A trio of Southeast Asian cities took the top spots in a ranking of the top 10 street food cities, with Bangkok, Thailand emerging as the best in the world, notably for its variety and abundance of options.
VirtualTourist.com gave top marks to the Thai capital for its offerings like Pad Thai, green papaya salads, mango sticky rice, and chicken with green curry.
VirtualTourist.com is a user-generated travel site which counts 1.2 million registered members from 220 countries around the world.
Members recommend Soi Rambuttri in the old district of Bangkok for street fare, as well as Soi 38 near Sukumvit for its evening food markets which are open until 3 am.
In second place was Singapore for its hybrid gastronomy ranging from Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan fare (Chinese and Malaysian), and its reliably safe and hygienic street food stalls.
Specialties to try in Singapore include Hainanese Chicken Rice — steamed chicken with a ‘jelly-like’ layer and rice, cucumbers, chilies and pounded ginger; chili crabs — in a garlicky, fiery paste; and laksa — a spicy Peranakan noodle soup.
Rounding out the top three street food cities was Penang, Malaysia, for its multicultural cuisine. Like Singapore, food is heavily influenced by Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures.
Foods to try include Char kway teow – stir-fried noodles, a tart, hot and sour fish soup called assam laksa, and satays of beef, chicken and pork.
Top 10 best street food cities in the world
1. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Penang, Malaysia
4. Marrakech, Morocco
5. Palermo, Sicily
6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
7. Istanbul, Turkey
8. Mexico City, Mexico
9. Brussels, Belgium
10. Beachside Ceviche in Ambergris Caye, Belize
This summertime amusement park is built on Lake Ontario and offers all kinds of water-fun; huge waterslides, river rides, paddling in pedal boats. It also houses an IMAX theatre. Timings: Daily 10AM- dusk Admission: C$ 13-49 Address: 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W Tel: 416/314-9811 Website: www.ontarioplace.com ...
Located in Nejmeh Square (nejmeh means star, and is so named because the six roads converging on the square resemble a star) in Downtown Beirut, the Solidere Clock Tower is an iconic symbol of Beirut. It dates from the French Mandate and is one of the few historic structures that remain intact in Downtown. The tower managed to survive the civil war relatively unscathed. Other than the clock...
The Powerhouse Museum allows visitors to peek into Sydney's scientific and technological past. 500 Harris Street Tel: (02) 9217 0111. Website: www.phm.gov.au Opening hours: Daily 1000-1700. Admission: A$10; concessions available; some special exhibitions charge an extra entrance fee. ...
In the south of the country lies the heart shaped Addu Atoll from where travelers, from Gan can cycle to three inhabited islands via a causeway. Addu Atoll is the main economic and administrative centre in the south of the country and is just a little smaller than Male’. It has a population of 28, 000 across seven islands. The biggest influence on Addu’s modern history has been the British bases, ...