56 Street Food Recipes – Tastes From Around the Globe

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Many associate street food with floating markets in Bangkok or small bánh mì stands in Ho Chi Minh City, but street food is all over the globe and some of the most delicious options are right on your door step. We round up some of our favourite street food recipes to tantalise your tastebuds and maybe get you planning your next foodie adventure.

South African Street Food Recipes

Some of our favourite local bites.

Braaied Durbs Pineapple Skewers with Yoghurt & Lime Drizzle

Inspired by the iconic Durban beachfront sweet treat, these pineapple wedges are filled with zingy, zesty and spicy flavours.

Braaied Durbs Pineapple Skewers with Yoghurt & Lime Drizzle recipe

Cheesy Bobotie Jaffles

Jaffles are a weekend bazaar favourite. This revamped version combines classic Bobotie mince flavours with mozzarella. Dunk into the chutney for a sweet-savoury delight.

Cheesy Bobotie Jaffles recipe

Mini Vetkoek & Curried Mince

A local staple, whether enjoyed in the comfort of your home, on the street or as padkos.

Mini Vetkoek & Curried Mince recipe

Chicken Liver Peri Peri Gatsby

Gatsby will forever be the most iconic sub; we’ve taken a slightly different approach and filled it with peri peri chicken livers. Yum!

Chicken Liver Peri Peri Gatsby recipe

Wagyu Mince Samoosas

The quintessential street food snack and appetiser at family occasions! These crispy pockets of flavour are filled with Wagyu mince and served with a pistachio and yoghurt dip.

Wagyu Mince Samoosas recipe

Sticky Brandy Nut Pudding Samoosas

Turn your favourite savoury snack into a sweet treat, with these deliciously sticky Brandy Nut Pudding-inspired samoosas.

Sticky Brandy Nut Pudding Samoosas recipe

Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka

We doubt there’s anything more delicious than a roosterkoek that’s hot-off-the-coals. These rump steak and chakalaka roosterkoek are lekker!

Rump Steak Roosterkoek with Chakalaka recipe

Bobotie Pork Pot Pies

Whether you’re enjoying it at a garage or food market, flaky pies are a street food staple. This take incorporates another South African fave, bobotie.

Boboties Pork Pot Pies recipe

Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows

These Chicken Korma Bunny Chows are utterly delicious!

Chicken Korma Curry Bunny Chows recipe

Frikadelles with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauces

Who doesn’t love a good, juicy frikadelle?

Frikadelles with Sweet & Spicy Dipping Sauces recipe

Curried Lamb & Onion Sosaties

Fresh off the grill and dripping with deliciousness.

Curried Lamb & Onion Sosaties recipe

Cape Malay Sosaties

The only thing better than a sosatie is a sosatie with a hint of Cape Malay spice.

Cape Malay Sosaties recipe

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Boerie Rolls 3-Ways

These Boerie Rolls are customised to satisfy your taste buds.

Boerie Rolls 3-Ways recipe

Loaded Hot Dogs with Curried Mustard and Onion Rings

Prepare to get a little messy with these salsa-topped hot dogs. The curried mustard and crispy fried onion rings make them super delish!

Loaded Hot Dogs with Curried Mustard and Onion Rings recipe


Indian-inspired Street Food

Whether it’s from the streets of Mumbai or South Africa, Indian street food is a staple.

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Easy Chicken Biryani

Biryani is one of life’s greatest pleasures, from the fragrant rice to the crispy bits of onion — absolutely divine.

Easy Chicken Biryani recipe

Simple Chicken Curry Homemade Wraps

We love a good chicken curry wrap – it’s simple yet oh-so-tasty!

Simple Chicken Curry Homemade Wraps recipe

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Indian-spiced Chickpea & Courgette Burgers

These vegetarian Indian-spiced burgers are filled with nutrients and heaps of flavour.

Indian-spiced Chickpea & Courgette Burgers recipe

Spicy Butternut ‘Samoosas’ with Mint Yoghurt

These are not your regular mince-stuffed samoosas; the spicy butternut is a delicious surprise and something a little different.

Spicy Butternut ‘Samoosas’ with Mint Yoghurt recipe

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Broccoli and Chickpea Bhajis

Bhajis hail from the south of India. Our take on this traditional snack uses broccoli and chickpeas instead of onion, and is topped with creamy avo to cool the warming spices.

Broccoli and Chickpea Bhajis recipe

Cabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney

You’ll love these fried bits of cabbage dipped in a mint chutney.

Cabbage Pakora with Mint Chutney recipe


Asian-inspired Street Food

Asian cuisine is probably one of the most iconic street food varieties.

Camping Ramen Bowl

Brothy and smoky, this street food dish is umami-rich. Slurp it while it’s hot!

Camping Ramen Bowl recipe

Popcorn Chicken with Korean Dipping Sauce

These golden brown chicken bites are taken to tasty heights with the spicy gochujang dipping sauce. Wash it down with another Korean-inspired fave, Soju Yoghurt Cocktail.

Popcorn Chicken with Korean Dipping Sauce recipe

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Báhn Mì Inspired Halloumi Sandwich

This Vietnamese street food sando is an absolute winner. This revamped version swaps out the usual meat filling for halloumi patties, and is topped with fresh herbs and pickled veg.

Báhn Mì Inspired Halloumi Sandwich recipe

Chicken Wonton Soup

A classic and comforting street food dish.

Chicken Wonton Soup recipe

Sticky Asian Pork with Egg Noodles

Curb-side noodles is the ultimate street food, and this bowl of Sticky Asian Pork with Egg Noodles reigns supreme.

Sticky Asian Pork with Egg Noodles recipe

Udon Noodle & Vegetable Broth

The best part of this noodle dish is slurping the flavourful broth.

Udon Noodle & Vegetable Broth recipe

Duck Popiah

These spring rolls are wholesome and one of the most refreshing bites you could have.

Duck Popiah recipe

Thai Chicken & Carrot Noodle Soup

This Thai noodle soup is steeped with flavour, like you’ve never tasted before.

Thai Chicken & Carrot Noodle Soup  recipe

Sticky Asian Rice Bowl

Sticky rice is a top-tier street food, and cutting through the runny yolk is so satisfying.

Sticky Asian Rice Bowl recipe

Asian Sticky Pork Belly with ClemenGold Glaze

This pork belly with sticky citrus glaze is royally delicious.

Asian Sticky Pork Belly with ClemenGold Glaze recipe

Vegan BBQ Tofu Bao with Guacamole, Mushrooms & Pickled Onion

Bao down – this street food has been a long-time fave for a number of delicious reasons, from the pillowy bao to the delicious filling.

Vegan BBQ Tofu Bao with Guacamole, Mushrooms & Pickled Onion recipe

Prawn Pad Thai

Pad Thai has some serious street food cred. We love that this dish hits every note – spicy, zesty and, best of all, umami!

Prawn Pad Thai recipe

Spicy Korean Drumsticks

We guarantee you that these are some of the tastiest drumsticks you’ll ever have in your life. Just be sure to keep a glass of water close.

Spicy Korean Drumsticks recipe

Korean Barbeque Spare Ribs

There’s barbeque, then there’s Korean barbeque!

Korean Barbeque Spare Ribs recipe

Korean BBQ Pork Skewers with Pink Lady Apples

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Korean BBQ is in a flavour league of its own, and so are these crowd-pleasing skewers. They’re the perfect addition to your next braai.

Korean BBQ Pork Skewers with Pink Lady Apples recipe

Rice Paper Parcels with a Braised Short Rib, Feta and Stir-fried Veg

Zhuzh up rice paper rolls by pan-frying them and making them more than just a starter.

Pan-fried Rice Paper Parcels with a Braised Short Rib, Feta and Stir-fried Veg recipe

Harumaki

These Japanese-inspired spring rolls are filled with tender pork, veg and bean sprouts. Dip into the gingery honey-Soy sauce for the ultimate bite.

Harumaki recipe

Rice Paper Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Keep it traditional with these Vietnamese-inspired rice paper rolls, served with a spicy peanut satay sauce that you’ll want to eat with a spoon!

Rice Paper Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce recipe


Mexican-inspired Street Food

A fiesta for your taste buds!

Avocado & Cream Cheese Chilli Poppers

Whether grilled or coated and stuffed, jalapeños are unmatched in flavour.

Avocado & Cream Cheese Chilli Poppers recipe

Beef & Vegetable Taquitos

These taquitos are simply a textural delight and worth every bite.

Beef & Vegetable Taquitos recipe

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Skirt Steak Crunchy Mexican Tacos

Tacos are street food central and these skirt steak tacos are exceptionally good!

Skirt steak Crunchy Mexican Tacos recipe

Mexican Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa & Nachos

Mexican cuisine meets Peruvian cuisine in this refreshing take on nachos and ceviche.

Mexican Tuna Ceviche with Guacamole, Salsa & Nachos recipe

Chipotle Chilli Con Carne with Guacamole

Holy guacamole, is this dish a banger of note! The chipotle chilli con carne is to-die-for!

Chipotle Chilli Con Carne with Guacamole recipe

Cheesy Quesadillas with Roasted Tomato Salsa & Guacamole

Guac, cheese and salsa – yes please!

Cheesy Quesadillas with Roasted Tomato Salsa & Guacamole recipe

Elotes – Mexican-style Grilled Corn

This Mexican street food will become your new favourite way to eat corn on the cob.

Elotes Mexican-style Grilled Corn recipe

Deep-fried Cauliflower Soft Tortilla Wraps

These golden crunchy nuggets will change your perspective on cauliflower. Pop them into warm tortillas with lots of fresh salad and tuck in!

Deep-fried Cauliflower Soft Tortilla Wraps recipe

Yellowtail Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw

Great for serving at social gatherings, these tasty fish tacos combine the best of South African seafood and Mexican cuisine.

Yellowtail Fish Tacos with Green Apple Slaw recipe

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos with Chilli Apple Salsa

We’ve revamped this Mexican street food staple with a refreshing chilli apple salsa for a flavour explosion.

Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos with Chilli Apple Salsa recipe


Sweet Street Food

Eat these sweet treats on-the-go.

ClemenGold Crêpes Suzettes

Crêpes will always have a special place in our hearts and bellies.

ClemenGold Crêpes Suzettes recipe

Traditional Koeksisters

From the sticky fingers to the syrupy bite, these koeksisters are worth the sugar rush.

Traditional Koeksisters recipe

El Burro Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Deep-fried dough dipped in dark chocolate sauce – is there a more delicious street food?

El Burro Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce recipe

Mini Doughnuts with Salted Peanut Brittle Dust

These pockets of fried dough are so tasty that it’s hard to stop at just one.

Mini Doughnuts with Salted Peanut Brittle Dust recipe


Bonus Recipes

These global goodies are absolutely delish.

Braaied Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Labneh & Green Salad

This Middle Eastern dish is a favourite across the world; this version is served with a zesty labneh and greens to make a meal of it.

Braaied Chicken Kebabs with Lemon Labneh & Green Salad recipe

Lamb Meatballs with Mint & Coriander Yoghurt, Hummus & Pita

A street food staple and the ideal midweek meal. Tuck into the hummus and herby yoghurt with toasted pita.

Lamb Meatballs with Mint & Coriander Yoghurt, Hummus & Toasted Pita recipe

Pork & Pineapple Snack Skewers with Coconut Curry Sauce

These meaty skewers will be a definite hit at your next braai.

Pork & Pineapple Snack Skewers with Coconut Curry Sauce recipe

Pork Samoosas with Homemade Peach Chutney

Everything you could want from a samoosa and more!

Pork Samoosas with Homemade Peach Chutney recipe

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