You’ve never been to Paris if you’ve never had a crêpe, nor have you strolled along the streets of Hong Kong without eating an egg waffle, or tasting a jerk chicken in Jamaica. Trying new street foods in new places is an important part of any travel as it offers you a delightful taste of new cultures. Never miss out on these quick treats served on the streets and add them to your travel bucket list. They’re all are worth a taste.
Where to eat it: Philippines
Directly translated as”mix-mix,” halo-halo is the sundae perfect to beat the heat in this tropical country. It is made of shaved ice and evaporated milk and a host of ingredients composed of boiled kidney beans, garbanzo beans, sugar palm fruit, coconut, caramelized bananas, jackfruit, tapioca, sweet potato, crushed rice, flan, and topped with ice cream. This wacky dessert is also served in other East and Southeast Asian countries.
2. Hot Dogs
Where to eat it: Iceland
The hot dog is the Icelander’s culinary obsession. Hot dogs may be common elsewhere, but the country has it’s own Reykjavik’s Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, which is translated in English as the “best hot dogs in town.” Their harborside stand has been feeding famous visitors including Bill Clinton since 1937. Patrons craving for this delicious street food queue for it all day. Icelandic hot dogs are mostly made of lamb, with some beef and pork, and are topped with ketchup, spicy brown mustard, rémoulade (mayonnaise with finely chopped pickles), raw white onions, and crispy fried onions.
3. Hokkien Mee
Where to eat it: Singapore
Singapore has always had few of the world’s most vibrant street food! Hokkien mee is a classic dish worth trying if you’re in the city. The food, which is made of rice and egg noodles, pork, egg, shrimp, squid, garlic, bean sprouts, and soy sauce, was invented years after the World War II by Chinese sailors from Fujian Province. It is often garnished with lime and a chili sauce called sambal.
Where to eat it: Berlin
Currywurst has gained popularity in German culture since it was first served in 1949. This street food is a combination of steamed-then-fried pork sausage with ketchup and curry powder, then served with French fries or bread. Travelers can find this dish anywhere in Germany, but is more particularly popular in Hamburg and Berlin. The sausage can be served whole or pre-sliced.
5. Egg Waffle
Where to eat it: Hong Kong
Hong Kong waffles (gai daan jai in Cantonese) was first seen on the streets of Hong Kong in the 1950s, and since then, they’ve been a popular snack. The egg is battered between two metal plates over an open flame or electrical heater. They are best eaten plain and hot, although fruits or chocolates can also be added.
Where to eat it: Bogotá
Arepas are filling flatbreads made from maize or flour that can be grilled, baked, or fried to look like pillows. They are often eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Arepas are topped with butter, cheese, eggs, condensed milk, chorizo, or an onion-based sauce called hogao. Experience how it is like to be a true Bogotá local and have some plain arepas and a cup of hot chocolate for breakfast.
Where to eat it: Buenos Aires
This staple South American street food, which is popular in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela, is simply made of grilled beef-and-pork sausage, split down the middle, and placed on crusty bread, then topped with garlicky chimichurri sauce. It’s a popular food item at sports venues or is commonly served as an appetizer during the preparation of an asado.
8. Tacos Al Pastor
Where to eat it: Mexico City
Tacos al Pastor was brought by the migrating Lebanese people to Mexico. The food is made of spit-roasted lamb. It was adopted locally, and the meat was replaced by pork marinated in dried chilis, spices, and pineapple before being cooked. Sliced off in the spit like shawarma, the tender meat is served on small tortillas with onions and cilantro. Pineapple, lime juice, and hot salsa are the popular toppings.
9. Rou Jia Mo
Where to eat it: Xi’an
This street food is China’s version of döner kebab and is one of the world’s oldest sandwiches and dates back to approximately 2000 years ago. Combining stewed in heavily spiced soup for several hours, it is minced and stuffed in a flatbread with cilantro and mild peppers. The food can be easily found in the northern part of the country. Try it with some jian bing, a crepe stuffed with eggs, cilantro, and crispy wonton crackers.
Where to eat it: Istanbul
Translated as “roll,” dürüm is a wrap made with typical döner kebab ingredients such as spiced meat (usually lamb) cooked on a vertical spit, then sliced off, and topped with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and lettuce, along with herb-laden yogurt and hot sauce.
11. Bánh Mì
Where to eat it: Ho Chi Minh City
Bánh mì is a term commonly used for all types of Vietnamese bread but has become a popular name for a tasty sandwich. This Vietnamese sandwich combines western and eastern ingredients. Filling may vary, but the common ingredients are a baguette stuffed with meat (perhaps grilled pork, meatballs, or cold cuts), cucumber slices, sprigs of cilantro, pickled carrots, and daikon, liver pâté, and a swipe of mayonnaise. This increasingly popular street food has found its way in the West, but nothing beats the ones made in the streets of Saigon.
12. Pork Satay
Where to eat it: Bangkok
Satay can be found throughout Southeast Asia where beef and chicken are sometimes used, but pork is most popularly used in Thailand. Thin slices of meat are marinated in coconut milk, turmeric, and other spices before being skewered or grilled over charcoal. Satay is traditionally served with pickled cucumber salad and sweet-and-spicy sauce. Although it originated in Indonesia, it became more popular in Thai streets that people have come to believe that it really is a Thai dish.
13. Bhel Puri
Where to eat it: Mumbai
Of all Indian street snacks or chaats, it is the bhel puri that is found in most parts of the country. Bhel puri is a combination of puffed rice, fried vermicelli-like noodles (sev), vegetables, spices, and chutneys resulting to a mixture of sweet, salty, tangy, and spicy flavors. The dish is associated with Mumbai’s beaches but can be found at street stalls throughout the city.
Where to eat it: Paris
The crêpe is one of the most loved features of any Parisian street as it is available any time of day. Crêpes are usually made with buckwheat flour and served for lunch or dinner and are commonly stuffed with ham and cheese. Other versions contain vegetables, eggs, and other meats. Sweet crêpes are served for breakfast or dessert and contain sugar, fruit preserves, custards, or Nutella. The boulevard in Montparnasse offers the widest selection in the city.
Where to eat it: Rio de Janeiro
Espetinho, or “little skewer” in Portoguese, is sold from charcoal grills all over Rio and the streets of other Brazilian cities. The most common varieties are spiced beef or chicken, although there are other varieties made of sausages, hot dogs, shrimp and cubes of fish. Farinha, or other hot sauce are added by vendors to spice up the skewers.
Where to eat it: Tel Aviv
Falafel plays a big part in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the country’s national dish. Falafel refers to deep-fried balls made from chickpeas, or a sandwich, with some fritters. Falafels are served in a pita and topped with salad, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, spices, and tahini sauce.
17. Jerk Chicken
Where to eat it: Jamaica
Jamaica’s jerk chicken is it’s best-known culinary export and is almost grilled in other parts of the world. But if you’ve never eaten it in Jamaica, you’ve never tasted the real jerk chicken. The jerk sauce is made of allspice berries, thyme, Scotch bonnet peppers, scallions, fresh ginger, and oil or soy sauce. The chicken is marinated before being grilled. It is cooked over logs of fresh green wood places on grates over charcoal. The meat absorbs oils and fragrance that affects the flavor of the grilled chicken.
Where to eat it: Lima
Ceviche is widely known as the country’s national dish – in fact, there is even a holiday for it – and is gaining increasing popularity in the other parts of the world. The recipe consists of fresh chunks of raw fish marinated in citrus juices and mixed with sliced onions, chili peppers, salt, and pepper. Ceviche is typically served minutes after being prepared to seal its freshness. In Lima, sole is the traditional fish of choice and comes served with some sweet potato, lettuce, corn, or avocado.
Where to eat it: Rome
These fried rice balls are the Roman smaller version of Sicilian arancini and suprisingly have a bit of mozzarella inside. The recipe includes rice, ragù made with ground beef and tomatoes, and mozzarella. They were once sold by street vendors but can now be spotted at any Roman pizza spot or grocery store.