What is street food?


Food trucks, roadside peddlers or ice cream boats – what is street food? When asked by National Geographic's Plate blog, the audience responses painted a global image of food served in varying ways.

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A growing trend towards unique food trucks, carts and mobile food set ups in recent years has helped define the way New Zealanders consider "street food". Street food might bring to mind images of North American and European food trucks in convoy, adding food options to vacant spaces. What Plate has uncovered is the world of street food that exists outside of these perceptions. 

Street food might bring to mind images of North American and European food trucks

In images, the street food world is one of hand cart peddlers, street-front cafes, neighbourhood barbecues and infinite other situations where food becomes mobile.

In many parts of Asia, street vendors has been a part of everyday life and livelihood for generations. In the Central African Republic, mobile food is one of the only ways for remote villages to get food outside of the home. In the Pacific, street markets are a source of income for community members able to grow produce. 


To these regions, street food is not a growing trend but another faction of local food.

 

 

Sauce: Plate Blog