Japan’s dango (dumplings), Canada’s poutine, Spain’s churros, Taiwan’s Bubble tea, South Korea’s kimbap, Philippines’ Halo-Halo—these are just some of the widely known street food from different countries all over the world. They are mostly associated with Asia but every nation has some food easily accessible on the pavements, and it would be a great achievement to have a taste of them all.
Street foods are available tasty munchables that exhausted students and employees run in to in the middle of the day and under the setting sun to temporarily satisfy their hunger before going home. Even so, it wouldn’t be good for anyone’s health to consume such instantly prepared snacks every single day. These readily available foods often give insights to the food history and culture of a place. These carts, stalls, and trucks you have probably observed roaming around in public places reflect the neighborhood’s lifestyle, history, culture, and comfort. It is one of the best ways of getting to know its people, not in restaurants or homes where not everybody could relate to the served dishes. We stand and watch in front as the vendors effortlessly mix fresh ingredients together exactly to our taste. This also undeniably shows the unique creativity the people of a particular country have in innovating food and modifying spice combinations.
We will be comparing street food from two different countries: Philippines and South Korea. These are both Asian countries but its people have various taste preferences and recipes to share. It is most likely because of the difference in origins, lifestyle, and tradition that we have. And now we are ready to explore different ingredients, sauces, and textures that came from different means of cooking to share with you a review and give you ideas on what street food to try next! Stay tuned!