Hot dog meat is popular in Asia
Colorful and varied, street food is one of the travel experiences that can be found in cities and towns around the world. It's generally convenient and cheap, but its appeal goes way beyond that. Street food can be simple yet delicious, and it's often a great way to sample authentic local cuisine. Locals can meet at lively little street stalls, open doors and lead to unforgettable encounters. In some countries, whether your your typical foodie or not, you may find that your search for great street food is one of the best experiences of your trip.
Street food worldwide
Mandazi - fried bread with coconut milk, eaten as a snack
Kobo Akondro - a steamed mass of ground peanuts, sugar, and flour that is cut into slices and eaten as a candy
Mofo - bread made from rice flour, many different varieties
Chipsi Mayai - the name means chips and eggs, and this is the Tanzanian version of the potato omelette
Nsenene and Nswaa - grasshoppers and ants eaten as seasonal snacks
Bessara (also Bsarra) - spicy fava bean soup
Brochettes - skewered meat
Sfenj - oil cooked donuts, common throughout North Africa
Boerewors - translated to Bauernwurst, Boerewors is grilled and served in a bun or with porridge (corn porridge)
Bunny Chow - Invented by the Indian community, this is a loaf of bread filled with different types of curries and usually eaten by hand
Fufu - a kind of sticky pulp, usually made from cassava. It is eaten by hand; Shaped into small balls and dipped in an accompanying soup or stew.
Alloco - fried plantain with chilli and onions
Jollof Reis - fried rice with tomatoes, onions and spices, in short a kind of vegetarian paella or pilaf
Kelewele - diced, fried and seasoned bananas that are eaten as a night or breakfast snack
Kenkey - sourdough dumplings served with soups and sauces
Waakye - a stew or rice and beans, usually served with some type of meat, fish, or egg
Banmian - a soup from the Hokkien-speaking area, made from fish, noodles, and fish or meat. Also common in Malaysia and Singapore.
Baozi - steamed buns with different fillings. Only the buns themselves are called mantou, and the soup-filled version is called tangbao.
Bing - a flatbread or pancake. A popular version is con you bing with shallots and spices
Chuanr - meat grilled on a skewer. This may include meat you've never eaten before, like starfish, seahorses, or scorpion, but it's usually lamb or chicken.
Douhua - tofu pudding, eaten with soy sauce.
Dim Sum - not a dish, but a variety of dumplings and rolls traditionally enjoyed with tea. Similar to Spanish tapas or Korean anju. Mostly associated with Hong Kong.
Eggete - originating in Hong Kong, are spherical pancakes, eaten as a snack, simple or with fruit.
Fish Balls - balls made from fish paste, common in Hong Kong and the southern sinosphere, and often accompanies other dishes
Jiaozi - boiled, fried, or steamed dumplings that can be stuffed with meat or vegetables. Popular elsewhere in Asia too.
Laping - native to Tibet This is a mung bean noodle dish with chili pepper
Malatang - grilled meat skewers, popular in Beijing
Shahe fen - wide rice noodles, accompanies many dishes
Spring rolls - fried rolls with different types of filling and packaging material. Common in many parts of East and Southeast Asia. Lumpia and Popiah are variants of the spring roll.
Stinky tofu fermented tofu, mostly served fried, most common in Taiwan.
Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore
Asinan - pickled salty vegetables or fruits, eaten as a snack
Bakwan - Baked and Roasted Vegetables
Bakso - “Indonesian meatballs”, usually served with rice noodles. There are different variants, for example made from shrimp or fish, filled or skewered.
Bubur ayam - rice porridge with shredded chicken and topped with various spices
Bubur Cha-Cha - a sweet soup made with palm sugar and coconut milk, including sago and starchy vegetables like beans, sweet potatoes, and purple sweet potatoes, and popular for breakfast or dessert.
Bubur Kacang Hijau - a dessert porridge made from mung beans, coconut milk and sugar
Kerak Telor - spicy rice omelette with coconut, shallots and prawns
Mee Rebus - cooked noodles with a spicy, sweet sauce and garnished with various types of vegetables
Nasi Goreng - Fried rice with a selection of condiments, usually served with and egg and some kind of meat and vegetables.
Pempek - fish cake
Siaomay - fish or seafood dumplings
Soto Mie - spicy noodle and chicken soup
Curry puffs are small, deep-fried, savory pastries with a chicken-and-potato-curry filling. These are very popular in Malaysia.
Ais Kacang, also called ABC (abbreviation for Air Batu Campur, Malay for “Mixed Ice”) - shaved ice traditionally seasoned with red beans (kacang = bean), but there are also other flavors
Kuih Pinjaram - a snack made from flour and coconut milk
Laksa - spicy noodle soup of which many types exist. The most common versions are curry laksa with coconut curry, asam laksa with sour fish and sarawak laksa with chili, omelette, chicken strips and prawns.
Maggi goreng - instant noodles prepared with the Maggi brand
Mee Goreng are literally "fried noodles". These are typically accompanied by strips of plain omelette, bean sprouts, spring onions, shrimp, and chicken or beef, but most good ingredients can be used. Different flavors exist, but in general they are all hot and tasty.
Nasi goreng - fried rice made with ingredients similar to Mee Goreng, or whatever good ingredients have on hand
Nasi kandar - steamed rice served with curries
Nasi Lemak - rice cooked in coconut milk with various toppings and side dishes
Pasembur - a seafood salad
Roti canai - flat bread that is typically accompanied with chicken / potato curry sauce. Roti telur has more eggs in the batter. Capati (also spelled chapatti) is also made similarly in Malaysia. There is also a sweet flatbread called roti tissue.
Satay - usually meat (mostly chicken or beef) that has been roasted over a wood fire and placed on a skewer; often accompanied by pressed rice (ketupat) and spicy / sweet peanut sauce. Also popular in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.
The tarik - this is black tea with milk that has been poured several times to give it a distinct consistency and to cool it down
Durian pancake - a pancake filled with fresh durian, the signature fruit of Southeast Asia
Hainanese Chicken Rice - just that, cooked and sliced chicken served with a ball of rice and chili dip. Regarded as one of Singapore ‘s national dishes.
Ice Cream Burger - A slice of ice cream wrapped in a large loaf of white bread. Be sure to try the version with durian ice cream
Cendol - a dessert drink based on coconut milk and jelly rice noodles, ice cream and sugar
Falafel - deep-fried spiced chickpea or fava bean balls, often eaten as a sandwich on a pita bread, with a variety of sides and sauces.
Hummus - a dip with a long history, made from chickpeas, sesame seeds, lemon, and garlic.
Haleem - a stew made from wheat, barley, meat, lentils, and spices that you can encounter from Middle Eastern Bangladesh.
Kibbeh - baked croquettes made from minced meat and bulgur
Murtabak - pancakes filled with mutton, garlic, egg and onions and served with curry. It originated on the Arabian Peninsula, but is popular even in the Muslim world. Indonesia.
Qatayef - usually served during Ramadan, these are sweet dumplings with various fillings from cheese to raisins and vanilla
Sfiha - the nickname “Arabic pizza” is very precise, it is defined as an open meat pie
Shawarma - Slow-baked, seasoned, pressed meat, often chicken or lamb, that is cut into strips and usually eaten as a sandwich with sides, as is the case with falafel.
Ful medames - boiled and pureed fava beans, usually served with vegetables and spices
In Japan, street food is usually beyond the limits of etiquette. The huge food courts in the basements of department stores are great places to get snacks, but they are expected to be eaten there or at home, not on the street. Perhaps surprisingly, 7-Eleven stores also sell good snacks in Japan when you don't need anything special.
Chikuwa - steamed fish fingers eaten as a snack
Oden - a winter dish consisting of boiled eggs, fish cake, soy, and vegetables, but there are many varieties of them
Okonomiyaki - spicy pancake, consisting of small pieces of a variety of dishes, sushi can be considered a kind of street food, even when eaten indoors.
Takoyaki - battered and fried eggballs and vegetables
Yakitori - skewered chicken. There are many different versions of different parts of the animal
Buuz - mutton or beef filled steamed noodles, a kind of hybrid between the Chinese baozi and Russian pelmeni
Khuushuur - fried buuz
Anju - term for snacks enjoyed with alcohol
Beondegi - steamed silk worm dolls
Bungeoppang - a dough shaped like a fish, which can be simple or filled; sold in winter.
Gimbap - Korean sushi roll with various fillings
Goguma Twigim - fried sweet potatoes served with dip
Hotteok - no, it's not a hot dog, it's a sweet pancake.
Jeon - pancakes that can be made with meat, seafood or vegetables.
Mandu - large steamed Chinese dumplings filled with meat
Green papaya salad - popular in Thailand as Som Tam, but originally from Laos. In addition to papaya, it contains lime, chilli, fish sauce and rock sugar
Kuy teav - a noodle soup with meat and various vegetables, usually eaten for breakfast
Num banh chok - rice noodles with curry sauce
Mohinga - a fish soup with donuts and noodles, traditionally eaten as breakfast
Khanom Bueang - Crepes filled with coconut cream
Khao soi - “cut noodles” is a soup made from noodles and meat in curry sauce, native to the northern parts of Thailand plus Laos and Myanmar
Pad Thai is the most famous street food of the Chao Phraya Valley and Bangkok. It consists of pasta with pieces of plain omelette, bean sprouts, peanuts, bird's eye chilli, prawns, and various other ingredients.
Phat si io - a fried noodle dish similar to what is south of Charkaway
Tom Yum - a spicy and sour salad soup with fish sauce and herbs
Khanom Pang Ai Tiim - Ice Cream Sandwich on a Hot Dog Bun
Banh canh - its name means “soup cake”. The “cake” part is a lump of noodle in the middle of the soup that can be made with meat, seafood, or fish.
Banh Hoi - Bunch of rice noodles with garlic and spring onions
Banh mi. This unique Vietnamese sandwich, typically of roast pork with various vegetables, coriander, bird's eye chillies, pate and mayonnaise on a baguette made from mixed wheat and rice flour and also with chicken instead of pork and various other variations, is a common street food in Vietnam.
Balut - boiled egg with a developed chicken embryo inside
Banana Queue - Bananas coated with sugar and fried on a skewer
Camote Cue - Sweet potatoes coated with sugar and deep-fried
Ginanggang - grilled skewered bananas in margarine
Fishball - a type of processed fish served on a stick with a variety of dipping sauces
Isaw - grilled pork or chicken offal
Kikiam - a type of processed chicken and pork served on a stick with a variety of dipping sauces
Lomi - a noodle soup with sauteed meat, garlic and shallots
Maruya - battered and fried pieces of banana
Samples - fried chicken pieces with vinegar dip
Sinangag - fried rice with garlic, usually accompanies meat dishes
Appam / funnel - pancakes made from fermented rice dough, eaten in southern India and Sri Lanka
Biryani - the South Asian risotto believed to be found in Hyderabad. As with other dishes in this region, there is a wide variety of meat, vegetables and spices.
Chaat is a collective term for small, tasty dishes. Chaat comes in many varieties and regional variations and is sold on the street all over India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
Falooda - a cold drink made from syrup, pasta, basil, gelatin and tapioca
Jalebi - deep-fried batter “worms” eaten as a dessert, a bit similar to the American funnel cake or Finnish tippaleipä
Kachori - flour balls filled with beans and spices that are eaten as a snack
Kheer - rice pudding eaten for dessert
Kulfi - ice cream that has not been whipped and is therefore denser
Lassi - a yogurt-based drink
Panipuri / phuchka - deep-fried filled flour balls
Aloo Chaat - deep-fried potatoes with aloo chaat spice.
Bhelpuri - puffed rice with noodles, masala and chutney. Popular in Mumbai.
Chole bhature - flavorful chickpeas and bhature bread
Flatbreads - Naan, Chapati, Paratha, and Roti are common types of Indian flatbreads that you can use as a side or as a wrapper in many meals in India.
Dahuri - Puri bread filled with mashed potatoes or chickpeas and served with chutney
Dosa - a fermented rice and black lentil pancake filled with various vegetables and served with chutney
Kati roll - almost anything in a flatbread today can be called a kati roll, but when the dish was invented in Kolkata it was filled with skewered chicken and mutton.
Sevpuri - Puri filled with potato cubes and onions and served with chutney. Garnished with Sev noodles.
Pakora - fried chickpea snacks
Papri chaat - fried flour waffles with boiled potao, yogurt, chutney and spices, popular in the north of the country.
Pav bhaji - bun with a potato curry
Börek - a pastry filled with cheese, minced meat or vegetables. It's also popular in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and parts of the Middle East, however, böreks look a bit different there.
Boza - a thick, fermented drink
Gözleme - a baked pastry filled with meat or cheese
Kebab - sliced meat (beef, chicken, or lamb). It is often served with a bun, rice or salad. It is popular both in the Middle East and in the Western world. There are many different versions of kebab.
Kokoretsi - skewered lamb and goat meat, served in or on a bread
Köfte - Turkish meatballs
Kumpir - originally from Istanbul. This is a baked potato filled with cheese or vegetables
Frikandel - a fried sausage made from minced meat
Mitraillette - a baguette filled with meat, chips and sauce
French fries (sometimes called “French fries” in other countries) - so-called “French fries” actually come from Belgium. In Belgium they can be served together with a sauce or mayonnaise or with mussels (moules fries).For a truly local fast food experience, head to a deep fryer kiosk with a variety of foods that are served fried.
The Dutch have adopted several types of foreign street food as their own, and Vietnamese spring rolls, doner kebabs, and falafel are available from small stalls in most cities.
French fries are very popular as a place to eat, available from small restaurants as well as street stalls. Sometimes with sauces or even as a Kapsalon, which means that sliced meat, cheese and lettuce are covered. French fries are typically accompanied by a wide variety of fried snacks, such as kaassoufflé (a bread roll filled with cheese), berenklauw (fried skewer with meatballs and onion rings, served with satay sauce) and many others.
Salted herring - salted herring served as such or in a sandwich. With or without onion cubes
Stroopwafel - the syrup waffles are a dessert snack and come from Gouda
Cornish pasties are a type of meat pie traditionally made with steak, potatoes, and lots of onions
Fish & Chips - fried pieces of dough (mostly cod) and potatoes (french fries)
Sandwich - originally named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich, today few people know that one of the most common street foods in the western world comes from England.
Sausage rolls - just as the name suggests, a sausage that is baked into a pastry
Bosna - the local version of the hot dog with grilled white bread, a bratwurst and other spices
Smazeny Syr breaded and deep-fried cheese, sometimes served in a bun and usually accompanied with a tartar sauce dip
Currywurst - cooked sausage cut into slices and served in a sauce made from ketchup and curry, often with a bread roll. Invented in Berlin English: www.goethe.de/ges/mol/thm/jup/en2528998.htm Still there and everywhere where a large number of workers can be found, such as the Ruhr area and the VW plant in Berlin Wolfsburg
Doner - Doner kebab comes from turkey, but since the arrival of the Turkish “guest workers” in Germany in the 1960s, this tasty sandwich or platter with slowly roasted, pressed, seasoned lamb and various sides has been adopted by practically the entire German nation.
Sandwiches (also called sandwiches) can be found almost everywhere in Germany, including in most shops at airports and train stations, because they are made on German bread, which is probably the most diverse in the world and almost always fresh ingredients for filling . However, they can be a bit expensive at some "strategic locations" bakeries (even for local tastes).
Sausages - Many types of sausage are often sold on the street and in snack bars (snack bars) in Germany. Bratwurst (there are several subtypes named after the region of origin, most commonly Thuringian [from Thuringia] and Nürnberger [from Nuremberg]) are fried, while bockwurst and white sausage (traditionally eaten before lunch in the white sausage breakfast) are cooked. The latter is native to Bavaria and is often served with a pretzel instead of a bread roll. The traditional seasoning for a white sausage is “sweet” mustard.
Kürtösalacs - a pastry baked on a skewer and coated with sugar, also called “chimney cake”
Lángos - fried flatbread with garlic and various toppings. Originally from Hungary They can now be found in Austria, Slovakia or even Germany as well. In some places, they are only available on special occasions
Former Soviet Union
Khorovats - grilled meat skewers
Chiburekki - a crescent-shaped meat-filled pie found as a street food in the western half of the former Soviet Union.
Kvas - a drink made from fermented bread with a low alcohol content. Popular on hot summer days.
Pirozhok (pl. Pirozhki) - small cakes (pirog are the larger ones to share) that can be filled with either meat, vegetables, cheese, cabbage or various sweeter things. In Russian cities like St. Petersburg there are kiosks that sell these in addition to donuts, other snacks, and various drinks.
Shish kebab - skewered meat and vegetables, Cossack style. Usually also in Western and Central Asia.
Crêpes - these fine pancakes are not just a dessert in fine restaurants. You can get it from street stalls with a variety of toppings, both sweet and salty, or simple if you wish.
Galette Saucisse - a grilled sausage in galette (a type of crepe). Native to the Brittany region.
Pizza al Taglio pizza in one piece
Arancini - a Sicilian specialty, fried rice balls filled with meat and tomato sauce
Calzone - this is a folded pizza that resembles a crescent moon. A smaller version is known as Panzarotti.
Farinata - chickpea pancakes from Liguria
Gelato - the Italian version of perhaps the most popular street snack in the world contains more sugar and fat and is softer than regular ice cream.
Pani ca meusa - another Sicilian specialty, a kind of meat cake made from vastedda bread with giblets
Panino - a grilled sandwich. A variety of different fillings are possible, but a classic combination could be some type of meat (such as mortadella, prosciutto crudo, salami, or bresaola), cheese (such as fresh mozzarella, provolone, or a local type of pecorino), and vegetables (such as tomatoes, Eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, fresh basil)
Piadina - flat bread filled with cheese, meat, vegetables or jam. Native to the Romagna region.
Pizza - an oven-baked flatbread, usually topped with tomato sauce and cheese, but you can find pizzas with almost anything on it. Traditionally, however, pizza is eaten in Italy in seating, with a knife and fork, and Neapolitan pizza is too saucy to try to eat on the street. The same may not apply to some of the pizza further north, such as the Genovese Sardenara. Hand-sized take away pizza is referred to as pizza al taglio pizza by the slice.
Scaccia - a folded flatbread filled with cheese, tomato sauce and onions
Stigghiola - spiced lamb droppings grilled on a spit
Pastizzi - cheese pastries
Buñuelo - fried donut balls, popular throughout Latin America and in Morocco too.
Gyro - the Greek variant of the kebab, served in a pita bread with vegetables and tzatziki sauce.
Souvlaki - meat and vegetables grilled on a skewer, can also be served with or in a pita bread
Pljeskavica - beef with fries, sometimes served as a hamburger
Raznjici - grilled kebab meat on a skewer
Pølse - the hot dog wasn't invented Denmark, but hot dog carts (Pølsevogn) are ubiquitous. A typical Danish hot dog is garnished with mustard, ketchup, tartar sauce, roasted onions and cucumber relief. Fransk Hotdog (French Hot Dog) is a version where the sausage is stuffed from the end into a small baguette so that only part of it is visible and has less topping.
Smørrebrød - literally buttered bread, but much more than that. A Danish smørrebrød is a piece of bread that is topped with either fish, seafood or meat, various vegetables and sometimes tartar sauce or sliced boiled eggs. Often the toppings overflow the bread, which is why it should be eaten with a fork and knife. Depending on where you draw the border, this may or may not qualify as street food.
Street food and fast food overlap in Finland. The best place to find Finnish street food would be at “grill” kiosks, which are usually found in both larger towns and smaller towns. Their menus usually include different versions of hot dogs, meat patties, hamburgers, chopped sausage with fries (makkaraperunat), porilains and such. During the summer, marketplaces in medium and small towns usually have a market day every week or even more often where you can have some fried sausages, fried whitefish, and sometimes Middle Eastern and Asian street food. Four days a year there is an event called “Restaurant Day”. Everyone is allowed to open a pop-up restaurant for one day without the otherwise strict restrictions of opening a restaurant, which in practice means that many small street dining tables appear in the city parks.
Lihapiirakka - literally “meat pie”. The Finnish version is deep-fried and flat, filled with minced meat and rice, sometimes a sausage is added.
Mustamakkara - literally “black sausage”, and as you might guess, it's made of blood. This Tampere specialty is enjoyed with cranberry jam and milk.
Paixttuja muikkuja - fried whitefish is a common encounter at summer markets, especially in the Finnish lake district
Porilainen - a fusion of pori and hamburger, this consists of two slices of bread and a thick slice of sausage called “beef”. It's usually served with a mixture of ketchup, mustard, diced onion, and pickles.
In some cases, the line between street food and fast food in the United States and Canada is fluid.
Beaver tail - a fried, flat pastry that is topped with sweet ingredients. Originated (with this name) in Ottawa; may not be available elsewhere.
Donair - the east coast variation of the doner kebab, adapted to regional tastes and with its special “Donair sauce”. Popular in Halifax and, to a lesser extent, throughout Eastern Canada.
French fries - thickly sliced and deep-fried, sold by the ubiquitous “chip wagons”.
Garlic Fingers - a type of pizza topped with cheese and garlic and cut into strips instead of slices. Usually Halifax, less common if you are moving west.
Poutine - French fries with sauce and cheese curd poured over them. Originally from Quebec, but now popular across the country.
Shawarma - Just like the doner kebab in Europe, its popularity is widespread throughout Central Canada.
Keshi Yena - steamed or baked cheese balls filled with meat, typically chicken
Yaniqueques - deep-fried cakes, a derivative of the New England Johnnycake and a popular beach snack
Jerk Chicken - Chicken grated with jerk spice mixture and cooked over the fire
Patties - savory pastries filled with chicken / potato curry, beef, callaloo, mixed vegetables or other fillings
Alcapurria - dough balls made from tubers, bananas and plantains, filled with meat and fried
Bacalaíto - battered and fried cod
Sorullos - fried cornmeal sticks
Pupusas - Salvadoran tortillas filled with cheese, pork, and beans, cooked into a hot, sticky pancake
Baleada - the Honduran version of the tortilla, traditionally filled with fried beans and folded in half
Quesillo - tortillas filled with cheese, onions and sour cream
The food that can be had at a fritanga is sometimes simply called a frito, and it usually includes grilled meat (beef, pork, or chicken), tajadas or tostones (made from plantains), and coleslaw
Aguas Frescas - translated to “fresh water”, these are sugary water with various fruits, seeds, grains and flowers.
Bionico - a Mexican fruit salad
Chalupa - a platter of tostada (fried tortillas) that are formed into a cup and filled with meat, onions, and salsa
Elote - cooked or grilled corn on the cob
Empalme - this Nuevo León specialty is a grilled sandwich made from two tortillas with lard, beans and salsa
Enchilada - a tortilla wrap with hot sauce
Esquites - boiled corn with cheese, chili and sour cream and served in a cup
Gordita - corn cake filled with cheese and meat
Menudo - a soup made from beef tripe and chilli
Paleta - ice pops made from fresh fruits
Pozole - a stew made from corn, meat and chili
Tacos come in many varieties, with al pastor (made from marinated pork) perhaps the most famous, but also including chivo (goat), lengua (tongue), carne asada (minced beef), and many others. Taco trucks are also available in the United States especially the servings that were part of Mexico before the Mexican-American War (including California, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado). A burrito is not that different from a taco, but the contents are fully enclosed. They are filled with cheese and are known as quesadillas. Smaller versions that are fried and vaguely reminiscent of spring rolls are known as taquitos.
Tamale - Masa dough dumplings cooked in banana leaves. Also in Central America and parts of the Caribbean
Tejuino - a fermented corn drink served cold with sorbet on top
Tlayuda - a dish with a tortilla as a plate with meat, vegetables, beans and avocado
Torta - the Mexican term for "sandwich", with the second part of the name revealing what it is filled with, usually some type of meat, egg, or avocado
Tostilocos - tortilla chips with pork, peanuts and various spices
Chimichanga - deep fried burrito originating in Arizona or New Mexico
Buck slice - single slice of pepperoni pizza or simple cheese pizza for $ 1, ubiquitous in New York
Seared scallop buns
Frybread - flat dough bread
Hamburger a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty placed in a bun or bun
Hot dog cooked sausage served in a partially sliced bun
Knis - baked, grilled or fried pies that can be filled with potatoes, kascha (buckwheat), meat, cheese or vegetables. Popularized by Eastern European immigrants in New York.
Korean taco - truly a fusion street food, tacos filled with bulgogi, kimchi and other Korean dishes
Lobster Roll - like a hot dog, but with lobster meat and mayonnaise instead of the sausage and mustard
Pilgrim - a sandwich made with turkey, cranberries, and cheddar cheese
Po’boy - a Louisiana submarine sandwich made of baguette with roast beef or fried seafood
Steak sandwich - a bun with steak and different types of toppings. One of the best-known versions is the Philly cheesesteak with steak and melted cheese, often topped with diced onions, mustard and ketchup.
Australian meat pie - a cake filled with minced meat and sauce, often topped with mashed potatoes and peas.
Pie floater - when the meat cake mentioned above is served in a bowl of pea soup, common in Adelaide
Sausage sizzling - the hot dog also has an Australian cousin. The sausage sizzle is grilled sausage served on a slice of bread with various toppings.
Ota ika / ika mata - raw fish marinated in citrus juice, spices, and coconut milk, similar to Peruvian ceviche
Salteña - the Bolivian version of the empanada filled with beef, pork or chicken and a spicy sauce.
Tawatawa - sweet fried dough with syrup, served cold
Hornado - roast pork with fried potato cake (llapingacho) and corn
Anticuchos - the Peruvian version of satay
Humita - paste made from freshly grated corn - corn, cooked in corn husks and made into a dumpling. It can be combined with lard and salt and fresh cheese for a tasty dish or with sugar, cinnamon and raisins for a sweet dish. Hearty humitas can also be prepared with aniseed.
Papa rellena - stuffed potatoes filled with beef, onions, eggs and vegetables
Picarones - donuts with pumpkin and sweet potato
Salchipapa - a mixture of fried sausages and potatoes with coleslaw and chili
Açaí na tigela - a smoothie of the thick, creamy, purple juice from the grated fruit of the açaí palm (Euterpe oleracea), topped with other fruits
Acarajé - deep-fried balls with black-eyed peas, originating in Africa.
Cachorro Quente - hot dog, often topped with peas, corn and french fries
Coxinha - meat (usually chicken), shaped into a cone and deep-fried
Pamonha - made with grated corn, identical to Peruvian humita
Pão de Queijo - these “cheese sandwiches” are eaten for breakfast
Pastel: deep-fried pastries filled with cheese, minced meat or ham
Tapioca (or more precisely: “Beiju de Tapioca”): Made with manioc starch, also known as tapioca starch. When heated in a pan, it coagulates and turns into a kind of pancake, or dry crepe, shaped like a disk. Some will serve it folded in half, others will roll it rocambole style. The filling varies, but it can be made sweet or savory, with most of the traditional flavors of grated coconut / condensed milk (sweet), beef jerky / coalho cheese, plain cheese, and butter (savory). Recently, however, it has become a "gourmet" food that should be treated with creativity; Nutella, chocolate, Napolitano (pizza cheese / ham / tomato / oregano) and sliced chicken breast / rice pudding are almost standard these days.
Northern South America
Aborrajado - fried plantains filled with cheese
Almojábana - corn and cheese bread
Granizado - a drink made from shaved ice, sweet milk and syrup
Natilla - a custard dessert, usually eaten around Christmas
Salpicon - a fruit cocktail
Arepas, which are essentially stuffed corn dumplings, are a Venezuela specialty.
Cachapa - corn pancakes traditionally eaten with queso de mano (“handmade cheese”)
Temperate South America
Choripán can be considered the South American cousin of the hot dog. It's a grilled, sliced chorizo in a baguette with chimichurri sauce poured over it.
Tortilla - in northern Argentina This word refers to a type of large, flat empanada
Completo - a Chilean version of the hot dog with chopped tomatoes, mayonnaise and sauerkraut
Sopapilla - fried flat donuts that are also found elsewhere in Latin America
Chivito - a larger version of the hamburger where the beef is replaced with a steak and many more toppings, always including a fried egg.
Churro - often filled with jelly or dulce de leche
Garrapiñada - Sugar-roasted peanuts and sometimes almonds found in Argentina and Uruguay
Torta frita - a Uruguayan type of fried pancake, not entirely dissimilar to the Chilean sopaipilla
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