International Street Food

25 Aug


Mint Tea, Morocco

Phototograph by Cezary Wojtkowski, My Shot

Glasses filled to the rim with mint, and a healthy helping of sugar, stand ready for the preparation of Morocco’s distinctive green tea. The beverage refreshes the spirit on a hot day in Marrakech, but it’s far more than a thirst quencher. The tea’s preparation and enjoyment are an essential part of the Moroccan culture and a “must-try” experience for any visitor.


Miaokou Night Market, Taiwan

Photograph by Neil Wade, My Shot

Chilung’s Miaokou Night Market has an old temple at its center, but the main focus here is feasting. The market’s yellow lanterns illuminate a mouthwatering array of traditional Taiwanese snack foods, including savory noodle soups, oyster omelets, snails, sticky rice, and tripe. Taiwanese and tourists alike say no visit is complete without a fruity “bubble ice” dessert—black plum is a local favorite.


Shanghai Dumplings, China

Photograph by Justin Guariglia

A Shanghai street vendor serves up a freshly fried helping of the city’s favorite snack—dumplings. The treats are ubiquitous in Shanghai, available in many flavors and combinations.


Noodles, Thailand

Photograph by Dean McCartney, My Shot

A strainer full of noodles, fresh off an open fire, commands the total concentration of a cook in Bangkok’s Chinatown. The skill of such street chefs, and the aroma of their creations, proves irresistible to many passersby.


Chicken Intestines, Philippines

Photograph by Jun Aviles, My Shot

Filipino food vendors created this heaping helping of isaw manok, skewered chicken intestines that are first marinated and later grilled or deep fried to perfection. The snack is typically served with sweet, sour, or spicy sauces.


Beach Food, India

Photograph by Anne Kohl, My Shot

When beachgoers in Goa need a break, tasty treats like these are always close at hand. Unlimited supplies of samosas, chicken, cool drinks, and other favorite Indian fare are found at Anjuna Beach—a onetime hippie haven that still draws sun-loving, fun-loving travelers from around the world.


Grasshoppers, China

Photograph by Boaz Meiri, My Shot

Chinese street foods, like this “bouquet” of skewered grasshoppers, often raise Western eyebrows. But insect eating isn’t as unusual as you might imagine. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 1,400 protein-rich insect species are regularly enjoyed by humans around the world.


Banh Mi Sandwiches, Vietnam

Photograph by Tim Hall/Photo Library

Serving with a smile, a Vietnamese vendor taps a colonial legacy to create an irresistible street cuisine. Banh mi sandwiches, like these in Nhatrang, feature French baguettes filled with a tasty variety of meats and vegetables. They are eagerly consumed across Vietnam, especially for breakfast or lunch.


Sausages, Germany

Photograph by Olivia Sari, My Shot

Only the best of the wurst are served at this German imbissstand. Merrymakers at this Sachsenhausen festival devour bratwurst, bockwurst, and other sausage delicacies while washing them down with beer.


Ceviche, Peru

Photograph by Abraham Nowitz

A cook prepares ceviche in the seaside town of Máncora, Peru. Popular throughout Latin America, ceviche is made by using the juice of citrus, in this case limes, to pickle and “cook” a mix of raw fish and seafood.


Roasted Pigs, Cambodia

Photograph by Mark Ikin, My Shot

Visitors needn’t speak Khmer in order to understand the menu of this street-side food stand in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. Austria eats the most per capita, followed by Spain and Denmark.


Penang, Malaysia

Photograph by Srinivasan Ramakrishnan, My Shot

This is a Chinese hot pot, or steamboat, photographed in Penang, Malaysia.


Pratunam, Thailand

Photograph by Thanh Lai, My Shot

I was walking around the streets in Pratunam, Thailand, at 11 p.m. looking for street food. My older sister (with a look of shock and excitement) tells me this vendor has been here at the exact same spot for 25-plus years making fried doughnuts.

Melaka City, Malaysia

Photograph by Edgar Alan Yap, My Shot

An assortment of street food is laid out at the weekly Jonker Walk Night Market in Melaka City, Malaysia.


Beijing, China

Photograph by Douglas Bakshian, My Shot

I saw these grilled scorpions at a festival in Beijing. Their upward pointing claws created a satanic image, like the devil’s pitchfork. Besides the jumbo black ones, and the bite-size whites, you could follow up with a snack of grilled locusts. I was not feeling adventurous.


Photograph by Pervaiz Saeed, My Shot

This variation of flatbread, made from ground wholemeal flour, is a popular part of Pakistani cuisine. Here the cooked roti is being removed from the heated pit with the help of thin metal rods.


Hyderabad, India

Photograph by Rakesh Kalyankar, My Shot

Sugar- and cream-filled savory, at a bakery in Hyderabad, India



Photograph by Min Shi, My Shot

Grilled pachyrhizus is a popular food in the northern part of China.


Kolkata, India

Photograph by Mahfuzul Hasan Bhuiyan, My Shot

Street food is very popular with tourists in India, especially in Kolkata. Varieties of food and fruit juice shops attract tourists. Shops also create a colorful environment, which creates a competition to sell products. This shot was taken in a street in Kolkata.


Harbin, China

Photograph by Hjortur Valgeirsson, My Shot

The picture was taken on the streets of Harbin in northern China in January 2011. The temperature in the city reaches minus 30°C. Street vendors line the streets selling sugared apples, candy floss, and even ice cream. This lady covers her face and is dressed in multiple layers to sustain the cold. The heat from the cooking and the breathing from the staff create an ever-present mist evaporating from the small cubicle. Taken with an EOS 7D, with Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens.


Seoul, South Korea

Photograph by Michael Robinson, My Shot

This gives new meaning to “fried fish.”


Taipei City, Taiwan

Photograph by Steven Domjancic, My Shot

Interesting looking hot dogs are sold by this vendor in a small town just outside of Taipei City.


Gujarat, India

Photograph by Sahil Lodha, My Shot

Somewhere in the vast and barren desert of Rann of Kutch in western Gujarat, a lady prepares roti for lunch for her family.


Hoi An, Vietnam

Photograph by Eric Cheung, My Shot

I captured this photo on a street in Hoi An, Vietnam.


Delhi, India

Photograph by Romeo Wee Edong, My Shot

Street food in Old Delhi



Photograph by Wahyudhy Zukara, My Shot

A rich historical heritage has evidently resulted in an exotic cuisine. This picture of jackfruit was taken in my hometown of Terengganu, Malaysia, during a wedding feast.


Tamil Nadu, India

Photograph by Thirumurugan Ponnusamy, My Shot

As it gets chilly and cold even at midday in the mountains, these warm, hard-to-resist corn kernels really sell like hotcakes among the local tourists in Yercaud Hills, Tamil Nadu, India.


Beijing, China

Photograph by Liz Chivvis, My Shot

On a trip to Beijing, we visited Wangfujing Street and I snapped this shot of one of the vendors and his starfish on a stick, waiting to be fried.


Beijing, China

Photograph by Han Chong, Your Shot

Scorpions to be fried in Wangfujing Street, Beijing, China. In  China, deep-fried scorpions are a delicious food.


Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Photograph by Shashwat Saraf, My Shot

All the different parts of the pig are being sold on bamboo sticks on a street of Yangon.


Hong Kong

Photograph by Mike Bove, My Shot

At the Shim Shui Po marketplace in Hong Kong, I tried to slide in and grab a shot really quick without being noticed.  I do not believe I was successful.


Yunnan, China

Photograph by Wen Ye, My Shot

A woman making a buckwheat pie on a slate in Qiunatong village, Yunnan, southwest China, near Myanmar (Burma)

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Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Food and drink, Travel


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