Finding The Best Street Food In The World

If it were possible to hold a buffet dinner with all the best street food in the world, these are the food items you should include in the menu.

The Appetizer

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For appetizers, serve a Canadian street food called Poutine. This is really a great way to present crispy French fries as it is served with brown gravy and fresh cheese curd. Canadians love to dive into this street food for their snack or midnight meal especially in places like Quebec. Canadians say that this particular street food has “day after” powers which cure you from over-drinking or too much partying.

Another appetizer could be the chili crabs from Singapore. Chili crab can be considered a staple food in this bustling city and is a great way to whet the appetite of your guests since you can play around with the spiciness of the dish.

The Main Courses

For your main courses, you must have the jerk chicken of Jamaica, pulled pork from good ol’ U.S.A., and Indonesian basko balls with noodles.

The authentic Jamaican jerk chicken is a wonderful treat that offers great flavor and food experience not likely to be easily forgotten by your guests. It is a succulent grilled dish served with tons of herbs and spices although it can also be cooked over low heat and served with rice and vegetable sidings.

Pulled pork is a favorite street food in the country and so your guests will find at least one item on your menu that looks and tastes familiar. You can serve this as a mini sandwich appetizer or as a main course. Either way, it will probably be the most popular dish of the night, so make sure you have lots.

The basko balls of Indonesia can also be served as an appetizer but is a complete meal on its own. The basko balls can be your vegetarian dish since you already have a pork and chicken dish in your menu. Basko balls can also be served as a soup with kelp noodles and fried rice. This street food burst into the international scene after U.S. President Barack Obama proclaimed it to be “a most delicious meal” during a state visit to Jakarta.


The Dessert

One of the best ways to end a meal is with something refreshing and sweet and you can have this with the Philippine’s halo-halo. This is an iced dessert with about 10 to 12 different ingredients like milk, sugar, jackfruit, red beans, gulaman (or jelly bits) of different colors, coconut bits, garbanzos, and ice cream.  Thailand has a similar dessert with baby sago, pearls, coconut syrup, and fruits that is simply divine and worth every spoonful.

The Snack Meal: America’s Latest Food Trend

With so much talk last year about obesity and the need to downsize soda drinks in New York, etc. many Americans began to eat less during meal time but snack more in between meals. For some reason, this made sense because eating mini-sized meals on-the-go does not look make you look like you’re over-eating; it makes you look busy and important.

This is great news for the food truck business because they play an important role in bringing the right nutrients to their menu thus keeping Americans happy. They are also the perfect alternative to eating chips and fried fast foods which we all know are loaded by calories.

In a 2010 study done by Technomic, a Chicago-based research firm, 55% of American consumers eat at least one snack a day and 26% eat more than one snack a day. For food truck business owners, serving quick and delicious snacks or mini meals becomes an all-day affair if they can find a location that will allow them to set up shop for more than a couple of hours during a working day.

The Top 10 Favorite Snacks or Mini Meals

Technomic also surveyed the top favorite snacks of American consumers in Chicago, and the results can probably be a great hint for other major cities around the country. The top ingredient was chicken, preferably boneless, in a variety of dishes like nuggets, wraps, Buffalo wings, fried chicken, and strips. The least favorite were catfish, steak sandwiches, DIY sandwiches, and pork ribs.

The reasons given by those surveyed in choosing the snacks they love more was convenience in eating, nothing messy, easy to dispose of, and nutritious. It was also important that the mini meals were affordable and familiar. Not many consumers wanted to try outlandish food ideas or dishes they never heard of before. However, they will be willing to try international dishes at least once as long as they are presented well.