Street Food Won’t Kill You! You Should Eat Them
One of the many reasons why we travel is because we want to experience everything from a country. This includes the culture, local language, the places of attraction, the festivals celebrated by them, the lifestyle, the food, etc. Among all of these reasons, most travelers would agree that food definitely act as the bridge between two worlds. It helps to introduce the people and culture a lot better than any words can ever described. When you’re thinking of Malaysia, you’ll definitely start to think of the local food like Nasi Lemak, Ikan Bakar and a lot more, right?
Street food is considered as the foundation of a strong culinary heritage. Almost everyone around the world enjoy street food, but only in North America where the people are taught that street food are bad for their health. Because of this sanitized culture, most North American travelers tend to think twice about the food in another countries whenever they are traveling abroad. They tend to think that the street food will eventually make them sick and a need of authenticity is a must whenever they give a place to dine a visit. (Image by Austronesian Expeditions)
Don’t be surprised that street food are among the most delicious food out there. Street vendors in Mexico sell crickets, in Peru you’ll get to try ceviche and in Vietnam, they serve bun cha. You don’t need to be a professional chef to know what’s it like to eat delicious food. All you need is the chance to eat street food!
Price – Obviously, if you are on a tight budget, eating street food will help to save more money. Why would you spend hundreds in a Western restaurant and ignore the signature dishes provided by street vendors? (Image by Austronesian Expeditions)
Safety – The best part about street food is the opportunity of watching the food being prepared by the sellers. They are made of the freshest ingredients and you can witness the whole process of cooking them. If you can’t see the food being prepared, you don’t have to buy them. It’s your choice.
Interaction – We love the chance of interacting with the local people. Not only will you communicate with the street vendors, you will also be able to create a new relationship with other customers as well. The atmosphere of street food market is beyond amazing.
Street food will not only gives you the insight of the local culture, you will also get the chance to contribute to their economy. Street food is a small business and even though it is nothing when being compared to expensive restaurants you always give a visit to, when you give your money to the woman selling street food, you are acting as a supporter of her family. (Image by Paul J White)
Other than learning more about a new culture, you also get the chance to become the reasons why they will keep on selling street food. It is not just a way of earning money for them. It is a way of life. And you, as a traveler, you can help to support them and at the same time, get immersed in their culture. Because when you’re finally back at home, the first thing you will remember is the face of the seller and the food she prepared for you. You will want to come back every now and then. That is the power of street food.
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