When planning a vacation, many of us choose destinations where there are great restaurants. Food is a high priority for most people when picking a holiday destination and this can range from trying out local delicacies to eating at Michelin starred establishments. As much as we love fine dining, our favourite thing to do when visiting a new city is to sample the different kinds of street food. Coming from the street food capital of the world, India, we feel it’s only fair to offer other countries the chance to impress us. If you agree with the fact that street food is the most telling way to determine a country’s gastro-worth then follow us on this journey across the world!
Bangkok may be known for many things but it is arguably one of the best places in the world to explore and discover incredible flavours and culinary experiences. The fun with street food is that you never know what to expect which is what we love about Bangkok. Bangkok operates very much like it has for centuries when food was sold from floating markets, you can now visit the ancient canals and waterways to find vendors selling delicious local preparations. Though you really don’t have to go that far. Walk down any street in the city and you will find metal carts cooking up incredibly chicken satay, hoy tod, pad thai and kao pad. A melange of flavours that will stimulate every sense.
No matter what any Mumbaiite says, Delhi definitely has the best street food in the country. From mouth-watering Punjabi dishes like chole bhature, golgappe, parathas and all kinds of chaat; Delhi is where you go for incredible street food. The other great thing is that you get varieties from all over North India so it’s a great experience to experiment and discover new flavours. Delhi also has a great connection to its Mughal past so you will find as much Mughlai cuisine as you will Punjabi. The only thing you need worry about here is all the weight you’re going to gain eating this delicious food.
Traveling a little further away, Mexico City is a dream destination for foodies. You could spend your entire day sampling street food and still not have made a dent in the city’s gastronomic history. Start your day off at La Merced which is an open-air market where you’ll find incredible dishes and ingredients as well. Look for corn chips, tacos, chicharrónes, quesadillas, flautas and you’ll be one happy camper. To end things on a sweet note, what else but churros! Another incredible dessert we discovered were elotes. Though this may sound weird, trust us, they are delicious! Elotes are essentially corn cobs covered with mayo, cheese and chilli. Try them and you’ll thank us!
We have so many more destinations for street food that we’ve tried and loved, but we want to hear from you! What is your favourite street food city and why. Let us know in the comments section below.