Category Archives: Street Food

Kumis (China)

Given Name: Kumis Aliases: Koumiss, ayrag (Mongolia), 马奶酒 Place(s) of Origin: Central Asia Place Consumed: Ürümqi, China Common Features: Raw mare’s milk drink fermented by frequent stirring/churning Background: Traditionally, kumis was consumed from a horse-hide vessel.  The inventors) must’ve really … Continue reading

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Teh Tarik (Malaysia and Singapore)

In fact, I had this drink at an Indian restaurant in Batam, Indonesia, but that island, as close as thirty-five minutes to Singapore by boat,  is so filled with unscrupulous Singaporeans – like the city-state itself – that it remains … Continue reading

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There’s No Street Food in Singapore

Yes, Singapore, East Asia‘s archetype of blandness had to find something to lure in those flying the Kangaroo route, and that something is most likely food.  Or, a gentle reminder of where you are.  No, it’s definitely food. If Collateral … Continue reading

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But Really, I Don’t Need It: Jakarta’s Cobra Soup

I was walking down one of the most illustrious boulevard’s I’ve encountered in my travels, Jakarta‘s Jalan Mangga Besar, when I sat down at a street vendor for some gratuitous late-night food.  But this wasn’t your everyday, run-of-the-mill street stall…unless … Continue reading

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糖葫芦/Sugar Fruit Skewers (China)

China‘s (冰)糖葫芦 (bīng)​táng​hú​lu are what you offer to someone who has grown tired of toothbrushes, floss and inevitably, having teeth.  Then again, if that person didn’t have teeth, how would he or she get these sugar fruit skewers down in … Continue reading

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Huitlacoche (Mexico)…NSFW?

Relax…nothing NSFW here.  But wait, it looks like PG-13 material, no?  Naw, it’s just corn smut, better known in Mexico as huitlacoche. So, is it edible?  Yes, unlike some other things around here, it is edible.  It’s also a food.  Fancy … Continue reading

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Chinese Sesame Cake

Yep, combining cake and China, or even much of Asia in the same thought is likely to be met with a collective po-face.  Lest you forget I’ll remind you that there’s another definition of cake which has less to do … Continue reading

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