Street food is one of the reflections of a society’s culture and history. Almost all the streets and corners of all places in the world are teeming with local and foreigner businessmen selling local or their homeland’s delicacies.
But it has reached new heights now because you can taste almost all these cuisines of the world even if you are just confined on your side of the planet. That’s the beauty of these gastronomic delights: they are easy to prepare but it speaks so much of the culture, flavor, and resources of different countries. These delicacies are also often prepared with a slight twist to cater to the local palate.
These street foods are also very flexible in that they can range from the most authentic cuisines prepared by locals of such country (who often find a good source of living by being hawkers in foreign lands) or it can also be modified to accommodate the preference of the residents.
In addition, nothing beats the price of these street foods as they are normally way cheaper than those you can find in restaurants. They are easy to eat too as they are conveniently packed, enabling you to no matter what state you are in. You can munch on them while walking, standing, or carrying them to your place of work.
LA Street Food Fest
One of the best destinations for street foods is LA. They even hold an annual festivity where the local vendors or hawkers sell their innovative products. You are guaranteed that you can get your own favorite in the multitude of participants in this LA tasting fest.
For a very minimal entrance fee, you can get to taste a variety of dishes that have been prepared by the local chefs from LA. The festival is all about food, sweets, and great tasting beverages. They are all free flowing, too.
LA is perhaps best known for its signature Mexican street food. This is why, most of the time, it is among the most sought after cuisine in the LA fest. Mexican street meals is even being altered by adding a Korean twist to it to cater to the growing Asian populace.
San Francisco Street Food Festival
San Francisco also hosts a very exciting and diversified street food fest annually. Travelers often describe the festival as a “delight to the sense.”
One thing unique in San Francisco is that the street foods available are not just your instant and budget friendly answer to a grumbling stomach. They are not only for tourist, but also for the locals. These travelling food carts are always greeted with warmth and anticipation wherever they go.
Among the most popular ones is the Magic Curry Kart, which brings exotic Southeast Asian curry. Another foreign delicacy that has a constant following in the area is Liba Falafel Truck. Falafels products originate from Amsterdam, and they are usually topped with various ingredients.
Thai Street Food
Of course, Asia won’t be defeated in this department. Why choose Thailand’s hawkers? Thailand has one of the best street offerings because it is among those with the widest assortment of street food to feast on. There are rice meals, soups, curries, stir fried goodies, noodles, seafood, fruits and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Name it, they have it.
In fact, foodies comment that a month is not enough to taste everything that Thailand has to offer. And if you are in Thailand, you will always find one in every corner and at every turn.
The must-try items are the following: barbecue pork noodles soup, pork satays (their version of the barbecue), fish cakes, and of course, the Pad Thai.
New York Street Food
Even in the city that never sleeps, New York City is a home to a lot of street foods from various countries. From hot lunches to refreshing ice cream cones, you can find almost anything in New York.
Among the most loved street food in New York are foreign cuisines like beef wraps and kefta offered by King Falafel and Shawarma. Indian cuisine is also a great hit from Biryani Cart. The list is endless and you can’t just get enough of each.
Hawkers are loved by many foodies because they often bring to New York food that you would usually have to travel abroad for. With people always eating the same kind of fast food all the time, this is a welcome breath of fresh air to their palates. The food is authentically prepared or created with a twist so that it is not just a delicious meal but also a one-of-a-kind and new experience as well.
More importantly, these street food come very affordable, making them a practically recourse if you want to experience a culinary adventure while under a very tight budget. The usual mind set is that if you want a taste of authentic foreign food you will have to travel all the way to another country, spend some good money in fancy restaurants, or cook it in your own kitchen (which if I may say is not only expensive but tiring and extra-challenging to those who are still amateur cooks).
Make the most of your street food experience by seeking out only the best hawkers in town. After all, they are not very hard to find since they either have their own fixed places or they are roving all over town while being followed by their loyal customers a well. So what are you waiting for? Visit these popular stalls and get a taste of what the fuss is all about with regards to their products.