Despite its often bad reputation, street food is emerging as the dark horse in the competition for delicious and often unusual food. Below are our top reasons why you should give it a go!
1. It’s cheap! Ok so this probably isn’t something you’ve not heard before, but during these dark and difficult times this has got to be the main reason why people should give street food a chance. Street vendors can afford to slash their prices because they’re not paying for bricks and mortar, and you the customer aren’t paying for a table and waiter service. Even if you can afford to eat at the Ritz, street food makes the ideal lunch on the go for a fraction of the price. Places like Thailand and India have such a wide selection of street food for often less than £1, so you can have even more dough to spend on excursions or fancy hotels. It’s a no brainer!
2. It’s more hygienic.
Many people say they are put off by street food because food that’s made on the street can’t possibly be clean and fresh. Quite the contrary. Street vendors have nowhere to store their dishes so everything has to be made fresh in front of you. This means you can see exactly what’s going into your dish and the cleanliness of the chef and cooking equipment. You’ll also get your food served piping hot, killing off any chance of germs. Stick to veggie options and you can’t get much safer than that!
3. It’s more authentic.
Some of the best food I’ve tasted has been street food because its been made by people who are passionate about cooking and often specialise in a small amount of dishes, with recipes that have been passed down from parents and grandparents. When you’re visiting a foreign country, one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture is to immerse yourself in the food. Take Mexico for example. Many of the Mexican restaurants there are run by Americans and therefore have a more western influence on the dishes. The street food on the other hand is made by locals, with homemade sauces and inherited techniques, to produce authentic Mexican cuisine- delicious!
4. You can walk and explore. Once you’ve got your street food, you can find somewhere iconic to enjoy it, whether that’s overlooking the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park or sat on the beach in Thailand. Especially if you’re visiting somewhere hot, enjoying the lovely weather in beautiful surroundings is essential- and a dark café doesn’t really cut the mustard! Think of street food as a posh picnic.