Salep dondurma - Turkish ice cream Photo: zing news

Fried scorpion, hongkong mini egg puffs (egg waffles), biltong, guinea pig meat, roasted ants with salt, etc. These dishes sounds weird, however, they are very much of tourists’ favourite travelling to these countries below.

1. Dorilocos, Mexico

Dorilocos street food in Mexico - very colorful and eye catching Photo: lindabalderasdotcom
Dorilocos street food in Mexico – very colorful and eye catching Photo: lindabalderasdotcom

This very popular Mexican street food consists of a bag filled with Doritos cheese flavor tortilla chips, added pork skin (cueritos), chili sauce, marshmallows, jicama, cucumber, carrot, Japanese peanuts, lime juice, and chili. You will have a chance to experience the feeling of many flavours blended in an impressive and unique way with this dish.

Dorilocos food cart in Mexico Photo: cdn1.vox-cdn
Dorilocos food cart in Mexico Photo: cdn1.vox-cdn

2. Fried Scorpions, Beijing, China

Fried scorpions could be found easily on the streets of Beijing. Photo: huffinftonpost
Fried scorpions could be found easily on the streets of Beijing. Photo: huffinftonpost

Many tourists certainly must have taken all their nerves daring to bite a piece of fried scorpion. It is considered as a specialty, usually sold at the night markets in Beijing and has a crunchy, and rich taste like French fries

A dish of fried scorpion Photo: zing news
A dish of fried scorpion Photo: zing news
A brave tourist trying fried scorpion in Beijing Photo: baozisandjiaozis
A brave tourist trying fried scorpion in Beijing Photo: baozisandjiaozis

3. Completo (hot dog), Chile

Simple hot dog, added guacamole and mayonnaise made famous completo in Chile Photo: dangermannskitchen
Simple hot dog, added guacamole and mayonnaise made famous completo in Chile Photo: dangermannskitchen

This dish is rather simple, including a sausage in a hot dog bun, topped with tomato sauce, mash avocado (guacamole) and a large amount of mayonnaise. The ingredients to make completo do not seem to go well with each other but this food definitely tastes very yummy and is highly appreciated by locals and visitors to Mexico.

Completo is highly appreciated by locals and tourists Photo: uprootkitchen
Completo is highly appreciated by locals and tourists Photo: uprootkitchen
A tourist is about to enjoy a completo Photo: goneroaming
A tourist is about to enjoy a completo Photo: goneroaming

4. Hongkong mini egg puffs (egg waffles) Gai Daan Jai, China

Mini egg puffs (egg waffles) Gai Daan Jai - a popular street food in Hongkong Photo: business insider
Mini egg puffs (egg waffles) Gai Daan Jai – a popular street food in Hongkong Photo: business insider

This street food snack has a pretty unique shape. It is known as “Gai Daan Jai” which is basically a sweet egg and flour batter cooked in a griddle with holes in them and when they come out they look like little round egg puffs.

The mini egg puffs are being made Photo: wikimedia
The mini egg puffs are being made Photo: wikimedia

They are not too sweet, perfectly crunchy on the outside, however, fluffy on the inside. They used to be served as just the original flavor, but nowadays, there are other interesting variation ranging from chocolate to coconut.

The original flavour of mini egg puffs is at favourite for a long time Photo: williams-sonoma
The original flavour of mini egg puffs is at favourite for a long time Photo: williams-sonoma
Nowadays, there are other interesting variation of mini egg puffs ranging from chocolate, green tea to coconut. Photo: bonappetit
Nowadays, there are other interesting variation of mini egg puffs ranging from chocolate, green tea to coconut. Photo: bonappetit

5. Biltong, South Africa

Biltong - kind of like beef jerky in South Africa Photo: business insider
Biltong – kind of like beef jerky in South Africa Photo: business insider

Biltong is the same as beef jerky. It is a form of dried meat that was originated in South Africa. There in the country, people used various type of meat to make biltong, from beef, game meats to Kudu antelope, wildebeest, ostrich (from commercial farms). The dish has an attractive spicy taste, and perfectly suitable to have with a bottle of beer.

The ingredients to make biltong Photo: spice4life
The ingredients to make biltong Photo: spice4life
Different kinds of meat are used to make biltong out of Photo: oceanlegendstours
Different kinds of meat are used to make biltong out of Photo: oceanlegendstours

6. Salep dondurma, Istanbul

It is easy to see vendors behind their ice cream carts on the streets of Istanbul, stirring, and pulling some kind of food that looks like flour but has wonderful elasticity. Actually, they are not flour but ice cream – Dondurma (literally Turkish for “freezing”).

Salep dondurma - Turkish ice cream Photo: zing news
Salep dondurma – Turkish ice cream Photo: zing news

The special features of Dodurma are at their texture and resistance to melting. The ice cream’s ingredients are milk, sugar, salep which is a flour made from the root of the early purple orchid, and mastic which gives the ice cream the chewiness capacity.

What makes Salep dondurma impressive is the texture and resistance to melting Photo: wanderlustfoodandthings
What makes Salep dondurma impressive is the texture and resistance to melting Photo: wanderlustfoodandthings

Dondurma is commonly sold from both street vendor’s carts and store fronts where the mixture is churned regularly with long-handled paddles to keep it workable.

A vendor holding a massive salep dondurma. Note the long-handled paddle and the barrel. This is how the ice cream is served to the customers Photo: wikimedia
A vendor holding a massive salep dondurma. Note the long-handled paddle and the barrel. This is how the ice cream is served to the customers Photo: wikimedia

7. Cuy, Ecuador và Peru

Cuy - guinea pig - a traditional food in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru Photo: lickmyspoon
Cuy – guinea pig – a traditional food in Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru Photo: lickmyspoon

Cuy (kew-y) is the name of guinea pig in local language. The meat is washed carefully and roasted. A lot of people said that cuy meat is very soft with natural sweetness like rabbit meat. Cuy is considered a specialty of Andean cuisine and a traditional dish you should try as vising Ecuador, Bolivia, or Peru.

The way of cooking cuy is believed to decide how the taste will be. The most popular way of cooking cuy is roasted. People in these countries have cuy when they celebrate important occasions. Photo: Business insider
The way of cooking cuy is believed to decide how the taste will be. The most popular way of cooking cuy is roasted. People in these countries have cuy when they celebrate important occasions. Photo: Business insider

8. Halo-halo, Philippines

Well-known Halo-Halo dessert of Filipino Photo: cungbandulich
Well-known Halo-Halo dessert of Filipino Photo: cungbandulich

This cold and unique dessert of Filipino made a lot of people feel surprised by the variety of the ingredients. Halo-halo is a mixtures of shaved ice, evaporated milk to which are added other delicacies of sweetened kidney beans, sugar palm fruit, jackfruit, sweet potatoes, cheese, jam, sweetened chickpeas, coconut sport, pounded crushed young rice, etc.

Halo-halo could be served in a tall glass or a bowl Photo: interaksyon
Halo-halo could be served in a tall glass or a bowl Photo: interaksyon

Most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) are first placed inside the tall glass, or a bowl followed by the shaved ice. This is then sprinkled with sugar, and topped with either or a combination of  purple yam, or ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.

Halo - Halo buffet - you can choose your favourite ingredients to make your own halo halo Photo: silkenhut
Halo – Halo buffet – you can choose your favourite ingredients to make your own halo halo Photo: silkenhut
This is a must-try dessert for visitors to the Philipines Photo: cblogspot
This is a must-try dessert for visitors to the Philipines Photo: cblogspot

9. Laverbread (bara lawr), Wales

Laverbread - a traditional Welsh food, tasty and very good for health Photo: saga.co.uk
Laverbread – a traditional Welsh food, tasty and very good for health Photo: saga.co.uk

Laverbread is Welsh traditional dish which is made from seaweed. It is washed and then cooked to a soft greenish black paste. Laverbread is spread on bread and have for breakfast or mixed with oatmeal then fried until crispy.

Perfect and healthy breakfast for Welsh Photo: naturalkitchenadventures
Perfect and healthy breakfast for Welsh Photo: naturalkitchenadventures

Made from laver, one of the most nutritious varieties of seaweed, that’s why laverbread is a very healthy food. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, full of protein and low in calories which made it a real superfood.

10. Taco in a bag, America

Taco in a bag - definitely more convenient to eat while you are busy Photo: blogspot
Taco in a bag – definitely more convenient to eat while you are busy Photo: blogspot

Instead of being served in a shell like normal Taco, the fillings and the shell outside of a taco are put in a plastic bag and people use fork to eat. Many people consider this a perfect street food, suitable for them to walk and enjoy the taco at the same time.

The ingredients to make a delicious taco in a bag Photo: boozyburbs
The ingredients to make a delicious taco in a bag Photo: boozyburbs

11. Hormigas culonas (roasted ants with salt), Columbia

Hormigas culonas (roasted ants with salt) in Columbia Photo: zing news
Hormigas culonas (roasted ants with salt) in Columbia Photo: zing news

In Columbia, many people enjoy eating ants. For centuries, “big-bottomed ants” – the hormiga cilona is an ant queen, often roasted and eaten with salt – has become a popular street food snack of Columbia. It can be found from food carts, sidewalk food stalls to posh restaurants. Hormigas culonas are also used as pizza filling. Harvested in the spring, the culonas are quite nutritious, packed with protein and low in saturated fat. They are crunchy, rich like peanuts.

A shop selling hormigas culonas Photo: photobucket
A shop selling hormigas culonas Photo: photobucket
The culonas are nutritious which are crunchy, rich like peanuts. Photo: todochiapas
The culonas are nutritious which are crunchy, rich like peanuts. Photo: todochiapas

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