Summer Travel Series: Exploring the Melting Pot of Asian Street Food

For this chapter of the Max and Slate Summer Travel Series, we’re taking a trip through the streets of Asia to snack on some delicious, exotic delights. From the alleys of Bangkok to the markets of Shanghai, we’re going to round up all of our favorite Asian street food dishes. We guarantee you’ll be ravenous by the end of the article!


Chowing Down in Bangkok

Our journey starts in Thailand, where we’ll be exploring the capital city of Bangkok. The towering skyscrapers and neon lights hold an incredible secret in their grasp: delicious street food! Here are a few of our favorite selections:

  • Moo Ping (Grilled Pork) – No matter where you find yourself on your travels through Bangkok, grilled skewers are everywhere—and Moo Ping is the most popular choice of all. These sweet-yet-savory kebabs of grilled pork are tender enough to melt in your mouth. The delicious glaze is a favorite of the locals, too.



  • Thai Noodle Soup – Are you ready for warm, tasty broth filled with the best noodles you’ve ever had? Thai noodle soup is one of the most popular street foods of all, and you’ll be able to choose from tons of delicious options. Egg noodles, rice noodles, beef broth, vegetable stock . . . Thai street vendors have it all. You’ll be able to choose a delectable combo to please any palette!



Find a Taste of the Exotic in Saigon

Saigon, also known as Ho Chi Minh City, has a rich history going back hundreds of years. On our journey, we’ve found that its street food selection is equally rich!

  • Bahn Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) – In the world of Saigon street food, Bahn Mi is king. These hearty, flavorful sandwiches are sold on almost every corner. An entire loaf of bread is filled with tons of tasty ingredients like pork, lunch meat, pate, pickled vegetables, and coriander.



  • Pho (Noodle Soup) – Pho is Vietnam’s classic rice noodle soup. The most common broths are chicken and beef, and the soup is usually garnished with green onions and meat. Countless street vendors have their own unique take on this quintessential Vietnamese dish, so you’re bound to find one you love!



Indulge Your Street Food Dreams in Shanghai

Since Shanghai is the world’s most populated city, the street vendors have needed to create offerings for just about everyone. Whether you want something spicy enough to burn your taste buds off, or something that reminds you of the Chinese restaurants back home, there’s something for everyone in this amazing city.

  • Xiao Long Bao (Pork Soup Dumplings) – At first glance, Xiao Long Bao might not seem too far off from Chinese dumplings you’ve had at restaurants in the west. But we promise that the ginger and wine mixed in with the pork takes the flavor to a whole new level. Each dumpling is expertly crafted for you to experience a savory, soupy delight with every bite.



  • Yaxue Fensi Tang (Duck blood soup) – If you’re feeling adventurous on your visit to Shanghai, try out this unique local favorite! Duck blood soup contains a traditional duck soup with a few exciting extras: mainly duck blood and entrails. The green vegetables add a familiar taste to this avant-garde dish.


    Check Back for More of Our Summer Travel Series

    For now, we think we’ll be enjoying these classic Asian street food dishes in our own kitchens. But if the wanderlust gets the best of you and you decide it’s time to go on a food tour of Asia, be sure to bring your Max and Slate boxer briefs along!