Almost 2.6 billion people eat some form of street food each day. If you are a world traveler, then you know that the quality of this food varies widely. Television star Anthony Bourdain has made his living for more than a decade introducing people to some of the most unusual and best tasting food served by these vendors. Before you pack your bags for your next vacation or business trip, consider these vendors that he says are his all time favorites.
If you find yourself in Bilbao, Spain, then make sure to try the Basque funnel cake that is served with your choice of meat including unsmoked bacon, chorizo or pork loin. Unlike the funnel cakes found at many food trucks in the United States, this cake looks more like a tortilla. You can find creator Aitor Aurrekoetxea selling them at numerous fairs.
Come hungry for an omelet to the Nishiki Market in Kyoto, Japan. These perfectly rolled omelets contain your choice of fillings. It is recommended that you try the barbequed eel, green onions and Japanese leek topped with sweet dashi sauce.
If you are in Seoul, South Korea, then go to Tteokbokki Street for a rice cake topped with gochujang sauce made by Mabongnim. While you will find several people selling these, hers are the absolute best. Be prepared for the spice, however, as the sauce is very warm.
Alternatively, the bún bò Huê soup served by The Lunch Lady at 23 Hoang Sa Street in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Thi Thanh, Vietnam, cannot be topped. This food cart is so famous that it even appears on Google maps. The soup which is served only on Fridays is a delicious mixture of stewed meat and lemongrass broth, according to an article originally published on Grubstreet.
If you really do not think that you can make it to all these wonderful places, then the television star hopes to have a solution for you. Starting in 2019, he hopes to gather them all in one location allowing visitors to wander from stall to stall sampling the best food trucks and stalls in the world. The announced location for this permanent gathering is Pier 57 in New York City. Some vendors, however, are resistant to moving so there is still a reason to travel the world.