You know those tantalizing aromas that fill a city’s air around lunchtime… or dinner… or late into the evening? It’s almost intoxicating.
You can travel to any country in the world simply by following your nose and sampling tasty treats from street vendors and food trucks.
And if you’re not in the city, but still craving those delicious bites of goodness, here are some delicious recipes to try at home.
15 Street Food Recipes to Bring the World Home
1. Socca – Provence Street Food
“Socca is a traditional dish from Nice, France, and as with many traditional dishes, there are a dozen different ways you can make it. However you make it, the recipe itself is nearly universal. It is equal parts chickpea flour and water, mixed with a tablespoon or so of olive oil and a pinch of salt. You can use more water to make a thinner crêpe-like socca or less water to make it thicker. You can also add minced herbs or a few pinches of spices to the batter for some extra pizzazz.”
2. Gai Yang – Thai Grilled Chicken
A fast and easy authentic Gai Yang that takes 16 minutes to make. A classic Thai street food.
“This Thai Grilled Chicken is a classic example of staying on the authentic side of the “line”. Even throughout Thailand, there are so many variations of Gai Yang. Different from region to region, restaurants to street food vendors to home-style versions. But there are two key ingredients that make this authentic Thai – lemongrass and fish sauce. Omit either of these, and you can’t call it ‘real’!”
3. Lebanese Lamb Flatbread
Think pizza crossed with Middle-Eastern spices and you’ve got James Martin’s lamb flatbread recipe.
4. Gai Daan Jai
A Hong Kong street food favorite is taking over the U.S., but this time—it’s stuffed with ice cream.
5. KOREAN STYLE TACOS WITH KOGI BBQ SAUCE
“As I’m sure you’ve heard, Kogi is the hottest thing to hit the streets of Los Angeles (literally!), smashing standard taco truck fare with the zing and spice of Korean flavors.”
6. Black Bean and Chorizo Empanadas
“Empanadas are a flaky rough pastry filled with any of the usual street food fillings and fried or baked until puffed up and crispy. They are utterly scrumptious; start preparing them when you get peckish mid-morning and they will be ready on your plates by lunch.”
7. Moo Ping
“Street food is one of the great things about living in Thailand, and this Moo Ping (grilled pork) is a favorite afternoon snack treat. Small pieces of marinated pork collar are threaded on to wooden skewers and then grilled so that they get a nice char, but remain juicy and moist.”
8. Elotes – Mexican Street Corn
Popularly known as “elotes,” this grilled corn is a favorite street food in Mexico.
9. Chicken Katsu Recipe
“Recreate one of Japan’s favourite street food dishes. Full of flavour, chicken is covered in breadcrumbs, fried, served with salty cabbage and a drizzle of tonkatsu sauce and placed on a bed of soft and sticky white rice. Seriously yum.”
10. Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches, with Bacon, Cheddar, and Green Onion
It’s more than just another “Chicken and Waffles” kind of sandwich. The secret is in its batter. But you’ll just have to try it before you can understand its genius.
11. Israeli SPICY CHICKEN SHAWARMA
“Shawarma is a famous dish throughout the Middle East. It’s typically eaten on the go – street food. It’s quite similar to the Turkish Doner Kebab, and the Greek Gyro. The common denominator is seasoned meat that’s pressed onto a rotating spit and flame-cooked as it turns. The meat is then sliced, wrapped in pita and topped with assorted sauces and salads.”
12. Malaysian Lo Shu Fun (Fried Rice Noodles)
“In Malaysia, they’re very popular and most Chinese restaurants or hawker stalls can have them freshly fried for you in no time. Slightly springy yet soft noodles cooked with ground pork and fresh, crisp bean sprouts. Really quick and no fuss, this dish can be whipped up and on the table in less than 15 minutes.”
13. Soft Mini Mandazi
“Mandazi is a slightly sweet East African Street Food; spicy, airy yeast doughnut dough made with coconut milk, flavored with cardamom and grated fresh coconut /coconut flakes.”
14. Romanian Street Food: Mititei
“If you don’t know this by now, the recipe I’m about to share is THE BEST selling street food in Romania. Forget about, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, doughnuts or any other food combinations you can think of, park your food truck or grill in the middle of the street and you will attract every soul in a 10 mile radius, running out of ingredients in no time.”
15. Shanghai Noodles
15 minutes to make at home. Serve with chicken or pork.