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Street Foods in Asia

When it comes to the ideas of best places to try food in Asia, many will think about the famous hub like Hong Kong, Tokyo or Bangkok. However, it seems even a small town or a floating market can surprise your palette.
If you are curious about street foods in Asia, this article will be a perfect source of inspiration. Let`s check the top places to sample finest local foods :

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Hanoi, Vietnam

Many will say your trip to Vietnam is incomplete without tackling the busy street of Hanoi old quarter and taste the authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Though the area is not really but it treasures the delicious dishes with rich traditions.
I will only recommend you to try Noodle/ Pho at Ly Quoc Su street if you have eaten this famous dish in the world. It is a family-run restaurant, need-to-queue in the morning to savor the authentic taste.
The dishes you should not miss include: papaya -beef salad, chicken sticky rice, rice soup, bun cha. If you like fish, head to Cha Ca restaurant or travel out of tourist area to West Lake which offers wide ranges of fishes, snails and rolled noodle.
There is no need to follow any guide book, simply follow the crowd. In Hanoi, if the restaurant is full it means it is good.
For dessert, go to Hoan Kiem lake for an ice cream in Trang Tien street then drop by a hidden corner of Hang Gai for an egg coffee.


Georgetown, Malaysia.

Georgetown is regarded as the gastronomic capital of the country, and there are street food stalls all over the place in the city. Since there are many pepople from India and China in Malaysia, you have different street food stalls serving local food but also Indian and Chinese food, and it’s delicious.
The signature dish of George Town is the Char Kway Teow. It’s made from flat rice noodles with prawns, clams, egg, soy sauce, chili, Chinese sausage and lardons. They also serve laksa soup (a spicy soup made of rice noodles and coconut milk), apoms (pancake with coconut) and the famous cendol (crushed ice, rice flour jelly and coconut milk).
You can also have dosa (Indian pancake with various sauces), and you have plenty of options regarding Chinese food. For your information, some locals living in other cities go to Georgetown for the weekend specifically to try the street food there! It means something!
Recommend by Robens from Been Around the Globe

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Nyang Shwe, Myanmar

As tourism started booming in Myanmar few years recently, many vibrant cities starts attracting foodies. While Yangon is famous as the best city for the mixture of Chinese, Burmese and Indian food, the stop at Nyang Shwe town shows the signature of Shan state cuisine.
Once wandering along the noisy road to Inle Lake, you will quickly be tempted by a steamy Shan Noodle. Fishes are amazing delicious as they are freshly caught from the lake and prepared. The speciality of Nyang Shwe comes from Inle floating garden then you should enjoy tomato salad, tea leaf, tofu salad, spicy fish curry and tea leaf


Busan, Korea

Busan is the main port city on the east coast of South Korea, departing for Japan. Port cities are always great for cheap filling street food and Busan is no exception when it comes to Korean Food. Pretty close the port you’ll find the area known as the Busan International Film Festival Square. You’ll find lots of street food stalls here and in the area.
The specialities of the area that you must try are
Dongnae Paejon – this is a pancake stuffed with green onion and often seafood. Chop it up dunk it in sauce, it’s really good and not spicy at all.
Bindaettaeok – more pancakes but this time made of mung beans. They’re fried in copious amounts of boiling oil which might put you off, but actually, they’re really good, especially if you wash them down with Soju (a fierce liquor!)
Tteokbokki – the piece de la resistance – glutinous rice tubes in a seriously spicy red chilli sauce. These will both fill and warm you up. They’re tasty, hot, hot, hot and quite simply addictive. Do NOT go for the extra spicy version (there, I’ve warned you, it’s not my fault now…)
Check more about Korea Food Guide with Sarah at her Blog : A Social Nomad