Top 10 Favourite Street Foods Around the World
When it comes to travelling the world and trying the best market cuisine, Melissa Hie from @GirlEatWorld has you covered. We've asked this foodie to let us in on her favourite road-side dishes from across the globe.
Who doesn’t love street food? It's delicious, offers you a peek into the daily life of locals and best of all – it doesn't take very long to consume. Some food can even be eaten while walking around to save time, which is often the case when you are travelling!
In the past five years, I have been lucky enough to be able to try different street food from all over the world. Here's a round-up of my top 10, in that order. And yes, it was a very difficult list to make.
Hotteok – South Korea
Hotteok is a type of Korean pancake filled with a mix of brown sugar, honey, peanuts and cinnamon. It’s probably the most unassuming food in this entire list – it just looks like a plain round fried dough. However, it is such a delightful surprise once you have it fresh off the fryer and piping hot! The filling will melt in your mouth (you have to take caution if it’s hot, otherwise it could burn your tongue) and perfect to have on a cold day.
Where to get it: The most famous Hotteok is in Insadong, Seoul. Just look for a snaking queue!
Gai daan zai – Hong Kong
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Hong Kong's very own Gai dan zai, or egg waffle / eggette, at Times Square in Causeway Bay. It's a sweet egg-based batter cooked in an egg-shaped plates. The street snack can be found everywhere in Hong Kong and has been around for as long as anyone can remember, but nobody seems to know the origin. It's very cheap at HK$20 each. I met up with @cultoflee who introduced me to this delicious snack! She also took me around Causeway Bay and we ended up eating soooo much... Thanks @cultoflee for hanging out today! #girleathk
A beloved street snack that has definitely stood the test of time in Hong Kong’s ever-changing city is gai Daan zai, also called 'eggette' or 'Egg waffle' due to its shape that resembles a bunch of eggs, not to mention the fact that egg is one of its core ingredients. Also best eaten fresh off the griddle and as a comfort snack on a cold day.
Where to get it: Anywhere in Hong Kong, usually in the central city area with office workers around.
Fish and chips – Australia
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#latergram 🍟🐟 Fish and chips at the Royal Botanic Garden next to the Sydney Opera House! I originally wanted to eat at the Circular Quay side of the opera house, which is also a waterfront, but the seagulls in the area were waaaaay too agressive. When i was buying these fish and chips at a stand in Circular Quay, i told the guy who was manning the counter that I didn't need the paper bag because I always try to minimize unnecessary waste. --- Our conversation went like this: Me: No paper bag please Guy: .... Are you sure? Me: Why? Guy: The seagulls... are vicious here --- Anyways I didn't want to share my chips with the birds so I took my fish and chips in a paper bag, zoomed past the opera house and retreated to this peaceful garden instead 🙊 this is a slightly different kind of fish and chips than the one i featured before. It's breaded with crumbs, and I kinda like this kind more than the beer-battered ones! Which one do you guys prefer? #GirlEatAustralia with @yhaaustralia
I don’t know about you, but I can’t say no to anything served with chips. So when I was in the UK and Australia, plenty of meals consisting of different types of fish and chips were had. In Australia, you can choose to have it crumbed or beer-battered. I personally prefer crumbed since I love the gritty texture it gives to the fish! Where to get it: My personal favourite was a takeaway from Circular Quay in Sydney. I ate it at the nearby Royal Botanic Garden for a beautiful view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
Mohinga – Myanmar
Currywurst – Germany
Currywurst is not just delicious, but also tells you a bit of history about its place of origin. This dish was born out of the war, where its main ingredients – curry powder and ketchup became available in Germany through presence of British Soldiers during World War II. Combine these ingredients with German sausages, and you have what we now call currywurst. I think I had at least one a day when I was in Germany.
Where to get it: Anywhere in Germany!
Onigiri – Japan
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Onigiri 🍙 at Odawara castle. #onigiri is a classic japanese food - it's rice ball filled with all sorts of ingredients like salmon, tuna, egg, ume (plum) and sometimes just plain rice ball with furikake (seasoning). They are sold at most konbini (convenience stores) so they are super easy to get. I had at least two of these every day that i was in Japan... 😍 so simple yet so so good! #japan #odawara #castle #おにぎり#日本 Thank you for 8000 followers ☺️. I dedicate this post to those who have helped me get to this point by featuring this instagram. in no particular order: @thrillist (via @citizenstrange), @businessinsider (via Jennifer Polland and Alyson Penn), @nsmbl (via @annanooshin) and last but definitely not least the cool folks at /r/travel @redditofficial
The concept of onigiri is so simple and so functional that it is totally endearing to me. Onigiri is white rice shaped into triangles, filled with various stuffings and wrapped in seaweed paper. This makes the rice easier to consume while still being delicious and wholesome! As such, you’ll often find this in lunchboxes and places where you can grab quick food on the go. The filling of onigiri varies from seafood like tuna, salmon and fish roe to vegetable options, such as pickled fruits. Where to get it: Everywhere in Japan. Even convenience stores like 7/11 have them, but it's best to get them earlier in the day since they do sell out and don’t seem to be restocked throughout the day. If you come at night you might be faced with slim pickings.
Singapore hawker food – Singapore
I think the reason why I love living in Singapore so much is our hawker food. I know I'm cheating since hawker food is technically a type of cuisine, but I just can’t bear to only pick one! In Singapore, there are tons of open-air eateries (all within 5-10 mins walk of each other) that serve a similar type of food. My personal favorites are ban mian (noodle soup dish), mee sua (dry noodle dish with vinegar sauce), char kway teow (flat rice noodle pan fried in dark soy sauce) and pork meat with rice. Best of all? These dishes don’t normally run over £2! So cheap and delicious.
Where to get it: Hawker stalls are available island-wide, but there are a few that stand out, such as Old Airport Road, Newton and Tiong Bahru market.
Samosa Chaat – India
Is it possible to be in love at first bite? Because that’s what happened to me when I first had samosa chaat. Made from leftover samosas and topped with a variety of spices and ingredients, it’s a delightful mix of texture and flavour. If you like the strong Indian spices you'll especially enjoy this dish. Where to get it: Originating from north India, you can find this dish in most parts of India.
Martabak – Indonesia
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One of my most faaaaaaavorite food to go home for: Sweet Martabak with cheese and condensed milk, overlooking the beautiful city of #Bandung. So I know Martabak isn't from Indonesia per se, but it has been a very popular street food for as long as anyone can remember. While Martabak in other countries are usually savory with thin dough, I'm certain this sweet kind can only be found in Indonesia. What's more is that it's highly customizable! You can order sweet Martabak, or "Martabak Manis" as locals would call it, with various stuffings - the most popular combination being chocolate & peanuts or cheese & condensed milk. You can also choose the thickness of the dough, thick as pictured or thin for extra crunch. They're both fine options. But the key secret ingredient that makes Martabak so delicious, just like other great things in life, is that it's slathered with a lot of butter... And i mean TONS. A block of butter is smoothed over freshly cooked dough so that it melts and blends into the entire goodness. In fact butter is such an important part of it that there are two tiers of Martabak - original with margarine or special with dutch Wysman butter for a few extra bucks. Of course we always get special :P And the taste? I don't think I can describe it other than "heavenly, buttery, sinfully delicious" 👌👌 best served fresh off the pan, you'll never forget that first bite of Indonesian sweet martabak. #VSCOcam / S3 #GirlEatWorld