6 Street Food Blogs to Follow Around the World
Culinary options are more than just an important part of the local culture. For many people, food is reason enough to travel. Whenever I arrived in a new city I did a fair amount of wandering down new streets, peaking in restaurants & street stalls, and constantly looked for what might be my next meal. Sometimes I lost track of famous buildings and got lost, my eyes glued to the plates of food served at each restaurant I passed by. In addition to my own wandering, however, I would check online to see if any of my favorite street food blogs had local recommendations.
After a year of travel and countless meals of street food and local dishes, here are 6 street food blogs that I have found to be helpful for great recommendations.
Mark Wiens @ Migrationology
Type the phrase “street food” into a search engine and something Mark Wiens wrote will likely be high on the list. Mark is one of the most passionate food lovers around and his affinity for all things culinary is showcased on his site Migrationology (and his YouTube channel). A transplant from my own home state of Arizona, Mark currently lives in Bangkok, where he documents the best food available. And I’m not talking about an average plate of pad Thai. Mark will show you the side of Thailand where locals eat and what they order.
When I was in Phuket, at his recommendation I sought out a dish of stink beans with shrimp at Raya. This unassuming little dish is something I probably never would have ordered without reading his post. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try as it was one of the most delicious dishes I experienced during 2 months of traveling throughout Thailand.
There’s a reason why stink beans are Mark’s favorite local dish and now I know why. Make sure to give them a try when you’re in Thailand.
His Bangkok Travel Guide for Food Lovers is a great starting point for anyone heading to Thailand. Though Mark’s focus is on Southeast Asia, he travels frequently and most recently wrote about the food in Jordan. This video of him eating at some of his favorite spots in Bangkok with famous food personality Andrew Zimmern is also worth a watch. If you find Mark’s recommendations helpful, check out one of his books.
Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads
Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads quit her job as an attorney back in 2008 to pursue her dream of long-term travel. She writes about how, in her words, “people can learn about how food shapes what we see and experience, and how it deepens knowledge about culture and history.” Jodi writes about gluten-free dishes as well as those that include gluten from all over the world. Her affinity for soup borders on obsession, but that isn’t surprising given how good it looks in her photos.
Jodi’s imagery-laden writing style and open sense of humor make it feel as if you’re sitting in the plastic chair at a street food table next to her. As far as food journalism and storytelling goes, she is one of the most talented and dedicated writers you’ll find. Some of my favorites include her Guide to Saigon Street Food and the advice she gives on How to Eat Street Food Without Getting Sick.
If you enjoy Jodi’s site, take a look at some of her recent hand drawn foodie posters in the shape of some of her favorite countries.
Stephanie Le @ i am a food blog
Stephanie at i am a food blog puts out so much great content and recipes I’m starting to wonder when she finds time to sleep. Stephanie is based out of Vancouver, Canada but also travels frequently. i am a food blog showcases her food concepts and recipes from cuisines all around the world. She doesn’t stick to street food exclusively but many of those types of dishes play a role in her interpretive style of cuisine.
Nearly every day she has something new like Quick & Easy Chinese Bolognese, creative Turkey Banh Mi Burgers or Double Chocolate Panda Donuts that will leave you thinking “Aww, cute!”. Whether you’re a chef or simply a food lover, this blog is definitely worth following.
For those dying to try out all of her favorite recipes, check out her debut cookbook.
Ashray & Zara @ BKPK.ME
Zara & Ashray of BKPK.ME left their jobs in Dubai in 2011 and have been traveling together ever since. I first stumbled across their World of Street Food article while in Europe and have been hooked ever since. Zara & Ashray have traveled to more than 40 countries together and have written about food in Peru, Philippines, Taipei and many more places. I like that they allow for contributed pieces and collaborative posts to showcase street food and local cuisine from around the world, even if they haven’t had a chance to visit that country yet.
One of the things that makes this blog unique is that Ashray is from India and Zara is from Portugal. They have written extensively about the challenge of Indian travelers getting visas in countries around the world. Zara also recently wrote Lisbon in 100 Bites, the definitive local food guide for anyone with an appetite who’s heading to Portugal. Check it out.
Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott @ Uncornered Market
Uncornered Market consists of Daniel Noll & Audrey Scott, a couple who have been traveling together for 14 years. Having visited more than 90 countries together, they share extensive knowledge about travel experiences and their favorite local foods. Their World Cuisine Guides are a great place to start for food lovers and they showcase a broad range of street food and local cuisines from places like Oaxaca to Iran.
Check out their 7 Habits of Highly Effective Travelers and, for those traveling couples, How to Travel the World Together Without Killing Each Other. They’ve also published a number of books regarding their travels.
Cameron Cobb @ Cam Escapes
Cam Escapes was created to document my favorite street food and budget restaurants from around the world. In foodie cities such as Copenhagen I was overwhelmed by the amount of great street food. As I headed into Eastern Europe I was one of the first people to write at length about the street food in places like Kiev, Ukraine and the Balkans. Traveling east to Israel, Vietnam, and finally New Zealand, I continued searching for the best local dishes in each place.
After a year of travel I began writing about local dishes in Arizona as well as collaborating with street food blogs in other countries. From taquerias to food trucks, I continue searching out street food throughout North America. I hope you’ll join me so that you can enjoy some of what I find one day as well.
As far as writing my first book, that will be a work in progress.
Street Food Blogs Around the World Recap
Hopefully this post helps identify quality street food and local budget meals for travelers and locals alike. The street food blogs above were those I followed during my travels and continue to follow now. If you have anything to add, please comment below.
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