To someone in Nigeria, street food can mean the food hawkers seen during a routine traffic jam running after cars with their food items securely placed in big trays on top of their heads. If you do not have the exact amount of money for the food item you intend to buy, you risk leaving all your money with the hawker as soon as the traffic clears. On the contrary, to someone in the United States, street food refers to food trucks that pile up on many street corners, easily accessible to locals and tourists.

 

There are many cities around the world with an amazing legacy of creating delectable street food for residents and tourists alike.  Below, we have selected five cities with the most mouth-watering street food cuisine in the world.

 

 

Top City for street food Bangkok, Thailand. (Lloyd Heritage/www.foodandwine.com)

Top City for street food: Bangkok, Thailand. (Lloyd Heritage/FoodandWine.com)

 

1. Bangkok, Thailand – According to the suggestion of world travelers on Virtual Tourist, Bangkok is the number one city in the world for street food. If you ever get to visit, try the green papaya salad, chicken in green curry, and pad Thai.

 

 

 

 

 

Top city for street food: Singapore. (www.forbes.com)

Top city for street food: Singapore. (www.forbes.com)

 

2. Singapore – Singapore comes in second place to Bangkok, and it is known for its Chinese, India, and Malay flavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top city for street food: Penang, Malaysia. (www.foodandwine.com)

Top city for street food: Penang, Malaysia. (www.foodandwine.com)

3. Penang, Malaysia – Readers at Virtual Tourist ranked Penang as number three for best street food, and they recommended trying the char koay teow (stir-fried rice noodles), assam laksa (a tart, hot and sour fish soup), roti (Indian-influenced flatbread), and satays of beef, chicken or pork.

 

 

 

 

 

Top city for street food: Marrakech, Morocco. (www.forbes.com)

Top city for street food: Marrakech, Morocco. (www.forbes.com)

 

4. Marrakech, Morocco – The roast lamb, couscous, eggplant, kebabs, and shwarma deliciously decorated on wooden tables just for your eating pleasure landed this colorful city at number four.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top city for street food: Palermo, Italy. (www.forbes.com)

Top city for street food: Palermo, Italy. (www.forbes.com)

5. Palermo, Italy – Italy is already well-known for its fine cuisine, so it was quite surprising to find out that it is also a great place for street food. If you ever plan a visit to Palermo, make sure you try some of their fried food: arancini (rice balls stuffed with meat sauce and cheese), crocche (potato balls), panelle (chick pea fritters), and cardoni (stalks of cardoon, aka. artichoke thistle). 

 

 

This is not an exhaustive list but, it illustrates some of the best street food cities to date.  In your opinion, what other cities have amazing street food? Please share your thoughts below or tweet me @LindaAmaechi