Street food is one of the best ways to (literally) consume local culture. In Canada, our street food differs from region to region – Halifax has donairs, Montreal has poutine, Toronto’s got street meat, and Calgary has prairie oysters (one can only assume). Check out how people grab a bite to-go around the world.
CHICKEN RICE – SINGAPORE
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Locals are passionate about this deceptively simple dish served all over the city-state. The key is the balance between the chili, the jasmine rice, and the stock-poached chicken.
PORK SATAY – BANGKOK, THAILAND
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All over Bangkok, you’ll find these skewers of marinated pork which have been grilled over charcoal and finished with coconut milk.
DUMPLINGS – SHANGHAI, CHINA
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Dumplings are ubiquitous on the streets of China and come in a myriad of flavourful combinations.
BANH MI SANDWICHES – SAIGON, VIETNAM
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A nod to Vietnam’s French colonial past, the banh mi is a combination of a baguette stuffed with pate, pork bellies or other meats, and topped with cucumber, cilantro and pickled carrots.
PAV BHAJI – MUMBAI, INDIA
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This dish is made of a spicy potato-vegetable curry served with a pav – a bread roll that’s been lightly fried with butter.
BUNNY CHOW – DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
Depending on your appetite, you can get a quarter, half, or full loaf of bread that has been hollowed-out and filled with curry.
CURRYWURST – BERLIN, GERMANY
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An amazing combination of pork sausage, curry-spiced ketchup and chili-flakes served with fries smothered in mayonnaise, currywurst is a next-level after-bar snack.
AREPA – CARACAS, VENEZUELA
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A round, maize-meal patty is stuffed with cheese, avocado, and meat to make a delicious sandwich.