Street Food is an incredible way to eat out of the four walls. People in this fast-paced era want things their way. Street food is quick, inexpensive and tasty. Food carts, food trucks, food lorries and food deliveries have made life simpler for people with hectic schedules. The concept of street food is popular in western countries and throughout the world. Let us see what has Eastern Europe to offer us in terms of street food.
- Polish Street Food: Poland has a rich collection of street foods and Market Square is one place that offers a plethora of choices. A multi cultural pedestrian path at market square leads to a number of outside café and bars. Polish dumplings stuffed with fillings like cheese, potato, ham, cream, sauerkraut or meat are worth trying and they are called ruskie pieriogi. Zurek is the national soup of Poland is sold by many vendors. It is made from rye and one would see a hardboiled egg halved and a sausage floating in the soup. Another traditional soup of Poland is the Borscht soup that is red in color and made from beetroot with onion, garlic, leek and chicken stock. The much recommended Zapiekanki is a crusted baguette open sandwich with a topping of sautéed mushrooms, olives, jalapenos, onions and cheese. Kremowki is a form of cream pie or cake for the sweet-tooth lovers. Obwarzanki and Pretzels are also sold on the streets of Poland.
- Romanian Street Food: Romanian food is well known for its sour and pungent tastes. Shawarma tops the list of Romania’s street food and is available at most of the market places. It’s a roll made in pita bread with chicken fillings, yoghurt and spices. It is also known as Doner Kebab and is prepared on a vertical spit. Though it’s an Arab invention, it is most seen in Romania’s street foods. Then there is mititie which is a sausage made from ground beef and is served hot-grilled. Frigarui is yet another form of kebab with chicken, paprika, spices and all colored peppers. These are placed on a skewer and grilled to serve hot with sauces.
- Hungarian Street Food: Hungarian food is spicy as the use of paprika is a little higher than the limited usage. Hearty soups and stews are staple in Hungary’s heavy breakfasts and easily available at the street stands. The Hungarian Paprika stew is fiery and very tasty. Turos Csusza is a dish prepared with cottage cheese and pasta. Savory stuffed cabbage is a delicious Hungarian dish and is called Toltott Kaposzta. Foeleks is a vegetable recipe for vegetarians. All these dishes are found in the Hungarian streets. Hot pretzels, strudels and fried bread are yet other foods that are tourist favorites when they do not want to risk their appetite with new food. Langos is local fried bread that is flattened like a pancake and fried in salty oil. The dough is refrigerated for 4 hours. This dish is served as a snack with cheese, sour cream or ketch up by the street food vendors.
“Irina Kirilov is a self-employed blogger and travel adviser for Thrifty Romania, a car rental agency in Romania. She loves to travel a lot and to write about remote places. Drop her a line on Twitter at @carhireromania”