When it comes to street food Asia is without a doubt the leader in terms of top notch delectable and inexpensive bite sized delights. Prior to teaching English in South Korea, having grown up in Canada, I really didn’t know what street food was all about. Over the past decade, having focused most of my time living and traveling in Asia, I’ve become such a huge fan of street food that I feel as though I’m being robbed whenever I visit a country or city where I’m unable to get it.
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When you think of street food in Asia numerous countries pop into mind. The standouts in my opinion are Korean street food, Chinese street food, Thai street food, Malaysian street food, Vietnamese street food and Taiwanese street food.
The following is a travel and food guide to the best street food to be found in Asia:
1) Thai Street Food
Where can you find Thai street. In a word – everywhere! Street food in Thailand is as much a part of daily life as songthaews and Buddhist monks. In this video we showcase the Saturday Night Market in Chiang Mai, Thailand where we sample numerous street food delights including twist potatoes, blueberry cheesecake ice cream, pan-fried dumplings, sausage and banana pancakes with chocolate.
2) Korean Street Food
I’ve said it before but it is worth repeating again: “There is no place on earth that offers better street food that South Korea.”
Called ‘pojangmacha’ some of my favorites include tteokbokki and hotteok. If you’re in Seoul consider checking out Insadong and Namdaemun for a diverse selection of delectable delights.
3) Macanese Street Food
Friends had told us about the legendary street food in Macua. Fortunately for us we had an opportunity to try it ourselves. Some of the top highlights included egg tarts, pork chop bun, almond cakes, soy milk and Taiwanese pearl milk bubble tea.
4) Chinese Street Food
Our favorite city to eat street, while traveling in China, was the night market in Yangshuo. We started off with satay, a smoky and spicy meat and then moved on to Chinese banana pancakes. Compared to other countries where I’ve tried banana pancakes.
5) Malaysian Street Food
I’ve visited many night markets in Asia and the Jonker Street Night Market, located in Malacca, Malaysia, is one of my all time favorites. On a hot and humid evening we had a chance to cool down with some delicious Cendol.
6) Singapore Street Food
Singapore is by far the most expensive country in Southeast Asia to visit. Accommodation is expensive. Eating at restaurants costs a small fortune. The solution? Hawker Centres. These open air food stall complexes serve up wonderful delights from cuisine all over Asia and especially SE Asia. We were lucky enough to sample Hainanese chicken rice, butter chicken, butter naan, satay and dim sum.
7) Khmer Street Food
Have you ever tried insects before? Prior to traveling in SE Asia I had yet to experience eating an insect. While in Cambodia I had the chance to devour some deep-fried crickets.
8) More Malaysian Cuisine
While wandering around in Melaka we cooled down with Cendol – this time with ice cream while munching on deep-fried banana.
9) More Thailand Cuisine
Here we show you the infamous Thai banana pancake, also known as banana roti, as made from scratch Thai style. While living nearby Chiang Mai Gate we came here often to this stall for a sweet treat and for some dessert. Coming in at only 30 Baht (1 USD) it’s the kind of treat where you can have more than one.
10) Thai Cuisine once again
One of our favorite outdoor stalls in Chiang Mai served yellow noodles with dumplings. The wanton like dumplings were a real treat. Coming in at just over a dollar we ate here often to save money.
This is our street food guide to Asia. Did you enjoy it? What are some of our favorite street foods from Asia or around the world?
This is part of our Travel in Asia series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Asian culture, Asian arts, Asian foods, Asian religion and Asian people.
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