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10 Best Places for Outrageous Food on a Stick

I’m not sure why, but putting a piece of food on a stick always puts a smile on travelers’ faces. Maybe it’s because we associate skewered snacks with childhood pleasures like lollipops and popsicles; maybe it’s because sticks make for easy cleanup when we’re on the go.

Either way, certain destinations are held in high esteem for their unforgettable (for better or for worse) meals on sticks. Here are 10 picked especially for brave travelers—stick it to your friends when you complete one of these challenges.



Beijing’s Wangfujing Night Market is the world’s premier purveyor of creepy-crawlies on sticks, including the scorpions and sea horses seen here. Luckily, the market also sells sweets on sticks; chase these insects with some skewered, sugared berries.


french fries

In the designated hawker centers of Singapore, the stick food is fast and fried. Who knew eating french fries with no hands was so easy?



Bringing new meaning to the term “fish sticks,” Japan thrills sushi-loving visitors with fish kebabs.



Shanghai’s Bund elevates street food with offerings like these bundles of squid on sticks.

Minnesota State Fair

mac and cheese

Famous for dishes on sticks that include spaghetti and meatball dinners, macaroni and cheese, and pickles, the Minnesota State Fair has food so fine it even inspired a video.

Los Angeles

hot dogs

LA’s bacon-wrapped hot-dog craze calls for double sticks for double meats.



The original home of the kebab, Turkey still serves up delicious (if somewhat outrageous-looking) dishes on sticks, like these fried clams.

Iowa State Fair


The pineapple on a stick (fried in funnel cake batter) advertised is tame compared to many of the 50+ other items on sticks in the Iowa State Fair’s repertoire. Hot bologna on a stick? Really?

Oklahoma State Fair

mashed potatoes

Oklahoma one-ups Iowa, and the french fries of Singapore, with its gravity-defying mashed potatoes on a stick.

Utah State Fair

pork chops

At Utah’s state fair, you can wash down (sort of) your pork chop on a stick with fried Coke.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of IgoUgo member EsslingerBrian


My name: Michelle Doucette

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Favorite way to get around: Some of my favorite trips involved renting cars in foreign countries and driving through the countryside, stopping on whims. You get a feel for the culture away from the big cities and meet interesting people on the road, including, I must admit, an embarrassingly high number of local policemen. I suppose it would be prudent to learn all of the traffic laws ahead of time.

Best meal I've had while traveling: Since a succession of gelato cones probably doesn't count as a meal, my favorite must have been a fresh crabmeat lunch prepared by a St. John sailboat captain while we took a break from snorkeling in the Caribbean. Sharing baklava as the sun came up over Paros, Greece, (while, once again, not technically a meal) was also memorable.

Travel ambitions: Since climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I've figured out that I'd like to keep trekking while traveling. I've got my eyes on epic hikes in Nepal, Bhutan, and Peru.


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These are definitely some interesting foods on a stick. Not sure I would be up to trying many of them.

Popcorn Makers

The squid is looking so awful.I’ve seen it for the first time.Does it taste same as Prawns.

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