Global Street Food

Condiment Alert: Here's Why India Has The Best Ketchup

First off, just look at the guy in this photo
Dec 17, 2012 12:31 pm

I remember dipping fries into ketchup in India as a kid and thinking "what the hell is this stuff?" It was definitely ketchup — thick, sweet and dark — but it was sharper and more spiced than its glossy, pale red American counterpart. Comprehending as an American child that another country's ketchup could possibly be better on more things really did a number on my juvenile patriotism. And it really didn't help the early onset urge to photograph and document what I ate.

Kumpir: A Hot Potato From Istanbul

Turkey's crazy street food never ceases to amaze
Dec 10, 2012 12:31 pm

Thanks to our editorial intern Laila, we've been pretty solidly educated on the glories of the various kinds of Middle Eastern street food she grew up with. First she brought Turkey's wet burger to our attention. Then we learned about koshary, the most delicious way to feed the most people with the least effort, via Egypt's Rachael Ray. Now with knowledge of kumpir — a specialty in Ortaköy, Istanbul — I'll attempt to reinvent the baked potato. Or at least use up a lot of leftovers all at once.

Easy Mango Lassi Recipe

Try this easy mango lassi recipe any time of day
Dec 8, 2012 11:01 am
easy mango lassi recipe
Photo: joo0ey on Flickr

Mango is, to nobody's surprise, a very popular flavor of lassi. Others omit the fruit and add either honey and rosewater or salt and cumin as variations. While Greek yogurt is awesome and deserves every bit of hype it gets, regular, preferably homemade yogurt is the way to go here — Greek's too thick to sip through a straw, something you'll want to do. 

Yomari! The Literally Heart-Shaped Dumpling You've Never Tried

This Nepalese delicacy is cause for celebration
Nov 13, 2012 12:31 pm

I found a shape of dumpling I've never eaten, and I'm ecstatic. I went to a Nepalese restaurant last night and ordered yomari, dumplings typically filled with molasses and eaten on holidays. These were closer to momo with a spiced ground lamb filling, but with a heart or root vegetable shape rather than soup dumpling shape. Am I obsessing over dumplings? 

Legendary Sandwich: The Mitraillette

Or call it by its formal name: The Submachine Gun
Oct 25, 2012 11:31 am

I read myself to sleep last night with one of my favorite bedtime stories: Jon Chonko's Scanwiches book. It's a real thriller — intimidating Italian characters who may or may not be associated with the mob, a classic meat-meets-bread story, a little fluff, a sexy Cuban and a war (but I won't give away the twist). A war? Yes, Belgium wins. Awh, I gave away the twist. It's all because of the Mitraillette.

Spicy Mushroom Torta With Cheese Recipe

A spicy vegetarian sandwich recipe from Mexico
Oct 22, 2012 2:01 pm
mushroom torta recipe
Photo: Jeanine Thurston

Tortas are quick and easy sandwiches made with bolillos. You can make them cold or grill the bread before stuffing. This grilled mushroom torta oozes creaminess, and the addition of long green chiles and tequila gives it just the right dimension of smokiness.

Vegetable Cutlets Make The Cut

This cutlet recipe is no hippie veggie patty
Aug 16, 2012 11:31 am

I had these humble vegetable cutlets for the first time as a little kid in one of the bougiest places on earth: Bombay's Willingdon Club, India's first country club. It famously used to boast a sign on the door that said "No Dogs Or Indians." The super-secret recipe after the jump.

Fried Mexican Grasshoppers, Chapulines, Will Knock You Out Of A Taco Rut

Fries with eyes make a killer tostada
Aug 13, 2012 11:31 am

I hopped down to Oaxaca over the weekend to check out the Zignum mezcal distillery and discovered my new favorite food, which also happens to hop. Mexican fried grasshoppers, chapulines, will knock you out of a taco rut faster than a speeding mouse in a sombrero.

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