Best Handheld Street Foods You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Posted on January 18, 2014


The Best Handheld Street Food You’ve Probably Never Heard Of:

Oh the possibilities

After reading an article on AskMen.Com about pan-global handheld food I got to thinking about the  flexibility of popular international street food. I mean think about it, the taco alone started a huge national food movement. What you could at one time only find in a hole in the wall Mexican restaurant is now on menus across the map, and you can find all kinds of variations everywhere you look. Like the popular Korean Tacos from the famous Kogi truck in L.A.

Heres a look at some of the other portable foods you may not have even heard of. Just think of the possibilities…

Kolkata Kathi Roll

Originally from Kolkata, India the kolkata kathi roll (or Kati Roll) was essentially a kabab wrapped in a layered paratha (a flatbread similar to naan). Today it serves as another exotically inspired modern street food taking the shape of a sort of “Indian Burrito” with variations in both the filling and the wrap.

kolkata kathi roll - Indian street food

Cornish Pasty

Originally from Europe the Cornish Pasty was a hand sized meat-pie of sliced beef, potato, onion and turnips baked into a pie crust. Similar to the meat pies of Australia and New Zealand. Today its made around the world in many variations with almost unlimited possibilities. Think of it as a Hot-Pocket filled with anything you could imagine.
Now you could probably find them with just about any filling. The combinations possibilities are limited only to your imagination. Beef Stew filling, Chilli (maybe with a cornbread crust), Beef & Mushroom (beef wellington style), and of course who could forget pepperoni and cheese like a mini calzone. Now thats street food!

Cornish Pasty - European street food

Jamaican Patty

Another handheld comfort street food this time coming to us from Jamaica, the Jamaican Patty was a spicy Carribian take on the pasty above utilizing cayenne pepper, cumin and curry seasonings and the Jamaican pepper the Scotch Bonnet (Habanero). This is another example of what was mentioned above. Change the crust to a flakey pastry crust, change the ingredients, you have a similar but completely unique dish.

Jamaican Patty - Jamaican street food


Now on to Bosnia for the Ćevapi, a Mediterranian sandwich i’ve been lucky enough to try myself right here in Honolulu.
[see the post from our visit to Mediterranian Foods  street food cart here: /mediterranian-foods/] Traditionally made of mince meat, onions, sour cream, roasted red peppers, and other fillings, this Mediterranean street food has a hearty appeal.
Today its a sandwich with a nice crusty bread, sausages, grilled onions and peppers and a zesty Mediterranean sauce and could easily be adjusted to fit other tastes. Think of a sub/bahn mi but on a chiabatta bun.

Ćevapi - Mediterranian street food


People here in Hawaii may be familiar with this one. The Hotteok is a Korean Pancake that is a popular street food in South Korea. Here you probably see it rolling by on the dim sum cart. Made from a wheat dough usually filled with brown sugar, honey, chopped peanuts and cinnamon. Although this is a sweat item, it could easily be a savory dish with a couple of ingredient changes. You could just swap it with the fillings from other popular dim sum fare.

Hotteok - Korean street food

And since we’re on the subject, im going to add one more. One our Eat The Street fans are probably very familiar with (though you may not know it)


A stuffed waffle originating from Japan and Taiwan cooked in a special waffle iron and traditionally filled with Azuki Bean Paste.

Imagawayaki - Asian street food

Look familiar?
[Here’s a peek if you’re not sure:]

Honolulu’s very own Whatcha Fillin’ makes their own version of Imagawayaki with a modern creative twist. With their own mixes of fillings, Whatcha Fillin always keeps their menu creative and innovative. We can always count on them to have something for our Eat The Street theme.

Imagawayaki from Hawaii food truck,  Whatcha Fillin

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