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.
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 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!)
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.
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, 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.