Do you hunt for information on best foods before you plan a trip to some country? Do you like sampling new and unique dishes each time you visit a new place? Are you someone who can give up the comfort of table service for enjoying a snack from street-side shack or stall? If yes, then I would say that you are reading the right piece of information. In this article I have indulged in top five culinary temptresses across the globe that offer mind-blowing street foods that are both aromatically enticing and smearing.
Almost all cities of Europe can be seen serving sizzling Turkish doner kebabs to people. However Istanbul, one of the biggest cities of Turkey is recognized as a hub of fast foods, with specialty gazebos sprinkled throughout the city of Istanbul without bypassing even a single public point. Simit (freshly baked sesame bread that is molasses dipped), Balik-ekmek (commonly coined as fish sandwiches), Lahmcun (often designated as turkish pizza by visitors) and Kumpir (baked potato with toppings of stuff like kasar cheese, ketchups, sausages, corn, mayonnaise, vegetables, olives and more) are some of the best street foods that people have a hard time to resist their tempting scent and palatable taste.
Mexico City, Mexico
That’s pure bad luck if you are in Mexico City and do not get a chance to sample the mind-blowing street foods of this Maxican capital. The place has got much more to offer than piquant tacos. Get ready to feast your taste buds on a variety of food that not only tastes tantalizing but is also elegantly decorated on food stalls scattered from start to finish of this wonderful city. The vast metropolis consists of numerous specialty kiosks and taquerias boast of antojitos (street snacks) like Tostadas (deep-fried corn tortillas with variety of toppings), Tortas (Mexican sandwiches), elotes (roasted corn on the cob with toppings) and Flautas (flute-shaped rolled corn tortillas) are street foods that have received smashing response from eaters coming in from different parts of the world. Tacos al pastor at El Huequito, Tacos de guisados at Taqueria El Guero, Grilled meat tacos at Los Parados and Late-night tacos at El Borrego Viudo are few taco corner hangouts that you cannot afford to miss if you are a taco-lover.
When you talk of quality street food cities, the list is incomplete without Thailand, the number one destination for street-food lovers. This amazing city has got over hundred eating zones where you can relish some posh-flavored snacks while standing on your feet or sitting on roadside chairs. Those who have a sweet tooth can dive into world of sweets and desserts served with noodles and grilled stuff in Bangkok. Fried bananas, mango sticky rice and palm leaf treat are some of the celebrated Thai desserts across the globe. Som Tam (papaya salad), Guay Teow (Thai noodle soup), Pad Thai (fried noodle dish made out of shrimps, tofu and tamarind), Moo ping (popularly known as grilled meats) etc. are some of the scintillating dishes to wrap up your journey.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
It would not be wrong to say that Ben Thanh and Binh Tay are considered as ‘lionized markets’ of Saigon, another name for Ho Chi Minh City. You will get an opportunity to taste smacking meals that are perfect fusion of French colonial cooking methods. Further oomph is added to city’s street food with Southeast Asian spices and condiments. Whether is the popular savory soup, pho you want to try or banh mi (French colonial influences sandwiches) you desire to nosh, banh xeo (stuffed regional pancakes) you fancy or bo la lot (beef in a leaf) you long for, the city makes an ideal destination for customized culinary tours. Never forget to feast upon yummy spring rolls, coconut milk-made crunchy cookies and seafood, some of the Saigon’s special street food offerings.
Overflowing with draperies, hookahs and ceramic tagines, the generations old bazaars of Marrakech (commonly known as Morocco) has been home to some of the internationally acclaimed chefs who bring out delectable dishes with specialty spices, cereals and tasteful meats. Of course you will enjoy being amidst big heaps of olives and casks of quality spices like saffron, cinnamon etc. but there is lot more to it. You will easily find food stalls offering scoops of escargots, seasoned meats and most of all Harira (the traditional Moroccan soup made out of tomato and chickpeas) at Djemaa el Fna square. You can also quickly take a bite on roasted lamb, shwarma, special kebabs and more. Don’t forget to have a handful of dry fruits and nuts while you stroll down the local streets of majestic city, Marrakech.