Initially, street food was a simple, no-frills meal that could be bought on the street for little money, so in some countries it was only in demand among the poorer sections of the population. Nowadays, street food has become widespread in many parts of the world and statistics show that around two and a half billion people eat fast street food every day, with a wide range of income levels, and it can be found both on the street and like at carnival street food and bar.
The philosophy behind modern street food
What is modern street food? It is not only an opportunity to eat quickly, because the rhythm of life has quickened considerably and there is no time for long meals, but it is also part of the culture of each country. This system of fast food reflects
- the history of the state;
- the social situation of the country;
- the economic situation.
Now there is even a special kind of tourism - "gastronomy" - when travelers aim not to go sightseeing, but to eat the food that becomes the country's "visiting card". For them, everything else in the tour serves as a nice complement to the local delicacies.
Advantages and disadvantages of street food
Of course, street food is firmly entrenched in our lives, and we can no longer imagine walking around without a light, or not so light, snack on the go. However, such food has its advantages:
- prevalence - in any country, locality, on the street;
- quickness of preparation;
- nourishment and good taste;
- you can take it with you in a convenient package and eat it right there or nearby,
- uncertainty about the freshness of the food;
- possible unsanitary cooking and eating conditions;
- excessive spiciness, fat content of food;
- harmfulness of rapid absorption for the gastrointestinal tract;
- high caloric content.
Fast street food is still not welcomed by doctors and nutritionists, and weight loss, for people who are overweight, is definitely not threatened by such a schedule and method of eating.
Varieties of eating out
So what can different countries offer us as street food today? What kind of food and drink can be tasted in Europe, Asia? Usually everything that is sold outside the public catering industry, in crowded places like markets, squares, promenades and the like, is prepared right there in special mobile booths or offered from stalls.
Preference is given to various snacks and fast food which require a limited cooking time or simply have to be heated in the presence of the potential diner. Among the simplest examples of street food everyone can name the familiar to most people:
- boiled corn;
- shawarma and hot dogs;
- pancakes and doughnuts;
- waffles and cakes;
- shakes and crisps;
- refreshments and coffee.
The food is served in special disposable dishes or in foil packaging for easy eating.
Features of global street food
Social differences between countries can be seen in the local street food scene. For instance, in Bangladesh you will never encounter a woman vendor because her job is to look after the home and children, whereas in Thailand there are a lot of female vendors. Geography and climate are also reflected in the food. In India, for example, the food is spicy, but not spicy in mountainous Vietnam, although it is no less rich in spices and herbs.
Asia has a lot to offer, from Chinese and Thai varieties of appetizers:
- oyster omelette;
- Chinese baoji manty;
- ficus jelly;
- other exotic delicacies,
ending with edible insects. The Japanese do everything thoroughly, and eating is a fuss-free art. And "eating on the go" is a sign of lack of culture. But even here, however, there is the Japanese street 'onigiri'.
European street food is more familiar to us - fries and burgers, coffee and waffles. But in Amsterdam street food can be salted herring, while in Paris it's roasted chestnuts. In Berlin, you can try the famous German sausages fried with curry or other sauces. All in all, street food is everywhere to be had!