When I travel, many of my most memorable meals come from street vendors that specialize in regional favorites. From Japanese octopus balls to chickpea pancakes from the South of France, here are eight street food specialties from around the world that you can recreate at home.
• 1 Homemade Piadinas: These Italian grilled flat breads, stuffed with anything from prosciutto to Nutella, are easy to make at home.
• 2 Koshary: A blend of pasta, lentils and chickpeas in a tangy tomato sauce, this Egyptian street food is greater than the sum of its parts.
• 3 Takoyaki: Piping-hot balls of octopus-stuffed batter are a staple at street fairs in Japan, and can be made at home in an ableskiver pan.
• 4 Thai-Style Omelet (Kai Jeow): Crispy and brown, Thai-style omelets can be filled with scallions, bean sprouts, fresh herbs, or shrimp.
• 5 Elote (Roasted Sweet Corn): In Mexico, grilled sweet corn is dressed up with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, lime juice, salt, and spices. Yum!
• 6 Jicaletas (Flavored Jicama on a Stick): Another Mexican street food favorite. The mild flavor and satisfying crunch of jicama makes it the ideal vehicle for seasonings like chile and lime or dulce de leche.
• 7 Flammeküeche: This Alsatian thin-crust pizza is topped with fromage blanc, onions and smoky bacon.
• 8 Socca (Chickpea Pancake): A specialty of Nice, France, this crisp, savory pancake made with chickpea flour is also gluten-free.
What are some of your favorite street foods, either at home or abroad?
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