce, minced beef and a cube of mozzarella are deep fried in this Italian favourite and are perfect for sharing. Though the savoury flavour and stringy cheese might make anyone a little selfish.
Puff Puff - Lagos, Nigeria
Reminiscent of small donuts, this sweet snack is popular in many parts of West Africa and owes its crispy exterior to being fried in boiling oil, protecting the soft centre and locking in it's flavour.
Bhel Puri - Mumbai, India
A mix of puffed rice, vegetables, vermicelli and tangy tamarind sauce is served a paper cone for this savoury street food, which are known in India as "chaat.
Arepas – Venezuela
Corn flour-based flat breads are popular in many Latin American countries but in Venezuela in particular; these breads are split in half and stuffed with chicken, pork, beef, cheese, fish or salads for a filling handheld snack on the go.
Currywurst - Berlin, Germany
An unexpected combination of ketchup and curry powder top a serving of pork sausage and work well with the perfect side dish of crispy french fries.
Halo-Halo - Phillipines
With a name that translates to "Mix-Mix" in Tagalog, this traditional treat combines colourful fruit, ube (purple yam) , cocnut jelly, and beans topped with shaved ice, evaporated milk and a scoop of ice cream; perfect for satisfying the ultimate sweet tooth.
Whatever you're craving, don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and indulge in some local food on your travels. As always, being well-prepared and well-packed in one of our Rise Gear
bags will help you make the most of your trip! Safe travels and happy snacking!