Street food is not a new phenomenon, far from it. For centuries, civilisations have served food from carts in markets across the world. Traditionally it’s been seen as a cheaper and less glamorous style of eating, but a cultural change is occurring, particularly in the UK where street food generally means cheap burgers and greasy doner kebabs. Okay, so these chip vans haven’t disappeared from a streets; and nor will they. But there is a new consumer in town, a consumer who wants fast food certainly, but fast food which is delicious and high quality. Great food doesn’t have to mean fine dining and from the traditional kebab to oyster bars, street food in the UK is certainly stepping up its game. But we’ve still got a lot to learn. So where can you go to experience the best street food in the world? #5 Where? Jordan – Amman What to taste? Shawarma Amman is a lively, exciting and bustling city – the streets are full of traditional markets displaying, nuts, fresh and dried fruit and the cuisine influenced by the surrounding areas such as Israel, Turkey and Greece. Shawarma is a must from a street food perspective. Various meats such as chicken, beef or lamb are layered together on... View Article
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About Emily KnightEmily Knight is a writer and marketer based in Bristol. A Cambridge University Linguistics graduate, she runs Bristol Bites - an online guide to Bristol's food and drink scene - in addition to various freelance writing and marketing projects.
(Featured image credit: By Roland Zumbühl (Picswiss), Arlesheim (Commons:Picswiss project) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) “Street food” is nothing new. In fact, small fried fish were a popular snack food item in Ancient Greece, while evidence of street food purveyors was found by the archaeologists who painstakingly uncovered the two thousand year old streets of Pompeii in Italy. From Ancient China to 1300s Egypt, street food has been a common global trend throughout history. Fast forward to the 20th century, when holidays to Africa and Asia would often see travellers coming across street food vendors for the first time. Steaming bowls of snail porridge at the Djemmaa-el-Fnaa in Marrakesh, bawan dumplings from the Ningxia Night Market in Taipei, bowls of noodles cooked at tiny carts by most roadsides in Bangkok: street food is a cultural and economic phenomenon that has long been traditional outside of Europe. It’s a revolution: Traditional street food ideas are catching on across Europe (Image credit: Flickr) For most, street food is a way of life. You’ll find workers, blue and white collar, grabbing a quick bite to eat from roadside vendors on their lunch breaks. And night markets that cater to both locals and... View Article
When the first Indian curry house – the Hindoostanee Curry House in London – opened in Britain in 1809, it closed three years later as a result of a lack of business. Fast forward to today, however, and it’s clear that Indian cuisine has had a huge impact on the way we eat in Britain. Curry is now one of the nation’s favourites, with weekend takeaways, Indian cookbooks and the increase in the stock of Indian ingredients found in our supermarkets all testament to Britain’s love of a good curry. You may like: Where is the best street food in the world? Before the 1800s, Indian food was a mystery: 18th century England was an era of pies, boiled and roasted meats and puddings. However, Britain’s occupation of the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947 – The British Raj – saw military personnel and British civil servants attempting to replicate meals eaten in India when they returned home. Queen Victoria herself had Indian staff who would cook Indian dishes every day, expanding the popularity of the cuisine still further. The 1900s to now In the early 1900s curry declined in popularity, with dishes based around red meat and homegrown vegetables taking... View Article