When we started our Footpath Feasting series on street food around the globe we invited Grantourismo readers who blog to share their best street food stories. These are the delicious posts that made us salivate the most.
Footpath Feasting: the Best Street Food Stories on the Web
Tempting street food in Taipei
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.”
A food market in Fengyuan
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.
Vancouver food truck scene
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.”
Banh mi sandwiches to Bulgogi tacos
Johanna 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.
Salvadoran street food snacks
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.
The Guatemalan pupusa and Beijing markets
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.
The Gelato Festival in Sicily
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 round-up of the best street food stories on the web, please leave the link to your post in the Comments below.