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The best street food around the world

by Michael on November 12, 2012

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During our year-long journey we ate some of the best street food around the world. We just didn’t have the stomach to write about all of it, so here are some of our favorite stories from other travel writers about street food.

Meg and Tony of Landing Standing are known for their iron stomachs and willingness to try anything. Here they sample the street food in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. But what’s up with that cat in a cage at the butcher shop? Big Flavors in Little China – Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.

Kuala Lumpur tea vendor

A tea vendor in Kuala Lumpur.

John of Travel Rinse Repeat hails from Denver, but his nomadic career takes him on food adventures all over the world. During his stay in Berlin he pits two local street food favorites against each other: currywurst and doner kebab. Who wins? Berlin street food showdown – Currywurst vs. doner kebab.

Street food berlin wurst vendor

In Berlin the wurst vendors walk around with propane tanks strapped to their back. 

Tanya and Andrew of the Magic Travel Blog traded office spaces for amazing places. They report on Street food in Bangkok. They also offer handy tips on eating street food safely.

Bangkok street food grilled fish

A vendor grills fresh fish in Bangkok.

Street food egypt Cole and Adela of Four Jandals are the Kiwi Adventure Travel Couple. They share the history and tastes of Eating street food in Egypt. It’s a history that goes back several thousand years.

We loved our time in Colombia. The writers at the See Colombia Travel Blog describe the street food so well we want to head back soon. Pay attention to the caramel snacks that are truly a religious experience: Colombian street food: The good, the bad and the strange.

street food bogota grilled corn

A street vendor in Bogota fans the flames on some fresh grilled corn.

And bringing up the rear, so to speak, is our tasty experience with a barbecue stand serving a mysterious meat in Africa: If you are what you eat, am I an ass?

men eating kapana in Katatura Namibia

A taste of kapana in Namibia.

What are your favorite street foods?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

30Traveler November 12, 2012 at 8:21 am

Sticky rice and mango in Thailand!

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Michael November 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

We tried that in Vietnam and liked it.

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Meg from LandingStanding November 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Oh my lord this post is making me so hungry. We are in Sydney now and street food is good, but it’s also $10 a piece – Not cool. haha thanks for including us in this post!

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Michael November 12, 2012 at 11:33 pm

We found the prices for everything in Sydney to be about double those in the US, except sushi which was half the price. So we ate a lot of sushi.

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alex November 13, 2012 at 4:11 am

Great post! Although not what I want to read when I’m at a detox retreat trying to cleanse from all that street food i love so much ;-) Thailand and Mexico are my top 2 countries for street food any day!

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Michael November 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

Ouch, I guess that’s the downside of all that crazy eating.

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Barb November 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hi guys,
Awh, the push carts! I would love to try that in Asia(except for bugs on a stick!). That tea cart would be interesting, too.
My Dad, blass him, remembered Japan after the war with then push cart noodle vendors. Mmmm; ramen on the go :) .

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Michael March 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

We hear lots of good things about street food in Japan so we’ll have to add that to the list.

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Daniel McBane March 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

My favorite street food period is a Doner, but my favorite place overall for street food is Japan. Still, I only eat it occasionally there, while I eat nothing but in cities like Singapore or Kuala Lumpur–it’s just such a bargain and basically the same stuff you would get in a restaurant anyway.

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Michael March 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

Hi Daniel,

The person above also mentioned Japan for street food. We’ll have to try it. You’re so right about Singapore, the hawker markets are incredible.

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Daniel - TeacherGig August 11, 2013 at 5:18 am

A good list to get started… Kuala Lumpur definitely has some of the best street food I’ve ever come across. Awesome! Especially that one street (can’t remember for the life of me what) near BB Plaza. Between the shopping district and the guesthouse street… If you’ve been there you probably know what it is.

But here in Taiwan, where I live, there’s also some awesome street food. Like a lot of Asia, it’s not necessarily for the faint of heart. Chicken feet, assorted organs, blood cake, and stinky tofu. But there are tons of great options here. I can happily wander the night markets for dinner a good few times a week, even eight years later.

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Jonathan November 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Though it’s not a standard issue tourist city by any means, one of my votes goes to Jakarta and its culinary portmanteaus.

For instance, nasi goreng (fried rice) becomes nasgor, and batagor stems from BAkso (meat/fishballs) and TAhu (tofu), but GOReng (fried).

Also, that coconut might look nice to drink out of, but be aware that a regular translates to containing sugar and unusual pink things. Add “tawar” to the end of a drink order, and it’ll be the plain jane version.

Jonathan
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Michael November 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thanks for the tips Jonathan. Nasi goreng is my favorite dish in SE Asia. It’s hard to find here in the US though.

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