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The World's Top 10 Cities For Street Food
While Hotels has plenty of five-star fine dining options, most people opt to eat street food in the city's inexpensive hawker centers, which are open-air food courts where vendors prepare everything from Malaysian curries to Indian roti and Chinese noodle soups.
Street Food Istanbul, Turkey
Plenty of specialties, like boza (a fermented millet drink), originated centuries ago and are synonymous with local culture, while others have arrived more recently as millions of Turks converge on Istanbul from Anatolia (Turkey east of the Bosphorus)
Istanbul's highly developed infrastructure, coupled with the public's insatiable hunger for hearty fast food, means that visitors can eat obscure Turkish specialties typical of distant villages without ever leaving Turkey's cultural capital. Cataloging all of Istanbul's street food is a full-time job, so here are some highlights of what's sold from mobile carts, market stalls, and modest storefronts all over town.
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Street Food Belize
Food in Belize is a mixture of the cuisines of all the internal and surrounding nationalities, with dishes recognisable from Guatemala and Mexico, even if they go by different names. You can find influences here from the Caribbean, Africa and Spain too, and among it all you’ll find restaurants set up by a mixture of expats and entrepreneurial types who recognise that the vast influx of tourists might like something a bit closer to home.
Street Food Belgium
As headquarters of much of the administration of the European Union, Brussels's fine dining scene is one of the world's best. Yet everyone's favorite food seems to be frites (French fries) with a head-spinning choice of sauces from humble mayonnaise to a zingy pepper-packed Brazilian take on ketchup. Get them in cones with tiny forks or with the old standby of moules (mussels) in broth. For dessert or a snack, VirtualTourist says that the waffles - topped with powdered sugar, whipped cream, strawberries and/or chocolate "are alone worth the trip on the Eurostar." Source: Forbes
Mexico City, Mexico
Street Food Mexico
Pull up your socks, lest they be knocked off by the sheer variety and aha! factor of Mexico City antojitos (street food). Case in point: elote, roasted corn on the cob coated in mayonnaise, cotija cheese, chili flakes, and a squeeze of lime. Market buildings such as Mercado Allende in the Coyoacan neighborhood (pictured) brim with stalls selling ceviche, juices squeezed before your eyes and candies made from chile-coated mango or gooey tamarind. For something more familiar, try tacos al pastor (filled with pineapple and pork), or churros (tube-shaped donuts) filled with chocolate. Source: Forbes
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Street Food In Vietnam
Banh mi is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is a single serving baguette, therefore the term bánh mì is synonymous with this type of bread. The bánh mì is usually more airy than its Western counterpart, with a thinner crust. It is sometimes metonymous with a food item known as a "Vietnamese sandwich" or "Vietnamese Po-boy," for which the bánh mì serves as the bread wrapper
Street Food Italy
Italy is normally a slow-food, sit-and-eat kind of country, so VirtualTourist was surprised by the variety of street food in Palermo, the capital of the island of Sicily. Fried food finds include arancini (rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), crocche (potato balls), panelle (chick pea fritters), and cardoni (stalks of cardoon, aka. artichoke thistle). And of course, they do a mean Sicilan pizza. Source: Forbes
Street Food Malaysia
Virtual Tourist readers sing the praises of the street food of this island state of the northwest coast of the Malaysian peninsula, particularly the Little India and Chinatown areas of Georgetown. Look for char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles), assam laksa (a tart, hot and sour fish soup), roti (Indian-influenced flatbread), and satays of beef, chicken or pork. Source: Forbes
Street Food In Singapore
Chilli crab is a seafood dish popular in Singapore. Mud crabs are commonly used and are stir-fried in a semi-thick, sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce. Despite its name, chilli crab is not a very spicy dish. It is listed at number 35 on World's 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.
Shanghai Dumplings, China
Street Food In China
Dumplings are cooked balls of dough. They are based on flour, potatoes or bread, and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. They may be cooked by boiling, steaming, simmering, frying, or baking. They may have a filling, or there may be other ingredients mixed into the dough. Dumplings may be sweet or savoury. They can be eaten by themselves, in soups or stews, with gravy, or in any other way. While some dumplings resemble solid water-boiled doughs, such as gnocchi, others such as wontons resemble meatballs with a thin dough covering.
Street Food In Bangkok
The noodle is a type of staple food made from some type of unleavened dough which is rolled flat and cut into one of a variety of shapes. While long, thin strips may be the most common, many varieties of noodles are cut into waves, helices, tubes, strings, or shells, or folded over, or cut into other shapes. Noodles are usually cooked in boiling water, sometimes with cooking oil or salt added. They are often pan-fried or deep-fried. Noodles are often served with an accompanying sauce or in a soup. Noodles can be refrigerated for short-term storage, or dried and stored for future use.
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