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Street food. What’s hot to eat on the streets of Europe?


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In South East Asia, we have the best choice of street food on our doorstep. So you may be forgiven for thinking you’ve tried everything worth eating.

In the third of our street food posts, the hungry team at Budget Direct Insurance is off to Europe to tempt you with some mouthwatering finds. While you are tucking in, we’ve provided a few useless facts and figures to amaze and amuse your fellow street diners in our street food quiz!

Check out the street food in ….

France

Crêpes are a quick-stop favorite in France with savory and sweet options. Sweet crepes are made of flour with fruit, Grand Marnier, honey, or Nutella. Savory varieties are best served on a buckwheat crepe and filled with ham, cheese, or egg. Each creperie has its own combinations so you may have to experiment before you settle on a favourite!

Quick quiz

Which part of France do crepes originally come from?

Germany

After an indulgent night downing German beer or Jägermeister, treat yourself to a currywurst. Invented in Berlin in 1949, this is a steamed then fried pork sausage. It is cut into slices and doused in curried ketchup and sprinkled with even more curry powder. Order with fries for the full effect. Guaranteed to make you feel a whole lot better!

Quick quiz

How many currywursts are sold in Germany each year?

Italy

Trapizzino is a new and right on trend street food that is proving very hot in Rome right now. Invented by award-winning pizza maker, Stefano Callegari, the trapizzino is a play on words, combining tramezzino, a triangular sandwich, and pizza. A white pizza is cut in the middle and stuffed with a few tablespoons of coda alla vaccinara (oxtail cooked with tomatoes). It’s proving so popular Callegari has named a string of takeaway joints after it.

Quick quiz

In what century was pizza invented?

Spain

Despite laws prohibiting the sale of food on the street, this won’t stop you from tucking in streetside in Spain. Only for the brave - as its name suggests - patatas bravas are angular cut potatoes deep-fried until crispy and served with spicy tomato sauce. The hotter the better. For afters try churros, these dough sticks are fried and dipped in chocolate.

Quick quiz

What is unique about Spanish gazpacho soup?

Czech Republic

Street food is a little more difficult to find in the Czech Republic, but head to the markets that spring up at Christmas and Easter time and you won’t be disappointed. Old Town Square in the capital Prague is a good place to find traditional ham stands or Prazska sunka in Czech. Also try smažený sýr, a soft cheese coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried before being sandwiched between bread and dipped with tartar sauce.

Quick quiz

How many calories would an average serving of smažený sýr add to your waistline?

Answers…

France

The crepe comes from Brittany, in the far west of France. Not much grew on the barren moors but when buckwheat arrived locals found it made a great batter which in turn made a delicious crepe.

Germany

Street vendors sell more than 800 million currywursts a year in Germany (70 million in Berlin alone).

Italy

One story says that in 1889, to honour the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, a pizza maker called Raffaele Esposito created the Pizza Margherita, a pizza topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil representing the colours of the Italian flag.

Spain

Gazpacho soup is served cold, it may even have ice cubes in it.

Czech Republic

Made from edam cheese, flour, breadcrumbs, egg and deep fried this will not be gentle on your waistline. For an average serving you’re looking at more than 900 calories. Enjoy!

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