Almost everywhere you go in the world, you’ll find street food. They’re easy to eat, affordable and more importantly extremely delicious. The street food culture came about when cities became crowded. Many people just didn’t have the time or money to sit down to a leisurely meal.
This convenient fast food from days of yore has transformed into some of the most innovative and interesting eats on offer. It also showcases a country’s approach to food and how they bring specific flavors together. These are some of the best cities in the world for street food:
1. Seoul, South Korea
Seoul offers a rich plethora of street food that come from a long culinary history. Here in the capital, you’ll find dishes like Tteokbokki, a cylindrical rice cake cooked in a spicy red bean sauce. Also, there’s Pajeon which are seafood pancakes.
Other dishes you can try here include the sweet pancake Hotteok, Tarnodo potatoes, fish -shaped red bean cakes and kimbap rice rolls. The place to head on to find all these delicious eats is Namdaemun and Gwanjang Market. Apart from that, there are many street side stalls run by friendly ajummas (aunties) that serve hot cooked food and alcohol that are open till late.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
Street food can be found everywhere in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. If you’re ever in this city, the best spots to head to include Yaowarat, Ratchawat Market, Bang Khun Non, Talat Phlu, Rangnam and Sukhumvit 38. Dine in makeshift stalls with the locals on fried, steamed, barbecued and grilled meals.
Some of the most stand-out things to try include grilled pork with glutinous rice, pad thai, khanom krok, salt grilled fish, mango sticky rice and boat noodles.
3. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The streets of Kuala Lumpur, or KL as the locals like to call it, are teeming with delicacies from the many races that make up this city. Chinese noodles, Malay grilled seafood and Indian roti are just some of the cuisine you can find here.
Apart from places like Petaling Street, the best places to check out what KL offers are the night markets or pasar malam. Here you can find skewers of meat called satay, barbecued chicken wings, keropok lekor, laksa, yong tau fu, apam balik and so much more.
Roadside stalls remain some of the best ways to dine in KL, and you’ll find that there are plenty of restaurants where you can find the best seafood dishes, which you can customize to your own tastes.
4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh city is more commonly known as Saigon, and any self- professed foodie would add this city to the list of places to visit. The street food in Saigon embodies all the key characteristics of Vietnamese food, with plenty of fresh ingredients, clear sour and spicy sauces and refreshing herbs.
You’ll want to head out to Van Kiep Street, Su Van Hanh Street, Co Giang Street and Phan Van Han Street among others. Be sure you eat Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich made with sliced baguette and filled with grilled meats, fresh herbs and pickled vegetables.
Additionally, there’s Pho, which is a noodle dish in a chicken or beef broth. You can also try Op La, which are eggs cooked in a personal pan. Ho Chi Minh city is a haven for noodle lovers, and you’ll find a different variety everywhere you turn.
6. Taipei, Taiwan
The Taiwanese love street food, and this is reflected in their vibrant street food culture. Taiwanese street foods are some of the most innovative and inventive in the world. This is one place where fusion street food is created and street food trends that start here often catch on in other Asian cities.
Some of the must- try street snacks here include oyster omelettes, oyster mee sua, braised mincemeat on rice, potato cheese. deep fried chicken cutlets and so much more.
One speciality you can’t miss is stinky tofu. This fermented tofu dish is usually deep fried and served with pickled cabbages or radish. It’s scent is really something else, and is a must try if you’re adventurous.
7. Amman, Jordan
The best places to find street food in Jordan is at the marketplaces, where you can also shop for many other things like spices and perfumes. Jordanian street food is a mixture of influences from the Mediterranean, Persia and North Africa.
In Jordan they love their flatbreads, so on the streets you’ll be able to find a local version of the pizza which is called Manakish. It’s served slathered in mashed up herbs called Zatar paired with Halloumi cheese and drizzled with a generous amount of olive oil.
Other things to try include Hummus, Falafel, Muttabal and stewed Foul Medames beans. For meat lovers, don’t miss the juicy meat koftas or kebabs usually consisting of chicken, lamb or mutton.
8. Mumbai, India
If you love your spices, and not necessarily the kind that burns your tongue, then Mumbai is your street food haven. Mumbai’s street food is a combination of traditional Indian recipes with some colonial English influences. These influences can be seen in several street cuisine that incorporate in bread and butter.
You absolutely have to eat Pav Bhaji, which is a vegetable Masala served with toasted buttered bread. Pani puri is another Mumbai favourite which are small puffy balls which are hollow in the centre. They’re then stuffed with a mixture of lentils, chickpeas and potatoes before being dunked into a sour, mint and jaggery sauce.
These cities are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to street food, and you’ll definitely find many delicious delicacies All you have to do is just be a little more adventurous and explore places beyond the hotel restaurant.
If your pockets aren’t too deep at the moment, you want to know how to travel on a budget to have fun while stretching your dollar. Street foods are often the most affordable meals while you’re travelling, which will definitely help your wallet.