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What is your favourite street food? Part 11

Döner Kebab, German street food

Continuing my series on  What is your favourite street food?

Popular German Street Foods!

Bratwurst

Bratwurst- German street food
Bratwurst- German street food

Bratwurst summarizes a large category of sausages, including variations made from pork, beef, veal, poultry or combinations of two or more. The most common version is made from pork meat. Textures vary from coarse to super fine. Some sausages are smoked. The size, shape, and taste of the sausage can vary greatly by region. Most of the time the sausage is eaten with mustard.

Currywurst

Currywurst, German street food
Currywurst

A tasty pork bratwurst served whole or sliced. One of the most popular street foods of all times is topped with a spicy curry sauce or curry ketchup and an extra dusting of curry powder. French Fries are a common side dish.

Fleischkäse/Leberkäse im Brötchen

Fleischkäse/Leberkäse im Brötchen, German street food
Fleischkäse/Leberkäse im Brötchen, German street food

Fleischkäse or in some regions it is called Leberkäse, is a meatloaf. It consists of corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and is made by grinding the ingredients very finely and then baking it as a loaf in a bread pan.
The street food version is served in a crispy bun, topped with ketchup or mustard.

Fischbrötchen
Fischbrötchen, German street food

Fischbrötchen is a crispy roll with fish and other components like fresh white or dried onions, pickles, remoulade, creamy horseradish sauce, ketchup, or cocktail sauce. The fish added is often Bismarck, salmon, eel, mackerel, crab or pickled herring. The snack is commonly eaten in Northern Germany.

Döner Kebab
Döner Kebab, German street food

Döner kebab may be an international food, but it was in fact introduced by a Turkish living in Germany. The kebab itself is made of a special type of bread that is filled with thin slices of meat, that is normally beef or chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and different kind of sauces.

Belegte Brötchen
Belegte Brötchen, German street food

Belegte Brötchen describes a wide range of different kind of crispy rolls with cold cuts or cheese put between the two halves of the bread. Often lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, butter or mayonnaise are added to complete this German-style sandwich.
Belegte Brötchen is usually sold in bakeries.

Germknödel

Germknodel, German street food

Germknödel is a fluffy yeast dough dumpling with vanilla cream sauce, melted butter, seeds, sugar on top, and plum sauce in the middle. If you go to Germany on Easter or Christmas time, you can easily find it at Easter/Christmas market.

Boulette

Boulette, street food Germany

A famous meatball usually served with batter rolls and tomato sauce. Decorated with basil, it looks so yummy that you will not be able to get your hands and mouths away from it!

Rote grütze

Rote grütze, German street food

This red fruit pudding comes from Schleswig-Holstein in the north of Germany. It’s usually made from black and red currants, raspberries and sometimes strawberries or cherries, which are all cooked in their juice, thickened with cornstarch or cornflour and served with cream, vanilla sauce or ice-cream.

So, what is your favourite #German #streetfood?

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Finding the Best Indian Food Blogs Gets Easier

Best Indian food blogs guide

“Food is good” is the catchphrase. If you are a foodie, then you must have been aware of the fact that how important it is to have nicely cooked food. Apparently, you should never remain confined to your own local food because you can now make a variety of food in your home.

The importance of variety:

The internet has brought radical revolution and made the world a more diversified place where people enjoy different nation’s food at their home. Undoubtedly, you can cook Indian food at your home if you can find the right recipe.

33 million gods, multiple religions, an array of cultural nuances are the things that define India as a nation. That is no all, the food is as multi-layered and complex as the culture and lifestyles are. So, how are you going to cook some great Indian recipe? Unquestionably, if you can find the best Indian food blogs list, then you can cook a range of food recipes that include South Indian and North Indian food.


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However, it is not easy to find the right kind of resources in the highly cluttered web space. You might be able to fetch some blogs on Google but are they of the highest quality? In brief; you must find the best blogs and resources to cook a range of Indian food.

Finding the right blogs:

Do not trust Google blindly: Google can bring you the list of the blogs but what Google searches pull up are not always the right ones because people can push their content higher up on to the search engine pages by using smart SEO techniques. Now, machine language is not intelligent enough to differentiate the good from the bad. That means you have to find the highest quality resources from the trusted sites.

Find the best database: With a little research, you can find a lot of sites that offer quality and relevant content. Hence, make sure that you join forums, read some reviews and testimonials to find the best content provider. Make sure that you read some of their blogs before subscribing to their services.

Be analytical: You need to read extensively to locate the best content provider. Make sure that you visit their website, look at the content and read them carefully. In fact, it is advisable that you compare each site’s content quality to arrive at a conclusion. At this juncture, you need to be analytical in your approach. Hence, it is imperative that you remain objective.

Specialization: A specialized content provider will offer you the best content written by the professional. For instance, when you read food blog written by an Indian chef, you are more likely to better quality content that can help you in understanding the Indian food culture and also help you in cooking the food rightly.

Indian food blog
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By following the above-mentioned facts, you will be able to find the top Indian food blogs that will improve your understanding. So, do your homework and find the best resources.

What is your favourite street food? Part 9

tunisian brik or birik | by Rusty Clark , street food Tunisia

In Tunisia there are several street foods that often only exist there and that one can even eat on the go:

Street food Tunisia

Ojja in Tunisia, street food Tunisia
  • Ojja/Chakchouka: Ojja is prepared with tomatoes and tomatoes to paste, a bit of olive oil and eggs. Chakchouka is the same recipe but with more vegetables (pumpkin, peppers…) and both recipe can also include some Merguez (spicy lamb or beef sausages).
Maqloub, street food Tunisia

Maqloub: A sandwich with meat (usually poultry but sometimes also lamb) and Harissa – Wikipedia filling (other fillings or vegetables are also possible)

Kafteji, street food Tunisia
  • Kafteji: A preparation of fried vegetables (usually pumpkin, peppers and tomatoes) and eggs, that can be eaten as a side or used in a sandwich.
Lablebi, street food Tunisia

Lablebi: A hot soup of steamed chickpeas, a lot of spices (cumin, harissa) and some lemon, sometimes also with tuna and an egg. (This one is a winter favourite by many Tunisians)

Pizza: Since Italy and Napoli is at 30 minutes by plane, Tunisians very soon adopted the dish as their own before it even made it to the US. Now the most iconic pizza in Tunisia is the “Neptune”, made just with a tomato-mozzarella base plus shredded tuna (delicious from the Mediterranean Sea) and olives.

Fricassé, street food Tunisia

Fricassé: Those little-fried dough sandwiches are filled with tuna, eggs, olives and (of course) some harissa paste.

tunisian brik or birik | by Rusty Clark , street food Tunisia
Tunisian brik or birik | by Rusty Clark

Brik: A very thin pastry fried to become crispy while usually filled with an egg, some parsley and tuna (some other recipes exist with octopus, poultry or potatoes instead)

Gelat, street food Tunisia

Gelat: From the Italian “Gelato”, artisanal ice-cream adopted from Italy. More so, you can find in Tunisia original flavours such as Zgougou (Aleppo pine seed), Bsisa (flour & roasted barley with anis) or rose/orange flower essence. Or even some traditional gelat sandwiches in the region of Sfax.

Tunisian tea with pine nuts
Tunisian tea with pine nuts Image credit-sky#walker

Mint tea and Coffee: Tunisians fascination with those drinks made them available pretty much in every street and terraces.

Bambalouni, street food in Tunisia
Bambalouni Image credit-wikivisually.com/

Bambalouni: honeyed fried dough that is far more aired and malleable than a doughnut and thus easy to eat.

Zalabia, street food Tunisia

Zlabia: special honeyed fried dough with spices (cardamom and sometimes also Curcuma) that is very demanded during Ramadan in street shops. It’s a bit crispy on the exterior but rather gooey and sweet on the inside.

There are probably many more that I missed, I also wanted to show those who are more or less specific to Tunisia, we also have less commonly Shawarma or Shish Taouk from Lebanese and Turkish cuisine but those were already shown in an earlier blog post. Even then, Tunisian cuisine is pretty rich, (3000 years old rich as they like to say) but in my opinion, the best dishes are to found in people’s home and are better than street foods.

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What is your favourite street food? Part 8

:Sate Padang Bundo Sati, street food Indonesia

Indonesia

  • Gorengan (frites)
Gorengan frites, street food Indonesia
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  • Martabak: There are 2 types of Martabak, sweet and savoury. For the sweet one, you can choose so many different kinds of toppings like peanuts, cheese, chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, etc. So basically it is like a pancake but in a bigger size.
Martabak, Indonesia street food
Martabak Sriwedari | by is-goose

For a savoury one, it is more like an omelette with bits of vegetables and minced meat.

  • Sate Padang: This food is originally from Padang, West Sumatra. It is grilled meat (kebab) with spicy sauce. If you love spicy food, you should try this.
:Sate Padang Bundo Sati, street food Indonesia
Sate Padang Bundo Sati
Image credit-Midori
  • Mie Ayam (Chicken Noodles)
Mie Ayam, street food Indonesia
Mie Ayam
Image credit- Orangescale Studio
  • Bakso (Meatball)
Bakso, street food Indonesia
Image credit- Wikipedia
  • Soto: traditional Indonesian yellow soup mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables with various spices. You can eat it with rice, or glass noodle (bihun).
oto Ayam, street food Indonesia
My mother’s homemade Soto Ayam (chicken Soto). Popular chicken soup and comfort food in Indonesia. Jakarta, Indonesia. Boiled chicken in clear yellow turmeric and chicken broth soup, served with rice vermicelli, bean sprouts, celery, boiled egg, potato, leek, tomato, and fried shallot. Image credit- Gunawan Kartapranata
  • Siomay: Steamed fish dumpling with vegetables served in peanut sauce.
Siomay Udang Glodok
Siomay Udang Glodok-(shrimp dumpling) in a restaurant in Glodok area, Jakarta Chinatown. This dish is similar to Chinese dim sum, it is Chinese Indonesian delicacy.
Image credit-Gunawan Kartapranata
  • Es Cendol: a dark-green pulpy dish of rice (or sago) flour worms with coconut milk and syrup of areca sugar. It used to be served without ice.

Cendol is a traditional dessert popular in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Vietnam, Thailand and Burma.as a sweet snack/beverages made from rice flour and other ingredients that are formed by filters, then mixed with palm sugar and coconut milk (for beverage).

Satay

Satay or most people would call sate is by far the most popular street food. It is basically marinated chicken meat with spices, barbecued and mixed with sauces and lontong which is similar to rice cakes. You could find lots of variations and personally, the best would be sate Padang.

Pisang Goreng

Goreng Pisang- street food Indonesia
Fried banana fritters. Also known as “goring pisang” in the Malay language- ProjectManhattan

This is probably the simplest street food, but it has one of the best pleasing taste compared to the rest. These are thinly sliced unripe bananas dipped in a batter and deep fried. It is then topped off with the chocolate chip/cheese + condensed milk. It’s crisp on the outside with sweet mushy bananas on the inside, the sweet toppings compliments and goes well with it.

Risol

Risoles, street food Indonesia
masam manis: Risoles rangup di luar enak di dalam.. Indonesian -Image credit Pinterest

Personally, this is my favourite street food, what makes it more interesting is that the filling could vary from crisp bihun (thin noodles) to ham, cheese, eggs and mayo. It is wrapped in a thin pastry-like wrapping and is deep fried. It’s very crisp on the outside and the savoury filling just oozes to your tongue with juicy ham slices.

Bakwan

Bakwan (seafood cake with whole shrimp), street food Indonesia
Bakwan (seafood cake with whole shrimp) Image credit-Garrett Ziegler from New York, United States

This street-food doesn’t pale in terms of taste compared to others, but it’s quite unhealthy. It’s basically flour batter mixed with veggies (mostly corn, cabbage, carrot and onion) and is deep fried. Flavor-wise, it’s chewy and gets crispy when chewing on the crisp veggies. It has a common taste with Korean pancake, except that it has a tint of Indonesian savoury spices, although can be quite oily at times.

Tapai

Tapai is also a popular street food/ snack. It is steamed fermented cassava topped with shredded cheese or chocolate chips at times. It is easily chewed and flavour-wise is a mixture of sweet and alcohol-ish. It has that semi alcohol taste as a result of fermentation and it it’s great with the sweet toppings that compliment it.

I can’t mention all because there are too many street foods here. These are foods which you can find in most cities in Indonesia. So if you visit Indonesia, don’t forget to try all these foods.

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