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Happy National Junk Food Day! 

July 21st is National Junk Food Day and for those who are like me, we know we shouldn’t eat junk food. But it’s just so good! To find balance, we eat it in moderation. We eat it as a guilty pleasure, or we just eat it without guilt. Delicious treats, after all, aren’t always junk food.

However you choose to eat it, we thought we’d share some yummy goodness from around the world that you will want to try!

Here are 10 international delectable goodies that are so tasty, you won’t want to miss out on them. 

Suya (Nigeria)

A suya seller preparing the meat.
Image Source: Ayodeji Ogunro

These popular charred, greasy and spicy meat skewers are one of Nigeria’s most popular street food snacks. You just can’t get enough of their savory, smoky flavor. 

Halo-halo (Philippines)

Halo-halo
Image Source: Dondy Razon

Shaved ice never tasted so good. The shaved ice is topped with a copious amount of sweet condensed milk, palm sugar, coconut and various fruits. It’s a perfect summer treat. 

Plátanos Fritos (Mexico)

Plátanos Fritos
Image Source: Dtarazona

Not many can resist these deep fried plantains, halved and drizzled with sweet condensed milk. Perfect as a dessert or a decadent late-night street food snack. 

Steak-Frites (France)

Who can say no to a juicy steak and greasy fries? Especially when those frites are fried twice. An entrecôte or rib-eye steak cooked in its own pan reduction sauce makes this a filling meal!

Currywurst (Germany)

Currywurst
Image Source: Orderinchaos

Fries make a return with this German sausage meal. The sausage is first steamed, then fried up. Add curry to ketchup or tomato paste and you have yourself a flavor-packed meal. Toss some chips on top of that and you have yourself a winning combo. 

Loukoumades (Greece)

Loukoumades
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Words like “rich”, “sugar-saturated” and “sweet” describe this Greek treat. A mixture of yeast, flour, sugar and salt are rolled into balls and then deep-fried. To complete the treat, top with a sweet syrup or honey. Found all over Greece, these treats are considered one of the oldest desserts in the country.

Sfenj (Israel)

Sfenj
Image Source: Maor X

A popular street food originating from northwest Africa, sfenj is Israel’s answer to donuts. When the unsweetened dough rises, it is then shaped into rings and deep-fried. A popular street food, sfenj are then dusted with sugar. After one bite, it’s easy to get addicted to these.

Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken (Korea)

Crunchy Korean Fried Chicken

Amongst Korean goodies, these double-fried, chicken drumsticks and wings are crispy and bathed in a sticky sweet and salty sauce sweet, a little tangy, with just the right amount of heat. One crunchy bite and this will become your next go-to treat. Move over chicken joints, Korean fried chicken is here to stay.

Okonomiyaki (Japan)

Okonomiyaki
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A crepe-like cake, Okonomiyaki is delicious. お好み焼き is simply translated to whatever you like grilled, so anything goes. Go ahead: top your Okonomiyaki with pork belly, egg, cheese or almost anything else you could imagine. Sure it’s a calorie bomb, but one that simply can’t be missed. 

Salchipapas (Peru)

Combine salchichas (sausages) y papas (potatoes) and you get Salchipapas. Picture a hearty plate of sliced fried sausages and French fries served with an assortment of dipping sauces like mayo, ketchup, mustard or aji (Peruvian chili sauce). Stay traditional or add a new take on this dish but either way, it’s a must try.

There you have it!

Enjoying junk food once in a while is not so bad, so live a little! Every country has its own food specialties. What are your favorites?

Haley Bosselman
Haley Bosselman is the editor-in-chief of Culturas. She grew up in Orange County and moved to Los Angeles after earning her bachelor's degree in journalism from Arizona State University. In May 2020, Haley completed the Master of Science in journalism program at the University of Southern California. She's written a lot about music, but is geared toward any culture-related storytelling.

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