Street Eats: Asia Pictures

From South Korea to Bali, street eats bring a mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors -- sometimes all in one dish!

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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Cinnamon and lots of icing make these sticky cinnamon buns a treat morning, noon or night. 960 1280

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The original buns -- freshly-baked hot cross buns served hot with raisins baked inside. 960 1280

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Moving away from sticky and into the classics stuck between buns, we first start with Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe. First opened in 1922 in Naugatuck, CT, by 3 Italian brothers, Nardelli's serves authentic Italian meat sandwiches. 960 1280

  

One more classic from Nardelli's -- a meatball sub. Mmm. 960 1280

  

The Vortex in Atlanta, GA, opened its doors in 1992. Each burger is a work of art. One specialty burger, called the Elvis Burger, is served with peanut butter, bacon and banana. 960 1280

  

The Super Fat Daddy sandwich at Munchie's in Sarasota, FL, is loaded with 6 cheeseburgers, french fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, a pound of Philly steak, mushrooms, peppers and several slices of cheese. Not your average sandwich, but we'll take the goodies stuck in the middle anyway. 960 1280

  

Juicy cuts of pastrami meat for the best sandwiches can't be purchased just anywhere. Next time you're in New York City, stop on over at Katz's Delicatessen and 2nd Ave Deli for some of the best. 960 1280

  

New Englanders are proud of their lobster rolls and 2 restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME, claim to be the best -- The Clam Shack and Alisson's Restaurant. Next time you're in Maine, taste them both and see for yourself. 960 1280

  

Open 24 hours a day, the 75-year-old Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA, serves 20 different sandwiches. All their sandwiches are prepared on Italian bread with their special addition -- french fries. 960 1280

  

Do you know who created the first Coney Island hot dog? Perhaps the winner of this war will never be determined, but the hot dogs at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, are delicious. 960 1280

  

In St. Louis, MO, the Iron Barley's Monte Cristo hot dog is served with 2 filleted Chicago-red hot dogs grilled with strawberry jam and melted cheese. 960 1280

  

GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL, has a burger that surpasses all the others and is dubbed Baseball's Best Burger. A burger topped with bacon and cheddar cheese, served between 2 Krispy Kreme doughnut halves -- What's not to love? 960 1280

  

John Ascuaga's Nugget and The (Little) Nugget in Reno, NV, both claim to have the best Awful, Awful Burger. You be the judge. 960 1280

  

We think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he visited Chicago's Silver Palm restaurant and devoured a sandwich called 3 Little Pigs, topped with smoked ham, breaded pork cutlet, 2 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs -- "A work of genius, in an evil way." 960 1280

  

The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO, gives its customers the choice of 21 different delicious patties. If their selection doesn't suit you, simply build your own, like this triple-decker cheeseburger. Delicious! 960 1280

  

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene's Sausage Shop, Chicago

Gene’s Sausage is a European market that specializes in 40 different varieties of smoked meats and sausages. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

These legendary links spend 40 minutes in the oven before they’re dropped into a red sauce made with fresh tomatoes, fennel seed and a secret mix of spices known only to the restaurant’s chef-owner Francesco Buffa. 960 1280

  

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Ferdinando’s Focacceria, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn is home to one of the oldest, most venerable sausage specialists in the country -- Ferdinando’s Focacceria. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Many customers stop by the Southside butcher counter to take home some of the finest sausage that Texas has to offer. 960 1280

  

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Southside Market & BBQ, Elgin, Texas

Elgin, TX, is known for just one thing -- sausage. Elgin sausage is so sensational that it’s sold all over America, but the best is still served at the oldest barbecue joint in the Lone Star State: Southside Market. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Sweet peppers and onions are a welcome topping to an already succulent Wurstkuche sausage. 960 1280

  

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche, Venice, California

Wurstkuche restaurant custom-designs 20 sausages, including classics such as Bockwurst, Hot Italian and even Vegetarian varieties. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The Polish Village cooks its succulent sausage in beer sauce. 960 1280

  

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

Polish Village, Hamtramck, Michigan

The cooks at the Polish Village come straight from Poland or learned their craft from someone who did. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Like everything else on chef Robert Stehling’s menu, the star of this party is prepared from scratch, using only fresh, locally farmed ingredients. 960 1280

  

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill, Charleston, South Carolina

Hominy Grill opened in 1996 as a Southern neighborhood restaurant in a great Southern neighborhood. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR

The bangers at the Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR, offer a trip to England without the passport. 960 1280

  

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

Horse Brass Pub, Portland, Oregon

For those who prefer their pig in a blanket, the Horse Brass also serves up a banger sausage roll. 960 1280

  

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

Old German Beer Hall, Milwaukee

The sausage that owner Hans Weissgerber serves up is much the same as what’s been served in Germany for over 500 years. 960 1280

  

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Vareniki

Vareniki

A Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat, hard-boiled egg or a combination of these. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions, what could be better? 960 1280

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Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Russians know that pickled vegetables are good for the gut, so an assortment of them, known as soleniya is a typical appetizer served for lunch or dinner. This plate contains a whole pickled tomato, cabbage and cucumber. 960 1280

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Pirozhki

Pirozhki

Pirozhki are small baked or fried buns eaten as a snack or as an appetizer. Common savory fillings include cabbage, mushrooms, beef or potatoes; sweet fillings may include fresh fruits, jam or cheeses. 960 1280

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Taranka

Taranka

Taranka a salted and dried fish, is a popular snack in Russia and is often consumed with beer to balance the snack's saltiness. 960 1280

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Khachapuri

Khachapuri

Khachapuria salty and savory cheese-filled bread from neighboring Georgia, is a popular savory snack found throughout Russia as well. 960 1280

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Russian Appetizers

Russian Appetizers

Traditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include: (clockwise, from bottom left) red caviar with blinis, Olivier salad and a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, and is composed of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280

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Borscht

Borscht

Served either hot or cold, borscht is a popular and hearty beet soup that also happens to come with a vibrant color. 960 1280

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Kotletki

Kotletki

Russians often argue about whose mother makes the best kotletki a small cutlet made of minced meats -- often chicken, pork, beef and other times, fish. Typical accompaniments to this lightly pan-fried patty include hearty sides like potatoes or buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

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Russian Cakes

Russian Cakes

Which of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom center) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake, a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts, or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280

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Russian Entrees

Russian Entrees

Dinner may include entrees like (clockwise, from bottom left) beef stroganoff with buckwheat kasha, stuffed cabbage (golubtsi) or traditional chicken Kiev. 960 1280

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Russian Pastries

Russian Pastries

Breakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Seen here are just a few varieties, including tiny pechenie cookies with a fruit filling, a traditional poppy seed roll, and sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins. 960 1280

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Pelmeni

Pelmeni

These small minced meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or with melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shell sets them apart from other Russian dumplings; so does their savory, yet never sweet fillings. 960 1280

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Smoked Meats

Smoked Meats

What meat lover wouldn’t want to try this? Kolbasa, or Russian sausages, come in a variety of forms (smoked, cured, boiled or fresh), and are made of beef, pork or veal. Kolbasa are often eaten as a snack, sometimes with a piece of hearty, dark rye bread. 960 1280

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Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka

What would Russian culture be without vodka? This strong, clear beverage is distilled from potatoes and grains and is widely consumed throughout Russia. Vodka is commonly enjoyed cold from small stemless wine glasses, usually during a meal. 960 1280

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Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka Doll

A traditional matryoshka doll covering warms a dish of pelmeni at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant in NYC. 960 1280

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