Food is a reason to live, food is also a reason to travel to countries. And when it comes to street food, they actually carry the soul of a place’s cuisine. You may visit a good restaurant and can order great food and enjoy a fine dining experience, but you have to walk on the streets and taste the iconic street foods to unlock the utter deliciousness. This is very obvious that the best taste and the variety of a country’s food are always found along its streets. Not only the foods, the process of the food getting prepared, a little bit of talking session with the vendors – it gives you a glimpse of the country’s food culture and the culture as a whole.
So cutting the long story short, if you are really a foodie and if you consider food to be a deciding factor when you sit down to determine your travel destination then today’s post is a must-read for you. we will give you a brief food tour around the world where our focus will be on the most iconic street foods of the world. From kebabs of Armenia to Dumplings of China, from India’s specialty Panipuri to Japan’s famous Octopus balls – here are all those street foods you have to taste when you visit these places. Let’s check all of them out.
Best Street Food You Have To Taste Around The World:
This yummy ball-shaped Japanese appetizer is what you gotta taste while in Japan. Here ‘Tako’ means octopus and ‘Yaki’ is coming from Yaku that is one kinda cooking method in Japanese cuisine. Filled with minced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger, and green onion and having a wheat flour-based coating all over it, Takoyaki is one of the most popular street food in Japan. It becomes tastier when it gets the toppings of takoyaki sauce, mayonnaise, and katsuobushi fish flakes. If you want to taste the yummiest of the takoyaki, you must visit Osaka for sure.
A deadly combination of French fries and cheese curds that makes this dish perfectly palatable. Originally it was a part of Quebec cuisine and can easily be found on the streets. Plus, big restaurants in Canada also serve tasty poutine dishes where you will find variations in the recipes. Somewhere it includes meats and at some other places, toppings do differ adding a tasty zing to the preparation.
Hot Dogs (Chicago):
Apart from all the pizzas and tacos, what you must try in Chicago are its exclusive hot dogs. There are roaming food trucks in this city selling mouthwatering hot dogs that use poppy seed buns as the base and all-beef dogs. Apart from these mobile food joints, there are places like Duk’s Red Hots, Johnny O’s, and Big Guys. Chicago style hot dogs have yellow mustard, white onions, sport peppers, celery salt, and tomatoes in them that just enhance the taste quotient of the dogs to the next level. Have them to feel the heaven inside the mouth.
Tacos al Pastor (Mexico City):
Food often undergoes cultural evolution and takes new shapes and forms. The same has happened in the case of Tacos al Pastor. First of all, let us tell you that Mexican cuisine holds its utmost prominence on the map of global cuisine. It is one of the oldest cuisines in the world and very evidently has welcomed all the other influences in the methods of cooking and usages of ingredients that have given birth to new food and recipes.
Tacos al Pastor is also carrying influence of Lebanese cuisine where initially the Lebanese people used to use lamb shawarma. The Mexican preparation uses spit-grilled pork in the place of lamb and combines the Middle Eastern spices with that of the central Mexican ones. Served on tortillas with garnishing of onions, cilantro, and zesty pineapple, and lime juice, it is one of the most endearing street food to try in the world.
For those who are craving for some sugar, these tasty sugar-coated Cuban street food are a must-try. Coated with cinnamon-sugar, these tasty breadsticks are warm, crispy, and chewy just perfect to munch on after a meal. These are aboriginally Spanish desserts but are too much loved in Cuba. It tastes the best when served hot just after frying.
Pastel de Nata (Portugal):
Fondly called as Portuguese custard tart, this egg tart pastry sprinkled with cinnamon specks of dust all over it can be found on the streets of Lisbon. Egg yolks are mainly used to make the yum custard filling and you will fail to resist it for its creamy taste and that crusty texture. Crispy from outside and creamy from inside, this sweet delicacy tastes best when taken with a cuppa coffee. It is hugely popular across the country and you will find it at almost every bakery in the country.
Chhole Bhature (India):
India is a paradise for the street food lovers and if we have to pick one street food that is unparalleled we would pick this specialty street food of Punjab. The puffy white flour made bhature with the spicy chana masala (spicy white chickpeas) is anytime any food lover’s dream come true and you have to taste this dish once you visit India, especially the northern part of the country. homepuff.com
Punjabis serve it with onions, carrot pickle, and green chutney. For a full breakfast, have this street food with a hearty glass of lassi (a yogurt-based drink).
Street food is like folklores, we believe. It reflects a country’s belief, culture, customs. And the recipes pass from one generation to the next. So if you are also a crazy foodie just like we are, you have to visit these places around the world and have to taste these delicacies. Write to us more about your food experiences and we shall come up with more food travel-related posts in the coming days.