What’s the best food that you have ever tasted in your life? Do you remember the colours, the perfumes that accompanied it? We have ridden the roads of the world looking for the best street foods and, maybe, we have found some of the scents that you’ll remember forever.
Welcome back, travellers. We know that you already want to depart again, but to rest a little is always a good thing. Meanwhile, however, it doesn’t hurt to keep on dreaming.
Today we will bring you in the cities with the best street foods in the world. This way, from your house you can begin to plan your next adventure. Because, to enjoy a trip you surely need to choose the best museums and landscapes, but also your food must be top notch!
Therefore, here we are the 10 gastronomic stops&tops in the world that you must not miss.
We start from the exotic East and we go to sneak into Bangkok streets, in Thailand.
Around the ancient centre of the city, more precisely in Chaos Road, you will find the pad thai, Thai typical street food and the most beloved by Western people. Spicy and savoury, the pad thai is an ensemble of sweet and sour tastes. It is made by rice noodles, vegetables and spices.
If you love pad thai and eastern food specialities, then you also must go to Penang, in Malesia. Here, don’t sleep on the assam laksa, an hot soup make with stewed mackerel and flavored with tamarind, citronella and prawns. You will find it on the colored stands of George Town.
Let’s move now down to the South, toward the Republic of Singapore. Here you will be welcomed by perfumes and magic forms.
Blurred by the blinding and warm Equatorial light, you will find innumerable kiosks where to stop and take a rest on Smith Street. Here, at teatime, you could taste the kaya toast, prepared with kaya (coconut jam), sugar, coconut milk, eggs, pandan (a tropical plant typical of this isle) and, sometimes, butter. A dessert delight.
During our trip in search of the best street foods, we could not miss the magic region of the extreme East of the world: India.
Mysterious and immense, its culinary specialities vary from region to region. But there is one that can be found in the roads of the whole country: pani puri. Also called golgappa or puchka, the pani puri consists in crispy, fried little balls of flour, filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onions and lentils, soaked in a tamarind cream and flavoured with coriander, mint and garam masala.
Lo and behold, one of the most beloved streets food in the world is hiding nothing less than in Sicily, in the heart of South Italy.
In fact, the Sicilian arancini seem to be among the more popular snack of all time.
Small balls of rice deep fried in oil and traditionally stuffed with peas, tomato sauce and meat, the arancini make your mouth water just by looking at them.
Otherwise, you can find the same culinary principle – ‘stuff, fry and taste’ – also on the other side of the ocean, in Brazil. Here, on the baiana tabuleiros of the Sunday Hippie market of Rio, you will find the acarajès. They are balls of beans pastry, fried and stuffed with onion, chilli pepper, shrimps, vatapà and/or salad. That’s some really light stuff!
In every Chinese city, the street food is really beloved. Particularly, on the omnipresent stands, baozi are always a must. Steamed sandwiches stuffed with meat or minced vegetables, the baozi can be also sweet or filled with sweet bean dip or seeds of lotus.
Still further to the East, there is another of the most delicious street foods in the world: the takoyaki. Small fried meatballs of octopus passed in the batter and cooked in special cast iron pans, the takoyaki is typical of Osaka and of the Japanese region of Kansai. You will find them anywhere during the matsuris.
Straddling East and West, between Europe and Asia, let’s just stop and look at the Turkish millennial megalopolis par excellence: Istanbul.
This city, crossroad of languages and ethnicities, guards one of the most beloved and well-known street foods in the world: the doner kebab.
By now, you may probably have already tasted it. And yet, allow us to tell to you that eating a doner kebab in Istanbul, going down towards the Bosporus and crossing the street that connects the Grand Bazaar with the Spice Market, is a whole other experience. And a whole other taste.
For meat lovers, here’s a typical European street food: the ćevapčići. Typical of Croatia, ćevapčići are small grilled sausages made with pork minced meat, seasoned with a lot of garlic. Served with pita bread, they are traditionally combined with onions, red peppers and eggplants or yoghurt.
So, are we are to the last, but not least, street food of this parade: tacos. Naturally, you must taste them in Mexico City.
These crispy corn pie, stuffed with every type of ingredients, are actually just an attraction for tourists. They are not a typical Mexican dish. Shortly, they are really just a part of the Tex-Mex extravaganza.
However, this doesn’t remove the fact that their taste made tacos ones of the most beloved street foods of our days, all over the world.
Finally, remaining in Mexico, you may try a dessert street food that is simple and tasty: the elote, or sweet corn. The classical recipe consists roasting the corn and then enriching it according to the eater’s taste.