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The Best Street Food Around the World

Street food is the heart of intercontinental cuisine. These food items are the ones which save us at 1 a.m. when all the restaurants or bars are shutting their doors. Even if restaurants pick up the same recipes, street food taste better! As you hold a paper plate and eat without worrying about stains while the winds caress your face, it’s just another feeling! If you want to taste some heavenly food items, here are the countries you need to visit to try their specialities, found in all the corners of the streets.

Arepas, Colombia

Arepas are round corn cakes which are most popular in Colombia. This food item is much thicker that tortillas, and are normally eaten grilled. They are either topped or stuffed with cheese, and eaten normally as breakfast. The region where this food item is most popular is in Bogotá. They can even be topped with butter, eggs, condensed milk or chorizo. Sold in the streets of Colombia, Arepas is better served with a mug of hot chocolate.

Pierogi, Poland

Pierogi can be found all over Eastern Europe, but the best place it can be eaten is Krakow. This city has an entire festival dedicated to this dish- dumpling. These dumplings are made of flour, salt, water and egg. These dumplings can be filled with cheese, meat or potatoes. They are then boiled, and fried in butter. You can appreciate the sight of yummy dumplings at Magical Vegas Casino by playing Win Sum Dim Sum slots online! This 9 paylines slot game shows different types of dumplings as symbols and will definitely make your mouth water. Foodies will simply adore Magical Vegas Casino as it features an amazing Food and Fruit themed slots category!

Halo-halo, Philippines

Halo-halo means ‘mix-mix’! This multi-coloured sundae is the perfect reliever on a hot Philippine summer day. This food item normally consists of evaporated and shaved ice. And, to make it even better, different flavours like kidney beans, coconut, jackfruit, sugar palm fruit, garbanzo beans, crushed rice, ice-cream, flan or sweet potato, can be added! Despite that this dish seem out-of-this-world, it is quite famous in different Asian cities.

Bunny Chow, Africa

Don’t freak out, bunny lovers! This south African speciality is absolutely rabbit-free! This dish is made with portions bread loafs which are filled with thick curries. It is true that this food item was first made in India, but it has now become Durban’s most popular street food. Chicken or mutton are mixed with spices, and then added to the bread loaves.

Bánh mì, Vietnam

In Vietnam, the term of bread is Bánh mì. But this word also brings the mouthwatering sight of a sandwich which is richly filled. This French product is the best thing which still lives in the streets of Saigon. A standard Bánh mì is filled with different items like pork, cut colds, meatballs, carrots, cucumber and mayonnaise. Most popular in the west, it is the perfect lunch!

When Dining Hall Food Fails: 3 Easy Recipes For Students!

crappy dining hall food

For all the thousands of dollars that college students around the world pour into their respective schools, it can be quite appalling when the quality of meal hall grub at these institutions barely rank above prison food at times.  The similarities on a numbers level are startlingly similar, as line cooks scarcely making above minimum wage prepare three meals daily for thousands of people, day after uninspiring day.

As such, a certain level of care is missing in its preparation, but you’re a busy and cash strapped student … so what is one to do? Most dormitories and fraternity/sorority houses have basic kitchen facilities located on site, allowing for their occupants that wish to freelance with their food preparation to do so to their heart’s content.

By combining the creative use of cheap(ish) base ingredients, spices and condiments, you can fill your face with culinary creations that stand head and shoulders above the slop that is barely edible down at the meal hall, without costing you too much of your scarce cash reserves (alcohol doesn’t buy itself, after all!)

In this spirit, here are three recipes that will rescue you from the peril of a meal hall travesty in under 30 minutes and at minimal cost to you…

1) Next Level Macaroni And Cheese

OK now … I know what you’re thinking.  MAC & CHEESE?!  How uncreative and depressing!

Don’t despair though young man/woman, as macaroni and cheese dishes are all the rage these days, and with a little thought and creativity, it can become a dish that is truly the comfort food that it was meant to be, instead of a yellowish orange pasta that exists solely to fill a hole in your stomach. The most expensive investment is a bit of cheese (the real stuff), which can be bought in small chunks (buy cheese strings if you have to) to conserve your cash.

Apart from the macaroni itself, get a hold of some milk, butter, garlic powder, onion or shallots, and ritz crackers.  If you’re doing this on the stove top, boil up the pasta, and then in a separate pan, fry up the onions, seasoned with garlic powder, in some of your butter.  Mix together the milk and the rest of the butter according to instructions on the mac and cheese box, adding it to the fried onions.

After the pasta is done, add the shredded cheese to the pasta and stir, integrating it with the pasta.  Top the pasta with the onion/milk/butter mix, top it with crushed ritz crackers and serve!

Macaroni and cheese

2) Pumpkin Spice Hot Oatmeal

Sick and tired of rubbery pancakes?  So are we.  You can take breakfast into your own hands as well, and kick butt in the process!  For this, we’ll invest in some proper oatmeal instead of the overly sugary processed stuff, but everything else is very affordable compared to this crucial ingredient.  Start by heating up your oatmeal and water in the microwave for about two minutes.

After taking it out of the oven, stir in some milk, followed by canned pumpkin puree, a few dashes of cinnamon, and even some pumpkin pie spice for that added kick of fall flavor.  Hey, if it worked for Starbucks, why can’t it work for your breakfast?


3) Super Easy Asian Stir-Fry

Love the convenience of ramen noodles, but shudder at getting 150% of your daily dose of sodium in a single serving?  Toss the flavor packet out and freestyle your own taste experience! Take your ramen brick and soften it up in the usual manner, all while pre-heating a frying pan on the side.  Get an assortment of veggies from the market and chop them up, and get the cheapest cut of your favorite meat from the grocery store and do the same to it.

After the noodles have gone soft, strain’em and throw in the pan with some soy sauce, your veggies and your flesh/tofu.  After 5-10 minutes, you’ll have a much healthier meal than 80% of what your meal hall has to offer.

Ramen noodle stirfry

Do you have any other fast and easy recipes to share? Add them in the comments below!

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