Food glorious (and I mean glorious) food. I would be telling pork pies, geddit?, if I said that grub wasn’t a large motivation in me travelling the world. Just think of all the delicious flavours and tastes I’m going to get to eat. The world is full of amazing things to eat but it’s the streetfood I’m interested in – not just because of my limited budget – so here are my top 3 fast foods from around the globe.
1/ Istanbul – Dürüm Wrap
Dürüm, a tasty wrap with fresh salad and spicy meat paste, is one dish you can find in all of Turkey – whether it’s from a street vender or a super posh restaurants. It’s a delicious and fast food that’s usually surprisingly filling and pleasingly cheap. If you’re in Istanbul, the best dürüm, can be found in Bambi or Kızılkayalar in Taksim Square and even the stalls in the old town that target tourists are still pretty good!
2/Thailand – Mango and Sticky Rice
The key ingredients here are sweet juicy ripe mangos. That’s what the Thai’s say anyway. For everyone else the key ingredient is Thai sticky rice. And, I tend to agree. Thai sticky rice is unique and you can only use Thai sticky rice to make Thai Mango Sticky rice. Got it? Good. Thai sticky rice is extra glutenous which makes it so sticky when cooked. Add in coconut milk and sugar which the rice soaks up and you have something pretty special on its own.
3/ Jamaica – Jerk Patty
A Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. It is made like a turnover but is more savoury. As its name suggests, it is commonly found in Jamaica, and is also eaten in other areas of the Caribbean, such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. It is traditionally filled with seasoned ground beef, but fillings can include chicken, pork, lamb, vegetables, shrimp, lobster, fish, soy, ackee, mixed vegetables or cheese. In Jamaica, the patty is often eaten as a full meal, especially when paired with coco bread.
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