World's Best Cities for Street Food

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  1. rwoman
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    Very complete list...I can't think of any other cities that should be included there :)
     
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    A fair number of these seem like stretches to me. The definition of street food is an issue, I suspect. I was astonished to see my home city, Rio de Janeiro, on the list. Then they mention the stalls on the beaches, which aren't really street stalls but permanent kiosks. The old hawker tradition of Singapore (think Orchard Road Car Park) that was so great has given way to permanent installations in open markets and basements of shopping centers, but are still great.

    Seeing Paris, New York and Austin, among others, on the list smacks of desperation to me. I don't argue that each of those has excellent cheap food options, but that they don't really quite seem like street food to me.

    Penang and Bangkok without a doubt qualify.

    Al in all, this seems like a publishers mandated list with answers devised to meet the need.

    Maybe I am just being difficult...
     
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    When I think of street food, I actually think of food sold by hawkers from a non-permanent stall on the street. But if the publishers followed my definition of street food, I'd say the list would only be populated by South East Asian cities...
     
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    The cities which I personally find to have great Hawker Centers all made the list. Though the definition on the article is much broader than the perception I have on street food. :)
     
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    My list of street food capitals would be......

    Beijing
    Jakarta
    Singapore
    Hong Kong
    Bangkok
    Mexico City

    My list is not at all scientific, its just product of my personal experience... I was an Asia hand in my previous life and spent a lot of time in the above cities... and found it a great adventure to seek out the best street food places.... then I used my Asian experience to do the same and find the top street taco places in Mexico.... :cool:
     
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    I'd say that pretty much any place in Thailand (before the floods)
     
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    Nope.... I would agree with your above review of this list. Poor research and little travel experience somehow come to mind....
     
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    I assumed there was a requirement for geographic disparity in the list, which eliminated much more plausible locales such as PTY.
     
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    Chicago ?????!!!!!

    While I love my city dearly and we do have a great variety of cuisines, Chicago does not by any means have a street food scene. (sadly)
     
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    True, but Chicago does have lots of very good modestly priced places. It seems we mostly agree that the list really is not about 'street food' but about modest prices and informal atmosphere.

    It seems we should start making our own lists then promote and sell them. The Founders could make a good profit on such things and we'd all have fun!:) Hmmmm...
     
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    I think Hanoi (VN) should've been on the list, there are some dishes/foods you can't find in the South, I mean if USA can have many cities other countries could be said the same too (Portland really?)
     
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    +1 on Hanoi. Vietnam as a whole has a great street food culture.
     
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