Bangkok Street Food. Soi 38 Thong Lor. Bangkok, Thailand.

Footpath Feasting: the Best Street Food Stories on the Web

When we started our Footpath Feasting series on street food with this post we invited Grantourismo readers who blog to share their most delicious street food stories. These are the ones that made us salivate the most:

At Messin Around, Lily provides an introduction to the “cheap, tempting street food” scene in Taipei, Taiwan. “Carts and open-air food stalls are everywhere in Taiwan, hawking steamed buns, pillowy filled cakes, shaved ice, bowls of slippery noodles, and grilled or deep-fried goodies that you eat from a stick or out of a waxed paper bag,” Lily writes. “No need to decipher a menu or exchange words with the vendor—you can see and smell exactly what’s being offered.”

Hong Kong-based Janice, who blogs at E*ting the World also posts on Taiwanese food and, in this post, a food market that she discovered on a bike trail in Fengyuan, 30 minutes from Taichung city, Taiwan, where 6-8 food stalls sell Taiwanese street food favourites, from Lu Rou Fan, a pork and rice dish, to Taiwanese sausages laced with wasabi. “One of the great things about moving back to Asia has been the street food!” says Janice.

Another Asian based blogger, I am the Witch, who lives in KL, has us dying to try Sha Cha Mian or Sand Tea Noodles, after reading about the street food that she discovers on Zhong Shan Lu pedestrian street in Xiamen, China, which she blogs about here and here.

Natalie writes on Near Afar about the burgeoning Vancouver street food scene, including the proliferation of food trucks in her Vancouver Foodie Wrap Up post. She says: “What I love about it is that a lot of the carts are serving some very fresh fish, which you don’t see in other cities.”

 also loves the Vancouver street food scene, which she explored over two weeks, devouring everything from banh mi sandwiches to Bulgogi tacos, which she reviews at her blog Travel Eater. It’s a handy guide for anyone planning a food-focused trip to the Canadian city.

Jaime writes about the traditional Salvadoran snack pupusa, made of thick, hand-made corn tortillas filled with cheese, minced pork meat and refried beans on his blog Breakaway Backpacker. He loved them so much he attempted to keep a tally of how many he ate, but couldn’t keep up! Read his ode to pupusas here.

Foodie International is also smitten with the pupusa – along with the chile relleno. A devotee of street-side eating, which she believes is the truest way of connecting with the living culinary history of a new place, she blogs about the Guatemalan version in this post on Antigua, Guatemala. She also blogs about everything from stinky tofu to shrimp balls in this photo essay on Beijing’s night markets.

Can has been documenting Turkish street food for a few years at Eat and Let Live, and in this delicious post, Glorious Gourmet Gluttony – Street Edition, Turkey he writes about all kinds of mouthwatering treats, from enormous doners of succulent meat to midye tava sandwiches filled with deep-fried mussels.

And what better way to end than with dessert? Over on Nomads on the Road, Mike has posted in salivating-inducing detail about Sicily’s sweet gelato and his trip to Cefalu for the 4-day gelato festival where 31 stalls offered 31 different types of gelato. We’re guessing he tried them all!

If you’ve got a scrumptious street food post you’d like to submit for consideration for our next Footpath Feasting round-up, leave the link to your post in the Comments below. 

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  1. Jaime

    Ahh I love love love street food not only cus its cheap but beacause most of the time it taste better than a fancy restaurant. Thanks for including my post in this collection.

  2. Natalie T.

    Thank you so much for including me in your blog post. How sweet of you! I was really surprised by the food scene (and the food truck scene in Vancouver). Toronto doesn’t have the laws to get food trucks approved, so they’ve trumped us there. We’re working on it though! I’m really flattered because your blog is one of my favourites. :)

  3. Lara Dunston

    No worries including your post – it’s a good read.

    After 23 days eating in most of Sydney and Melbourne’s top restaurants (we’re working on a couple of magazine stories), I can’t say street food tastes better than food in fancy restaurants. We’ve had some of the most extraordinary eating experiences of our lives over the last few weeks.

    However, I agree it can taste damn good, as well as being great value – when you taste a sublime pho that cost you a few dollars, you wonder why some dishes cost ten times as much, don’t you?

  4. iamthewitch

    Thank you so much for including me in this Footpath Feasting edition! I just love how unpretentious and honest street food is – you get what you see, and not to mention it’s cheap! :)

  5. Lara Dunston

    Thanks, Jack! We’ll check it out. Love Scottish tablet! But you’re right, not really street food, but maybe we should do a post on best confectionary/sweets from around the world :)

  6. Lindsey

    It’s not exactly French food but Le Camion Qui Fume will definitely make the history books – Paris’s first food truck! The Californian chef and her French husband launched a gourmet burger truck in November that has achieved astounding success in only a few months time. People wait almost an hour to get their hands on these burgers which are, I can attest, absolutely spectacular. (will send link separately!)

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