30 Scrumptious Snacks From Around The World
Going abroad and trying out local cuisine is one of the most exciting things you can do on your travels as your palate is being exposed to exotic new flavors and experiences. Sometimes you can even spot a local street vendor in a faraway place an be transported into a world of heavenly tastes you didn't know existed!
That's the magic of traveling, so for those who might want a little more excitement in their snacking options read on as we go through 30 treats from around the world that people chow down on when they're feeling the need to nosh.
1. War Fries (Patatje Oorlog) - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We can't possibly think of what would drive the desire for snacking in Amsterdam but, for some reason, there are so many great places to pick up decent eats and treats. One of the things closely associated with the city is thick cut fries that are often smothered in mayonnaise or lightly dusted with paprika but the real mastery of the humble fry comes from the delectable patatje oorlog, or war fries to those of you who aren't so up on your Dutch. These twice fried potato fries come layered with mayo and satay sauce and then topped off with chopped, fried onions.
Served in a cone, they are great on the go but can become a little messy if you're not paying attention. Totally worth it, though!
2. Mochi - Tokyo, Japan
Mochi cakes are fried rice cakes often in an array of flavors and colors and are somewhere between a doughnut and a macaroon. Sickly little bites that are chewy and often with a soft filled center, they come in flavors such a green tea and ice cream and are a staple of certain street food markets.
Some places in Tokyo have a robot server, much like the automated doughnut machines you sometimes see at the fair but what's more fun is if you see people pounding up the rice with a giant mallet in a large wooden bowl before shaping them themselves.
3. Churros - Barcelona, Spain
Deep fried choux pastry in long thin strands or knotted like a pretzel, and then dusted with either sugar or cinnamon, these breakfast treats are best served with chocolate dipping sauce with a steaming cup of milky coffee or hot chocolate.
You can find them across Barcelona being sold in markets, at sporting events or just by the roadside.
4. Brezel - Nuremberg, Germany
Most people know pretzels, the crunchy little-salted snacks, but brezel is the forerunner to this and is far more doughy, like a bread-based treat rather than a sort of chip. They come in an assortment of glazes, coverings, toppings, fillings, sizes, and seasonings and can cater to either the sweet or savory-toothed customer.
In Nuremberg, there are tiny little stalls on almost every street corner, in the main shopping stretch, that sell these and almost every bakery in Germany will sell one kind or another. A personal recommendation would be a sweet brezel covered with almonds.