Belgian street food: what to eat on the streets of Brussels
Belgium has its own special tradition of street food. On city streets, you are unlikely to see the usual abundance of hot dogs or hamburgers. But there are many stalls with national food: from french fries and waffles to sea snails and other unusual delicacies. In short, Brussels can really surprise you. 5 main dishes of Belgian street food French fries Golden and crispy, soft and incredibly tasty, French fries have been and remain the most popular and famous street food in Belgium. It is sold everywhere: from stalls, in food trucks and in cafes. It’s best to try the frits – as the Belgians themselves call their potatoes – in branded frits (frietkot) or fritters (friterie), which specialize in cooking this dish. Here, a huge number of various sauces are offered to it, starting from the classic version with mayonnaise and ending with unique additives like spicy samurai sauce. There are at least 29 such original recipes! Most often they sell fries in paper bags (depending on the city, you can find other packaging variations). A portion costs about 3 €, sauce – another 0.70-1 €. Maison Antoine (Place Jourdan), Friterie St-Josse (Place de la Chapelle) and Friterie Tabora (Rue de Tabora 2) invite you to enjoy the most delicious french fries in Brussels. Sandwiches Mitraillette If you are looking for something more substantial than just french fries, feel free to take the classic Mitraiet sandwich – it’s only a local “chip”, it was invented in Brussels many years ago. A delicious sandwich is made from half a baguette, and the filling for it is fried meat, french fries and a sauce of your choice. Those who are not afraid of gastronomic experiments can try to order a combination of 10 different sauces at the same time – everything is possible on the streets of Brussels! 10 budgetary institutions in Brussels, where you can eat cheaply. Each fryteriya tries to come up with its original version of mitraillette. For example, adding a whole steak or sausages to it, or a patty, as for hamburgers. Often vegetables are put in the filling: slices of tomatoes, a fresh salad or grated carrots. This is worth an average of 5 €. Sausages Belgian sausages are not like those usually put in hot dogs. As a rule, two types of sausages are used for street food: boudin (white) or pensen (black blood). When cooking, seasonings and spices are added to them, and fresh greens and milk are also added to boudin Liège. On the street, such food is served in a warm bun or baguette, watered with ketchup or mustard, add onion rings and sauerkraut. A typical Belgian way to eat tasty and inexpensive! Sea snails (Caricoles) Seafood is beloved in Belgium. Therefore, it is not surprising that this passion embraced the traditional local street food. Sea snails, or caricoles, are a popular Belgian appetizer, which is boiled in a vegetable broth and served with it in a cup, glass or plastic container, traditionally seasoned with celery stalks. It has a sweet taste and – as expected – a chewing texture characteristic of mollusks. Caricoles is an all-time hit of street food at fairs in Belgium. But this does not mean at all that on ordinary days this delicacy cannot be found. The most famous snail seller in Brussels is Jef & Fils (Boulevard Anspach 82). You can try them on the streets of the city, and on Sunday you can find them at the Marolles flea market in Place du Jeu de Balle.
Fried Donuts (Smoutebollen) Sweet Tooth, Attention! – we got to the most popular dessert on the streets of Belgium. These are smoutebollen, or, as they are also called, croustillons, delightful donuts sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. Sell them in paper bags or cardboard boxes in sets of 5-10 pieces. However, you can order any quantity you want, depending on how hungry you are and how much you can eat. The starting price for the question is about 5 €. A feature of Belgian donuts is in animal fat, which is used for frying. Perhaps thanks to him they turn out to be so delicious and crispy. There are smoutebollen relied on in the heat of the heat, before they have time to cool. Other popular street foods in Belgium include meatballs (Meatballs), croquettes (Croquettes), waffles (Waffles) and many more delicious and interesting local dishes. Finding and trying them will surely be a real pleasure for you. The main Belgian food festivals Street food in all its diversity is presented at traditional Belgian fairs and food festivals. In Brussels, one of them takes place every year in May and is called the Brussels Food Truck Festival. It covers Mont des Arts Square and the surrounding streets, turning the city into a real realm of street food. The festival hosts over 120 food delivery vans.