I guess everyone would agree, if I tell you that food and travel is one of life’s great experiences intersection. Though there are some who finds fine dining and restaurant cuisines more delightful than other foods, there is nothing that can beat the ambiance, aroma and exploding flavors of street foods. As food generally serves as a natural gateway to more profound understanding of culture, history, people and place; street foods draw us naturally to explore, allowing us to make greater personal discoveries not only about the flavor of local foods, but also the essence of culture that they represent. It is as though that street food culinary not only fills the bowl, but also feeds the soul. In this list, we give you the five street foods around the world.
Jiaozi Dumplings, China
Though it is impossible to choose just one street across China, everyone might agree if we’re going to choose the crowd’s favorite: Chinese Dumplings. There are many kinds of dumplings all over the world, but then it’s China we’re talking about–and this time we’re going to tell you about their favorite kind of dumpling: the Jiaozi. Jiaozi is a kind of Chinese dumpling commonly eaten in East Asia. They are one of the major foods eaten during chinese new year and year-round in the northern provinces. Jiaozi are popular not only in China, but also in other parts of Asia and Western countries.
Takoyaki is a famous Japanese snack, made out of wheat-flour-batter and cooked in a special molding pan. It’s typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura, pickled ginger and green onion. It is brushed with special sauce, similar to Worcestershire sauce and mayonnaise, and then sprinkled with aonori and shavings of dried hanakatsuo. It was first popularized in Osaka, and is commonly served with toothpicks.
Bunny Chow, South Africa
Often referred to as a Bunny. Bunny Chow is a South African fast food dish, consisting of a hollowed loaf of bread filled with curry. It originated in Durban, Indian community. Rumors have it that it was designed this way to make it easy for plantation workers to take their lunch on the fields. Bunny Chow serves as a culinary evidence of South Asian influence in South Africa, more specifically in the city of Durban.
Satay, Bali, Indonesia
The best Satay sticks in Bali are marinated in turmeric, barbecued over coals and coated with a generous dose of peanut sauce. Satay is a dish of seasoned, skewered and grilled meat and served with a sauce. Satay may consist of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef, pork, fish—other meats, and even tofu. The combination of spices added with the sweetness of their season peanut sauce really makes this Indonesian dish a recognizable name.
Banh Mi, Vietnam
One of the best Banh Mi Sandwiches can be found in the streets of Vietnam. The Vietnamese Sandwich, sometimes called Banh Mi Sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French, with native Vietnamese ingredients such as cilantro, cucumber, and pickled carrots and daikon.
With the colorful history, culture and lifestyle being explained to you with every bite and chomp of these delicious dish, traveling should be very memorable. So why not try these famous streets foods and discover their secrets, buried deep beneath their tasty textures and aroma.