Street Food Around the World


Street food in Bangkok
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Liz Waid and Joshua Leo take a trip around the world to eat street food - food that costs little money, and is sold beside the street.

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Voice 1 

Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Liz Waid.

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And I’m Joshua Leo. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they live.

Voice 1 

While in Mexico City, Mexico, you might stop and buy a sweet, fried, churro. On Cheju Island in Korea, you might order some freshly caught fish, called hwae. In Bangkok, Thailand, you might need a drink. So you might buy a coconut fruit. You can use a thin straw to drink the liquid from inside it. In Chicago, in the United States, you might want to have a steamed hot dog.

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Warning! This program may make you hungry! Today’s Spotlight is on street food. Today we travel around the world. We look at the different kinds of foods people can eat on the street.

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People everywhere in the world love eating street food. But what is it? Street food can be food or drink. It can be fruits or vegetables. Or it could be something cooked like rice or meat, and more! It can be a person’s whole meal, or just a small snack. A vendor sells the food from a cart that can move, or from a stall - a small sheltered area. Vendors usually only sell one kind of food. And prices of street food are usually low.

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There are a few reasons why street food is so great. First, street food is easy to get. People who are hurrying somewhere can buy street food quickly. Vendors often have the food fully prepared.

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Second, street food does not cost a lot of money. Very poor people can still buy street food. And a street food meal can include many healthy substances.

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Finally, there is one more reason street food is so great - and you may already know it. Street food is delicious! It tastes very good! And many of our listeners would agree! We asked Spotlight listeners to share some of their favorite street foods. People from all over the world answered.

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Erioni from Albania wrote that she liked pies, burgers and hotdogs. Hot dogs were also Joel’s favorite food in the United States. In Uganda, Muhwezi and Bamutengire liked fruits and apples. And Sky and Tinah both liked Rolex. This is a thin bread surrounding egg and vegetables. Trinh from Vietnam simply answered “rice”. In Indonesia, Agustinus likes to order sego kucing. This is made with rice with things on top - like dried fish. Then it is wrapped in banana fruit leaves. And Ying-ying from the Philippines could not name just one favorite street food! She named fish balls, quail eggs, squid balls and barbeque.

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Travel writers have also written lists of the best street food around the world. Travel with us as we taste the different street foods of the world!

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Mexico City, Mexico. Churros are one favorite food here. These are tubes of fried bread dough. The vendor fries the dough, or uncooked bread. Then he shakes cinnamon spice and sugar over it. It is a sweet snack!  Another famous Mexican street food is Elote. This food uses corn on the cob. That is, the corn is freshly picked from the plant. Then, the vendor takes the rough covering off the corn. He pushes a wooden stick through the corn cob. He cooks the corn over a fire. Then, he covers the corn with a good tasting mayonnaise sauce. He puts spicy chilli flakes and cheese on the corn. Finally, he squeezes a sour lime fruit over it.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here, the most famous street food sandwich is called Banh mi. This sandwich is on long bread with a thick crust. Inside is meat and pickled vegetables. JJ Goode writes for the travel website concierge.com. He describes biting into this delicious sandwich:

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“Your teeth crash through the bread and into still-warm pieces of grilled pork. Then you taste crunchy cucumber, sweet-tangy pieces of pickled carrot and daikon and cilantro. It has just a bit of Vietnamese mayo. You should add a small amount of hot sauce. This may be the best sandwich you have ever had.”

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Berlin, Germany. You may be surprised to learn that Berlin has a very big Turkish population. So the street food here has a Turkish influence. One of these foods is called currywurst. Currywurst is a long thin piece of meat. The vendor cuts the meat into smaller pieces. Then she puts a special curry sauce on top of it. The sauce is made of curry spice and tomato sauces. People eat currywurst from paper plates with very small forks.

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Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech’s main square contains hundreds of different food stalls. But everyone here knows one street food: harira soup. This liquid soup is a traditional food. A vendor makes it from good-tasting liquid broth, beans, onions, turmeric spice, and the cilantro plant. People eat the soup with a small wood spoon.

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Mumbai, India. Bhel puri is a low-fat and good-tasting food that contains many vegetables. It is made with a plate full of puffed rice. This is a bigger form of rice. It crunches in your mouth. A vendor adds many different things on top. He may add potato, red onion, and cilantro. Then he adds a spicy tamarind sauce on top. The sauce is also tangy - it makes a person’s mouth water. The sauce makes some of the rice more soft. Bhel puri is spicy, tangy, crunchy and soft - a wonderful and interesting food!

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These are just a few kinds of street food. But there are many more kinds all around the world. It is easy to see why so many people around the world eat it!

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But there are some concerns about street food. People can get sick from street food. Vendors may work in unclean conditions. This means that people who eat street food may suffer from sicknesses like diarrhea or vomiting. People can even die from these sicknesses. But governments and health organizations also work with street vendors to improve the quality of street food.

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If you love street food, you do not have to be afraid of eating it. Streetfood.org just suggests making wise decisions when you want to eat. Look for a vendor in a clean area. Are his hands clean? Is he wearing clean clothes? Is there a place for the vendor to wash dishes, and a separate area to wash hands? Finally, look at the food. Does it look fully cooked? Does it smell good or bad? If it smells bad, it is probably not safe.

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Tell us about street food where you live! You can leave a comment on the script page for this program.

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The writer and producer of this program was Liz Waid. The voices you heard were from the United States. All quotes were adapted for this program and voiced by Spotlight. You can listen to this program again, and read it, on the internet at www.radioenglish.net. This program is called “Street Food Around the World”.

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You can also find us on Facebook. Just search for Spotlight Radio. We hope you can join us again for the next Spotlight program. Goodbye.

Question:

What is your favorite kind of street food? How often do you eat it?

Comments


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fredip
said on September 03, 2012

Hello Every body
I am from Ecuador, Quito. When I was unemployed my wife and my boy and girls started a micro bussiness of food. All they prepared “tripa misqui” a voice from Quichua which meaning is sweet intestine.  It comes from of cown.  It is washed and after that, is prepared with a sauce of garlic onion and spices
Finally it is cooked over the fire .(grill)
This food is offered with cooked potaoes or “mote”,  an especial kind of corn,  it is also cooked
We thank God because i got a good job but that time was a period for the union of the family
Thank you Spotlight

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nature187_vn
said on September 04, 2012

I’m from Vietnamese. Our country have so much delicious foods,example pho,nem,canh chua,ca kho….I think if you have trip to VN ,I surely you will feel about the beautiful ,attractive people,culture,country of us.Welcome to Vietnam!

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Vomax
said on September 04, 2012

Hi to all
In the central part of Italy, there is a traditional food called “porchetta”. It is small pork cooked in wood oven and then usually cut and served into a characteristic bread on street stall.
It is delicious and very apreciated by the turist that come to visit Rome.

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Alfons
said on September 04, 2012

Hello
In the Czech Republic are typical street food for exapmle: frankfurter in roll, or sausage with bread, it´s very unhealthy food:) In Prague - concretely in the Wenceslaus squre -  is very famous street food named: Trdlenik, it´s sweet beked food.

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Tran Khanh Chi
said on September 05, 2012

HI everyone, I come from Vietnam and I am so froud of listening our famous streen food is BANH MI . =)). it is so so delicous alright and i hope you will try in when visiting our coutry. Viet Nam welcomes all of u!

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Shabeeb
said on September 05, 2012

Hello I am from Saudi Arabia we have Baleela its fumes street-food her in my city

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funtimes
said on September 06, 2012

Hi for all
in my homecountry Saudi Arabia,  there are some famous food on streets, these usually are offered in “Rhamadan” month

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Long Pham
said on September 09, 2012

Hello everyone around the world. I am a Vietnamese person. Our country have many street food, perhap tell not all, but I love HU TIEU very much, beacause this food is very popular all over my country, especially for students.

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Boy Astro
said on October 22, 2013

Hi everybody . My name Thanh . I come from Viet Nam . In my country , Banh My is popular and famous food . You can enjoy it every where ,for instance:  Supermaket , street , university ... any where have peple live . It resemble Hamberger in many coutry but i think Banh My is the most delicious :D . Thanks for reading my comment :)

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Maged Elias
said on October 22, 2013

Hello,
I’m Maged from Egypt
In my country, the famous and favorite food for all Egyptians is (Koushry).
It’s so delicious.

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Ufer
said on October 25, 2013

Hello!
I’m from Russia:)
I think that you should to try our pancakes and pelmeni:)))

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Dela
said on October 26, 2013

In my country, the Czech Republic the stalls selling street fast food are very popular. Most often we can buy food as sausages into rolls, chips with tomato ketchup, potato pancakes, grill chicken, the sandwiches. These foods are mainly suitable when we are in a hurry and don’t have enough time to eat a normal, regular meal. It is interesting to get to know what the most favourite, special foods are in the different countries around the world.
Thanks for a great article!

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xzarxzes
said on October 27, 2013

Hello I’am from Russia, and in our country usually we drink vodka on the streets, and when i get pretty drunk, i begin dancing with my domestic bear, whos name is “Barry”.

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dogiangnam
said on December 08, 2014

Street food is cultural point of each country. It is great if at the weekend we along with my family walk and enjoy some kind of food here. Sure that it is special moment, but in food street spread so many smell make some people feel not good, these smell apply into clothing, hairs…
In my countries also has it but it mainly service for tourist form around the world

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Nur
said on December 09, 2014

I am from Turkey.We have a lot of street food.The most famous food is Turkish bagel with tea or ayran.You should try them.they are so yummy

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thanhdung07121985@gmail.com
said on January 17, 2015

In my country,vendors sell street food speading of the North to South (Vietnam) on street or market.There are many kinds of street food.I like street food cause of cheap price especially for poor people.And I have various choice to eat or drink.But I am also afraid of food hygienic safety.Some place,street food is not clean.And we are easy to get diarrhea or vomiting.I agree Spotlight we should consider eating street food.If vendor or selling-place isn’t clean,we shouldn’t enjoy it.

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Dela
said on August 28, 2017

In my country the Czech Republic stall selling has been under strict controlling concerning cleanness and so on, street foods are mostly savoury, tasty very much. Nevertheless I suppose this way of feeding can not be regarded as beneficial to our health because of containing usually too much unhealthy fat or abundance of sugar as well. However, in the city Prague street food has been very popular primarily among tourists. Moreover, fast food represents certainly an excellent solution for people being in a hurry!

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belliz
said on October 15, 2018

I swear, Topokki is the best street food.

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mibo98
said on October 15, 2018

I am from Korea. In my country, Tteok-bokki is common street food. It’s made with rice cake, covered by spicy sauce, and sometimes fish cakes are added. i really love this food, but the best way to eat this is to make it skewered, covered by sweet sauce. Even while I’m typing, I want to eat this food. Really hungryyyyyyyyyyy