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Your Guide to 1$ Foods Around the World

1$ Foods Around the World Guide

Ever wondered what 'cheap eats' look like in other parts of the world. Besides its price, what other things make them so popular among local foodies. Let's take a look at this small guide to the best 1$ foods around the world.


    Country - Argentina 

    This pocket-sized flavourful pie can be served deep-fried or oven-baked. It has more than 10 different fillings to make sure you always taste something new whenever you try it. For instance, there is an Empanada with Meat, Ham & Cheese, Blue Cheese, Humita, Chicken, Mushroom, Vegetables, Dulce De Leche, and Llama Meat

    Empanada 1$ Foods Around the World


    Country - Uzbekistan

    Plov is supposed to represent 'Hospitality' and is traditionally cooked by MEN only. It's more than a street food as it's served everywhere in Weddings, Parties, Anniversaries, etc. Its key ingredients are rice, onion, carrots, meat, and vegetable oil. So now you know all the ingredients, give your hands a try (to all the men).

    Plov 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Urban Adventures

    Bubble Tea

    Country - Taiwan

    You might have tried all kinds of tea whether its Iced Tea, Chai Latte or Chamomile Tea but your life is incomplete if you haven't tried Bubble Tea, and it's only in Taiwan where you can drink the real thing. Bubble Tea is also called Pearl Milk Tea or Boba Tea or Bubble Milk Tea and these can be served hot or cold. The original Bubble Tea uses Taiwanese Black Tea but some people might mix it a little. And those bubbles you see are Tapioca Balls or Fruit Jellies.

    Bubble Tea 1$ Foods Around the World


    Country - Philippines

    Its Crunchy N Chewy and this may confuse you at first but each bite is an explosion of sugary euphoria. Turons are made from sliced ripe saba bananas rolled in a spring roll, deep-fried, and then glazed with brown sugar. On special occasions, you may also find a slice of jackfruit inside.

    Turon 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - MySteinBach

    Gỏi Cuốn

    Country - Vietnam

    It's a traditional Vietnamese Street Food. These are also known as Summer Rolls or Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Gỏi Cuốn is stuffed with Pork, Vegetables, Herbs, Rice Vermicelli and Shrimp, all covered in Rice Paper. It's a popular appetizer that is served Fresh or Fried.

    Goi Cuon 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - TNK Travel

    Pastel De Nata

    Country - Portugal

    These may look small but it takes a lot of time to prepare it. This egg tart pastry involves a time-consuming process of rolling, filling, chilling, and heating but when you look at the end product, it's totally worth the wait. It consists of layer upon layer of flaky pastry and delicious egg yolk filling and later they sprinkle some sugar or cinnamon to enhance the taste.

    Pastel de Nata 1$ Foods Around the World


    Country - Spain

    These are long pieces of fried dough coated with cinnamon and sugar. They can be filled with caramel, chocolate, or other flavored sauces. Like pretzels, churros are sold by street vendors, who may fry them freshly on the street stand and sell them hot. In Spain and much of Latin America, churros are available in cafes for breakfast, although they may be eaten throughout the day as a snack.

    Churro 1$ Foods Around the World

    Pav Bhaji 

    Country - India

    Pav bhaji is a popular Indian street food that consists of a spicy mix vegetable mash & soft buns. Usually, pav bhaji is served with a generous amount of butter topped along with some fresh chopped onions & lemon juice. The butter-toasted pav is eaten along with the veggie mash or bhaji.

    Pav Bhaji 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - FirstCry


    Country - Bangladesh

    Don't mistake it with Samosas from its neighboring country India. The filling consists of peas, onions. coriander, lentils, meat, and potatoes. It is served with chutney as an appetizer.

    Singara 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Easy Cook


    Country - Japan

    Dango is a sweet rice dumpling you can eat all day long. Its a cousin of 'Mochi' as the rice flour used for Dango is called Mochiko. You get to taste Dango in different varieties such as Anko, Mitarashi, Chadango, Denpun, Bocchan, Kinako, and Hanami. Its best eaten with a cup of green tea.

    Dango 1$ Foods Around the World


    Country - Korea

    Do not confuse it with Takoyaki from Japan. Its the real deal with all 8 tentacles either grilled or alive. Don't worry its not for everyone and you can always try Takoyaki which are small octopus balls.

    Octopus 1$ Foods Around the World

    Chapati and Curry 

    Country - Myanmar

    It's a compact meal for the people who are in a hurry. Take your chapati (a flatbread) with any curry of your choice and dig into those savory- spicy flavors. Make sure you eat the whole thing and not just dispose of the leftover curry.

    Chapati Curry 1$ Foods Around the World

    Pan-Fried Pork Bun 

    Country - China

    You'd probably think of Dumplings when someone mentions China. However, a Pan-Fried Pork bun is a street food that would definitely give your stomach a happy feeling worth for its price and it's pan-fried rather than steamed.

    Pan fried Pork Bun 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Little Tomato


    Country - United Arab Emirates

    It takes a local to find cheap eats in Dubai. Luqaimat which means Bite-sized in Arabic is a traditional snack made from flour and yeast. These ingredients are made into dough and deep-fried until golden brown and later are bathed in date syrup sprinkled with sesame seeds.

    Luqaimat 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Gulf Today

    Pad Thai 

    Country - Thailand

    If you are in a hurry and you need a quick food without any complications then this is The One. You can have rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, tofu, dried shrimp, reddish, and bean sprouts seasoned with fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind paste, and red chili pepper (phew.......) all in one serving. It was used to serve as an alternate food option during World War II but now it's loved by everyone.

    Pad Thai 1$ Foods Around the World


    Country - Egypt

    This Egyptian comfort food also goes by Koshary or Koshari. Its the national dish of the country made by lentils, macaroni noodles, rice, spiced tomato sauce, garlic vinegar, chickpeas, and crispy fried onions. It's full of carbs and gives you the ultimate satisfaction.

    Kushari 1$ Foods Around the World
    Sorce - Lonely Planet


    Country - El Salvador

    People love it so much that they have a holiday named after it, National Pupusa Day which is celebrated on November 13th. The corn or maize dough is made into tortillas and its filling is a mix of cheese, refried beans, pork, chicken, and loroco. It is served with curtido (spicy cabbage salad) and salsa.

    Pupusa 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Inmsol


    Country - Hungary

    If you want to taste the authentic Hungarian dish, you should try Kürtőskalács also known as Chimney Cake. Its shape is formed by wrapping a strip of yeast dough around a wooden cylinder, it's brushed with oil and topped with sugar. The glazed dough is baked inside a special oven until caramelized.

    Kurtoskalacs 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Vitez Kurtos


    Country - Republic of Georgia

    It's like tasting the taste of Georgia's National Dish right on the street. They surely love Khachapuri as they made the nine variations of it such as Megruli, Imeruli, and Lobiani to name a few. It's basically a Flat Bread filled with Cheese and it might look like a Pizza to some but without toppings.

    Khachapuri 1$ Foods Around the World
    Source - Guide Post


    Country - Mexico

    Mexico is the land of Tamales and they have 5 varieties of it and among them, Guajolota is the most famous. It's the ultimate breakfast option, consisting of a Tamal sandwiched between bolillos

    Guajolota1$ Foods Around the World
    Photo by: Vice/Munchies

    So now you know all the 1$ foods around the world. Don't forget to try these when you find yourself in these countries or maybe you can try to cook them in your own kitchen so you don't have to go out to try these 1$ foods around the world. 

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