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Have you ever eaten at a street food market/hawker whilst travelling overseas?

How was the food?

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I love street food, you can get some amazing and authentic food and it usually costs very little. I've sample street food in Yemen, Nigeria, Egypt and Zanzibar as well as from markets in various European cities. If it's hot, fresh and lots of people are buying then you're bound to have a great meal.
No I haven't, even when asked.
Don't like 'hawkers' big time!
Yes, in Italy I had pizza from a street hawker. It was great - big huge slices for the equivalent of $1 and you didn't have to buy a whole pizza.
I've had street food a number of times, I think it's a great way to eat local food and try new flavours. I look for well cooked items, and take recommendations from locals. Best street food was some satay in Malaysia, banana pancakes in Thailand and some great chinese food in Chinatown in Singapore. The worst street food I have ever had was in Belize where I sampled local 'tacos' and one bite confirmed that this was chicken taco made with bones and all, words cannot explain how horrible it was. Another mistake I made was when I was in Guatamala and ordered a 'mince pie' from a street bakery. I very naively thought that it would be sweet like the other baked goods but it was full of a very spicy mince and bean combo. Not unpleasant, just unexpected.
I bought some roasted chestnuts of a guy in the street in Italy once. They were good.
My husband has and he loved it.
by Vee
I have many years ago in Asia when I was young and nothing upset my stomach.
Nowadays I think I would be a bit more hesitant as many parts of Asia don't seem to have the hygiene laws we have in Australia, and have meat etc sitting in the hot sun (perhaps then it needs less cooking!)
by Finy
No. No. No.
Yeah I have.They for some reason taste so yummy.
Art -is it perhaps that they use far more salt and salty things than most of us do at home? That is the case with me..
by Finy
Yeah could be.Also I guess use of some MSG too.
by Sasha
Yup - some of the ones in Singapore are FAB and Nutella pancakes off the street in Paris are sensational.
Absolutely - it's the best way to taste the real food of so many countries. I've just come back from Singapore and this is one country that you just have to try their street food - especially their satay - yummo.
Yes. In Thailand when I had been strongly advised not to do so. I also had a strong childhood rule of not talking to strangers. As for going off with a woman you met in a Bankok bookshop for a tour of southern Thailand while your husband was working..........Well I was not sold into the white slave trade and I was directed to street food by a local. On a locals only beach a small girl mixed me a delicious nuttjy morsel served on a nasturtium leaf as she knelt in the dust. I did not die, bit my husband ate at an upmarket seafood restaurant and almost did.
I know it was not funny, Grann, but the way you tell it sounds so funny -my first laugh for the day! thanks
by Finy
The food was fresh and amazing so much better than overpriced tourist restaurants. I eat from street carts all the time when travelling
In Singapore and Hong Kong. They have high standards of cleanliness and the food is real Chinese. Have no problems eating at hawker places.
Yes - I love Street Food ! I still crave for the Curried Mutton Beef wrapped in freshly made Roti I had at the Market In Suva Fiji.

Yes, tried BBQ frog on a stick and fried crickets in Cambodia. Awesome street food in Vietnam. Also have eaten in Singapore and Malaysia. Have never been sick and the locals love to chat to you.
In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the street vendors sell these little pizza-like things. I can't remember anymore what was on them, but they were so delicious.
I'm always a bit nervous about trying it as I don't want to get sick when I'm travelling.
Yes, I did. I remember I only ate in street food markets when I was in Finland because the restaurants were too expensive for my budget & the food was great.
Yes, all the time. It's the best way to get authentic dishes, and the easiest way to immerse in their culture and people watch. I love the street hawkers in Bangkok and their AUD$1 portions are perfect for small eaters like me. That, or the excuse to try another dish from another hawker after. Haha.
Yes, absolutely, some of the best food in Thailand came from the street vendors. It's hot, fresh and nutritious.

It's almost always the best and cheapest way of trying local foods, although it is a bit risky in terms of hygiene and health issues.
Yes, most definetly, in many circumstances this is the opportunity to experience the real food of the area. A few thing to keep in mind however. Dont do it if you are new to international travel and are prone to belly bugs. Always check that the food is thoroughly cooked over a hot flame (that it comes to you seriously hot), that the food does not smell off, that it does not contain anything that would normally cause any stomach upset, and that basic precautions when handling your food are covered. Is so much fun it is great to participate, but just take some basic precautions to ensure a happy holiday
great food. a great way to eat well and cheaply. but there are a few things to watch out for. mostly you just need to make sure the food is hot to ensure you limit your chances of getting a belly bug if new to travelling. fresh fruit on ice from the sellers is also great, refreshing and cheap but you need to be careful.
I considered it while in Mexico, but didn't actually do it. I likely will next time though.
Plenty of times but only vegetarian options
yes, but they must look really clean

by Gia
Many's the time in SE Asia & found it delicious!
Golden rule: watch your meal being COOKED IN FRONT OF YOU!
Oftentimes, when in Singapore!
Not so much in the other Asian cities' I visited.
Loved it!
The variety was unbelievable!

Best hot dog I've had was from a street vendor near Santa Monica pier. Have eaten with the locals very cheaply in Singapore but was not from a street hawker.
Yes, many times when overseas. Always enjoyed the food.
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