Street food can be one of the more enticing reasons to travel. Eating a country’s street food is a great way to connect with the locals’ way of life and can encourage you to step out of your everyday comfort zone whether it’s munching on scorpion on a stick in Bangkok or grubbing on jerk chicken in Jamaica.
We’re foodies at heart, so exploring a culture’s cuisine offerings when we travel is a definite must. So of course, we had to ask our 45K+ Instagram following which international destinations have the best street food offerings. Here’s what they had to say:
5.) Kingston, Jamaica
Jerk chicken is one of the most well-known Jamaican dishes, but don’t leave without trying the national dish saltfish and ackee. As for the jerk, some of the best chicken is in Ocho Rios at Scotchies. You know you’re in for a treat when it’s cooked on pimento wood and a tin sheet.
4.) Seoul, South Korea
Seoul offers a plethora of street food that is delicious and available everywhere. Make sure to try pajeon (Korean pancake), kimchi and mandu (dumplings).
3.) Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong offers one of the world’s most unique street food experiences. From egg tarts to curry fish balls, fried chestnuts and boba tea, there’s so much to choose from.
2.) NYC, U.S.A.
It doesn’t get more American than NYC street food. Eat your heart out in the Big Apple whether it’s pizza by the slice, Gray’s Papaya hot dogs or a soft pretzel.
1.) Bangkok, Thailand
Thailand is a traveling foodie’s paradise, especially when it comes to the street food. You can find everything from sweet to savory from the familiar like Pad Thai to the downright weird (at least for a Westerner’s palate) like deep fried cockroaches and tarantulas. Make sure you head over to Khaosan Road in Bangkok to get your fill.
*Bonus* Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh formerly called Saigon has a variety of street food to offer backpackers and travelers, of which the most famous export is Pho. While you’re there, definitely try out the north’s bun cha noodles that President Obama and Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P) popularized during their visit in 2016.
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