When I travel, I love to try new foods! Street food is a great way to try local delicacies without having to break the bank. In this article, you’ll be introduced to street food around the world. While I wanted to share some street foods I enjoy, I also wanted to share what other travel bloggers love to eat! Continue reading to check out 18 favorite street food dishes from around the world! You’ll be ready to pack your bags!
Hotteok: South Korea
Submitted By: Live Learn Venture (me!)
My favorite street food item found in South Korea is hotteok. This is a very sweet pancake-like snack. Inside is a mixture, which tends to include brown sugar, cinnamon, and peanuts. The filled-pancakes are then cooked on a griddle. I’m a sweet tooth, so I love to snack on these for dessert. They are especially delicious during the winter months, because they can warm you up when it’s really cold outside!
Pad Thai: Bangkok, Thailand
Submitted By: Getting Stamped
Some of my favorite food in the world is served up right on the street, and Bangkok is home to the best street food ever. I planned 3 days in Bangkok just to eat — my first stop was for authentic Pad Thai — my favorite street food! I love everything about Pad Thai. It’s all the good mix of spice and sweet — mmm now I’m hungry!
Carnitas and Suedero Taco: Stamford, Connecticut, USA
Submitted By: Tales From a Fork
Believe it or not, the best tacos I’ve ever had were at this taco truck in Stamford, CT. The carnitas and suedero tacos are juicy and tender with some of the edges charred to a tasty crisp. Combined with two soft shell tacos, lime juice, onions, and cilantro, you can taste the authenticity of these tacos in every bite! These delicious tacos can be enjoyed at the El Charrito Taco Truck (or as I call it — The Taco Truck!) You can learn more about the best restaurants in Stamford.
Laksa is the weirdest soup we’ve ever tried. It’s the symphony of flavors, the mix of pineapple, chili, mint, pasta, and fish in one dish. Laksa is traditional street food of Penang Island in Malaysia. If interested, you can learn more about what to see and do in Penang.
We mainly ate these tasty meat skewers in Java, Indonesia. The marinated meat is barbecued over coals so hot, that they need fans to wave the smoke away. They are then bathed in a hearty dose of peanut sauce or sweet soy sauce. It may not look like much, but it’s so delicious! Want to learn more about Indonesia?
Visiting Prague offers so many food discoveries in the city so I ended up taking a food tour with Eating Prague. This covered the gamut of sweet and savory street foods, to complete meals. One of my favorite street foods was the open face sandwiches called Chlebícky. This is a very popular take away street food item. Made with a variety of fresh and local ingredients, we tasted one with beet and goat cheese and another with pickled sardines. Both were incredibly flavorful and zesty. I would definitely explore all the amazing food from the region and stay away from popular international foods like pizza and burgers prevalent in the tourist zones of Prague.
I have had my fair share of street foods. But, the best street food I’ve ever had is, hands down, mango sticky rice from Chiang Mai, Thailand. I love it because it’s sweet, but not too sweet, and it’s a mixture of so many wonderful textures. You get the juiciness from the mango, stickiness from the rice, crunch from the fried mung beans, and just a tad bit saucy from the coconut milk. All of this fused together makes for one magical treat that you’re sure to enjoy.
Churros con Chocolate: Andalusia, Spain
Submitted By: Mismatched Passports
Crisp, golden-brown deep-fried pastry with sugar sprinkled on top, churros are a delectable snack usually paired with a cup of thick and rich, hot chocolate. Churros con chocolate is a famous afternoon snack (or breakfast) we found in the streets of Seville and other parts of Andalusia Spain. If you have a sweet-tooth like me, you will love these churros con chocolate. You can learn more about other delicious European foods.
Durham and North Carolina as a whole have spoiled me, thanks to all the wonderful food served up just about everywhere. Food trucks make things even easier when we’re having a pint or just walking around, and things kick up a notch further here in Durham. The City’s Food Truck Rodeo brings in the best of the scene and food from all over the world, including this delicious shrimp po’ boy sandwich. This image originally appeared with this story about the Durham Food Truck Rodeo.
My favorite street food is Maggie (masala instant noodles) – Quite popular in India. We can cook it at home as an evening snack as well but having it outside is so much more fun. Lot of street vendors sell it and I absolutely love to dig into a bowl of Maggie when I am in the hills (it’s chilly and the Maggie is piping hot). You can read more about the delicious foods found in India.
Another one of my favorite Korean street food items is steamed mandu. I love the kimchi and gogi (meat) flavors best. These are dumplings filled with deliciousness. In Korea, you can buy huge steamed mandu sold at street-food carts for $1 each. You can also purchase fried mandu, depending on your taste preference. This is a food that I will miss whenever I have to say goodbye to Korea.
Another top street food around the world is Pad Woon Sen. I had these amazing, delicious glass noodles with cabbage, celery, spring onions, shrimps, eggs and chicken during a street food tour I took in Bangkok in February. I was not so sure about the combination of flavors in them, but they turned out to be so good that I wish I had asked for a recipe to make them. They were slightly spicy – just the perfect amount to match the cold cold beer I was having. I could have easily gone for seconds, had it not been my first stop on that food tour.
No one goes hungry in Hungary! This quote speaks the truth and my ever expanding waistline is the evidence. One of my favourite (and there are many) types of street food found in Budapest and further afield is Lángos. Lángos is shaped like a pizza with a pancake / yorkshire pudding style base, sour cream is poured on top then cheese, lots and lots of cheese! Hungarians often eat this at the beach, I like it after a heavy night of drinking.
Bun Cha: Hanoi, Vietnam
Submitted By: Mum on the Move
Another amazing street food around the world can be found in Hanoi. Bun Cha is one of Hanoi’s most famous street food dishes. Pork patties are grilled over a smoking barbecue (you can usually see this outside the front of a bun cha restaurant) and served in a tangy soup, accompanied by a plate of white rice noodles, with fresh herbs, lettuce and chillies. The pork in the Bun Cha is insanely delicious – they grill it over hot coals until it is almost caramelized and the resulting sweet smoky flavor is incredible. Vinegar from pickled vegetables in the soup help to cut through fattiness of the pork, while the lettuce and herbs add freshness to the dish. Learn more about Vietnamese food from our Hanoi Street food tour adventure
Vigoron: Nicaragua, Central America
Submitted By: Around the World in Katie Days
Vigoron is a cheap, simple, and flavorful street food found on the streets of Nicaragua. There are just three main ingredients in the dish: boiled yucca (a root vegetable similar to a potato), cabbage salad, and chicharrones (pork rinds). The combination of the soft yucca, spicy slaw and crunchy pork rinds is amazing. And it costs just $1! Here are some more must-eat foods in Central America.
Street BBQ: Yangon, Myanmar
Submitted By: Two Can Travel
The street-side BBQs on 19th Street in Yangon, Myanmar are packed with locals and travelers every night. You can choose from dozens of skewers ranging from marinated beef, lamb, chicken and seafood to a large variety of veggies. The cooks will grill up your selections on a BBQ nearby, while you plop down at a table along the street for some prime people watching and a bottle of Myanmar beer. Learn more about Myanmar travel.
Shrimp Scampi: Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Submitted By: Wandering Wagars
I love to dine at Giovnanni’s Shrimp Truck on the North Shore of the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. They serve amazing shrimp cooked and flavored three different ways. My favorite was the shrimp scampi, which had hot sauce on the side and was served with garlic rice! I love how it was made fresh to order was made with local shrimp! Learn more about other food and travel adventures.
Jianbing is one of China’s favorite snacks and once you get your hands on one of these giant savory crepes, you’ll understand why. Traditionally served as a breakfast snack,Jianbing is now being served up by expert street vendors throughout China at all times of the day and night. I was lucky to try one of these delicious crepes from a street vendor in Beijing. Imagine a traditional fried crepe – spread thin and fried to a perfect golden crisp on a griddle with an egg inside. The crepe gets brushed with hot chili sauce and soy sauce, topped with scallions, cilantro and crispy wontons, folded over a few times and served piping hot. Read more about delicious street food in China — 8 Things I Love About Traveling in China.