The Street Food & Craft Beer Festival touches down at London’s Ally Pally this Saturday the 22nd, bringing with it a whirlwind of delicious eats, boozy treats and live music. To celebrate the face-stuffing fun, we’ve rounded up our favourite spots around the globe for grub that should only be eaten al fresco…
In the land of the full moon party, street food is a way of life. Particularly in Bangkok, the roads are brimming with mobile chefs. They use giant woks to stir fry tasty pad thai, made with egg noodles, chicken, and bean sprouts. If you’re feeling brave, grasshoppers on sticks are also up for grabs. You can always chase one of these crispy crawlies with a cocktail bucket.
Street food is a really popular way to dine in Mexico. Food stalls, aka taquerias, serve up all kinds of bites. From tamales (dough made from dried corn and packed with meat), to your more familiar tacos and quesadillas. If you can’t decide where to start, go for tostadas. These small, round tortillas are loaded with tangy salsa and cheese, chicken, or seafood.
Bánh Mi is the sandwich of Vietnam. But this isn’t just any old sandwich. They’re so tasty that they’ve got a worldwide fan base. There’s even a website devoted to them. So what’s all the fuss about? The classic version contains sliced pork, carrot and cucumber loaded into a soft, rice-flour baguette. Simple, but so good.
While Egypt might not be known for a well-established restaurant scene, it’s serious when it comes to roadside dining. The most famous dish is called koshary. It packs pasta, rice, lentils and chickpeas into one big mound of carby deliciousness. The koshary craze has now made it all the way to London, where there’s a restaurant devoted to it.
Lahmacun is Turkey’s answer to pizza. A thin, flatbread-style base is covered in minced meat, onions, red peppers and parsley. The locals eat it with ayran, a chilled drink made from yogurt and salt, which is so popular, it’s even served in the likes of McDonalds.
You might not be able to pronounce sfenj, but you’ll be able to recognise it in Morocco’s medinas. Firstly, because it’s everywhere. And secondly, because it’s basically a giant doughnut. Wolf it down plain or with a dusting of sugar. Yum.
Don’t forget to look out for mouth-watering street eats like these at
The Street Food & Craft Beer Festival this Saturday 22nd August.