Gourmet Street Food
What is Gourmet Street food and where can you find it?
Simplicity, speed, but above all quality: this could be the “magical formula” of the new street food trend which, fruit of an ancient tradition has become an everyday gourmet experience appreciated by foodies in every corner of the globe. Considered to be one of the most die hard culinary trends of recent years, the popularity of “gourmet” street food is not only due to its affordable price: what has really determined its success is an ever growing attention to quality made up of healthy local products.
Street Food – The Story
The most ancient evidence of food prepared and cooked on the street dates back to the dawn of civilisation, around ten thousand years ago. The ancient Greeks described the Egyptian custom, traditional in the port of Alexandria and subsequently adopted throughout Greece, of frying fish and selling it in the street. From Greece, the custom spread to the Roman world, enriched and transformed into numerous variations. In the excavations at Herculaneum and Pompei, the well-preserved remains of the typical “thermopolia” can be seen, forerunners of today’s food stalls. These were a kind of mini-kitchen facing directly onto the street, used for selling all types of cooked food, particularly stews of farro, beans
or cicerchia. At that time the less wealthy city dwellers lived in apartments, essentially blocks of flats, mostly without kitchens. So the populace ate in the street, buying their food from the nearest thermopolium, which supplied nourishing dishes affordable by all.
The Catering Van
In more recent times, we have seen an abundance of vehicles springing up near stadiums and concert venues, fairs and markets – vehicles specially adapted to sell drinks and sandwiches, classically with sausage or roast pork, the Italian version of American hot dogs and hamburgers, which themselves descended from the traditions of poor immigrants from Hamburg and Frankfurt. Today’s street food culture is taking a markedly different route, focusing on the traditional cultural aspect – sometimes a rediscovery – and investing in the quality of increasingly refined products. Paradoxically, this trend for revival comes from the very place that invented junk food – the United States, where the trendiest food trucks are wildly popular among increasingly sophisticated foodies and related media.
Street food today is glam, Gourmet and Trendy, it’s talked about and boasted about.
Street Food isn’t just a passing fashion, it’s a new way of experiencing the age-old relationship between a society and its food; it has its own roots and is reinvented every day in new ways that are
innovative, surprising, practical and, above all, delicious. The trend is undeniable: nowadays Street Food has gained its own share of fame and fortune, thanks in part to globalisation and
worldwide media attention on food and on cooks.
Where To Find Gourmet Street Food
You can find Gourmet Street Food all around the world from Japan, Tokyo, Hog Kong, Bangkok, Korean, India, Mexico, New York, Egypt, London. Please feel free to add places and pictures in comments below.
Hot dog potato on a stick – Located in Seoul are special kinds of street foods. Here is one that’s a deep-fried potato combined with a hot down on a stick. Who said you can’t have the best of both worlds? Delightful!
This funny-looking fish-shaped snack is often described as a cross between a waffle and a cake. But what makes taiyaki different from them is that while the batter is usually made from ordinary pancake, it is baked with a tantalizing filling unique to Japan. The most common fillings are red bean paste made from sweetened azuri beans, chocolate, sweet potato, cheese, custard, okonomiyaki, gyoza, or sausage. If you plan on touring the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto be sure to order some mouth-watering taiyaki from one of the street vendors nearby.
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Enjoy my foodie friends,