Taste buds rejoice! From Bombay to Bangkok, casual street eats are essentials for locals. Dig in with Ker & Downey and experience the wonder of the world’s street food. You will get an insider peek at the local culinary heritage and the sights and sounds of everyday life, escorted by a guide who knows just where to go—and what to avoid. Let us take you on a foodie journey across the globe in search of the mouth-watering grub served up roadside.
What’s not to love about the street food in Thailand’s capital? It’s one of the world’s top destinations for colorful curbside fare. You don’t even have to step foot in a restaurant in Bangkok when you are with a Ker & Downey guide. Your local street food expert will take you to find the tastiest papaya salads, pad thai, and oyster omelettes day and night. The choices are endless. Steaming bowls of noodles, spicy and fragrant, are made to order as tuk tuks whiz by. Pull up a red stool and prepare for your taste buds to go on an amazing journey.
A vegetarian-heavy street food diet can still be quite indulgent. Chickpea fritters are thrown into bubbling vats of oil and emerge crispy, ready to be dipped into spicy cilantro-infused chutneys. Try the crispy, hollow shells called puris that are filled with tangy water, dark chickpeas, chopped onions, and potatoes. They are conveniently bite-size, making it hard to keep track of how many you eat. It’s best to go with a Ker & Downey guide since some of the best stalls are hard to find in Mumbai’s twisting lanes.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The variety of street food in this sizzling city matches its colorful facades and charismatic residents. Fresh fruit smoothies burst with tangy flavor. Street carts overflow with mysterious multicolored fruits like the granadilla, guanabana, and the mamoncillo. Steaming grills serve up skewers of chorizo. If you’re craving a treat with a little kick, down a refreshing mango pulp with vodka.
Marrakesh bombards all the senses and its spice-infused tagines make a lasting impression. Spend the evening at the market in Jemma el-Fnaa square to sip on fresh fruit juices and nibble on cookies and pastries that look almost too pretty to eat—but we still will. With your Ker & Downey guide, browse the food stalls to collect your tasty samples, then head up above the throng to view the spectacle from your own private balcony.
The chairman of the Hanoi Gastronomy Club will join you for your street food safari, guiding you to sample the treats in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Don’t say no to the pho. The famous dish of noodles soaked in warm broth is served up speedily by street-side vendors. The Banh Mi is a French-Asian fusion sandwich that has become popular the world over; we think it tastes best in Vietnam where it originated. Crispy baguettes are filled with meat, pickles, chilies, and coriander and sold from simple carts that deliver a major burst of flavor.
The street eats in Hong Kong are so popular that Michelin launched its first-ever street food guide for the city. Hungry fans line up daily for egg tarts—a pastry filled with creamy egg goodness—as well as octopus tentacles on a stick, and curry fish balls floating in a golden curry soup. Find a spot in little stalls at the edge of crowded lanes and watch the shoppers pass; it’s the perfect way to really immerse yourself into the local culture.
You will work up a healthy appetite while walking around Cairo’s markets in search of magical copper lamps. Falafels and shawarmas are easy to munch on, but don’t miss the koshary, an interesting mix of rice, pasta, lentils, and chickpeas, doused with tomato sauce.
Feeling hungry? Ker & Downey’s expert guides will lead you in the direction of the tastiest (and safest) street foods. Contact us to begin planning your own journey.