Food is a huge part of any trip. In fact, some people travel just for food. It makes an impression on any traveler, and they may even go back to a certain place just for the street food it has to offer. If you’re still thinking about where to fly to spend the upcoming holidays with your family, get acquainted with some of the popular street food around the world to help you decide.
There are countless reasons we love food so much. For one, food is a go-to for expressing your feelings. You crave a certain dish when you’re happy and want to celebrate, as well as when you’re down and need some comfort. Food is also related to a lot of positive things – it is rewarding, it completes family holidays, and it brings people together.
Here’s a list of must-try street food around the world:
1. When you visit Vietnam: BánhMì
This street food’s name is actually the Vietnamese word for ‘bread’. In the country’s cuisine, it also refers to a type of baguette often split lengthwise, filled with different tasty ingredients and served as a sandwich. Residents eat plain banh mi as a staple food.
2. When you visit Istanbul: Dürüm
This Turkish wrap is filled with the usual döner kebab ingredients. When you go to Istanbul, you’ll see the wrap is made from lavash or yufka flatbreads. Shawarma lovers will definitely love this!
3. When you visit Rome: Supplì
Now, let’s go to Rome’s favorite street food. You can find this Roman food classic in the region of Lazio, but it is also present elsewhere in Italy (just cooked a bit differently). Its name came from the French word for surprise. Why? Because you’ll find the surprise at the center of this delicious rice ball.
4. When you visit Xi’an: Rou jiamo
Rou Jia Mo is the Chinese hamburger. Literally, it translates to “meat in a bun.” It may also be called a Chinese sloppy joe, with a meat filling of shredded pork belly with fresh herbs and spices between a homemade pan-baked bun.
5. When you visit Bangkok: Pork Satay
This Southeast Asian dish is a skewered, seasoned, and grilled meat that comes with a special sauce. Other than Indonesia, it is also popular in many countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand. Satay may come with different sauces, but usually, sellers use a combination of soy and peanut sauce.
6. When you visit Mexico City: Tacos al pastor
This street food originates from central Mexico, based on shawarma spit-grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants. Being derived from shawarma, it is almost similar to the Turkish döner kebab and the Greek gyros.
7. When you visit Paris: Crêpes
You may be familiar with this one, but of course, the authentic ones are in Paris. This very thin pancake commonly comes in two types: savorygalettes and sweet crêpes. You may order crêpes with different types of fillings — from the simplest with just sugar to the more elaborate galettes or flambéed crêpes.
8. When you visit Hong Kong: Egg Waffle
Popular in Hong Kong and Macau, this is a spherical egg-based waffle that comes from an eggy leavened batter. It is cooked between two plates of semi-spherical cells. Usually, egg waffles are served hot and eaten plain. You may have them served with fruits and flavors such as coconut, chocolate, or strawberry.
9. When you visit Berlin: Currywurst
Currywurst is a German fast food dish made of steamed, then fried, pork sausage usually cut into bite-sized chunks. It is seasoned with curry ketchup and topped with curry powder or ready-made ketchup seasoned with curry, and some other spices. Order this with French fries!
Every mealtime should feel like a reward and a chance to create memories with your loved ones. How many of the listed food have you tried so far? If not much, then you need to travel more!