What's With The Street Food?

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How often do you opt for street food? Does it teases your taste buds? According to a study, more than 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.

Historically, it is believed that street food came into the picture because the poor didn't have kitchens in their homes.

Today, the reasons have changed and so is the taboo associated with it historically. Now a days, people love street food and have various reasons to opt for it.
  • Ethnic taste;
  • Readily available and;
  • Most importantly, it is reasonably priced.

Well, who does not want to grab a quick bite while shopping or if you are in a rush? Being easily available and presented in a tempting way, it makes you drool over it even if you are not so hungry. 

Street food is served around the world but varies with the countries and cultures.

  • In India, people tempt for chaat, dahi-bhalla, faluda, vada-paav and gol gappa which I have seen changing its name to pani puri in Maharashtra and pani patisa in Rajasthan.
  • In Viet Nam, street food relies heavily on herbs, chili peppers and lime. 
  • Thailand is famous for "fiery" and "pungent with shrimp paste and fish sauce"
  • New York City's signature street food is the hot dog.

It still remains a fact that they never taste as good when made at home. Be it their spices, their way of preparation or the way they serve. 

Street food is turning into a culture in some countries and few like China, India and Nigeria are the fastest growing street food markets that even few companies have captured and branded the street food market too. On the other hand, walking on the street while eating is considered rude in some cultures, such as Japan. Difference in cultures and history have resulted in various aspects and how a street vendors operate all over the world.

I am totally in love with the street food. What about you? Are you a street foodie?

16 comments:

  1. I love street food.. I just love chaats and they never taste as good when made at home..

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    1. I totally agree... No matter how good it is when prepared at home, it is never as good as served on streets!

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  2. Hey Himanshu, this was an interesting read. Knowing about the origin of street food was really informative. And it was strange to know that japanese see eating on street as offensive.

    Really Enjoyed this post of yours.

    Okay, I have nominated you For Liebster blog award, please check my blog. Thanx :)

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    1. Thank you so much. Different people, different cultures :)

      Thank you for the nomination.

      Cheers!

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  3. Who doesn't love street food? BTW, it's an interesting board you spotted.

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    1. I know few who do not... :) But majority wins.... Thank you!

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  4. Totally. I missed the name Vada-Paav in the post that makes half of fast food sales in Mumbai, Pune.

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    1. And it is added... :) Thankyou for highlighting :)

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  5. i think girls will unanimously agree they adore street food...:)

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  6. I love street food, and the best of it comes from India..Be it the hot masala vada, or Plantain Bajji or Chats!

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  7. Street food is 'da bomb' for me:) Addicted since I was a kid, no day is complete to me without a plate of sukha puri or samosa chat... Nice post :)

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    1. Hahahaha... that's great. Even I love samosa chaat, so delicious. Thanks for dropping by :)

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  8. Well I absolutely love street food or food of any kind for that matter.

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