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Aug '09

Foodie Vacations: A Virtual Tour of Asian Street Food: (Weekend Video Spotlight)

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Street food. Chances are, if you’ve ever lived in or visited a major city on vacation or business, you’ve enjoyed the taste and convenience of local street food from a cart, stand, market stall, or outdoor plastic furniture cafe.

Growing up close to New York City, I remember gorging myself on giant pretzels so salty and delicious your heart would swell with joy (and fear) after just the first bite, steamy hot dogs blanketed in mustard and onions; the beckoning incense of grilled Italian sausage and peppers a mere street corner away.

With such tantalizing options as pillowy mustard streaked knishes, crispy falafel, and gyros so flavorful they could make a Stoic cry, I never understood what was supposed to be so exciting about places like McDonald’s and Burger King. Sure they made food that could fill you, but could they make foods that truly fulfilled you?

Perhaps the best place for street food was Chinatown. To a child, visiting it for the first time, Chinatown is as close as one can come to foreign travel without needing a passport. It was the place I began my lifelong affair with pork buns and so many other good tasting things.

Below are a few videos which highlight the street food scene in India, Korea, China, and Vietnam. Enjoy!

Indian Street Food:

Korean Street Food:

Chinese Street Food Video

Vietnamese Street Food Video

Looking for more information about street food throughout the world? On Monday, August 3rd, Anthony Bourdain will share his thoughts and experiences with street food on his Travel Channel show, No Reservations (the Down on the Street Episode).

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