With cuisines from all over the world, Asia’s street food offerings are unparalleled. Words: Chris Moss
Thailand is justly regarded as a superlative street food destination. Pad Thai, the noodle dish with shrimp, tofu and a hint of tamarind, is a firm favorite but other typical local dishes include classic rice and green curry (excellent at the Jatuchak weekend-only market in Bangkok); som tam, grated green papaya and dried shrimp salad; and tom yum, a lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal soup that vendors knock up in seconds. bangkok.com/restaurants/street-food
Down Under is undoubtedly as good at Asian food as Asia. But for a genuinely Australian experience, it has to be a barbie (barbecue). Grab a snag (sausage) in a roll covered with fried onion and spuds (potatoes) on the side at one of Sydney’s food trucks. They serve up every kind of sausage sizzler you can imagine as well as a sample of more exotic imports from the Asia-Pacific region. sydneyfoodtrucks.com.au streetfoodaustralia.com.au
Malaysia’s mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian residents — as well as Portuguese influences — make for an enticing menu in the streets of capital Kuala Lumpur. The Hutong district is where to find noted Chinese food stalls — try minced pork noodles and meatball soup at Soong Kee, in business here since 1945, while Tang City food court, behind Chinatown’s food market, is a cheap and cheerful local haunt.
The night markets of Taiwan are garishly lit and colorful, tempting travelers in with roasted duck heads, steaming bowls of noodles and freshly made dumplings. The cuisine of the island is a genuine melting pot: Taiwan has been settled by Fujianese and Hakka Chinese as well as Portuguese and Spanish colonials. Shilin and Ningxia are two of the most popular markets, but there are more than a hundred in Taipei alone. go2taiwan.net