Aventura’s Guide to Finding Good Street Food

Aventura’s Guide to Finding Good Street Food

This post describes my method for finding good street food. It is useful for finding good places to eat in countries where it is legal/common practice to cook on the street.

By good I mean good taste, belly friendly (not likely to make the majority of tourists sick), and good price.

There are not too many guidelines and the combination of them have not steered me wrong yet.

Although different places will change things slightly, I find that in general these are pretty standard things to look out for.

Anyway, here are the things I look out for when I go about finding a good place to eat street-food.

Aventura’s Guide to Finding Good Street Food

1. No Table Menu

The places with menus on the table, i.e., in book/pamphlet form, are usually more expensive. The menu that is written on the board in plain sight is a good sign. It means they are not trying to hide the price, and since you can see the price, you can know for sure.

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Gado-Gado from Bali, Indonesia. Amazingly and 100% vegetarian.

2. Food on Display

Any place with meat hanging or a display case, or where they cook it in front of you, is going to taste good and is usually cooked fresh.

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Mushroom Manjurian with paratha from Southern India.

3. Eat in Non-Tourist Areas

If you are in a tourist area, eat in those places that are tucked away a little, e.g., down the alley way. Also, if there are lots of locals there it is a good sign.

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Bicol Express. A favourite of Bicol locals (a region in the Philippines) and for good reason.

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4. Places That Have Outside Seating are Usually Cheaper

Those with no seating are always cheaper.

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Pineapple rice from Phuket in Thaiand.

5. Avoid Buffets

They are only a good deal if you eat more then 3 to 4 plates of food, and that is only for all you can eat buffets. Many are not and these are always overpriced. Also, if you’re going to get sick from eating street food, or foreign food, then the buffet is what will do it.

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Dao Xiao Mian – my favorite type of noodles in China..

Do you have some more tips to finding good street food? Let us know them or anything else you want to say in the comments 😀 .

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