The world is full of tasty delights. While sitting down to a meal in a nice restaurant can be a great way to end the day, there are lots of other options that are easier on the pocket book and sometimes end up being the food you remember most about a country. In many places ” Fast-Food” doesn’t involve looking for the golden arches, it is available direct from a local entrepreneur and prepared fresh in front of you. My husband and I , affectionately call this ” street meat ” because the first time we encountered it, we were terrified that it would make us sick. It turns out however, that every time we have been sick while traveling, it was after eating at a nice restaurant.
There are of course some guidelines, you need to follow, to ensure that the food is safe for your family to eat. Always be sure that meat products were properly stored. Watch to see if it is removed from an ice chest and make sure it is cooked fresh in front of you and hasn’t been sitting out for a while. When possible, bring your own mug or glass, because re-usable drinking cups may not be washed in safe or hot water.
The following is a list of some of the best street food I’ve enjoyed. Whenever I get home from traveling, I always want to eat like this but it seems that the key to these regional specialties is the availability of fresh food which we don’t often have access to in North America.
1. Fresh Fruit, Bangkok, Thailand.- Fresh pineapple and melons on ice are peddled around in glass carts and sold on street corners.
2. Corn over charcoal- Chaing Mai, Thailand.
3. Donairs, Halifax, Canada- Atlantic Canadian version like the usual doner kebab, but uses a slightly sweet milk-based garlic sauce and tomatoes/onions. It should be very soaked and sloppy when served.
4. Grilled mystery meat on any street corner in Asia.
5. Fresh Seafood on the beach in Oualidia, Morocco.- The fisherman will come around to take your order then set up a BBQ and grill it right in front of you. Oysters are also on this impromptu menu if you are so inclined.
6. Orange Juice in Djamaa El Fna, Marrakesh- freshly squeezed but I recommend your own glass.
7. Red Tea Djamaa El Fna, Marrakesh.
8. Mint Tea, Fez, Morocco.- Made with green tea and fresh mint leaves steeped in you own tea pot with lots of sugar and poured using a special technique into what look like large shot glasses.
9. Cheese, bread and sausages-Portugal, Spain, France and Italy- A staple found in any market, bakery etc.
10. Gyros, Corfu, Greece. – Consisting of meat (typically lamb and/or beef), tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, and is served in pita bread.