In anticipation of the World Pasty Championships at Eden on Saturday 3 March 2012, we’ve put together a Google Map (see below) of similar handheld, filled snacks from around the world. While some are directly related to the Cornish pasty, others are merely similar in their size, shape and portability. Click on the pasty icons to read descriptions and see photos.
It’s hard to trace the links between some of these snacks, although the Cornish pasty tradition did travel far and wide in the 19th century when Cornishmen crossed the world spreading their mining expertise. What is common to all of these snacks is that they’re cheap, easy to carry and eat, and versatile: these pastries and dumplings can be stuffed with practically any filling!
It’s worth noting that not all the snacks detailed on map are exclusive to the countries shown – versions of the snacks are often found in surrounding areas.
Many thanks to Keith Ryan, whose Cornish Pasties website provided inspiration for this map.
View Cornish pasties and their relations in a larger map