If you have ever stepped foot outside your own country chances are you will have run into some version of snack or street food in any country you find yourself in. Your own country probably has its own versions too! But what are the top street foods and where are they from? Maybe you don’t even know of a couple on this list, but here are a roundup of the top street foods you may find on your journeys across the planet.
Pho Soup, Ban Mi Sandwich – Vietnam
Pho soup is one of Vietnam’s most beloved dishes by foreigners and for good reason. This tasty, vegetable and noodle soup not only comes in huge portions but is cheap, cheerful and hits the spot. There are a number of different variations, some of which include meat and different ingredients but one thing is the same throughout Vietnam – it’s delicious and everyone loves it. Ban Mi is a sandwich akin to a French baguette which has a delicious concoction of Vietnamese fillings within it. Cheap and cheerful as well, a Ban Mi and Pho will set you back less than $5 in most places and fill you up for ages, making this combination ideal for backpackers on a budget!
Poutine, Beaver Tails – Canada
Poutine is a Quebecois staple consisting of french fries, cheese curds and gravy all mixed together to create a physically unappealing mess – or poutine (slang for mess). It’s enjoyed across Canada and can be served as the poutine alone or along with all manner of other toppings from shaved roast beef to Ukrainian pyrohy and more for a more meal-like experience. Beaver tails are donut batter fried in a large flat circular shape reminiscent of, you guessed it, beaver tails. Served with icing sugar or sometimes a chocolate dipping sauce. Commonly found at fairs and on street corners in the summer months.
Jerk Chicken, Jamaica
Contrary to popular belief, the name ‘Jerk’ Chicken actually comes from the poking, prodding and general battery the chicken receives while cooking over a pimento wood fire. The beating and poking the chicken meat gets while it’s roasting helps to give it a delicious flavour and also tenderises it. A tasty marinade is slathered over the meat and the overall result is served with spicy rice and peas. A do not miss by any means when in Jamaica.
A German answer to a hangover, currywurst is essentially a bratwurst with curry sauce topped with fries. The curry sauce itself tends to be a bit of a curry/ketchup mix but it blends well and creates a fantastic, tasty street food that is well loved by everyone. Try regional variations with different types of sausages for a slightly different flavour. Great with a side of your favourite Bavarian lager on a hot summer day.
So there you have a couple of the world’s best street foods that you may not have been aware of before. So when you next take off on your adventures, keep street food in mind. It’s cheap, filling and gives you a great feel for the culture of a place – at least when it comes to easily accessible food that many locals enjoy.