Street food is an essential part of experiencing the country and culture. When it comes to street food, each city has its own specialty. From Pad Thai in Bangkok to ceviche in Peru, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to eating on your travels.
There’s hundreds of regional dishes that you simply have to try! We’ve rounded up some of the best street food dishes in the world to sample.
Best Street Food Dishes In The World
1. Bánh Mì – Vietnam
All bow down to the mighty bánh mì. You’ll see banh mi stalls over the country, serving this simple-yet-delicious sandwich. This is where the French influence comes into play: it’s a soft, fresh baguette, with pate, pork, fresh herbs, pickle carrots and chilli.
2. Aloo Chaat – India
Aloo chaat is one of the most popular street foods in India, with potatoes, sweet sour spicy chutneys & sev (crispy fried rice noodle pieces). It’s one dish you’ll see in pretty much every city in India. It’s perfect for any time of day and is super delicious.
3. Döner Kebab – Turkey
Arguably Turkey’s most famous street food, döner kebab is a must-try when in the capital. Vertical rotisserie-cooked meat is turned, cooked and cut simultaneously before being stuffed in fresh bread. Be sure to order the classic spit-roasted lamb topped with fresh veggies and sauce.
4. Pad Thai – Thailand
You can’t leave the Thai capital without trying their famous pad thai. You’ll find these delicious stir-fried noodles pretty much everywhere, but the street does them best. Be sure to stop by a stall and get a big bowl of the delicious noodled smothered in fish sauce, eggs, peanuts and so much more.
5. Lechon Manok – The Philippines
Also popular as a main dish in local restaurants, Lechon manok is a rotisserie-style chicken that will have you licking your fingers to get every last taste. The chicken is stuffed with lemongrass, rubbed in a marinade of soy sauce, sugar, and calamansi, before being slow roasted until golden brown and crispy.
6. Fried Kway Teow – Singapore
Also known as ‘char kway teow’ in Singapore, this hearty wok-fried noodle dish has been a popular Singaporean hawker staple for decades. This ‘poor man’s dish’ comes from the region of Chaozhou, in China’s Guangdong province. It’s a noodle dish of lup cheong (Chinese waxed sausage), egg, fishcake and beansprouts, all stir-fried in lard with prawns.
7. Antichuchos – Peru/Bolivia
This meat snack is one of the most traditional and popular dishes in some South American countries– in Peruvian and Bolivian cuisine especially. It’s essentially a meat skewer, marinated in a hot red pepper sauce. There’s various types of meat, but beef heart is the most popular.