Why Everyone Should Eat Street Food
Why Everyone Should Eat Street Food
Admittedly, we’re a little obsessed with street food. While traveling, we can survive off street food for days (or weeks!) and are completely happy with the decision to forego fancy restaurants. First off, who has the ability while traveling to eat at nice restaurants for every meal? I know we sure don’t have that type of cash flow, especially while on extended trips. I’ve definitely asked myself before “should I eat street food?” but without a doubt in my mind, the answer is yes.
But what about food poisoning, you ask? I asked the very same question of Cazzie when he first discovered street food in India. Here he is, chowing down on a giant piece of chicken and I’m like….uh you’re definitely going to get sick later. Later came and went, and he didn’t get sick once. I was still skeptical though. It must have been a fluke. And so I carried on, eating nice “clean” restaurant food, spending all my money, while Cazzie was eating street food non-stop. Guess what? I got sick. He didn’t.
Now I’m not saying that if you eat street food you will or will not get sick. Because hey, if you’ve traveled anywhere and eaten anything, there’s a chance you’ll get sick. BUT, why eliminate an entire food category from your list based off of chance?? I slowly started eating street food, and now it’s one of my favorite way to experience food culture.
We’ve now eaten street food everywhere we’ve been. Momo’s in McLeod Ganj, fritangas in Nicaragua, and endless amounts of pad thai, sticky rice, and red and yellow curry
in Laos and Thailand. In the Parque Central’s in Nicaragua, there was always some form of excellent and authentic street food to fill you up. The same goes for the Main Bazaar in Delhi. I actually got so enamored with these tiny cookies that I had to have a package almost every night. I even ended up being on a first name basis with the vendor.
Who loves street food? ❤️ We do! This was our delicious Parque Central meal in Granada, Nicaragua. Check out my blog about why everyone should eat street food while they travel! (Link in bio) 🍴 . . . . . . . . #travel #travelgram #food #traveling #traveler #foodie #streetfood #eat #travelbug #livetotravel #nicaragua #discovernicaragua #nicatravel #foodporn #foodgasm #foodgram #instatravel #travelblog #travelblogger #foodblogger #foodstagram #travelingram #travelstoke #traveladdict #travellife #love #instafood #foodbeast
All jokes aside though, street food is a wonderful way to experience the food of a country. Often times, the street food vendors are cooking popular and authentic food of a country. I mean, yea…you might find the odd hot dog or hamburger stand, but choose your street food wisely. We’ve been to many street food stands with a line of locals around the corner waiting for their to-go container to take to lunch or dinner. It’s best to scope out the stands with lines, because then you know it’s going to be awesome food!
While traveling, we are generally on a pretty tight budget. Even if you’re not on a strict budget, it’s always nice to save a few dollars on food. I’ll give you an example for some insight. While we were in Laos, we were able to buy sandwiches from street vendors each night for about 20,000 kip or USD$2. If we had went to a traditional restaurant, meals could have ranged from 40,000-60,000 kip which isn’t quite much more, but it does add up if you’re on a long term trip. In India, the prices were even more drastic with street eats being 1/8 of the prices of food in restaurants. Eating street food is a great way to fill up for way cheaper than restaurants.
If I could have a constant supply of my favorite street food from around the world, I would be one chubby happy person. I guess part of the fun is finding new things to try while on the go, and I don’t think it will ever get old! What are your thoughts on street food? I would love to hear the best places you’ve eaten on the street!