In a world full of culinary wonders, where tastes and flavors collide, street food has always held a special place in our hearts. Indulging in street food is one of the best ways to experience a country’s culinary culture and savor its authentic flavors. Among the countless street food options, sweet treats always steal the show. From delightful doughy delights to mouthwatering sugary wonders, street food sweets are a global treasure that tickle taste buds and brings joy to locals and visitors alike.
Recently, Taste Atlas’s list of the “50 Best Street Food Sweets in the World” was released, causing quite a stir among streetfood enthusiasts worldwide. And guess what? 3 Indian desserts have stolen the show, by earning their rightful spots on the prestigious list!
Come along on a sweet journey to explore the top 10 best street food sweets in the world!
10. Poffertjes, Netherlands
Let’s begin our sweet adventure in the Netherlands, where Poffertjes take center stage. A must-try during your Netherlands holiday, these mini, fluffy pancakes are made with buckwheat flour and yeast, resulting in a delightful texture. Served hot with a generous dollop of butter and powdered sugar, Poffertjes are a charming Dutch sweet treat enjoyed by all.
9. Gaufre, Belgium
Next up is Gaufre; a crispy, light, and airy beloved Belgian waffle, made with a special type of thin runny batter cooked in a waffle iron and served on a stick. Often served dipped in chocolate or dusted with powdered sugar and topped with various sweet accompaniments like whipped cream, or fresh fruit.
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8. Garrapinada, Uruguay & Argentina
Garrapinada, an enjoyable sweet and crunchy nut treat, is a popular street food sweet in both Uruguay and Argentina. Made from almonds, peanuts, or a combination of both, these candied nuts are coated in rich caramel syrup, resulting in a crunchy, sugary delight that tantalizes taste buds.
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7. Pisang Goreng, Indonesia
On your Indonesia tour, do try Pisang Goreng, a beloved street food snack that combines the sweetness of ripe bananas with a crispy fried exterior. Often served with sweet dipping sauces and enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee, Pisang Goreng is a simple yet delightful treat that can be found in every corner of the country. And with Indonesia being visa-free for Indians, you are just a cheap flight ticket away from this delicious delicacy.
6. Liege Waffles, Belgium
Another Belgian street food sweet that’s a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth on a holiday in Belgium. Liege waffles are made with a special type of dough packed with pearl sugar, giving them a crispy, caramelized exterior. The sugar caramelizes as the waffles cook, creating a delightful crunch and an unparalleled taste.
5. Pa Thong Ko, Thailand
While exploring the vibrant streets of Thailand with our Thailand tour packages after getting your Thailand visa, do give Pa Thong Ko, or Thai donuts, a try. These golden-brown, airy delights deep-fried to perfection, with a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior, are a staple street food sweet. A perfect quick snack on the go, these crispy donuts are often served with sweet dipping sauces and enjoyed with a cup of traditional Thai iced tea making for a heavenly combination.
4. Hotteok, South Korea
South Korea’s answer to sweet pancakes, Hotteok is a warm and comforting treat perfect for a chilly day during your holiday in South Korea. Made from a yeast-based dough and filled with a sweet mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and chopped nuts, Hotteoks are cooked on a griddle until crispy, making them simply irresistible and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.
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3. Dondurma, Turkey
Dondurma, also known as Turkish ice cream, has earned its place as a crowd favorite. It’s not just a treat; it’s a performance! Street vendors entertain onlookers with playful tricks while serving this delightful frozen delight. On your Turkey trip try your luck and see if you can beat these vendors at their game of catch me if you can! Don’t worry about your Turkey visa, we’ll take care of it for you.
2. Serabi, Indonesia
Serabi is a beloved Indonesian street food dessert made from rice flour and coconut milk. Securing 2nd place in the best street-food sweets lists, these delectable pancakes are cooked on clay griddles, resulting in a slightly crispy edge and a fluffy center. To enhance the experience, they are often drizzled with sweet palm sugar syrup or savory coconut milk.
1. Pastel de nata, Portugal
And finally, at number 1, we have Pastel de nata, a Portuguese egg tart that currently reigns supreme. These heavenly custard tarts boast flaky, buttery pastry shells filled with a rich, creamy egg custard center, delicately caramelized to perfection. This iconic Portuguese treat is a symbol of the country’s culinary prowess and a must-try for any dessert enthusiast during their holiday in Portugal.
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Apart from these Hot Jam Doughnuts from Australia and Funnel Cake from the USA have also made it to the list at the 22nd and 47th position respectively. Both of these treats are absolutely delicious and definitely worth trying if you ever get the chance during your holiday in Australia or US tour. The hot jam doughnuts are simply addictive with their warm, fluffy dough and sweet jam filling. And as for the funnel cake, it’s hard to resist the crispy fried dough covered in powdered sugar.
But wait there’s more! We haven’t talked about Indian street food sweets on the list yet!
Securing an impressive 14th place is none other than the divine Mysore Pak. Made from ghee, sugar, and besan, the golden-brown melt-in-your-mouth Mysore Pak is sure to take you straight to flavor paradise with every bite.
Not too far behind Mysore Pak, at 18th place, we have the classic Indian ice cream – Kulfi. Forget your regular ice cream this frozen wonder is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its creamy texture and enchanting aroma.
The Indian dessert parade doesn’t stop here! Marching in at 32nd place we have Kulfi Falooda, that takes indulgence to a whole new level. Kulfi’s velvety goodness meets the royal treatment of Falooda noodles, basil seeds, and rose syrup, all blended into a single concoction that feels like a party in your mouth!
Exploring the world’s best street food sweets has been a delightful journey filled with an array of flavors, textures, and cultural richness. Whether you’re a fan of waffles, ice cream, or pancakes, each sweet treat brings a unique and unforgettable experience. It’s not just about the flavors; it’s about the stories behind these treats, the memories they evoke, and the smiles they bring to faces.
So, the next time you find yourself wandering the vibrant streets of India with our India tour packages or exploring any corner of the world with our international tour packages, keep an eye out for these delectable delights. They may just be a few spoonfuls away from whisking you away on a delectable journey of flavors and emotions. Bon appétit!
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