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12 Exotic Foods From World Cup Countries

Around the world in 12 foods.

ByABC News
June 13, 2014, 2:00 AM

— -- intro: Thirty-two countries are coming together in Brazil for the World Cup this month -- and they all have different customs. But the one universal language that everyone speaks isn't soccer -- it's food.

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In order to get to know the cultures of some of the other teams competing at the World Cup, we’ve compiled a list of the most exotic foods from 12 of the competing countries.

quicklist:1title: Mergueztext: The name of this Algerian specialty is more intimidating than the dish itself. Merguez is sausage, usually lamb-based in a lamb intestine casing, that’s spiced with cumin, chili pepper and harissa, which gives it its characteristic red 24056525

quicklist:2title: Burektext: Filled phyllo dough packets make up this traditional dish from Bosnia and Herzegovina that’s eaten at every meal of the day. They’re often filled with cheese, minced meat, potatoes or vegetables and garnished with sesame 23993852

quicklist:3title: Brochettetext: Lots of countries have different names for a skewer, and in Cameroon, that name is “brochette.” Known locally as “soya,” Cameroonian skewers usually feature chicken, beef or goat 23993803

quicklist:4title: Allocotext: Côte d’Ivoire is known for its popular street snack of fried plantains spiced with onions and 24056683

quicklist:5title: Frituletext: This popular Croatian pastry is basically a little doughnut, especially common around Christmas, and usually flavored with brandy and citrus 23996858

quicklist:6title: Hornadotext: Ecuadorians love to roast a whole 23995207

quicklist:7title: Fufutext: Considered a staple in Ghana, fufu is a bread made with cassava flour. The cassava is boiled and then pounded into a dough-like consistency, and locals eat it by taking a small ball of it and dipping it into an accompanying soup or sauce for 23995264

quicklist:8title: Bibimbaptext: This signature Korean dish translates to “mixed rice,” and is a bowl of rice topped with various garnishes like egg, meat, bean sprouts, carrots, spinach, kimchi and other pickled vegetables. The bowl is flavored with sesame seeds, soy sauce and gochujang, or a chili pepper 23995321

quicklist:9title: Stroopwafeltext: Originating in The Netherlands, stroopwafel is made with two thin layers of baked, crunchy waffles and filled with caramel. Dutch locals eat this popular snack by resting it on the top of their coffee cups and letting the steam soften the waffle and melt the caramel 23994890

quicklist:10title: Pastel de natatext: Sweetened egg custard is baked inside buttery puff pastry dough in this popular Portuguese baked 23994991

quicklist:11title: Choripántext: Uruguayans love this fermented sausage sandwich made with chorizo in a crusty bread similar to baguette and sometimes topped with chimichurri, or an herb-based green 23996953

quicklist:12title: Arepastext: Like Colombia’s version of a biscuit, arepas are a flatbread made from cornmeal and served with various accompaniments like cheese, avocado and jam, or they’re even split in half like an English muffin to make sandwiches out of meat, fish, cheese or 23994113

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