For this week’s I·ATE Food Term, we have decided to opt for another popular street food: the waffle. Very popular in Belgium, it’s made from leavened batter or dough, and is cooked between two plates, commonly called a waffle iron. You can eat it hot or cold, and can find many different varieties around the world! So let’s take a look at some of the most notable types that are popular worldwide.
Brussels waffles are made with eggs, milk, fresh yeast, self-rising flour, butter, salt and sugar. They are easy to differentiate from Liège waffles due to their rectangular sides. In Belgium, they are served warm and dusted with sugar, but they might be topped with fruit, chocolate or whipped cream. If you want to give it a try, take a look here.
Richer, denser, sweeter and chewier, Liège waffles are made with instant yeast, warm water, flour, packed light brown sugar, vanilla extract, honey, vanilla and, last but not least, pearl sugar; this is added to the dough just before baking and it caramelizes on the outside when it’s baked. Street vendors also sell cinnamon varieties. You can check out the recipe here.
Did you know that waffles are a very popular street snack in Hong Kong? They’re sold in the street and served warm. They are similar to the traditional waffle, but cooked in a larger waffle mould, round in shape and divided into four quarters. Topped with butter, peanut butter and white sugar, they are then folded into a semi-circle ready to be enjoyed.
Originating in Vietnam, these waffles are made from a batter with creamy coconut milk and pandan flavouring; giving them a green colour. Once cooked, they are crispy on the outside and stay green and chewy on the inside. You can have a look at them here.
This Italian variety can be found in the Piedmont region. They are light and crispy, they contain no eggs or milk and can come in both sweet and savoury varieties. Enjoy it here.
Originally from the Netherlands, these waffles are made from two thin layers of baked dough filled with syrup, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in the middle.
We hope you enjoyed this article. Make you sure to catch our next delicious food feature next Saturday.
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- Youtube, ‘Italian Street Food. Preparing the Gofri Waffle from Turin, Piemonte’, available here [accessed on 25/01/2018].
Anaïs Gilkin – Terminology Trainee at TermCoord, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting, an MA in Translation and Terminology Studies and a Master of Science in Education from the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. Very interested in international politics, she focused her MA dissertation on Sharia and its impact on Muslim women. She knows French, English, Spanish and a bit of German and Dutch.