Many people would agree with the statement that Asian street food is easy to pack, carry, and munch on wherever you are. Best of all, majority of Asian street foods are flavorful and easily available even if you’re located in the western world. Furthermore, a lot of the Asian street food are bite-size and don’t require large plates and utensils if you can eat with chopsticks or with your hands.
Some of the topnotch street foods from Asia which should be part of a packed lunch, picnic, or outdoor event are:
Crab Cakes, Shrimp Cakes, or Oyster Cakes
Asians love to use different kinds of seafood and some of the most delicious snacks you can buy are the shrimp cakes, oyster cakes, and crab cakes. They often come with a dipping sauce and peppered with wonderful herbs and spices like cilantro, lime, green onions, and chili. These types of food can actually be used as sandwich filling if you choose the right bread and match them with a Thai salad.
Thai Catfish Mango Salad or Spicy Tuna Salad
The Thai catfish salad is crunchy as the fish is deep fish and broken into flakes then served with an different vegetables land slightly green mango. It has a wonderful tangy and salty taste which is refreshing and perfect as a first dish in a picnic. The dressing is served mixed with the salad so there’s no need to deal with messy mini containers of dressing.
Another great salad to go is a spicy tuna salad which used tuna sashimi on a bed of greens and herbs. The dressing is also mixed into the salad and will certainly cleanse your palate for your main course while on the picnic grounds.
This is a perfect snack found in the streets of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and India. It is a crispy hollow fried shell with flavored tamarind water mixed with different vegetables like chick peas, potatoes, and onions among others.
Banh Mi Sandwiches
From Vietnam, the banh mi sandwich could easily be mistaken for a deli sandwich because it has that French touch that comes from the history of Vietnam. The sandwich is made of a baguette with layers of 3 types of pork, daikon, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, and pork liver pâté.
Other Asian street foods that can easily be packed for a day out are fried chicken (with or without the Asian red sauce), barbecued meats and seafood, dried noodles, and dimsum.