The roots of street food go back to Ancient Greece and while back in the day they were utilized primarily by the poor residents as their daily meals, today the street food is loved by everyone. The variety and expansibility of the street food throughout the world, gives it the iconic status of a sub-culture.
Whether you’re hungry after a tiresome day of shopping, you want to try the local urban cuisine or just feel nostalgic for the food you used to eat with your parents, the street food vendors will give you just that. Join us in our journey around the world as we countdown the top 10 tastiest street foods and don’t forget to share with us your opinion in the comments down below.
Ddeokbokki (sometimes transcribed as tteokbokki) is a traditional street food around Korea which can be bought from small tented restaurants on wheels or street stalls commonly known as pojangmacha. It is made from soft rice cake, surimi(fish cake), Gochujang (fermented spicy paste from red chili pepers), spring onions, salt, sugar and different kinds of seasonings. Ddeokbokki was also part of the royal cuisine of the Joseon dynasty and while back in the day it was brown and plain, today it is red and spicy. It is so spicy in fact-as is the rest of the Korean cuisine-that street vendors might not want to sell it to foreigners. But if you can take the heat this is a street food, you cannot afford to miss out on.
Souvlaki is a very popular fast food in Greece and can be found almost anywhere; from the specialized fast food locals to the street vendors down by the beach. Souvlaki consists of small pieces of meat and sometimes grilled vegetables on a skewer. It’s serving depends on the customer as they serve it on a skewer for eating out of hand, in a pita sandwich french fries and tzatziki sauce or on a dinner plate with garnishes. Whatever your eating preferences are, the mix of Greek flavors and Aegean riviera will still leave you asking for more.
3. Fish and Chips-England
The traditional fish and chips is a common take-away food originating from England. It is primarily consisted of battered fish and deep fried chips. These two seemingly simple ingredients that make an explosion of flavors, were common stock food for the working classes back in the day. Today it is comfort street food for people around the world. Traditionally served in white paper or a newspaper, with a slice of lemon and different “chippy sauces” and your taste buds with hum in pleasure.
Currywurst is a steamed then fried pork sausage, either cut into pieces or whole, topped off with curry ketchup and french fries on the side. The currywurst can be bought almost anywhere; at diners or “greasy spoons“, on children’s menus or as street food. This street food is an icon of the German popular culture, so much in fact that it has songs and movies made for it and even a museum built in its glory. You won’t hesitate to try it after that, will you?
5. Boerewors Roll-South Africa
Boerewors rolls is the South African take on the hotdog. The boerewors is a type of sausage made out of at least 90% of meat-beef, lamb or pork or a mixture of both. The other 10 % of the sausage are spices and other ingredients and only 30% of the sausage can be actual fat. The boerewors are typically made on a braii (barbecue) and no BBQ party can go without the unmistakable flavor and aroma of the sausages sizzling away. The best way to serve it is in a hot bun with tomato relish and fried onions. A boerewors roll and an ice cold beer? That’s a combo you don’t want to miss.
6. Pani Puri-India
The pani puri is originally an Indian street food although it is popular in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal as well. The pani puri consists of fried crisp hollow puri(unleavened deep fried bread) filled with flavored water, tamarind chutney, chili, chaat masala(spice mix), potato, onion and chickpeas. The customers stand with a plate in hand around the vendor and wait to be served. The vendor begins to prepare one pani puri at a time and serves it to the customes. The hard part comes for the vendor, when he has to remember how many of the pani puri each of the customers has had and each of the customers preferences. The pani puri is traditionally eaten whole releasing a barrage of tastes into your mouth as you bite into it. Mouthwatering isn’t it?
The takoyaki is a Japanese, ball shaped street food. It is made from a wheat based batter , cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is usually filled with minced octopus, tempura scraps, picked ginger and green onion brushed with takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. The delicious takoyaki can be found in the Korean pojangmacha counterpart called Yatai, which is also a mobile food stand.
8. Queijo Coalho-Brazil
Queijo Coalho-a very popular street food among the beach-goers in Brazil. It is a very lightweight cheese, traditional in Northeast Brazil, that is char grilled and served on a stick. It has a very interesting texture, almost “squeaky” like and when served with a sprinkle of oregano and garlic flavored sauce or with molasses it’s the perfect snack.
9. Chimney Cake-Hungary
Kürtőskalács which literally translates as chimney cake, is native to the Hungarian-speaking regions. It is made from sweet, yeast dough of which a strap is wrapped around a rolling pin-like baking spit and covered in granulated sugar. The sugar melts down and caramelizes on the surface, creating a shiny crispy crust on the cake. After it has been baked to perfection, the cake can then be rolled into other toppings additionally, such as ground walnuts, cinnamon powder, chocolate sprinkles, coconut…you name it. The dough is soft on the inside but perfectly crunchy on the outside creating a perfect balance with the toppings and the caramelized sugar as it rolls out.
The baozi is a type of a steamed bun very popular in China. The baozi has it’s respective counterparts across Asia but according to a legend, it seems that the baozi is the oldest seeing as how it was invented in the 3rd century AD. The size of the baozi differs; the take-away , street food type of a baozi are usually 10 cm across and are served individually, while the restaurant baozi are about 5 cm across and are served in a steamer between 3-10 pieces in each. The filling varies from pork to seafood to even vegan. It’s usually eaten in the morning with a cup of warm soy milk and is the equivalent to a bagel and coffee in the morning. Sounds tasty enough to try right?