The Best Street Food I Ever Ate

Greek Souvlaki (Updated On: April 25, 2016)

We always say that there’s no better way to explore a place than by sampling its food, and in particular, the street food popular with the locals. While we definitely have our go-to favorites, we thought we’d ask the experts about their favorite street foods. Which experts, do you ask? Other travel nuts like us, in the blogger community, of course! Below are the responses from travel bloggers when we asked them “What is the best street food you ever ate?” We’re excited to try (almost) all of these.


Tacos Al Pastor (Mexico)El Fagon Al Pastor Taco

 

Sean and Jen from Venturists:

We actually dream about tacos al Pastor, when we’re not in Mexico. Layers upon layers of marinated pork are skewered and roasted on a vertical spit in full view of the street. The cook spins the skewer to find the perfect spot to slice off small chunks of sweet, juicy, crispy pork directly onto the corn tortillas held in his hand, and then, with a flourish of the knife, flicks a small piece roasted pineapple onto the taco. To complete the perfect taco, it is topped with onions, cilantro, and salsa. We’ll eat a single taco each in just a couple of bites, and then start looking for more!


 

Trdelnik (Czech Republic)Trdelnik

 

Inta from Curious Cat Expat:

When visiting Prague for their Christmas Market, I was introduced to the Trdelnik. The Trdelnik is an eastern European pastry – a soft pastry dough covered in cinnamon sugar and served warm. (The closest thing I’d relate it to is a donut.)

I’m not sure which part is better, watching the baker prepare the Trdelnik or eating them. OK, let’s be real…. eating these luscious, melt-in-your-mouth cylindrical treats is better, but the preparation is a pretty entertaining too. You take one bite and it just melts in your mouth!

The preparation: pastry dough is wrapped around a thick rod, placed over hot coals rotating until baked, and finished with a dusting of cinnamon sugar. During seasonal events you can find stands in the main squares preparing these luscious delights, though year-round they can be found in little bake shops of Prague ….. just follow your nose, you’ll find them….the smell is intoxicating!


Salep (Turkey)Salep vendor at Sultanahment Square, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Ana from Ana Travels:

What do you need after spending the morning walking around Istanbul on a cold winter’s day? A hot, satisfying, nourishing drink: salep. The first time I drank salep I was hooked forever. We had walked from the Grand Bazaar to Sultanahment Square and visited Hagia Sophia and the Basilica Cistern. It was cold, I was tired and, I’ll admit it, cranky.

I spotted a salep vendor in the middle of Sultanahmet Square on our way to the Blue Mosque and decided to give it a try. Salep is made with flour from the tubers of a type of wild orchid, milk, sugar, rose water and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It is a dense drink and retains heat for a long time, which I learned when I burned my tongue. When you drink salep, you can feel the warmth irradiating from your stomach to the rest of your body. It is sweet but not sickly and cinnamon. I detected a slight floral aftertaste. Salep became by beverage of choice when out and about. I got it from street vendors and cafes as well.

Salep is the perfect drink to nourish your body after nourishing your mind with history and culture in Turkey.


Souvlaki (Greece)

 

Chrysoula from Travel Passionate:

My favorite street food is the “Greek souvlaki”. The best I have ever eaten so far is in downtown Athens in a souvlaki shop or souvlatzidiko as we call it named Kostas.  It is situated near Syntagma Square in 5 Pentelis Street.  The shop operates since 1950 in the same spot. They serve souvlaki which means pieces of pork, yoghurt, tomato, onions and parsley all wrapped up in pita bread.  You can understand how tasty it is by the line outside the small shop. So if you ever come to Greece don’t forget to try Greek souvlaki at Kostas!


Tlayudas (Mexico)Tlayuda

 

Claudia from My Adventures Across The World:

Typical of Oaxaca and known as “Oaxacan Pizza”, they are huge corn tortillas, spread with refried beans, guacamole or avocado, cheese and topped with meat (usually grilled pork chops). I enjoyed them at Cenaduria de Lupita, known in town as Tlayudas de San Jacinto, where I took my boyfriend Justin who had just arrived in town and who had to admit that yes, they are delicious. Tlayudas are usually served with sliced radish, cooked and sliced green peppers and they are big, filling and tasty, you must eat them with your hands!


Durian (Thailand)Durian

Margherita from The Crowded Planet:

I grew up listening to my father’s tales about durian. He lived in Singapore during his childhood and fondly remembered the custardy-sweet (but foul smelling) king of fruits.
The first time I tried durian was in Penang. A friend was driving me around and surprised me by saying that Penang was the world’s durian capital, and asked me if I wanted to have a taste of two different varieties. He took me to a street stall, where dozens durians were piled – some whole and some in pieces. He then proceeded to select two – one large and pointy, the other smaller and rounded.
I fell in love with durian after the first bite. I was living my dad’s memories vicariously through the fruit. I tried the first durian, the large and pointy one. It was sweet and creamy, the smelly aftertaste only making it more delicious. I remember my father’s tales of monkeys running through frangipane trees in his garden. Then, I had the second one, which was slightly bitter and had pink-coloured flesh. I felt as if I was with my father, wandering around the newborn city of Singapore.
I ended up having durian every day during my Penang stay.

 


Whole Deep Fried SquidWhole Deep Fried Squid

 

Victoria from The Freedom Travellers:

The best street food I’ve ever eaten has to be in Taipei. The night markets are full of delicious and interesting finger food to sample. Can’t say the local delicacy of stinky tofu was my favourite…that one is an acquired taste. For me it had to be the deep fried crispy squid. Whole squid, deep fried in a light and crispy batter with a little added spice…so good!


Zapiekanka (Poland)

 Zapiekanka

João from Travelholic Nomad:

Zapiekanka – it’s one of the most popular Polish street foods, and definitely one of the tastiest! Most zapiekanka sandwiches are made with french bread (baguette), sauteed mushrooms and cheese. You can also add meat, ham or vegetables. Ketchup is used almost all the time on top, and trust me, it does make the difference! I ate this too many times when I was in Poland, from Kraków to Zakopane, and there wasn’t once where I could say I had a bad zapiekanka. It is crunchy, but at the same time melts in your mouth because of the cheese, it’s just hard to explain how awesomely tasty it is. You’ll just have to head to Poland and try it out for yourself!


Hoettuck (South Korea)WanderlustExplorers_Hoettuck

 

Jen & Kiki from Wanderlust Explorers:

A hoettuck is a delicious, hot pancake filled with brown sugar and nuts, that when cooked becomes a delicious, lava hot treat. They tend to fold the hoettuck in half and put it into a paper cup so that one can manage to hold it. They sell for about $1 USD and can be found all over Seoul, but we found them typically near the Myeongdong area, close to Namsan Park. A perfect cool weather dessert snack.


The Pie Lady (Mexico)Puerto Vallarta Pie Lady

Carole from Travels with Carole and Berkeley and Beyond:

Arrival in Yelapa, near Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, is by small boat.  After wading ashore, visitors grab a chair in the sand and order up beer and snacks from beach shacks . . . and wait for the arrival of the Pie Lady.  She carries the day’s selection atop her head.  If you’re lucky, it will be your favorite, but most likely will be yummy coconut cream.  Any way you look at it, a mouthful of pie is quite a treat to be enjoying on a beach in paradise.  But don’t come here on Sunday.  That is the Pie Lady’s day to rest.


Rellenitos de platano (Guatemala)Rellenitos

 

Ben & Jazzy from Road Affair:

There is something about this Guatemalan snack that is irresistible. I mean mouth watering, jaw dropping, eye-popping-out-of-socket good.  Rellenitos de platano is a deep fried Guatemalan street dessert made from mashed sweet plantains filled with a sweet black bean sauce. We experienced our first foodgasm with this snack. After that, we ate this bad boy three times a day, everyday for one month. It’s safe to say we were in love. A rellenito can cost between 2.50 to 5 quetzals (~$0.30 to $0.65 USD). So not only is it deliciously good, it is also super cheap. Just the way we like it.


Jianbing (China)jianbing

 

Laura from Savored Journeys:

Jianbing is one of China’s favorite snacks and once you get your hands on one of these giant savory crepes, you’ll understand why. Traditionally served as a breakfast snack, Jianbing is now being served up by expert street vendors throughout China at all times of the day and night. I was lucky to try one of these delicious crepes from a street vendor in Beijing. Imagine a traditional fried crepe – spread thin and fried to a perfect golden crisp on a griddle with an egg inside. The crepe gets brushed with hot chili sauce and soy sauce, topped with scallions, cilantro and crispy wontons, folded over a few times and served piping hot. I guarantee it’s some of the best street food you’ll ever eat.


BBQ Enoki Mushrooms Wrapped in Bacon (Thailand)bbq'd mushroom BKK

 

Megsy & Tommo from Travel Freedom Podcast and Five Dollar Traveller:

While roaming the streets of Bangkok’s Chinatown on a weekend, it may be hard to chose only one street food option. Deciding to explore down a small side street, we spotted a couple of guys barbecuing these babies and we knew we couldn’t resist. As the bacon cooks, all of the flavour is soaked up by the enoki mushrooms giving you the perfect taste of bacon and mushroom awesome. mmmm bacon. It’s the perfect mix of flavour and texture.


Liege Waffle (Belgium)waffle

 

Sim from Travel Hacks:

This is me right before munching on a Liège waffle in Brussels. I’ve had a lot of waffles outside Belgium but I never thought there would be much of a difference… But boy, it’s a completely new level! The waffle itself was warm, smelled heavenly, crisp on the outside with crystallised sugar on top and when you bit in… soft and mellow and just like the love for food should taste!


Balut (Philippines)Mr. Chasing the Donkey_balut

 

Mate from Chasing the Donkey:

It’s this balut!  Balut is a duck embryo that has been boiled and is sold on the streets of the Philippines. I tried this when I was with my Philippino friends many years ago, and have eaten it a few times since.  To really embrace the balut experience, you need to follow it up with a local beer.


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Have you tried any of these street foods? Do you know a street food that can’t be missed, that wasn’t here? Please leave a comment!

 

 

23 thoughts on “The Best Street Food I Ever Ate

  1. This post looks amazingly delicious! I wish I could thrust my hand through the screen and grab a few of those delicacies.

  2. Wow! This list is great! I love it that travel bloggers aren’t afraid to try street food. There are so many delicious things to try around the world. Can’t wait to find some of these on my own.

  3. OMG so many tasty noms in this article. Heading to Prague tomorrow so Trdelnik is now on my must try list. yay

  4. Such a great post! Although even the thought of Durian fruit makes my stomach turn haha – first time I ever had it was in Borneo and I had to spit it out. Street food is such a big part of sampling a country!

  5. You should warn people before clicking on this post! I was drooling! I’m missing German currywurst, although I would first try to eat all the other things listed above (apart from the duck embryo, specialty or not I don’t think I could swallow that).

  6. OmG this is one good blog! I can’t get enough of your pictures, descriptions and mostly FONTS!! So cute. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  7. I’ve only tried a few of them but they all sound and looks wonderful! A very tasty post 🙂

  8. Great post, I am heading to Hoi An in Vietnam tomorrow and have just signed up for a street food tour with a local there – this has made me more excited about that! (Sharing on Twitter & Pinterest)

  9. YUM!! I am going to assume you haven’t been to India since you don’t have any Indian street food on your list 😉 These are amazing. I have only tried a few – the rellenitos de platano were a favorite when I was in Guatemala. I pretty much lived off plantains and black beans and scrambled eggs while there (I was vegetarian at the time). Great post!

  10. Ogh my god! I tried the Sahlep too in Istanbul! And it was amazing!! Too bad I burnt my tongue in my eagerness to get to it!

  11. Thanks for featuring us in this great post. If I had to choose, I would try the Tlayudas from Mexico and if I was feeling supppeeerrr adventurist I would try the Balut and whole fried squid.

  12. We literally became obsessed with the Zapiekanka in Poland… best thing ever!! I started reading this and that came to mind straight away! The food in Mexico looks amazing though!

  13. Hi Sean and Jen,

    Looks like some grade A food here! Save the nasty balut lol…..I give the eater credit, because I couldn’t be within 4 feet of it hahahaha…..the Korean pancake looks amazing! I’d eat 5 to 10, then, would be back the next day for I have a serious sweet tooth.

    Ryan

  14. I am salivated looking at this list!!! Maybe not so much with the duck embryo, but everything else YUM! And having just left Poland, I am so glad Zapiekanka made it on this list, it is the most simplest but delicious street food! And you have fun saying the name too.

  15. Wow! These look absolutely amazing! I’d love to try street food from everywhere. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Well now I am hungry! And glad I found this post because today I was at a Turkish restaurant and saw some men drinking Salep and was so intrigued by it! I wish I had been able to try it. Next time we are in turkey 🙂 I have to say I just love street food and I agree that souvlaki is one of my favorites! Can’t wait to eat street food everywhere 🙂

  17. I love Trdelnik! They have these at the Christmas markets in Poland too.

    I also recommend Takoyaki – fresh octopus balls made by hand (or rather spun around with just a toothpick) on the streets of Osaka, Japan…

    http://www.sidewalksafari.com/2015/02/20-japanese-food-experiences.html

  18. Read this just before heading out to lunch! I fear that nothing I can muster up in this lunch break will come close to the delights you have assembled here! Brilliant post!

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