Favorite Street Food Worldwide
I love street food. Hot dog cart, taco trucks, fry shacks; you name it, I love it. What are your favorites and where?
Some of mine: Taco trucks in Austin, in search of the holy pastor; fry shacks here in Maine for the perfect full-bellied fried clam; hot dog wagons in the east; hot dogs in Norway w/ a heaping mound of shrimp salad, shrimp stands for a cone full of sweet North Atlantic shrimp; sausage wagons in Helsinki for a liha piraka w/ 2 nakki ( a meat filled deep fried dough cut open on the end and stuffed w/ 2 hot dogs); road side pork sandwiches, anticuchos (bbq chicken hearts), grilled iguana and chicha in Bolivia; fish and chips in the old newspaper cone in the UK; blatidos, cerviche and chicharone in Costa Rica; and gyros anywhere. And more I can't remember. I can't wait for Korea this summer!
Ditto the chicken rice in either Singapore or Malaysia. If I'm on a desert island and could choose only one dish, that might be it. Also char kway teow and roti canai. and Singaporean oyster omelets. Oh, and murtabak, both savory and sweet.
In Indonesia, satay (I like Indonesian satay much better than other countries'), gado gado, nasi goreng, bakmi goreng, eis kachang. '
Mexico: tamales, mushroom empanadas, chilaquiles, passionfruit nieves, agua frescas, horchata.
Austria/Germany: heise wurst, naturlich!
A 40= year tradition of mine has ti have a hot dog w/ kraut and a brewski on the Staten Island Ferry. I used to treat dates to this in high school. Last summer my son and I had this treat on the way in to Manhatten for breakfast, a noodle shop and more beer for lunch and an expensive nap at Phantom of the Opera w/ my eldest son and his wife afterward.
Holly(eats) is my hero!
ok, here goes:
1. Okinomi dog from Japadog in Vancouver B.C.
2. Super authentic tacos from a taco truck in Raleigh North Carolina. We were playing ultimate out in this park, when the Mexican soccer players suddenly stopped their game in the next field over and flocked in front of a taco truck. A bunch of us stopped playing, looked at each other and ran over to join them. Good call.
3. The original Blooming Onion truck in Ottawa, Ontario. That was a fine Blooming Onion.
4. Pa Jon (sea food and green onion pancake) in some small park in Korea, next to lava formations on a beach.
5. Freshly harvested abalone and various shell fish served raw with garlic and chili pepper sauce on a beach on Je Ju Do. This was offered by some of the famous women divers of this island, who had just harvested these shellfish that morning.
6. Pork neck bone soup from one of many vendors in Nam Dae Mun market, Seoul Korea.
7. Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain. Where do I start? Espresso, torta espagnole, fresh local mushrooms sauteed in butter and garlic, fresh cigale, also in butter garlic and parsley, various pastries, sandwiches of jamon iberico, candied fruit.
8. A small street market in Paris: the most delicious pickled cherry pepper stuffed with cheese.
9. Carrboro Market, North Carolina: Sweet potato pie from Miss Louise, heirloom tomatoes, fresh goat cheese spreads, divine peaches.
10. Jean-Talon Market, Montreal: spit-roasted lamb sandwiches with a spicy moroccan sauce, bison ribs and thin cut fried potato slices (not quite a chip, not quite a fry), fried fish and scallops with tartare sauce, freshly fried bhaji with tamarind sauce, crepes sweet and savoury (my favorite: classic ham, cheese and bechamel sauce), maple syrup candies, apple cider, polish donuts (pazcki) filled with apricot jam, and blood orange ice cream from Havres aux Glaces.
11. Roasted chestnuts in NYC in December. Various Middle Eastern lamb dishes from countless trucks in NYC.
12. Beaver tails while skating on Rideau Canal in Ottawa (my original exposure to this treat)
13. Giovanni's shrimp truck on Oahu - still dreaming about those shrimp!
14. Poutine from Patates Rollant in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.
15. Anticuchos and some deep fried dough dessert at a Peruvian festival in Montreal.
Somehow when I saw the lamb sandwiches at the Jean Talon market, I knew it was you, moh, even before scrolling down the page! I love the merguez sandwiches and fried eperlans from there. And you're lucky to have had fresh, raw abalone from Korea!
This is a great list thread that invokes fond memories, as well as gives inspiration on what to look forward to in future trips!
Among ones I can recall:
- beignets and poboy sandwiches in New Orleans
- takoyaki in Osaka, where they make them fresh and you have to endure a long lineup for them
- Beard Papa cream puffs in Japan, another excuse to line up!
- freshly grilled mochi on a stick in the middle of winter, somewhere in Japan I cannot recall
- ice-cream mochi from the vending machines in Japan
- hotdogs loaded with all-you-can-stuff condiments, including pickled corn and fried onions, at particular stands in Toronto.
- hotdogs in Paris -- in a baguette and very filling! Also, the giant crepes stuffed with spicy beef and egg, in the Marais in Paris
- chestnuts roasted in the fire built from giant cans and shopping carts etc., when they are in season in France
- hot, stinky deep-fried beancurd, with the proper three sauces, in Hong Kong. In fact, many other street foods in that city, too many to mention -- egg-shaped waffles, mini greasy, chewy siu mai on a stick, and flour crepes filled with a big crunchy, honey-comb-shaped chunk of pulled sugar, to name a few
- perfectly hot, crispy and gooey poutine from the truck in Ottawa, off some tourist area. Strangely I couldn't find anything as good in Montreal!
Making myself salivate now. I suppose I will not include the ones not really intended for consumption on the street, because there would be many more.
It has been good to see your posts on the board recently Tarteaucitron! I assume all is going well for you!
I do really love the corn relish the Toronto hot dog vendors provide, those dogs should be on my list as well.
I wish I had seen mochi of all sorts as street food. I love mochi, but have only had its various incarnations as restaurant food. Same for beignets and poboys...
Crepes from the Paris vendors
Pan Bagnat sandwiches from any small sandwich vendor in France
Churros from the old guy in the square in Bucerias, Mexico
Boiled corn painted with mayo and cheese from the corn lady in the same town
German pretzels with a slab of unsalted butter in Germany
Grattons de Lyon in Lyon, France
Old Country Sausage Hotdogs from the vendors in Winnipeg
street tacos in Bucerias
definitely Crepes in Paris - marron (chestnut and cream) is my fave
falafel in Israel
chips in Belgium or Holland with mayo
English chips with vinegar
a sandwich from Pret a Manger or Marks and Spencers in the UK
hot dog in NYC
Doughnuts on a pier in the UK
Funnel cakes and chili fries at a county fair
Arbroath Smokies in Arbroath Scotland - smoked in people's garages and sheds
"I need to travel with Sam because he always seems to have best lists."
amen that that! not to mention he can speak a lot of languages!
i have to confess that i've actually thought about roasting central park rats on a kebab stick after reading sam's reports of grilled rice field rats in burma. his descriptions make me drool.
Kenya - grilled corn and cassava with lemon, chilli and salt
India - pani puri served on those minute silver dishes and hot pau bhaji, smashed up on a huge tawa in front of your eyes
Singapore - ehole deep fried king prawns with their own unique chilli paste
Belgium - deep fried donuts covered in sugar crystals
Thailand - pad thai of a cart on Khao san road, with any added condiment you can name
South Africa - bratwirst with roasted twisted bread to wrap it in
Turkey - fresh steamed mussels with lemon
Rio - ice cold fresh cocunuts and street side capiringha's
Falafel, döner, or shawarma pita in Berlin. Currywurst is a distant second.
Any grilled skewer or soup from a soup vendor in Bangkok.
Vlaamse frites w/oorlog sauce in Amsterdam.
Bocadillos in Valencia, Spain.
Baguette w/good fromage in France.
Pizza slices in Italy.
Souvlaki on small wooden skewers in Greece.
One of those breakfast sammiches from the lunch carts in Philly.
I love sausages.
Kasekrainer in Vienna. Interestingly, there was a kasekrainer stand in the middle of Singapore's Chinatown. Kasekrainer and a chilled young coconut is a great combo!
Taiwanese sausages. Either the simple ones you eat with a few pieces of raw garlic or the ones they score and then cover in minced raw garlic.
Peking: muslim lamb skewers
Chengdu: skewers anything really
Lhasa and other Tibetan enclaves in China: chips/fries, spiced (savoury) flat breads over coals
Vietnam: just about anything really. i love it!
Germany: nothing is above the glorious bratwurst [however, in Munich... leberkaes on keizer roll]
Portugal: porkchop in a roll/bun from the trailer at the beach.
Belgian coast: whelk soup in a styrofoam cup. [and of course real chips which were actually invented by the Belgs]
HK: skewered beef or fishballs
can no longer remember Malaysia and Singapore street food but then i don't think there's any real street food in SIN.
can't wait until december!
you're a well traveled chowhound, passa! didn't know street food was big in norway. thought it'd be too cold for street vendors to stay outside, for much of the year.
a few of mine:
-- xiamen spring rolls (non fried rice crepes filled with julienned cucumber, herbs, pork, sometimes oysters) in xiamen, china
-- jiang bing (millet flour crepes with a lightly scrambled egg, cilantro, chives, brown sauce, rolled around a crispy cracker) in shanghai
-- takoyaki in osaka
-- curry wurst in berlin
-- hainanese chicken rice in singapore
-- halal chicken rice in nyc
-- bhel poori from a chaatwallah in delhi
-- aloo tikki, fresh fried, at a stand set off from a deserted stretch of beach in goa
-- farinata in rome (it's actually a northern italian specialty, but the first time I tried it was in rome)
... and finally, two food items that are common around the world: french fries and grilled corn. i've had them everywhere from baja california to chennai and they were almost always wonderful.
BBQ chicken on a stick & sticky rice in Laos
Sausage or dried beef & sticky rice, Laos
Breakfast tamales in Mexico & Guatemala
Tacos at night in Mexico
Chicken piri piri on a stick in Mozambique
Banh mi in southern Vietnam
Saise in Tarija, Bolivia
Balut and BBQ chicken feet, Philippines
Deep fried sparrow & grilled rice field rat, Burma
Mutton on a stick & flatbread, outside of Lahore
Hot dogs, Ottawa