Looking for an easy to eat, on the go, type of food? Not looking for the mess that comes with sandwiches or dine in meals? Try out some of these skewers around the world.


Eat it on a skewer, served with potatoes, or on pita bread, that’s your choice. Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast food made with small pieces of meat, often pork, and sometimes vegetables. If you’re skeptical about the popularity of this, just think that Homer, Aristophanes, and other great Greek writers mention this in their works.


Having roots in Arab countries, Satay was brought to Indonesia via the spice trade and was subsequently adapted. Common to eating satay is to have it served with peanut sauce and slices of cucumber. The thin slices of meat are cooked with varying spices and then skewered traditionally on dried stems of coconut leaves.


Yakitori or grilled chicken is a common skewered dish in Japan. There are two ways to enjoy this mouthwatering dish either tare or shio. Tare, a sweet and salty shoyu-based sauce, as opposed to shio which is plain salt. It’s up to you. Many shops in Japan actually specialize in yakitori and if you want the best experience, eat them with a drink in hand.


A common food in Turkey, but originating from Lebanon, this dish literally means skewered chicken. However, the word taouk can actually mean peacock. Shish Taouk is composed of slices of chicken, often marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, or tomato puree, and is often eaten with garlic paste and served with rice.


If you live in the Philippines, there’s no doubt you’ve seen the stalls that line the streets selling isaw and fishballs. Isaw is a popular street food and is made with chicken intestines wrapped around a barbecue stick. Often served in a plastic cup filled with vinegar, it hits the spot when you’re on your daily commute, just make sure the intestines have been cleaned.

Turkey/Middle East

The kebab is perhaps the most widely known skewered dish, having variations all over the world. The kebab was said to have originated from Turkey when the Turkic tribes would cook their food using their swords to grill the meat. The kebab is traditionally made with lamb, but other types of meat can be used if there are dietary restrictions.


In a country where almost anything is tried, eating insects must not be a big deal. Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects, dates back in the Shanxi province around 2000-2500 BC when cocoons were identified to have been eaten. Now there are countless of night markets and stalls selling insects like scorpions, silkworms, centipedes, and beetles. Talk about creepy crawlies.


Another skewered dish made of innards, Anticuchos originates from Peru and is commonly made of beef heart. In the 16th century when the Spaniards arrived on the shores of Peru, they substituted innards, which they thought to be food for slaves, to other meats like beef. The beef hearts or other innards are traditionally mixed with spices like cumin, garlic, or annatto seeds.


Said to have been brought to Spain by Arabs who came from Africa, Pinchitos (pincho is skewer in Spanish) is traditionally cooked over charcoal braziers. The meat, lamb, pork, or chicken, is marinated and left alone for about 12 hours after which it is grilled. The dish is often served with bread, lemon wedges, and wine.


It is said that in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, he has a dish called “Robber Steak” which could possibly be a type of Frigarui. Food fit for a vampire, this final skewered dish originates from Romania and is made with slices of meat alternating with vegetables like onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

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