Street food is a type of cuisine that is typically sold by street vendors. It's often really easy to eat food that can just be held onto and consumed while on the go. These days, street food has become a huge part of the food world. It's no longer just to buy off someone on the sidewalk and eat as a quick snack.
In Asia, there is a wide array of unique and tasty street food, which are often on the cheaper side and offer a great way to experience the culture and cuisine. Each Asian country has its own type of food, meaning that there are a ton of different types of meals to try while in these countries.
To see 10 tasty items of Asian street food every foodie has to try, keep reading!
10 Egg Coffee
Eggs and coffee going together isn't that strange of an idea, right? They're both super tasty at breakfast, but we don't typically eat them in the same dish. However, in Vietnam, there's a popular street food that involves putting the egg in the coffee.
In order to make this coffee, egg yolk is beaten with condensed milk, sugar, and coffee. Then, the coffee is strained and poured into a cup before "egg cream" is added. The egg cream is made by beating an egg yolk until it's all mixed up and ready to be poured into the cup. It's served in a bowl of hot water to keep the coffee warm.
9 Penang Asam Laksa
Penang Asam Laksa is a street food popular in Malaysia. This dish is named after Penang, a state that is located in the northwestern part of the country.
This dish is a soup that has thick, tasty rice noodles with a mix of herbs and vegetables that are cooked up and mixed into the broth. The liquid is thickened with mackerel and shrimp sauce. It has a really fresh, fishy flavor and is served across Malaysia, particularly in Penang where it got its start in the culinary world.
Because Indian food has become so huge all over the world, it's hard to avoid trying Samosas at some point. Samosas are made by taking the outer dough and filling it with a savory filling, usually including onions, peas, or lentils and a variety of spices. The Samosa is then fried so the outside is nice and crispy while the inside is cooked perfectly.
Samosas are typically served hot with a dish of chutney or something else that serves as a dip. While eating Samosas at an Indian restaurant in your city or even making them at home is definitely a tasty way to experience them, buying them from a street food vendor in India is definitely the best way to try a Samosa.
7 Kaya Toast
Kaya Toast is a snack that is beloved in Singapore. Its name comes from the fact that this particular type of toast is made with kaya, a type of coconut jam that is really popular in Singapore where this toast is often eaten.
Kaya can be served on a variety of different foods, including things like crackers, but is most common on toast. Kaya Toast is often topped with other things like margarine, pandan, coconut milk, eggs, or sugar. It's typically served alongside coffee and has become a staple in cafes in Singapore.
Pho originated in Vietnam in the early 20th century and has since become a huge cultural phenomenon in the food world. When people talk about Vietnamese cuisine, many people immediately think of Pho. Although there are other really tasty foods in Vietnamese culture, there's a good reason that Pho is so famous.
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Pho is served in a bowl that is filled with a meat-based broth and thick rice noodles. The ingredients that go into Pho tend to vary, depending on the location and who is making it, but it's always filled with fresh vegetables and herbs and pieces of meat.
5 Mango Sticky Rice
Rice is a staple food in different Asian cultures. It can be an ingredient in a dish or simply used as a side plate to go alongside other foods. In Thai food, there's a special kind of rice that is a really popular dessert street food!
Mango Sticky Rice is a traditional Thai dessert that is popular all over Thailand but is also eaten in other parts of Southeast Asia. Mango Sticky Rice is made with rice, fresh chunks of mango, and coconut milk, and is a particularly popular dish during the summer months when mangoes are in season. It can also be served with durian instead of mango, but this variation is less popular because of the smell that durian gives off.
4 Lort Cha
Lort Cha is a delicious dish found in Cambodia. If you're into the different stir-fry dishes that are celebrated in other Asian cuisines, you'll definitely love to dig into a hot plate of Lort Cha.
Lort Cha is made of short rice noodles, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, meat, and vegetables like green onion, cabbage, and bean sprouts. Like many other Asian dishes, Lort Cha can really be adapted up to suit your taste! While it's easy to make at home, it's definitely best experienced in Cambodia.
3 Som Tam
Som Tam is a salad that is eaten throughout Southeast Asian countries, although its name and contents vary depending on the location. In Thailand, this green papaya salad is called Som Tam.
Som Tam is among the most popular foods in Thailand and it's not hard to see why. This dish is made from shredding up unripened papaya while it's still green, before adding other ingredients like garlic, chilis, tomatoes, and roasted peanuts. Lastly, Dressing made from palm sugar and lime juice is drizzled over it. Yum!
Xiaolongbao is a traditional street food that is popular throughout China. It's a staple dim sum dish and among the most beloved snacks in the country. These steamed buns are super hot and have to be eaten carefully!
Xiaolongbao is prepared in a steaming basket and the bun is traditionally filled up with pork. Putting the meat inside the bun before steaming it until it's fully cooked gives the inside of the Xiaolongbao a slightly soupy consistency.
Halo-halo is definitely one of the most colorful street food offerings in Asia! This is a Filipino dish served as a cold dessert and gives the consumer a feast both for their eyes and their stomach.
Halo-halo is made with crushed ice, evaporated milk, and a whole lot of other ingredients that are all carefully placed together to give this dessert its iconic bright appearance. Some of the ingredients include Ube, coconut strips, seaweed gelatin, ice cream, fruit slices, and Pinipig rice.