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Taipei. It has streets that teem with vendors serving savory noodle soups, dumplings and steamed buns. In the evening, night markets open all over the city selling a plethora of clothes and household goods, but their real draw is the food. The street foods of Taipei might not be strictly native to Taiwan, but they just seem to taste better there.
Fukuoka , on the northern shore of Kyushu, Japan, has more than 150 open air food stands, called yatai. Yatai resemble miniature restaurants, except that most fold up shop every night and disappear until the next day. Yatai open around dusk and offer diners the opportunity to drink sake and shochu with locals and sample Fukuoka’s specialties.
Singapore. Regulated out of existence years ago, street food vendors moved into government-sanctioned “hawker centers” where they still sell the same street dishes. While this may undermine the cuisine’s credibility as street food, it offers those with delicate stomachs the opportunity to partake — strict safety and hygiene regulations make Singapore’s hawker food some of the safest “street food” around. Hawker centers offer a blend of inexpensive Malaysian, Indian and Chinese cuisines, which combine to offer a uniquely Singaporean eating experience.
Manila. Most vendors here are mobile and can be found walking up and down Manila’s busy streets, crying out their specialties. It all makes for a delicious, if fattening, affair. Whenever possible, foods are deep-fried, which makes them that much more mouth-watering and, as a bonus, kills germs. Cold drinks and sweet desserts are also popular snacks in Manila’s tropical heat.
Phnom Penh. Depending on what time it is, you’ll find scores of different types of street cuisine being sold by roving vendors or at stationary street stalls that cook on small charcoal grills. The local markets are also a good source of Khmer snacks, particularly Central, Kandal and Orussei, as well as the streets around the city’s many schools and universities. Breakfast time and early evenings are particularly busy, as hungry students flood the streets, looking for fried noodles, Cambodian sandwiches and sweet treats.
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