On my first trips to Asia, and whenever I walked through the streets, two senses immediately stimulated me: the smells and colors of street foods. 

Street food is ready-to-eat food or drinks sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption. Some street foods are regional, but many have spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are classed as both finger food and fast food and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals.

During my first visits to street foods, I was a little apprehensive about experiment different foods, but over the years I started eating a little of everything. Honestly, the quality and taste are often better than the food served in many expensive or fancy restaurants.


Street food in Thailand offers various selection of ready-to-eat meals, snacks, fruits and drinks sold by hawkers or vendors at food stalls or food carts on the street side.

Bangkok is often mentioned as one of the best places for street food. Popular street offerings include pad thai (stir-fried rice noodle), som tam (green papaya salad), sour tom yum soup, various selection of Thai curries, to sticky rice mango Indonesian street food is a diverse mix of local Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch influences.

Indonesian street food often tastes rather strong and spicy. A lot of street food in Indonesia is fried, such as local gorengan (fritters), also nasi goreng and ayam goreng, while bakso meatball soup, skewered chicken satay, and cattle salad served in peanut sauce are also popular.

Indian street food is as diverse as Indian cuisine. Every place has its own specialties to offer.

Sources: Jing Xuan Teng (28 April 2016). "The Best Street Food in Jakarta, Indonesia". The Culture Trip; Chawadee Nualkhair (25 November 2015). "Bangkok's best street food: a guide to dishes and districts". The Guardian.

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