We love street food. Whether it’s yakitori in Tokyo or tacos al pastor in San Miguel de Allende, snacking on street food is an essential part of the travel experience, as is writing about it. But we also enjoy reading about, which is why we’ve started this series of street food stories.
We love eating street food as much for the delight of discovering delicious new ways to please our taste buds, as for the insight that roadside dining gives us into how people live their day-to-day lives.
Selling everything from spicy chicken and papaya salad (somtam) to pork satay and fried eggs and rice, depending upon the time of day, street food stalls cram the footpaths of Sukhumvit Soi 16, our home in Bangkok for the last four months.
No matter what time we walked down our busy street, whether it was heading out at dawn to photograph monks at a mass alms-giving or popping out in the evening to shoot a fashion show, there’d be some kind of food stall setting up or shutting down, cooks prepping food for the day ahead or cleaning up after a twelve-hour stint, stall-holders ran off their feet feeding the onslaught of office workers, or taking a moment to nap before the arrival of the after-work crowd.
By the end of our stay on Soi 16, we were so familiar with the ebb and flow of our foodie street, we not only knew what to eat when and where, we could have pitched in to help one of the stall owners, such as our new friend Noi, if staff didn’t turn up for a shift.
It’s this passion we have for street food that has motivated us to run a series of street food stories we’re filing under Footpath Feasting, in which we’ll cover everything from Cambodian street food in Siem Reap to tips to eating street food safely around the world. We hope you’ll join us for what we promise will be some mouthwatering fun.
From time to time we’re also planning to do round-ups of the best street food stories on the web. If you’ve written a blog post on a street food dish, stall, vendor, street, neighbourhood, recipe, or walking tour taking in street food, or if you have a blog dedicated to street food, then let us know and include a link in the Comments below.
If we like what we see, we’ll include it in one of our themed Footpath Feating round-ups with a link to your site. Let the street food fun begin!