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Sidewalk Safari: 25 of the World’s Most Delicious Street Food Recipes

If you’re like me, the world is one big smorgasbord. But even when you can’t be out there traveling and tasting all the things, you can still enjoy the world’s best street foods.

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Give your tastebuds the staycation of a lifetime with these 25 insanely good street food recipes from around the world. From mouth-watering Mexican empanadas to spicy Indian Samosas, it’s time to satisfy your wanderlust with your tastebuds!


low angle shot of a samosa cut in half so that you can see the potato filling inside.

Samosas are a perfect, hand-held snack! The deep-fried pastries loaded with delicious fillings are so satisfying. This version is filled crispy with a savory mix of potatoes, peas, and spices.
Get the Recipe: Samosas


metal baking pan with elote, Mexican grilled corn cobs with mayonnaise, chili powder, lime juice, and grated cheese

You’ll find street carts selling spicy, cheesy elote all over Mexico. This grilled corn snack has just 5 ingredients and it’s totally addictive and you can make it in minutes!
Get the Recipe: Elote

Chicken kathi rolls

Low angle shot of 3 chicken kathi rolls wrapped up with foil with condiments on the side.

Chicken kathi rolls, a popular Indian street food roti wrap are loaded with tender marinated chicken and savory condiments.
Get the recipe: Chicken Kathi Rolls

Char Siu Bao

chinese steamed buns filled with char siu pork on a plate with scallion garnish

These fluffy steamed buns filled with juicy char siu pork are easier to make than you think.
Get the Recipe: Char Siu Bao


A hand holding half of an empanada so you can see the filling inside.

Air Fryer Beef Empanadas are so easy to make if you use store-bought pie crusts. The flaky golden-brown crust is full of deliciously seasoned ground beef.
Get the recipe: Empanadas

Thai Curry Puffs

A bowl of peas and lentils next to a wooden cutting board, accompanied by Thai curry puffs.

Easy homemade Thai curry puffs are filled with a mouthwatering mix of ground chicken and potatoes cooked with onions, garlic, and spices in flaky pastry.
Get the Recipe: Thai Curry Puffs

Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Low angle shot of summer rolls on a platter.

These Vietnamese Summer Rolls filled with rice noodles, quick pickled carrots, crisp veggies, fresh herbs, and edible flowers are tasty, nutritious, and beautiful, too.
Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Summer Rolls

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps

Low angle, closeup shot of a chicken shawarma wrap ready to eat.

Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps are infused with the intense flavors of the Middle East. Don’t skip the rich, tangy Lemon Tahini Sauce!
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Shawarma Wraps

Pancit Bihon

low angle shot of a plate of pancit bihon noodles

These Filipino rice noodles pan-fried with chicken and veggies are perfectly seasoned with soy sauce, oyster sauce, and other seasonings. It’s quick to make and full of delicious flavor!
Get the Recipe: Pancit Bihon

Arepas con Queso

close up shot of an arepa con queso split open to show the cheesy inside.

This arepas recipe is easy to make and turns out arepas con queso that are moist-inside, crispy outside and loaded with melty cheese!
Get the Recipe: Arepas con Queso

Chicken Pakora

Low angle shot of a plate of chicken pakoras.

Chicken Pakora—crunchy fried chicken pieces with ginger, garlic, ground chile, and chaat masala coated in a chickpea flour (besan) batter—are an easy appetizer and they’re so good!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Pakora

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Taquitos piled on a plate. There are lime wedges on the side and they're garnished with chopped cilantro.

These Air Fryer Taquitos are loaded with shredded chicken, refried beans, cheddar cheese, and green chile salsa. With salsa, sour cream, and guacamole for dipping, they make a great light dinner or hearty appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Potstickers

Overhead shot of chicken dumplings with chili oil.

Chicken Potstickers make a great appetizer, snack, or even a meal. These homemade chicken potstickers are nice and crispy on the bottom and filled with a simple mix of chicken and seasonings.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Potstickers


A plate of fruit skewers, a popular street food, on a pink background.

Our tangy Tanghulu recipe is a perfect combination of sweet and sour flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.
Get the Recipe: Tanghulu

Samosa Chaat

low angle shot of samosa chaat.

Samosa Chaat is savory chickpeas with crispy samosa, assorted sweet, spicy, and tangy chutneys, and crunchy and flavorful toppings.
Get the Recipe: Samosa Chaat

Fried Pork and Shrimp Wontons

low angle shot of a plate of fried wontons with a bowl of sweet chili dipping sauce.

These fried pork and shrimp wontons are easy to make and quickly deep fried to crispy golden perfection. They are irresistible.
Get the Recipe: Fried Pork and Shrimp Wontons

Air Fryer Spring Rolls

low-angle shot of spring rolls piled on a white plate with the air fryer and a bottle of soy sauce in the background.

Everything you love about homemade spring rolls without the mess of deep frying! You’re going to love these Air Fryer Spring Rolls—they’re crispy, crunchy, and plump with a savory veggie and pork filling.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Spring Rolls

Pad Kee Mao with Chicken

Two plates of noodles with peppers and basil on a gray background.

Drunken Noodles or Pad Kee Mao are great for late night munchies, a satisfying meal, or even as a hangover cure! Flat rice noodles are stir fried with a savory sauce, spicy chiles, Thai basil, vegetables, and chicken.
Get the Recipe: Pad Kee Mao with Chicken

Onion Samosas

A stack of street food samosas on a piece of paper.

Onion Samosas are delicious fried pastry pockets filled with spiced caramelized onions. They’re so good with tamarind or cilantro chutney!
Get the Recipe: Onion Samosas

Har Gow

low angle shot of 4 har gow shrimp dumplings in a bamboo steamer basket

Har Gow is my favorite dim sum dish. These plump Chinese shrimp dumplings have a delicate flavor and equally delicate translucent wrapper. They’re surprisingly easy to make, too, with an easy-to-work-with dough and a simple seasoned shrimp filling.
Get the Recipe: Har Gow

Thai Chicken Satay

Thai chicken skewers and rice served with cucumbers, inspired by street foods.

Thai Satay Chicken is loaded with authentic flavors like turmeric, lemongrass, chiles, and fish sauce. A rich and spicy Thai Peanut Sauce is perfect for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Thai Chicken Satay

Paneer Pakora

low angle shot of a plate of paneer pakoras.

Bite into a crispy, hot Paneer Pakora and it’s not hard to see why this north Indian snack is so popular. Pieces of tender paneer are batter fried to a crispy, crunchy golden brown.
Get the Recipe: Paneer Pakora

Veggie Pad Thai

Low angle shot of veggie pad thai in a bowl

This veggie Pad Thai is delicious and easy to make. Rice noodles are quickly stir-fried with classic Thai seasonings (including vegan fish sauce!), bean sprouts, and fried tofu.
Get the Recipe: Veggie Pad Thai

Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles

low angle shot of a bowl of peanut sauce noodles with tofu and vegetables.

Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles is a dish I could eat every day and never get tired of it. It’s a quick, easy, delicious vegetarian meal with tons of spicy Thai flavor.
Get the Recipe: Thai Peanut Sauce Noodles

Mochiko Chicken

Crispy mochiko chicken.

Chicken Mochiko is delicious bite-size pieces of tender chicken thighs dredged in mochiko flour (sweet rice flour) and deep fried. So crunchy and irresistible! 
Get the Recipe: Mochiko Chicken

By on May 5th, 2023
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