I am helping a group of high school kids with their mock court class. Many of these kids come from low income families and are unexposed to ethnic foods (other than from their own background). The reason I believe this is that I had the students interview each other today and had asked them about what else?- Food. I asked about their favorite foods, what they wanted to try, and what the most unusual thing they had tried was. Pizza was a popular answer for favorite food as was nothing in the unusual part.
So I think that it'd be a fun and different experience for them if I brought them for one class something "exotic" or "weird" to try. I have the kids for first period, so breakfast food or things that are light seem most appropriate. I was thinking about chinese steamed buns, but I don't know how practical this is considering they are best warm. I'll be coming on a bus and the temperatures outside are very cold. I don't want to bother microwaving. I'd prefer something low maintenance and that i can just hand out.
For those of you bothered by digression from helping with the mock court class, this is gonna be a one time thing. Anyhow, I think one of the things I'm supposed to bring to the class is a different perspective as well as my law school knowledge.
In short, any suggestions on "different" foods to bring that the kids won't be too intimidated or afraid to try would be appreciated. The dish/food item doesn't necessarily have to have to include exotic ingredients, just come from an ethnic place. The kids are predominantly African-American and Puerto Rican.
Thanks in advance for your help.