If you’re out travelling around, you have probably noticed that there are tons of street vendors around selling all types of treats and meals. One of the best reasons to travel (in my opinion) is the variety of foods you get to experience; whether it is choclo con queso in Peru or deep fried crickets in Thailand. Street food is the soul of a country, where locals make their specialities and captivate travellers with the flavours and aromas. So here are the top ten street foods you need to try:
Choclo con queso – Peru
In simple terms, this is corn with cheese, but it is so much more than that. It is an Andean corn that has more of a nutty flavor and is usually either boiled or grilled and topped off with a slab of creamy, soft, fresh, white cheese. Pretty much anywhere you go in Peru, you can find this being served.
Roasted Chestnuts – Canada
On the cold winter days, walking around downtown Vancouver, you can smell the roasted chestnuts before you can actually see them. It’s perfect to grab a cup and snack away while doing some Christmas shopping. It’s usually easiest to find this treat on Robson Street.
Pho bo – Vietnam
This could be the most popular street food in Vietnam. Warm beef noodle soup, with hints of basil, green onion, lime and chili, topped with bean sprouts. Early in the morning before the commute, vendors are setting up their stands and all day long they serve this delicious concoction. The best part about this meal (besides being amazing) is that you can eat it every day, for every meal, never get sick of it and it pretty much meets all nutritional requirements.
Deep fried insects – Thailand
Crispy, crunchy, and salty crickets/beetles/scorpions, you name it, Thailand has it. Insects can be wild or farm-raised depending on the vendor. These soy-sauced covered, lightly peppered, fried insects are a popular snack throughout Thailand and are a good source of protein. Even if you are a picky eater, it’s worth trying something like this. You might be surprised on how much you like it!
Phat Thai – Thailand
Thin rice noodles, fried with bits of tofu, egg, shallot, eggs, and tamarind…topped with ground peanuts. Find a busy stand that locals visit and you will not be disappointed.
Tacos – Mexico
Cilantro, lime, fresh tomatoes, mixed with grilled fish or fried beef. A light, healthy, and delicious snack in seaside towns in Mexico.
Hot Dogs – America/Canada
Associated with baseball, barbecues, and after-bar snacks, there is just something about this classic lunch that makes your day. Top it off with some ketchup, mustard, and some onions and you are set to enjoy your sunny, summer day.
Tamales – Belize
These steamed, corn-husk masa treats are to die for. Get them sweet or spicy and you can do no wrong. Best way to have them in my opinion are chicken with a red salsa filling and a bit of cheese.
Churros – Brazil
Sweet, crispy, sugar-coated and filled with chocolate, churros are the only way to go in Brazil. After hanging out on the beach all day, you might need a bit of a sugar-rush.
Poutine – Canada
Fresh-cut fries, cheese curds, and rich, dark gravy–basically the least healthiest dish you can eat, but amazing nonetheless. Easily tweaked to your palates desire (add pulled pork, garlic, BBQ sauce, etc) and found at any street market, music festival, or sporting event.
What are your favourite street foods?