Singaporean chilli mud crab
Singaporean chilli mud crab is served in a sweet and sour sauce that includes tomato, egg, and lots of chilli. Image Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News

It’s often said that you can find the best food in the world right on the streets.

Click start to play today’s Spell It, where we find the most appetising street ‘food’ from all around the world. Don’t forget to visit Gulf News’ Food section for guides, recipes and more.

Whether you’re visiting a falafel stall in London, a dosa cart in New York, or a taco truck in Dubai, street food vendors showcase beloved dishes and snacks from around the world. They may be working from small kitchens or carts, but most authentic street food vendors use age-old traditions and naturally sourced ingredients to create delicious meals.

Here are some of the best street food dishes from around the world:

1. Chilli crab, Singapore

An iconic Singaporean dish, chilli crab was born on the street. Its invention is credited to Cher Yam Tian, a Singaporean who began serving the spicy dish from a street cart in the 1950s. The crabs are served in a sweet and sour sauce that includes tomato, egg, and lots of chilli.

2. Halo-halo, Philippines

halo halo
Halo halo Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Bright, colourful and the perfect way to cool down, halo-halo (which means ‘mix-mix’) is a sundae style concoction that’s full to the brim with red beans, coconut, syrup and fruit. It’s finished with ice cream, evaporated milk and shaved ice. We’re already feeling cool thinking about it!

3. Bunny chow, South Africa

No rabbits here, just a soft, hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with an aromatic chicken or mutton curry. This dish originates in India, but has become one of Durham’s most famous street foods.

4. Pierogi, Poland

Polish pierogis Image Credit: Unsplash/Karolina Kołodziejczak

While these handmade dumplings can be found all over the country, Krakow in Poland is the only city that has an entire festival dedicated to it. Pierogis are parcels of meat, potato or cheese, made from a simple dough of flour, egg, water and salt. They’re boiled first and then fried in butter, making them the most comforting, hearty snack.

5. Ceviche, Peru

This street snack is Peru’s national dish, and is rapidly growing in popularity around the world. Made with fresh, raw fish (usually sea bass) that’s marinated in lime juice, salt and chilli, the dish wakes up your taste buds. It’s often accompanied with sweet corn and potatoes, for a complete meal.

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