Once upon a time, street food meant questionable burgers and hot dogs served from a van at the end of a night out, but street food has come a long way. Today it’s at the forefront of flavour innovation, and foodies flock to markets across the country looking to broaden their culinary horizons.
Not only are street food stalls tempting us with exciting new flavours, they can offer low-fat, high-protein food on-the-go, are a great way to get kids to try new things and are the perfect place to find recipe inspiration.
But what if you’re craving world street cuisine but don’t happen to have a market on your doorstep?
Here are a few ways you can recreate the feel and flavours in the comfort of your own kitchen…
Set the scene
Now the weather is warming up, why not abandon formal seating and set up a food station in the garden where everyone can help themselves and make a mess (is it even street food if it’s not a bit messy?) Why not go all-out and put up some fairy lights for an al-fresco evening meal?
Get the kids involved
Give the kids something to do and it will keep them busy and give you one less job. It could be making pitchers of homemade lemonade, letting them make some salsa or even putting together a summer playlist.
Tacos are great fun to make and take the pressure off the cook – just put all the component ingredients on the table and let everyone assemble their own! Include bowls of shredded lettuce, grated cheese, guacamole, tomato salsa and your choice of meat. Minced beef works well but if you really want to make life easy, try Grabits Nice and Spicy Chicken.
Feeling a bit more ambitious? Bao buns, also known as steamed buns or baozi are a complete meal in a white, warm, soft bun. They’re traditionally filled with a pork mixture and a great challenge if you’re a keen baker. The perfect bao should be round, soft and steamed in bamboo baskets.
Want all the flavour but none of the fuss? Whip up a quick satay sauce by heating together crunchy peanut butter, Thai curry paste, soy sauce and coconut cream, then serve alongside Grabits Original Chicken on a Stick. It will look and taste amazing and no-one will know you didn’t just spend hours in the kitchen!
Don’t forget dessert – ice cream anyone?