Turkish Street Food

October 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Istanbul

Istanbul is full of street food and their food is similar to Greece. These bakery carts are all over and sell a round bagel like bread that is very airy. They are plain tasting but easy to get everywhere and cost twenty five cents.

roasted corn

Roasted corn is also everywhere and very cheap from fifty to seventy five cents. When I asked this man if I could take his photo, he insisted that I be in it.

Istanbul

This has got to be the coolest street food. You pick your flavours and they roll up the candy on a stick right in front of you.

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Street Food in India

April 2, 2013 § 2 Comments

samosa and chai

samosa and chai

Street food in India is usually very inexpensive and a chai and samosa costs about 18 cents. Some places have benches or stalls to sit on that are in the street. Street food usually has more flavour and is more authentically made as it’s geared for locals and not tourists. If you’re in a hurry, you can get something and it’s ready within minutes of ordering compared to spending an hour or so in a restaurant.

chai

straining chai

When I first started going to India, I never ate the street food. I’ve heard many horror stories from people of sicknesses that have lasted over a week over some dodgy meat that tempted them in the market. That was enough to keep me away for some time. But you do hear of people who eat everything and even drink the tap water without any side effects. I decided to give street food another chance and have come up with  a method to help decipher what is safe.

rolling roti

rolling roti

I usually look for places that are busy where all the locals eat. I watch the person cook a few items and see how they handle the food, the money and clean up. Look to see if the person is using their hands or utensils, and using the same hand for money. Often they don’t have running water and only a cloth at their side

roti

cooking roti

Look at how the item is cooked and in some cases like deep-frying for samosa, it may kill some bacteria. Overall you need to use your judgement and intuition as to where to trust. After you’ve tried a place, see how your body feels and then you’ll know if it’s good to go back.

uttapam

Vendor cooking uttapam on the ghat in Varanasi

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