15 Street Foods in Southeast Asia
We all have to agree that street food all over the world is great. There’s nothing like stopping by a food stall parked on the pavement, ordering something you might never have had before, and watching it being cooked in front of you.
You can then sit down in the open and enjoy your meal while taking in all the hustle and bustle happening around you. Street food is more than a meal, it’s an experience and in Southeast Asia they really know take it to another level!
Here are the types of street food you might come across there:
1. Pad Thai – Thailand
Pad Thai is pure Thai goodness. The first time I had it I just couldn’t believe the size of the portion and what I paid for it (40 baht or ~ $1.15 USD). It’s one of Thailand’s most famous dishes and you have to try it to understand why.
It would be an understatement to just call it stir-fried rice noodles. When you add the eggs, tofu, the pulp of tamarind, some dried shrimp, a plethora of other spices, and finish it off with some roast peanuts, the result is mouthwatering!
2. Bánh Mì – Vietnam
Bánh mì literally means “wheat bread” although you could simply call it a baguette sandwich. The baguette is a remnant of French colonialism, but if you think these sandwiches bear any resemblance to French food, you’d be wrong.
The Bánh mì stalls are everywhere in Vietnam and the different types of fillings are mind boggling. You can get sardines, grilled chicken, Vietnamese sausage, pork liver pate, and much more. It’s usually accompanied by some pickled vegetables and it tends to be ultra-cheap!
3. Nasi Goreng – Malaysia
It’s believed that Nasi Goreng has its roots in China where throwing away uneaten food was a taboo. In this case, we’re talking about rice which is the main ingredient of Nasi Goreng, a stir-fried rice.
Although you can find stir-fried rice everywhere in Asia, the Malay version has a distinct flavor as they tend to use copious amounts of sweet soy sauce and shrimp paste. When you add to that shallots, chili peppers, nutmeg, turmeric, and ginger, you can expect a delicious dish. I’m not sure I’d have it for breakfast like they do it in Malaysia!