World travelers, which are your favorite "street food" vendor memories.

At work reading through USA Today travel section and it has an article about food vendors around the world.  Sandwich stands, Kebabs, food carts, small mom and pop shops.  Where have you found pleasant culinary surprises?


In Izmir, Turkey my friends introduced me to the city's sandwich stands and kebabs.  I was hesitant because my American mindset was that they're unsanitary.  But I had several yummy cheese/tomato sandwiches along with meat ones from simple sandwich carts just working on the sidewalk.  And the kebabs!!!  They were very good.  I didn't get sick at all during my time in Izmir.  Everything I ate was good.   


In Hachinohe, Japan I found a "hole in the wall mom/pop shop" that had the best shrimp tempura I've ever had.  I went there several times. 


Where have you found pleasant culinary surprises?

23 Answers

Street tacos in Ensenada and Cozumel. The Cornish Bakery in England.

Really ? Do I have to say it ? Okay.........

‘’BEAVER TAILS “ !!!! in Canada

that being said, we do have some really good vendors in NY. But be advised, if you chose the wrong vendor...... SurprisedSurprisedSurprised You run the risk of ruining your entire vacation.

Korea, Germany and Mexico all have (or at least had) great street stands - usually as good as or better than the restaurants and at a fraction of the price.

We haven't bought any street food when on vacation because I'm just too nervous about the cleanliness and storage of the food. I really don't want to risk getting sick while on vacation.


In Helsinki, there is a little coffee area inside the wintertime market, and they have the best apple filled doughnuts that I've ever had. Eat a warm one with a cup of strong Finnish coffee, and you'll be happy all day. Happy

I love apple filled donuts. And having one warmed up is a slice of culinary heaven.

Honestly, I stay away from food vendors in foreign countries mostly.

I certainly understand why. In Turkey I was visiting trusted long time friends that assured me that I'd be fine. For other places I'd have to hear a lot of good reviews before I would try.

Malasada's in Hawaii!

Easy one, but more than 40 words.

Singapore - Satay -mid 80's I believe. My wife (at the time) and I are on a week's vacation in this beautiful Country. One night, we see many Satay vendors. I already knew they had to be licensed by the Government to make Satay. I order a mixed platter at a stand. Wife asks what kind? We hear beef, chicken, lamb, and mmummnph. She goes "what kind?" Again, beef, chicken, lamb, and mmummnph.

We get the platter and I start eating some of the tastiest meat on a skewer (with a peanut sauce dip) that I have ever tasted. Wife keeps asking what is this one. Beef, I think. And that? Chicken, I think.

Needless to say, she will not eat a single piece worried about what the mmummnph is. I enjoyed the full mixed platter. It all tasted great! Even the mmummnph.

How can she say she won't like the mmummnph unless she tries it? One day in Korea I got bold (and drunk) and asked the waitress for an order of mmummnph. The chef chased me out of the restaurant at knifepoint.


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