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Places with a rich street food culture are lucky

Oct 27, 2017
2,333
Pittsburgh
god right?? i always see so many street food photos on tumblr, twitter, and reddit. it always looks top notch. i'm so jealous. people get these cones of fries covered in melted cheese and bacon. fuuuck.
 
Oct 27, 2017
621
I live in Switzerland and it's truly abysmal for this, cheap food does not exist never mind good cheap food, the diversity of food here is quite low as well.

Best we got is some Empanada places charging 7 francs for a single Empanada, truly depressing stuff.
 
Dec 28, 2018
969
I live in a neighborhood that has a ton of street food options... the temptation is maddening.
Hot Dog stand on the corner is especially excellent.
 
Oct 26, 2017
3,779
Well compared to other closer areas in Asia it sucks, aside from food markets specifically. The amount of random small food stalls scattered around is nowhere near Taipei or places in China or Seoul I guess.

USA and Canada are bad in this but Mexico seems godlike.
I feel that you can find street food easily in parks in Japan. In city you’ll be finding crepes
 
Nov 27, 2017
474
Pretty much. Every country I've lived in/been to in East Asia (China being a pretty big exception these days. The government is destroying its street food culture at a rapid pace) has amazing street food. Taiwan and Malaysia are tops. Those two countries are foodie paradises, and cheap.
What is the Chinese government doing to the scene to stamp it out?
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,417
China
I remember reading about China wanting its cities to emulate Singapore, so yeah, it's being happening for awhile now. We are always complaining about how soulless Shanghai is getting. They're tearing down everything here.
You can still find them in some far away parts of big cities where no chenguan are, but honestly its sad.

On one hand I can understand that people close there dont want to have a street food street open till 23 on weekdays and longer on weekends close to their home, on the other hand places in Beijing I went to the first time I came to China dont exist anymore.
There was a long street close to my wifes high school that was full of great streetfood stalls, drinks etc. It was bustling with activity, different smells and so much to eat.
We went there last November and there is nothing there anymore. Just an empty street.
 
God this thread makes me want to go back to SEA so bad.

Bangkok, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, Denpasar & Jakarta were all incredible for street food.

Singapore too but its not so much street food there iirc, more like food halls but they're amazing!
 
Oct 31, 2017
3,328
As someone lucky enough to go to Thailand every few years, the street food is just wonderful. A friend of mine runs a food stall/grill at Ratchada night market in Bangkok too.

Always eat where the locals eat and don't be afraid!
 
Oct 27, 2017
3,916
Pretty much. Every country I've lived in/been to in East Asia (China being a pretty big exception these days. The government is destroying its street food culture at a rapid pace) has amazing street food. Taiwan and Malaysia are tops. Those two countries are foodie paradises, and cheap.
Sadly, I think this may be dying as each generation comes and goes. I read a really sad article about the Hawker Center scene in Singapore, and it's slowly dying out there because of a combination of rent getting too expensive, and most kids raised by hard-working Hawker parents having no desire to carry on the family business. The centerpiece of the story was some lady in her 90s who still sells 200 bowls of noodles every day in downtown Singapore. She's got no one to carry on. The kids grew up, went to college and got office jobs, and the grandkids have no desire to take up the mantle either.

Basically, streetfood, and the hawkers that make it, are looked on as servile roles, and everyone is starting to think they're too good for that. In 50 years, that kind of food scene may only exist online, in social media posts and photos.