Last night I couldn't sleep thinking about various street foods around the world that are not readily available in this gastro-paradise, New York.
Do you have a street food you long for from your homeland or your travels?
Here are some of mine:
1) In Korea there are numerous street vendors who set up shop on the streets, with just a picnic table and a tarp for protection. My favorite thing to get is duk-bok-kee, a dense, sticky, chewy rice cake (comes in thick and thin - I lean towards the thick) in a red-hot sauce . They also serve a brothy fish cake soup, with the fish cake on small skewers. What a combo!
As I recall, these street vendors are around all year. In the summer, you eat the spicy rice cakes sweating from the heat of the sun and the food. In the winter, the warming sensation of the foods contrast so nicely with the chilly air.
2) Bratwurst in Germany. Most meat stores have small openings out into the street. They'll grill a bratwurst, place it on a crusty white roll, and you gobble it up on the street with some good mustard. Some places also serve currywursts - wursts chopped into thick slices, sprinkled with curry powder and ketchup. Something about eating these on the street made them taste so much superior.
3) Warm goffre. A sticky belgian walffle I had off a cart in Paris one cold winter day. I was a poor student and this was the treat of my life!
4) Hot dog stands in Vancouver. They were made with 100% beef or vegetarian, and came with a great variety of condiments.
5) Gelato gelato gelato! Italy and Germany's got them everywhere. Why don't we???
I would love to hear about other street foods you love - perhaps it'll help me plan out my future travels.