Every traveler knows the importance of sampling the local cuisine – which includes eating where the locals eat.
The “tourist trap” restaurants are not only overpriced – but they aren’t as authentic as what you’ll find off the beaten path.
And with each country having their own unique flare and flavor – which one of these countries listed below do you think has the best street food?
In India, the flavors are intense – and the combination of spices is sure to satisfy every palate.
You can start with panipuri – which is a hollow, deep fried pastry that’s been stuffed with mouth-watering items like chutney, potatoes, onions, hot chilis, and chickpeas.
Or, you can try vada pao, which is sort of the Indian version of a “burger.”
Remember, in India cows are sacred, so they don’t eat beef. Instead, vada pao is a fried potato dumpling placed in the middle of a bun and served with condiments like chutney.
It is NOT a substitution for a burger (as we know it) – but it is something fun to try.
If you walk down the streets of El Salvador – it won’t be long before you see someone cooking pupusas – a rice or corn tortilla stuffed with everything from beans, to garlic, to cheese and any type of meat you’d like.
Locals eat these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – and they cost less than $1.00 each!
Yuca frita and papas fritas (fried potatoes) – or as we call them “french fries” – are another popular hit and are often topped with ketchup, mayo, and even fermented cabbage.
If you like Thai food – you’ve likely tasted Pad Thai – one of the most famous dishes out of Thailand.
This dish is also a popular street food and is composed of rice noodles, bean sprouts, fried egg, peanuts, and meat (you can get tofu of veggies too). Topped with cilantro and a lime wedge – you can order this the “American way” with no heat– or get it “Thai hot” – and experience true heat!
The chicken satay is another popular option and is served on a skewer with a peanut dipping sauce.
And in Thailand many people eat out because it’s relatively inexpensive – and eating together is known as a major part of their social culture.
Of course – first on the list is a taco!
The fresh ingredients like guacamole, onion, tomato, and cilantro make these a must-try.
After eating a true taco in Mexico – you’ll never view a taco from an American restaurant the same way again.
If you prefer a little crunch, consider a tostada – a tortilla that’s either baked or fried – and piled on with a variety of toppings.
You can choose your own meat – including seafood – and of course don’t forget the cheese and salsa.
Regardless of where you go – sampling street food is a must.
A word of caution though – the hygiene standards in other countries aren’t the same as we have here in America.
It’s best to stick to foods that have been cooked – as fruits and vegetable are typically washed or rinsed in contaminated water – if washed at all – and can make you sick.
Unless you have a really strong stomach and are used to traveling and eating street food – take it easy your first few trips.
Which country do you think has the best street food?
What food on our list would you like to sample first?
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