Street food has a long and rich history with ancient vendors serving up freshly caught delicacies to feed an entire cities. With the fast-food monopolisation of the twentieth century, street food is now a rarity and is only really found in countries that cling on to time-old traditions. For hungry travellers, street food allows them to experience a sense of culture and authentic dining, even if said authentic thing is an oversized bug. If you want your next overseas adventure to include a taste of street cuisine, add one of these countries to your must visit list.
In the hub of Mexico City lies a sea of vibrant street vendors sizzling and selling some of the most flavoursome delights known to the region. From push carts to trailers, and stands to small taquerias, this is the ultimate place to capture a true culinary picture of Mexico City and its colourful culture. While Tacos, huaraches, tortas, hot dogs and quesadillas are the most commonly gastronomy sold in this centre, don’t be afraid to feast into an uncommon delight, after all, there’s plenty of it.
When heading to Malaysia on a foodies adventure, one cannot go past the hawker foods of Penang. Reflecting the multicultural make-up of this flourishing town, you’ll likely indulge in cuisines ranging from Malaysian, Indian and Chinese. While there are food carts lining the street throughout the day, it’s the night time vendors that really bring it to life. Most streets are lined with vendors and designated malls full of enticing dishes that effortlessly blend together the tastes and spices of the region. Tip: Sip on the specialty Penang coffee and tuck into an Assam Laksa.
When you imagine feasting on Moroccan street food, a few dishes usually come to mind filed under the tagine, cous cous and mint tea category. These dishes are popular for a good reason; they send your tastebuds into a gastronomical spin, they are easy to prepare and they also available everywhere. That’s not to say you should taste some of these tried and tested foods, but with Harira soup, M’semmen, Pastilla and everyones favourite – snails.
Despite the wonderful variety of restaurants in the Thailand capital Bangkok, you will never really have to venture inside of one when you have such a huge selection of street vendors to eat from. Based on the Thai habit of eating smaller meals throughout the day, you won’t like too much of a slob when you pick up treats from several different vendors. Tip: Don’t go past the grilled pork skewers or Guay teow rhua (otherwise known as boat noodles).
Hanoi in Vietnam boasts itself as the birthplace of all of your favourite Vietnamese cuisines, including pho and bun cha. With a plethora of options for those who love to indulge in local and authentic delights, the Hanoi stalls are essentially a street eater’s paradise. Make sure you feast on at least one dish made from chillis or lemongrass, trust me, you won’t regret it.
There you have it! A foodie’s guide to the most amazing street food. Now all you need is your backpack, a good exchange rate from places like http://www.travelmoneyoz.com/ and someone to share the delightful feasts – or not. Let’s face it, street food is often too good to share. Happy travelling’s!