While in Mexico City, Mexico, you might stop and buy a sweet, fried, churro. On Cheju Island in Korea, you might order some freshly caught fish, called hwae. In Bangkok, Thailand, you might need a drink. So you might buy a coconut fruit. You can use a thin straw to drink the liquid from inside it. In Chicago, in the United States, you might want to have a steamed hot dog.
当你在墨西哥的墨西哥城时，你可能会停步买一个甜食，墨式炸油条churro. 当在韩国的济州岛时，你可能会点一些刚捕获的新鲜鱼吃，叫hwae. 当在泰国的曼谷，可能你会需要喝个饮料。于是你会买个椰果，插根细吸管喝里头的椰奶。当你在美国的芝加哥，你可能会想要吃个热腾腾的热狗。
Warning! This article may make you hungry! Today we travel around the world. We look at the different kinds of foods people can eat on the street.
People everywhere in the world love eating street food. But what is it? Street food can be food or drink. It can be fruits or vegetables. Or it could be something cooked like rice or meat, and more! It can be a person’s whole meal, or just a small snack. A vendor sells the food from a cart that can move, or from a stall - a small sheltered area. Vendors usually only sell one kind of food. And prices of street food are usually low.
There are a few reasons why street food is so great. First, street food is easy to get. People who are hurrying somewhere can buy street food quickly. Vendors often have the food fully prepared.
Second, street food does not cost a lot of money. Very poor people can still buy street food. And a street food meal can include many healthy substances.
Finally, there is one more reason street food is so great - and you may already know it. Street food is delicious! It tastes very good! And many of our listeners would agree! We asked Spotlight listeners to share some of their favorite street foods. People from all over the world answered.
Erioni from Albania wrote that she liked pies, burgers and hotdogs. Hot dogs were also Joel’s favorite food in the United States. In Uganda, Muhwezi and Bamutengire liked fruits and apples. And Sky and Tinah both liked Rolex. This is a thin bread surrounding egg and vegetables. Trinh from Vietnam simply answered “rice”. In Indonesia, Agustinus likes to order sego kucing. This is made with rice with things on top - like dried fish. Then it is wrapped in banana fruit leaves. And Ying-ying from the Philippines could not name just one favorite street food! She named fish balls, quail eggs, squid balls and barbeque.
阿尔巴尼亚的Erioni 说，她喜欢吃馅饼，汉堡和热狗。美国的Joel也爱吃热狗。乌干达的Muhwezi喜欢水果和苹果, 而Sky 和Tinah则喜欢一种Rolex,包着蛋和蔬菜的薄煎饼。越南的Trinh则简单的说，她喜欢米食。印尼的Agustnus 喜欢点sego kucing吃。 这是米饭包在香蕉叶里，上头有鱼干。菲利宾的Ying-ying则喜欢好多样小吃，有鱼丸，鹌鹑蛋，花枝丸和烧烤肉。
Travel writers have also written lists of the best street food around the world. Travel with us as we taste the different street foods of the world!
Mexico City, Mexico. Churros are one favorite food here. These are tubes of fried bread dough. The vendor fries the dough, or uncooked bread. Then he shakes cinnamon spice and sugar over it. It is a sweet snack! Another famous Mexican street food is Elote. This food uses corn on the cob. That is, the corn is freshly picked from the plant. Then, the vendor takes the rough covering off the corn. He pushes a wooden stick through the corn cob. He cooks the corn over a fire. Then, he covers the corn with a good tasting mayonnaise sauce. He puts spicy chilli flakes and cheese on the corn. Finally, he squeezes a sour lime fruit over it.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Here, the most famous street food sandwich is called Banh mi. This sandwich is on long bread with a thick crust. Inside is meat and pickled vegetables. JJ Goode writes for the travel website concierge.com. He describes biting into this delicious sandwich:
越南的何志明城市。这儿最著名的街头吃是一种三明治，叫Banh mi。厚皮的长面包，里面包着肉和酸咸蔬菜。一位J J Goode为旅游网站concierge.com描述了一口咬下这个美味三明治的感受：
“Your teeth crash through the bread and into still-warm pieces of grilled pork. Then you taste crunchy cucumber, sweet-tangy pieces of pickled carrot and daikon and cilantro. It has just a bit of Vietnamese mayo. You should add a small amount of hot sauce. This may be the best sandwich you have ever had.”
Berlin, Germany. You may be surprised to learn that Berlin has a very big Turkish population. So the street food here has a Turkish influence. One of these foods is called currywurst. Currywurst is a long thin piece of meat. The vendor cuts the meat into smaller pieces. Then she puts a special curry sauce on top of it. The sauce is made of curry spice and tomato sauces. People eat currywurst from paper plates with very small forks.
Marrakech, Morocco. Marrakech’s main square contains hundreds of different food stalls. But everyone here knows one street food: harira soup. This liquid soup is a traditional food. A vendor makes it from good-tasting liquid broth, beans, onions, turmeric spice, and the cilantro plant. People eat the soup with a small wood spoon.
摩洛哥的马拉喀什城。城里的中心广场上有几百个不同的小吃摊位。但每人都知道一种美食叫，Harira soup. 哈利娜蔬菜汤，是那儿传统的小吃。小贩用美味的高汤，豆子，洋葱，姜黄香料，还有香菜熬成。那儿的人习惯用小木汤匙吃这汤。
Mumbai, India. Bhel puri is a low-fat and good-tasting food that contains many vegetables. It is made with a plate full of puffed rice. This is a bigger form of rice. It crunches in your mouth. A vendor adds many different things on top. He may add potato, red onion, and cilantro. Then he adds a spicy tamarind sauce on top. The sauce is also tangy - it makes a person’s mouth water. The sauce makes some of the rice more soft. Bhel puri is spicy, tangy, crunchy and soft - a wonderful and interesting food!
印度的孟买。Bhel puri贝尔普里，是一种低脂，味美，由许多蔬菜制成的食物。这是由爆米花做成的美食。在嘴里吃来脆脆的。小贩会加不同东西在其上，有薯豆，红葱，香菜。然后他加一种酸甜辣酱在上头。这个酱汁酸酸的，让你口水流不停。酱汁使得米变得更软。Bhel puri 是辣，酸，脆又软，一个非常美味又有趣的小吃。
These are just a few kinds of street food. But there are many more kinds all around the world. It is easy to see why so many people around the world eat it!
But there are some concerns about street food. People can get sick from street food. Vendors may work in unclean conditions. This means that people who eat street food may suffer from sicknesses like diarrhea or vomiting. People can even die from these sicknesses. But governments and health organizations also work with street vendors to improve the quality of street food.
If you love street food, you do not have to be afraid of eating it. Streetfood.org just suggests making wise decisions when you want to eat. Look for a vendor in a clean area. Are his hands clean? Is he wearing clean clothes? Is there a place for the vendor to wash dishes, and a separate area to wash hands? Finally, look at the food. Does it look fully cooked? Does it smell good or bad? If it smells bad, it is probably not safe.
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