Street food is probably the most loved genre in food all over the world. No matter how many posh and fine restaurants you’ve been to, they never really live up to the yumminess sold by vendors on streets. So in honor of the amazing street cuisine around the world, we’re taking you to a journey to discover some famous street foods in 20 major cities.
Paris – Crepes
Eat it sweet or savory, Crepes are an ultimate street food option for everyone in Paris. If you’re visiting the city, you’ll find a crepe stand in every corner of almost every street and why not – when the food in question is scrumptious and cheap at the same time, the demand will be equally immense.
Istanbul – Simit
Enter Istanbul and you’ll find street food in variety you cannot imagine. One of these delicacies is Simit – bread rings covered in sesame seeds. You’ll find these chewy delights on almost all streets you visit, being sold in glass cases, over the top of the sellers head or even hung around their limbs in great big rings.
New York – Hot Dogs
What is it about hot dogs that makes them so tempting, we cannot decide. Maybe it’s the chewy buns or the sauces, or maybe even the flavorful sausages. But whatever it is, we know that if in New York, you have to try their hot dogs.
Sydney – Doughnuts
What’s not to like about doughnuts? They’re round, sweet, and usually covered in the best toppings. In Sydney, Eat Truck is popular among the street food culture and they have some amazing doughnuts to offer. So if you plan to visit the city, make sure you try them out.
Moscow – Chebureki
A pastry with a funny name, Chebureki is a savory street food found all over Russia, but the most delicious ones can be found in Moscow. The best ones are filled with juicy meat filling which can stir up a storm in your mouth!
Mumbai – Gol Gappas
If you are in Mumbai and haven’t tried their paani puri, then why are you even there? Crispy and full of flavor, these are fried spheres usually filled with chick peas, potatoes, yogurt, and a sweet or savory sauce, eaten after being dipped into sour water. Loved by Indians all over the country, gol gappas surely one of the most loved street food in the country.
Karachi – Bun Kababs
You could have tried the best burgers in the world, but they are no match for the bun kababs Karachi offers. A juicy patty of minced meat in a toasted bun, topped with ketchup, onions, sauces and a fried egg, this is a street food well loved in the city.
Dubai – Ka’ak
Ka’ak, often described as ‘bracelet bread’, is a classic Middle Eastern street food. Best enjoyed with crunchy and fresh vegetables and labneh, or gooey cheese, this snack has a consistency of a chewy bread and the sesame seeds just add up to the flavor.
Rangoon – Mohinga
It’s an established fact that noodles are one of the most well loved items of food in the world. This dish sold in the streets of Rangoon, Burma, just take the fact up a notch. Mohinga is a noodle dish served in fish sauce, combined with ingredients like garlic, chili, onions, lemongrass, eggs, and various spices.
Mexico – Tacos
Tacos are synonymous to scrumptious and where else can you get them authentic and spicy other than Mexico itself. A corn based bread filled with meat, vegetables and sauces, tacos are well loved not only in Mexico, but all around the world.
Buenos Aires – Pastel de Queijo
Often argued to be Brazil’s favorite snack, pastel is a staple food for all in the country. Served in farmer markets in large bars, or as small triangular pastries in restaurants, they’re filled with gooey cheese that can make you seriously addicted to these snacks.
Bangkok – Sukiyaki
Sukiyaki, or Hot Pot, or even Steamboat, is soup served in a metal pot which keeps simmering in the middle of the table. People can add whichever vegetables and meat they want in the pot, which, when ready, can be eaten with a dipping sauce. Now if that doesn’t sound amazingly tempting, I don’t know what does!
Beijing – Huo Guo
Huo Guo is just another variation of Hot Pot, which is served in a metal pot with spices, vegetables and meat. This one, however, is known to be quite flavorsome when all ingredients are added, and is known to leave a slight burning sensation in the back of one’s mouth.
Tokyo – Yakisoba
A definite Japanese comfort dish, Yakisoba is made of ramen like noodles in which meat and vegetables are added. Based on Chinese chow mein, this dish is a national favorite because of its tangy flavor and varied serving style, which sometimes even involves the noodles served on hot dog style buns.
Vietnam – Beef Noodles (Pho Bo)
Often known as the ‘King of Streets’ in Vietnam, Pho Bo isn’t just normal cuisine; it’s almost considered art! Noodles served in a beef broth and topped with vegetables and lemons (yum!), this dish is an absolute favorite among locals and tourists alike.
London – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a perfect grilled cheese? With gooey goodness packed inside toasty bread, this dish is a worldwide favorite. But you can find some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in London’s streets, including ones from Grill My Cheese.
Argentina – Medialunas
The name itself is so pretty, how amazing must the snack itself be? Medialunas are crescent shaped pastries, enjoyed best when fresh out of the oven (I can almost imagine the steam coming out of these beauties). When in Argentina, your priority should definitely be trying these delicacies out.
Cairo – Koshary
We have another royalty among street food here, the Egyptian king of food – Koshary. You can surely curb those hunger pangs with this absolutely wonderful dish of rice, macaroni, lentils, beans, spicy tomato sauce and caramelized onions. Now if this doesn’t make you hungry…
Berlin – Doner Kebabs
Who doesn’t love Doner Kebabs? Warm and succulent, these are the perfect comfort food. And better yet, you can find some of the best doner kebabs in the streets of Berlin. Eat them plain or wrapped with vegetables and sauces, you cannot go wrong with this street food.
Lebanon – Knafeh
What makes a sweet treat sweeter? Cheese! Knafeh combines both these elements and you can guess that the resulting dish must be absolutely amazing. Topped with pistachios and drizzled with sugar syrup, this dish can be made either with cheese or cream. (We would choose the cheese option, though. You should too!).
We’re signing off with a raging appetite and a happy mood after talking about all this food. We’ll be back with another version of our travel series with a new topic. Until then, eat on!