Nepalese Street Food might be last on any other list, but how can one even resist the lip-smacking rolls, sweet and spicy momos and the delish chaats?
Without any doubt, Nepalese momos are literally found everywhere. They are versions of dim sums or dumplings filled with chicken or buffalo meat or even vegetables like onions and carrots. The magic is in the red chutney that you get on the side, which is super spicy but super delicious.
Pani-puri or golgappa are a medley for South Asians because of course, they’re not hard to fall in love with. Kathmandu’s famous golgappa is a puri filled with masala, chutney and tangy water. Not only does it taste amazing with the tangy chutneys but the various textures make it incredible.
West Africa's Jollof Rice
You might have not heard of Africa as a place for street food, but come on, know it now. Various parts of Africa are famous for incredible street dishes, and you need to try them.
Kapana, which is often called Namibia’s soul food, is a grilled meat delicacy that uses red meat, fat and even liver. It is served with a fresh, but spicy vegetable salad. Get this experience of hot grilled meat by the griller on the streets of Namibia!
Coming to West Africa, you might have heard of this dish called Jollof rice which is spicy rice which is reduced in tomatoes, onions and pepper. This orange spicy rice is often eaten with fish, vegetables or fried plantains.
Korean Egg Roll Bulgogi Toast
Street food has a major culture in Korea, with different food stalls planted all over the country.
Hotteok is a kind of sweet and spicy filled plump pancake. The balls are pressed and fried into discs until they get nice, golden brown. The mixture is filled with brown sugar and cinnamon, which gradually turns into caramel with the hot shimmering heat.
Here comes the Korean version of Cheese grilled, which is a Mozzarella Egg Roll Bulgogi Toast. It’s a 3-layered toast with generous amounts of bulgogi and cabbage and tonnes of sauces. You’ll love the tangy flavour!
Philippines loves food, and so do us. The street food culture in the Philippines has become exceptional with the delicious quick bites and a number of options.
One dish Filipinos couldn’t get their morning right without is called Taho. It’s made of fresh silken tofu, arnibal syrup or the brown sugar syrup and sago pearls. Taho is literally present everywhere in the Philippines, and the tourists show their love to it too.
Next is the Balut. It is literally a culinary speciality from the Philippines that’ll raise your eyebrows. Olia Tsuman, a Filipino local, describes Balut as a hard-boiled duck egg which is fertilized and allowed to develop from 16-20 days before it is cooked. By this point, the embryo will have become distinctly ducklike, sometimes complete with body parts like eyes, beaks, and feathers. You are essentially eating a duck fetus in utero. It’s unfortunate that balut has been relegated to the “exotic adventure” category because it’s genuinely delicious.
Vietnamese Cha Gio
Vietnamese is all about simple, uncomplicated but delicious and memorable food. They are easy to ditch your taste buds and go straight into your heart, haha.
Cha Gio, or Vietnamese Egg Rolls are the crowd’s favourite. It is a variety of fillings wrapped in rice paper and fried. The fillings can be meat or vegetables or shrimp or ground pork. It’s eaten with a fresh dipping sauce, usually made of soy.
Next comes the dish that is popular worldwide, the Vietnamese Pho. It is a soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat. Bún bò huế is a kind of pho, also called the spicy beef noodle soup that has beef broth and beef shank. It’s tasty and addictive.
Indian Aloo Tikki Chaat
Indian Fusion Dosas
India is the hub of street food. If you’re walking around on the streets of India, it is possible that you’d see fewer birds and more food stalls.
When it comes to Indian street food, you must have definitely heard of Aloo Tikki Chaat. Over a fried patty made of potatoes, some veggies, species, tamarind and coriander chutney are topped on. You’ll literally feel the freshness of pomegranate, the hot patty and the cold tangy chutneys all together.
The other snack that takes over the street is dosa, which is a version of savoury crepes from India. Dosas traditionally were butter and masala-filled, but the street food vendors give them their own fusion touch and make pizza dosas, noodle dosas, and many more.
Japanese Fuwa Fuwa
Although Japanese street food culture is comparatively less as compared to Asian countries, the Japanese street food vendors take over the streets during the festivities. You’ll be amazed by the variety.
Fuwa Fuwa is a Japanese, souffle pancake where “fuwa fuwa” literally means “fluffy fluffy”. These airy pancakes which were traditionally served at weddings, as means of good fortunes, have come up to the streets to brighten your days with their softness. It’s literally like you’re eating clouds.
Takoyaki, which translates to “Octopus friend” is fried ball of batter filled with octopus, green onions, ginger and tempura pieces. These crispy balls are then topped with Takoyaki sauce, which is similar to Worcester sauce, mayo aonori and katsuobushi, which means fish shavings.