Tempura (Japan): Tempura is a dish of vegetables fried in a light batter and served with soy sauce. Click through the gallery for more fried food favorites all over the planet:
Hushpuppies (US South): These savory cornmeal croquettes are often a side to seafood and fish.
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Churros (Spain, Portugal and Latin America): Delicious churros sticks are deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar. You can dip them into melted chocolate.
Beignets (Louisiana): Divine pillows of fried yeast dough dusted with powdered sugar, beignets are synonymous with New Orleans.
Mandazi (East Africa): These fluffy, triangular pillows go by many names along the Swahili coast of East Africa and are like mildly sweet doughnuts.
Jalebi (India): A batter is piped through a muslin cloth into the oil, then dipped in sugar syrup for a chewy-crunchy texture. Like many other foods that cross modern borders, it's popular in other parts of Asia, too.
Zucchini flowers (Italy): Fried in a batter, these zucchini flowers are stuffed with ricotta cheese and parsley.
Cronuts (United States): The baby of this list, cronuts -- a cross between a croissant and a doughnut -- were introduced in 2013 in a New York City bakery.