Everyone knows the two best places to explore the culinary landscape of a destination - in someone’s home or on the streets. No matter what your taste or budget, there are always dishes to meet your culinary cravings. The rise of street food vans in the West is a testament to changing eating habits as people embrace local culinary specialities.
If you’re a street food fanatic, Yettio Travel Magazine have got you covered. Their top 5 city recommendations are sure to get your tastebuds tingling...
Penang Island is separated from Malaysia by the Strait of Malacca. The capital, George Town, is filled with a mix of Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine. The Penangians know how to eat. Hidden down every street are endless hawkers selling curry mee, dim sum, chicken satay, biriyanis, rice porridge and plenty of seafood. Be sure to bring an empty stomach. You’re going to need it.
A true paradise for street food lovers. Bangkok’s vendors spill out along the streets and provides an almost limitless selection of culinary delights. The flavours in Thailand are strong – dishes are always some combination of sour, sweet, salty and spicy. Look out for stalls piled high with crispy fried chicken, barbequed pork sticks and spicy papaya salad stands. Grab yourself a tiny colourful plastic stool, a cold Singha beer and tuck in. Be sure to visit Bangkok’s Chinatown, one of the city’s top street food spots.
Arguably the street food capital of the world. Several decades ago, Singapore decided to clean up its streets by moving the street food vendors into custom made hawker centres. The cheap eats found in these food courts are legendary. This tiny city state is built on immigration creating a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours. Think fish head curry, curry laksa, Hainanese chicken and chai tao kway noodles. In 2016, two street hawkers won coveted Michelin stars - the highest accolade in the food industry. This alone is a clear indication that street food is finally getting the recognition it deserves.
Vietnam is known for its street food, and Hanoi is arguably the best city to try it. Steamy bowls of pho are ubiquitous, as are the piles of freshly baked baguettes used in bánh mì. Meats grilled on the street barbeques are always good. Other dishes to look out for are bún chả (grilled pork and vermicelli), bánh cuốn (steamed pork wraps) and bún riêu (crab noodle soup). A thriving café culture means smoky coffee houses are common. During the evening, grab a plastic stool at beer corner and try some of the world’s cheapest beer. Một hai ba, yo!
There are two things always served with Moroccan food – bread and mint tea. The heart of Marrakech’s food scene is the central Jemaa el Fna square. As night falls, the square comes alive with story tellers, snake charmers, magicians, and a host of street vendors. Sheep heads are more delicious than they sound and cooked over coals in underground ovens for hours. For vegetarians, there are plenty of hearty soups and stews made from pulses. You can’t leave without trying m’smen, a pocket of flaky pastry with sweet or savoury fillings. Thirsty? Grab a freshly squeezed orange juice, some of the best in the world.
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