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Eating: It’s one of life’s great pleasures. And for travelers, it’s even more than that. When you’re traveling, food isn’t just about sustenance or even enjoyment. It’s culture, authenticity and experience. It’s interaction with locals. It’s life at its simplest and its most exciting.
look for a local food blog or in the city newspaper’s food section and skim a few stories to get a sense of what’s tried-and-true or new and exciting
Today, apps like Google Translate and Waygo can translate a menu into English in a matter of moments, so you know what you’re getting
One of the quickest ways to get the lay of a culinary scene is to spend a few hours with a guide
Don’t be afraid to pass on stunning picture windows or halibut in December in favor of a good meal Eat at the market Travelers don’t always have the time or know-how to cook with the fresh ingredients from markets around the world. Thankfully, market restaurants tend to be nearly foolproof<
Places like Hong Kong have blurred the line between haute cuisine and quick comfort food, as humble dim sum diners win Michelin stars. That's still the exception, but most chefs on the street aren't looking for that kind of recognition. They're cooking for crowds who pack around their stands day after day. Here are the 23 best cities in the world for street food, from quick snacks to moveable feasts:
Street food in the Philippines is nothing short of delicious, offering a rich variety of flavours that will have you smacking your lips and shouting ‘sarap!’ With so much to choose from, here are the standouts to look out for on your Manila street food hunts.
Public markets are great places to try Filipino street food, and this bustling ‘old downtown’ district of Manila has choices in abundance.
While tusok-tusok are considered more snacks than full meals, Mang Larry’s grilled treats are meant to be feasted on.
South Manila’s best choice for an isaw face-off comes with four signature dips, where the tamis-anghang (sweet and spicy) flavour has won many a customer’s taste buds.
Malabon City is home to hundreds of classic dishes, which have been hugely popular for generations.
Street-style barbecue platters served with a side of orchids? This may sound unconventional, but it works.
The name of this Kapitolyo restaurant hints at its goal: to pull off that genuine eskinita (street corner) feel, all the while serving upscale quality street food.
A pioneer in Pasig City’s Kapitolyo food district, which initially specialised in the beloved Filipino halo-halo dessert and is now better known for its pork barbecue and pancit.
Besides the modern pares meals it serves, Rapsadoodle is a place to enjoy unli-platter (unlimited) street food, modern iskrambol (pink-colored banana slushy) and bibingka-inspired (flat but fluffy rice cake) waffles.
Affordable, accessible and good chicken barbecue – that’s how regulars describe this barbecue joint in Edsa-Mandaluyong.
The public market under the Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3) is an accessible spot for eating street food and Filipino dishes, carinderia-style.
You should always take a chance on things you haven’t tried, on dishes that sound strange, on restaurants that seem unfamiliar. This is one of the golden rules of travel, adapted for the voracious eater: always take chances.
When you think of risk-taking in terms of travel, food doesn’t often play a part. You think about the tuk-tuk rides through crazy traffic, the internal flights with dodgy domestic carriers, the border crossings in the middle of nowhere. You don’t think about salted squid.
This isn’t merely about filling your stomach either, or pleasing your taste buds. When you’re travelling, eating is a way of interacting with people, a way of burrowing into a culture, a way of discovering places and customs you would ordinarily have missed. And you may have to take risks to find this stuff.
The same goes with markets the world over: from the bags of grasshoppers in the Ugandan capital Kampalato the mysterious animals in Phonsavan, Laos; from the seafood in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market to the black-market caviar in Baku, Azerbaijan. To step outside your culinary comfort zone is to witness the world in a different light, to see how people act when they’re doing something they love.
The market has changed a lot over the last 75 years.
After being a black market, it became home to Tohoku's seafood in the 1950s since nearby Ueno is the city's gate to the north of the country. In the 1970s and 80s, immigrants from abroad made their homes in the area and there is a growing variety of foods. With more tourists flooding the market, stands are converting from shops to restaurants at night, tables spilling into the streets.
1. Bar-hop for pint doe on SAN Sebastian’s streets
2. Choose your curry laksa stall beneath the towers of Kuala Lumpur
3. Roll up for a sushi masterclass in a traditional Tokyo setting
4. Is Texan beef brisket worth the four-hour queue? Hell yeah!
5. Som tum: the Bangkok street salad that packs a mighty punch
6. Grab a slice of smørrebrød, Copenhagen’s bread of heaven
7. Visit the New Zealand coast where the crayfish is so good they named a town after it
8. Bibimbap: the South Korean bowl food that’s everybody’s best friend
9. Sing the praises of pizza where the Margherita took form
10. Hone in on Hong Kong for quintessential dim sum
Many people say that they travel to ‘experience another culture’, yet a great deal of us spend most of our time abroad surrounded by other tourists instead of truly seeing how the locals live.
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t visit the main tourist attractions, nor am I saying that you need move in with a local and follow them everywhere they go.
Unless you’re spending a significant amount of time somewhere it’s pretty difficult to participate in everyday life and truly learn about another culture.
But this is where food comes in.
For many people, food is important in preserving cultural identity. Recipies and cooking techniques are passed down from generation to generation. Some dishes tell a story of an entire nation, whilst others may be specific to a small group. Immigrants will even bring the food of their home countries with them when they move to other parts of the world.
Some countries specialise in a particular food type based on local availability or historical factors, whereas others avoid certain foods due to prominent religious beliefs. Some local dishes have stayed the same for hundreds of years, while others have changed as a result of outside influence.
As outsiders, in learning about the local food we can learn about the country we are visiting at a deeper level than simply it’s iconic landmarks.