Street Foods in Europe

When I go to different countries, the thing I am most excited about is… food! The food that you can only taste in that country, the food that you’ve never tasted before! Especially when you are a backpacker in a foreign country, you will meet more delicious but cheap authentic foods on the street. Here I present three street foods in Europe that you can hardly find in the United States as street foods.

1. Fried Muikku from Finland

A Finnish man eating Muikku image from travelbyfood.com

In Finland, one of the most popular street food is baked Muikku. The English name of this fish is vendace. Unlike in the United States, in Finland, it’s not uncommon to see seafood on the street. Besides Muikku, you will see many other seafoods such as fried calamaries, smoked salmon and shrimp. According to travelfood.com, this fried fish costs around 5 euros, which is around 7 dollars. If you are interested in knowing other Finnish street foods, you can go this blog and explore more about Finnish street foods: http://www.travelbyfood.com/streetfoodfinland1.php

2. Patat Oorlong from the Netherlands

Patat Oorlog image from simplyjacy.com

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fries? Many of you, including me, might think of ketchup. Of course the only french fries’ best friend is ketchup, right? Well, in the Netherlands, you can meet other accompaniments to French fries. They are mayonnaise and peanut sauce. The combination of the ingredients might sound strange to some of you, but maybe that’s because you’ve never tried patatje oorlog in the Netherlands. You can also add onions on the top of patatje oorlog if you want. The cone-shaped holder seems to make patatje oorlog more interesting. For those of you who like to know more about patatje oorlog, here’s a link: http://streetcuisine.blogspot.com/2011/01/patat-oorlog-dutch-street-fusion.html

3. Arancini from Italy

Arancini image from italian-food-lovers.com

Arancini is fried rice ball in Italy. Arancini is originally from Sicili, and now you can also meet this food on all the streets in Italy. Before being fried, the rice was actually risotto that we all are familiar with. Inside the freshly-fried risotto, there is gourmet mozarella cheese. It must be good because it’s made in Italy.For those who want to taste this Italian street food without going to Italy, here’s the link to an arancini recipe!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKGB6-W0I_Q

2 thoughts on “Street Foods in Europe

  1. Wow, I’ve never heard of any of these foods before, and would have never even thought about the kinds of foods you can buy on the streets in Europe. I love how you’ve presented a such a unique part of culture–the culture that really defines what a visitor would see when walking the streets of a foreign place. I’d love to hear about common street foods in other countries, too, like Germany, Turkey or France.

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