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Nothing beats good street food late at night. Here are 5 of our favorite street foods from around the world!

Shot on location at Barcelona wine bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Everyone loves the taste and comfort of some good ol’ street food scooped onto a paper plate and eaten standing up, without a care about potential grease stains. Our goal here is to guide you to some fare you’ve never heard of before. So if you try something new to clog your arteries our job is done. Or, if you’re just here for the food porn, that’s cool too.

Indian street food culture is amazing, whether you're chomping fried Panipuri or crispy Pav Bhaji. But the Indian sandwich that’ll make you go “Mmmmm” is Vada Pav. It’s a soft roll smeared with chutney and stuffed with fried balls of spiced mashed potato dipped in chickpea flour batter and oiled green chili peppers. Even Paula Deen couldn’t add more butter and fried dough to this mix.

So you think you like Thai food? Try eating skewers of pork satay off the streets of Bangkok at two in the morning. These bad boys are marinated with a sweet and spicy paste of lemongrass, shallots, garlic, red chilies, fish sauce and a ginger-like spice called galangal (Guh-Lang-Gull). Then they’re cooked over charcoals while being brushed with coconut milk. We’re not done yet though, because you’ve still got to douse your pork in yummy peanut sauce.

Was that not enough pork for you? Good, because Berlin’s got you covered with Currywurst, a plate of chopped pork sausage drowned in thick, spicy tomato sauce and dusted with curry powder. Join the clean plate club by mopping up the juices with white bread and french fries. And do you know why this food was born to go with booze? The woman who invented it used to trade her liquor to British soldiers for the then-exotic curry powder.

More pork! What can I say? We dig on swine. This time it’s from Vietnam with their Bahn Mi sandwich. It starts off with a fresh-baked baguette, slathered in mayonnaise and pâté. Then you stuff it with pork meatballs, cucumbers, pickled daikon radish, carrots and cilantro. Top it off with chili sauce and let the rhythm move you.

Now Burek wasn’t invented by Bosnians, but they took this meat-stuffed pastry from Turkey and turned it into a thing of perfection. In Bosnia there are all kinds of “pita,” the term they use for all rolled and stuffed pastries. They stuff ‘em with spinach-and-feta, egg-and-cheese, potato-and-onion, and there’s even one filled with apples and cinnamon.

Hungry yet party people in the house? What’s your favorite street food? Falafel? Crepes? Well we’ve got even more for you in our original “10 Best Street Foods From Around the World” article on HowStuffWorks.com. And you don’t want to be starved for knowledge! So don’t forget to click Subscribe below!

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