Monday, June 21, 2010

Street Vendors of the World, UNITE!

If I had to eat street vendor food, for the rest of my days, I would probably be incredibly corpulent. I would also be fearless in my food eating quests; monkey brains, scorpions, dog, etc. Considering most street vendor cuisine is both finger food and fast food, the need for utensils and thus dish washing would be moot. Amazing!

Maybe I should be concerned with the potential cultivation of disease due to lack of refrigeration and cleanliness. Vendor-man totally pees using the same hand with which his hot dogs get delivered. Oh well. Thus is the life of a woman relegated to local, regional street cuisine. Cheap, varied, delicious.

Here is my top five list of countries ( I have tried ) with the best side of the road bites:

5. Holland and The Netherlands - Little shanties selling raw fish. They can be smelled up to a mile away. This hasn't been tested by anyone but I'm pretty sure I'm right. The smoked and raw fish products are called a "viskraam" or "haringkar". Just in case your breath was not bad enough, the raw herring is served with chopped onions and pickles, on a hot-dog style bun. Also, Pannekokken! It's a Dutch pancake. It's larger than American style pancakes and MUCH thinner. People top them with pears, raisins, pineapples, apples, and stroop, A VERY, thick, tangy syrup.

4. Jamaica - Curried Goat, actually slaughtered in front of the customer. Bammy, a sweetened fried dough. Jerk Chicken or Pork in jerk pits or steel drums! The smell stays on your clothes for days, which can be a good or bad thing...Such an exotic blend of scotch bonnet peppers, onions, scallions, thyme and allspice.

3. England - Listen. English food is definitely not my favorite. Blood Pudding. Blegh. Sweet Breads. Boo. Haggis, crappit head, Scottish! no! no!But there's something about fried cod with chips, wrapped in newspaper that is just so freaking satisfying. Throw in a Cornish pasty with filled with beef, sliced potato, swede (also known as a rutabaga), and onion, and I am almost willing to forgive the British for the Boston Tea Party, The Shot Heard Round the World, taxes, and fighting a war with the Americans.

2. Israel - Sabikh! It's a warm pita stuffed with hardboiled eggs, eggplant, pickles, and sesame paste (tahini). Bourekas stuffed with potatoes and cheese. Shwarma and Falafel! And Kebabs, a relatively global street food favorite.

1. Malaysia -Fried rice. Crispy, fresh prawns. Satay mutton. Barbecued duck. Roti chicken. Fish filleted before your very eyes, sometimes still moving. Curries, peanut sauces, chili powders! Coconut Juices! Lime Juices! Clay pots, Coconuts used as bowls! Malaysia might just be the culinary equivalent to the Paris of street food.

Dig in kids. Good eats,

Keren, Rhymes w/ Heron

P.S. Did I totally forget America? We have hot dogs! Knishes! Fish Tacos. Cheesesteak. Soft Pretzels.....pretty much international street food due to our melting pot status.


Margaret said...

cute post :D
loving the blog
great posts
stop by some time :)

Nicole said...

What a cute blog! I'm following now! How nice to have traveled to so many places!!