Eat Cheap, Top 7 Street Foods Around the World

  1. Arepas, Venezuela – The corn bread arepa is a flat patty made of cornmeal which can be grilled, baked, or fried. It’s then stuffed with an array of ingredients, depending on where your getting it from it might have, carne (meat), black beans, cheeses or plantain. If your travelling around Venezuela on bus these will become a stable food for you.arepas en el fogon
  2. Coxinha, Brazil – Again an ideal snack to keep you going on the inevitable long bus journeys, these deep fried teardrop shaped snacks are greasy but delicious, top with a bit of ketchup as the brazilians do to take it to another level. Made from shredded chicken and spices, enclosed in wheat flour batter, and deep fried. The shape comes from the original way coxinhas where made using chicken thighs, coxinha literally means “little thigh”. There are controversies about the right way to eat a Coxinha. Some say it should be eaten from the base, resembling an ice cream cone, while others say it should be eaten from the top. Either way its great!Dezembro 2008 - 021
  3. French Baguettes, Vietnam – The French  colonial era left a big impact on Vietnam, none better in my opinion than the readily available baguette stands selling a great selection of Asian fillings creating great fusion cuisine for next to nothing.Vietname Baguettes
  4. BBQ Chicken Satay, Indonesia - Cooked over hot coals, powered by flapping a piece of card, the BBQ chicken satay is cheap and delicious, found all over Indonesia, makes a welcome change from Nasi Goreng!Chicken Satay on the Street
  5. Boiled Quail Eggs, Vietnam – Nothing accompanies a nice Bia Hoi better than a bag of boiled quails eggs, you won’t be short of choice for beer snacks when drinking on the stalls in a Vietnamese city but i don’t think you can beat unpeeling and salting a bag of quail eggs, as cheap as chips.Jiufen Street Food 12
  6. Meat on a stick, Venezuela – The Venezuelans love their street food, head to any square in the evening and you’ll find a huge amount of interesting foods on sticks being barbecued, highly recommended are the juicy kebabs.Merida street food, Venezuela
  7. Pad Thai, Thailand – Super fast and cheap, Pad Thai is whipped up on road side stands all over Thailand but it seems no where more popular than on the Khao San Road, combine with some spring rolls and it truly is a bargain basement feast!IMG_3328

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.

  17 comments for “Eat Cheap, Top 7 Street Foods Around the World

  1. August 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    From Pakistan you can add ‘Samosay’ whose shape are like Coxinha of Brazil but big in size. There crust is crispy instead of soft and filled with spiced potatoes mostly, however you can also find beef mince in them (mince one will be small in size or high in price;)). Normally it will cost you only PKR 10/- per piece. Two pieces can become a good snack for one time.
    Exchange rate nowadays is approximately USD 1.00 = PKR 85.00

    • prenesh
      November 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

      its indian

  2. Gamblos
    August 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Chicken Shawarma made a fine streetside snack when I was in the UAE. Think it’s pretty common elsewhere in the middle East too. Certainly beats the drunken 2pm high street kebabs that we get used to in the UK!

  3. August 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I am a fan of street food. As you already mentioned above. It is cheap. You can save time. But I always look for a busy place, if I decide to get street food, especially in Vietnam.

  4. August 17, 2010 at 5:32 am

    Coxinha’s are amazing… one of those and some sugary fruit juice and you’re set for the day!

    Paul @

  5. August 20, 2010 at 4:14 am

    I think street food is really part of Asian culture. Just like in Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, there are numerous good street food offerings in the Philippines. You should try it when you visit the country. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it..

  6. September 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Oh, man I’m starving right now and I’ve just found your post… What a torture! However I would be pleased to read more about street food from all over the world – can I ask for part 2? :)

  7. September 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Hm, think the meat on a stick would be my first choice. Here in Turkey we have the street sellers selling sweetcorn. Kinda got put off when I saw the personal hygiene of one of them.

  8. September 13, 2010 at 12:32 am

    If you ever visit Korea, be sure to try the egg sandwiches……….my favorite street food here on the ROK.

    My latest post over at BTS is filled with photos of Beijing street food.

  9. Ricky
    September 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Good list I need to try some of those things :-)
    Maybe you could link to recipes ?

    Only thing you missed… Turkish Kebabs … Yummy :)

  10. October 14, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Wow the corn bread and BBQ chicken satay sticks look absolutely amazing!! Completely agree with Natalie however in that hygiene would definitely be my preference over yummy food!

    Thanks for sharing great post

  11. November 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

    The cleanliness of our every day eating environment means that stepping even slightly outside of our comfort zones can be a very daunting thing however, we don’t want to be missing out on the delights that these places have to offer.

  12. Shabbir
    January 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    From Bangladesh
    If you dont mention ‘singara’ a triangular fried item, it will be quite wrong. In Bangladesh, where the population is 150 million, it is sold in all roadside fried item shops. It has a crispy cover of flour with ‘masala’ potato inside.

    If you want I can send you pics.

    Shabbir Ahmed

  13. February 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Great post. It brings back a lot of memories about the time when I was staying in Bangkok. I ate a lot of Pad Thai back then… Very yummy.

  14. Tiong
    April 20, 2012 at 3:18 am

    When in Kuching, Sarawak – try out Kolong mee (Maxwell Road) and Kuching Laksa (Ban Hock Rd)!

    For more thrill – try the lesser known Belachan Bee Hoon (next to Sarawak Museum) – vermicille noodles, shredded cucumber, slices of octopus over strong flavoured spicy local prawn paste (the Belachan!) ENJOY!!

  15. Oiza
    August 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Hmmm…the corn bread n BBQ chicken…looks yummy!

  16. June 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    nice n swt here in uganda I like their rosted bananas which is to cheap. at only ugshs.500. the xchange rate is $1=2650 ugshs.

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