Unknown to many, Europe also has an array of stalls and hawkers that sell the cheapest food finds in their respective regions. With the growing popularity of street foods around the world, it’s no shocker that the Europeans have finally joined in the wonderful world of street finds. You’ll find less exotic foods but the thought of a great street food offering will surely attract the trip lover foodies. Travel Europe with your hungry stomach and you will certainly have a blast of savory adventures.
Kroketten, Amsterdam. This is one internationally known street food, or to many countries, a fast food. Originally of French roots, Kroketten has invaded majority of the streets and restaurants of Amsterdam. If you wanna know what a Kroketten is, it’s a small fried mix of mashed potatoes, ground meat, fish, shellfish, veggies with herbs and spices, a batter mix and coated with breadcrumbs. Seemingly, this is now seldom made at home as they are readily available at various fast food shops in Germany. You won’t have a problem finding these when you’re traveling, just ask for it and the locals will lead you to the way for your grabs.
Currywurst, Berlin. If you’re in Berlin, you might wanna get a piece of their best fast/street food offering. Currywurst is described as a pork sausage (Wurst in German) which is sliced into smaller pieces and splashed with a curry ketchup. The sauce is what makes it different from the ordinary sausage serving. It’s usually made of ketchup or tomato paste mixed with a very generous amount of curry powder and other spices. These are up for grabs from food trucks or stalls in the area. The vendors provide a plate with a little fork for your eating pleasures. Others serve them with fries on the side.
Pastizzi, Malta. Gotta have these little cheese and peacakes when your in town. Pastizzis come in two varieties. You can have them filled with ricotta cheese or with peas (pizeli). These are very hot food stuffs in the Malta region, with literally every corner of the village selling these. These are baked and are best eaten when they are still warm. It’s best to look for these during Sundays in the Malta area.
Zapiekanka, Poland. This fast food wonder is literally oozing with goodness. The name, Zapiekanka, is a Polish term for baguette sliced in half. These French breads are commonly topped with cheese, mushroom, ham, and other kinds of meat and veggies though there are other versions of this local favorite. Other famous types are Hawaiian which includes a topping of pineapple and Greek with feta cheese, olives and other Greek ingredients. If pizza is too much for your belly to handle, have a bite of these Zapiekanka, for a very inexpensive Polish meal.
Crêpes, Paris. Oh yes, even desserts are sold in the streets of the City of Love. Who doesn’t love this very yummy treat? Crêpes are widely known throughout the whole world with different variations that each culture has come up with. Crêpes are very thinly made pancakes that are usually made from wheat flour. The term, Crepe literally means curled. Crêpes were originally from Brittany but France seems to have a huge appetite for this sweet and savory treat. The fillings would vary from cheese, veggies, meat, eggs, cream, or even a simple sugar filling. Don’t fold up from your adventures on Paris without savoring these very sweet street food desserts.
Gelato, Florence. If you’re looking for something to cool you down on a hot summer day, then have a cup of this local ice cream from Italy. Gelato is a very ancient Italian type of frozen dessert, more popularly known in the modern times as ice cream. Unlike your typical ice cream, Gelato actually contains lesser butterfat and sugar and they use water to balance the sugar to avoid solidly freezing the dessert. Look for gelaterias in the area for a more authentic Gelato experience. Make your stay in Florence, a very fruity one.