These are the world’s best street foods

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What is the world’s best street food dish? It’s a contentious issue. Cities all over the world offer a wide range of delicious street foods, from Vietnamese Bánh m and Greek Gyros to Indian Samosas and Mexican Gringas.

If you ask a dozen people what their favorite is, you’ll probably get a dozen different answers.

However, one new index claims to provide a definitive answer to this question. TasteAtlas, a travel guide, has compiled audience ratings to rank the world’s “best” street foods.

Here are the top eight, as determined by their rankings. Whether you agree or disagree, they’re sure to make your mouth water.

Which type of street food is the best in the world?

9. Carne Asada Tacos

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According to Taste Atlas, these are the “world’s first tacos,” having originated in Mexico in the 1500s. Thin slices of flank steak are griddled and served with coriander on a corn tortilla and it is one of the best street foods in the world.

8. Carnitas

Carnitas, literally “little meats,” is a Mexican dish of simmered pork. Over several hours, the meat is braised in lard and served with coriander, diced onion, guacamole, and tortillas.

7. Guotie

Guotie are a type of dumpling from Northern China. They are typically stuffed with minced pork, Chinese cabbage, ginger, scallions, and rice wine and fried and steamed at the same time. Guotie literally translates as “pot sticks,” and they are also known as pot stickers in some parts of the world.

6. Gringas

If you’ve been to Mexico, you’ve most likely eaten a Gringa (or ten). These delectable snacks are made by melting cheese between two flour tortillas, making them halfway between a taco and a quesadilla. Other ingredients vary by region, but marinated meat, onions, and pineapple are common.

5. Paratha

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A paratha is a layered bread that is cooked in ghee (clarified butter). They can be served with pickles, yoghurt, homemade chutneys, or with meat and vegetable curries. They can also be eaten plain or dipped in tea.

Paratha is popular throughout South Asia, from India and Sri Lanka to Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

4. Bánh mì

There are numerous variations of this popular Vietnamese dish, but they all share the crusty French baguette as a common theme.

During the French colonial period, the bread became popular in Vietnam. It’s stuffed with pork sausage, coriander, cucumber, and pickled daikon, among other things.

3. Karaage

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Karaage is a Japanese cooking technique that involves marinating and deep frying small pieces of meat or fish, usually chicken. The name translates to “deep-fried Chinese style” – “Kara” means “China,” and “age” means “fried.”

The delectable nuggets are typically served with lemon wedges and mayonnaise for dipping.

2. Lumpiang Shanghai

These crispy snacks evolved from Chinese spring rolls, hence the name “Shanghai.”

Deep-fried thin egg crepes filled with ground meat. They are frequently served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce.

Lumpiang Shanghai, on the other hand, is not just a street food; it is frequently served on special occasions such as birthdays and weddings.

1. Roti Canai

This Malaysian staple took first place in the TasteAtlas rankings. The buttery flatbread is made from dough that has been rolled very thin, folded repeatedly, and fried until the texture is crispy and fluffy. In the 1800s, Indian migrants brought the dish to Malaysia.

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