The World in Street Food

Gimbap – South Korea

One street food that’s extremely popular with busy South Koreans on the go is gimbap —pickled and fresh veggies rolled up with rice in seaweed. It looks exactly like a Japanese sushi roll, but it’s generally made with veggies and sliced meat or even cheese rather than raw fish. Gimbap makes a great quick lunch and is often served alongside pickled yellow radish and the ubiquitous kimchi. If you want to try gimbap in Korea, it won’t take long to find — there are tons of restaurants that specialize in gimbap and other fast foods, or you can find it at any corner store.

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Shaved Ice – Hawaii, USA

It’s easy to understand why shaved ice is so popular in Hawaii — this cool treat can take the edge off any hot and humid day. You can find shave ice at roadside stalls all over the islands. It’s generally served in a paper or plastic cup, drizzled with fruity syrups. Some popular options are passionfruit, guava, mango, papaya, or pineapple- all of which are grown on the island. Hawaiian shaved ice is better than anything you’ll ever taste elsewhere — the fruit is so fresh, and the syrups are usually homemade rather than artificially flavored. Get it with sweetened condensed milk drizzled over top for an even more decadent treat.

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Mofo – Madagascar

In Malagasy, ‘mofo’ simply means ‘bread’ in English, but the word has come to encompass a wide variety of fried bread from Madagascar that can serve as a light breakfast or snack. All mofo is cooked in a circular mold over a charcoal fire, but the names vary depending on what batter is used. Mofo gasy simply means ‘Malagasy bread’, and is made with rice flour, condensed milk, and yeast. Another popular version is mofo sakay, which is made with regular mofo batter flavored with chopped greens, vegetables, and chilis.

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