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12 best street foods around the world: in pictures

Tantalise (or terrify) your tastebuds with our global gallery of the good, the gorgeous (and the grasshoppers) of gourmet street food.

Looking for a few new lunchbox recipes? How about snail soup or pickled herring?

Take a peek at these pictures at some of the best on-the-go grub from around the world. WARNING: don’t scroll down if you’re prone to bouts of hanger or have a particularly weak stomach – it’s a mixed bag, but we’d love to hear what you think!

1. Midye Dolma (stuffed mussels) from Turkey

Ingredients: Mussels, rice, pine nuts, raisins, saly and pepper seasoning and parsley to garnish. Stuffed with the rice mixture, tied with string and boiled until all the liquid in the pot is gone.

Bowl of stuffed mussels with lemon.

2. Jalebi (deep-fried sweet treats) from India

Ingredients: Deep fried wheat flour, soaked in sugar. Not exactly one of your five-a-day, but great for satisying (or rotting) your sweet tooth.

Read more: 5 unforgettable things to do in India

Jalebi, stacked in a basket, India.

3. Hollandse Nieuwe from the Netherlands

Ingredients: Herring, vinegar or cider, sometimes mace and bay leaves, onion. The fish is preserved in brine or vinegar for about five days, traditionally in oak casks, and served either plain or with chopped up onion and pickles.

Pickled herring and onions in a tray with a Dutch flag on a cocktail stick in it.

4. Chapulines (fried grasshoppers) from Mexico

Ingredients: Grasshoppers. The end. Mainly eaten in southwestern Mexico, in cities like Oaxaca.

Read more: Top 8 things to do in Mexico City

Fried grasshoppers, Thailand.

5. Tang hu lu (candied fruit on a stick) from China

Ingredients: Fruits, such as pineapple, strawberries, bananas and grapes, coated in sugar syrup, or chocolate sprinkles. These candied fruit kebabs originated in northern China but are now readily available across the country.

Candied fruit on sticks in China.

6. Burek (meat filled flaky pastry) from Croatia

Ingredients: Filo pastry, cheese, meat or vegetables, often topped with sesame seeds. Believed to have come from Turkey during the age of the Ottoman Empire, today you can pick up a _burek _in many of the Balkan states.

Read more: Top 10 things to do in Croatia

Burek meat pastry in Croatia ©Cocoinzenl / Flickr

7. Ghoulal (snail soup) from Morocco

Ingredients: Snails, plus 15 different spices. Pick your snails from their shells with a toothpick and slurp down the spicy broth, which many Moroccans beileve aids digestion.

Snail soup in a big silver bowl, Morocco.

8. Quiche from France

Ingredients: Pastry, eggs, milk, cheese, cream and your choice of meat, fish or vegetables. Despite being one of France’s most famous to-go foods, quiche actually originates in Germany, before being passed on to the English as a type of custard tart in the fourteenth century.

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Quiche in a glass cabinet fridge in France.

9. Acarajé from Brazil

Ingredients: Black-eyed peas, shrimp, chasews nuts, green and red tomatoes. Formed and fried, these bean patties are then spilt in half and stuffed with pastes made of seafood or nuts, before being dished up with a fresh side salad.

Read more: **Top 10 things to do in Brazil**

Acaraje on a green plate.

10. Poutine from Canada

Ingredients: French fries, thin meat gravy and cheese curd. The Candians have perfected the world’s best drunk food by drowing chips in gravy and gooey cheese. So wrong, but so right.

Chips with gravy and cheese in a white box, poutine, Canada.

11. Arancini from Italy

Ingredients: Rice, breadcrumbs, meat or tomato sauce, mozarella, peas. These fried rice balls, coated in breadcrumbs and stuffed with a variety of different ingredients, get their name from the Italian word for ‘orange’ _arancia, _because of their shape and colour.

Read more: A taste of Italy – 5 regional food favourites

Arancini rice balls with lemon, Italy.

12. Takoyaki (octopus dumplings in batter) from Japan

Ingredients: Wheat flour batter, octopus, pickled ginger, green onion. Since vendor Tomekicki Endo first rustled up a batch of these tasty seafood snacks in the streets of Osaka in 1935, _takoyaki’s _popularity has spread across Japan.

Read more: Top 9 things to do in Tokyo

Takoyaki octopus balls being made, Japan.

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Which food was your favourite? Is there a traditional dish we’ve got to try? Let us know in the comment box below!

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