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|Ingredients||Flatbread, meat, sauce|
|Featured In||The Stormlight Archive, Mistborn Era 2|
Chouta is a street food that is originally from Herdaz on Roshar but has also gained popularity off-world, at least on Scadrial. It consists of fried flatbread wrapped tightly around fried meat and sauce, and can be carried in one hand and eaten while doing other things.
The flatbread used in chouta is very thick. The meat often used in the warcamps is flangria, which is mixed with ground lavis, formed into small balls, battered and fried. The meatballs are then stuffed into the fried bread and covered with a generous amount of dark gravy. The chouta stands in Dalinar's warcamp also sell a variety that is stuffed with fried cremling claws instead of meatballs, and there may be other variations. Chouta is flavorful, but not spicy.
Lopen introduced Bridge Four to chouta in the warcamps. Kaladin initially thought it looked disgusting, but Sigzil and Rock tried it and enjoyed it. Kaladin eventually broke down and bought some chouta from a street vendor; he was annoyed to discover that he actually liked it. The love of chouta spread throughout Bridge Four, and Teft, Skar, Leyten, and Drehy were all later seen eating it.
By 348 PC, chouta was readily available in northern Scadrial; Wayne got some very greasy chouta at a food stand in Bilming while he, Wax, and Marasi were investigating Maraga. Wax thought it looked disgusting, but Wayne argued that that was how street food should look.
- Brandon Sanderson has noted that chouta are not inspired by burritos and are closer to "deep-fried meatballs in a sopaipilla". Brandon is fascinated by the rapid development of portable street food during the industrial revolution, and devised chouta to reflect this concept.
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