Previous Page  62-63 / 76 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 62-63 / 76 Next Page
Page Background

Vacations® •

Summer 2018 • 63

62 • Vacations

®

Summer 2018

Worldly Delights

It’s a classic traveller’s dilemma: you’re walking through

a bustling international metropolis and the sidewalk sizzles

as locals cook up and sell down-home delicacies. You want

to eat authentic, and everything smells amazing, but the risk

of upsetting your stomach means you just keep walking.

Here are four spots that serve up safe, local, street food

delicacies in an upscale environment.

ZOOBA (Cairo, Egypt):

With apologies to New York City, Cairo is literally the city

that never sleeps. Here, night markets buy and sell deep into

the night and tiny back lanes bustle until the break of dawn.

Everywhere, people are cooking the tastes of Egypt – smoke

rising from grills and sheeshas. At Zooba, a glittering 10-

seat joint, people line up out the door for everything from

hawawashi, best described as an Egyptian cheeseburger

(complete with pressed ground beef, tomatoes, coriander,

and a side of spiced rice) to a scoop from a big bowl of

koshari (rice, lentils, chickpeas, chili sauce, and fried onions).

PHOTO CREDIT

MADAM KHANH (Hoi An, Vietnam):

She may seem modest – a sweet, elderly woman seated out

front – but the sign above the door unabashedly calls her the

‘the banh mi queen.’ One of two small shops competing for the

title of best banh mi in the picturesque city of Hoi An, these

sandwiches combine a crusty French baguette with a savoury,

satisfyingly messy mix of pork and other ingredients, both eastern

and western, including coriander, cucumber, pickled carrots and

mayonnaise. Madame Khanh also offers chicken and vegetable

options, and the price is right – just about two dollars for a whole

meal. It’s tucked away from the tourist hubbub, but every taxi

driver in town knows where to find this place.

MEMORY LANE (Tokyo, Japan):

In a city that seems like a place from the future, it can be hard to

find remnants of Japan’s past, but stepping into a tight little lane

right next to busy Shinjuku Station will take you back decades.

Lined with Japanese lanterns and called Omoide Yokocho

(literally, Memory Lane) this alley is packed with yakitori joints

with everything from pork and chicken to hearts and gizzards on

a skewer, roasted, smoky and delicious, over red-hot charcoal in

restaurants so small, you can reach out your hands and touch both

walls. Squeeze in with the packs of locals on the way home from

work and order up a cold one and a five-skewer set, all for under

10 dollars.

MAXWELL FOOD CENTRE (Singapore):

Famously, Singaporeans don’t ask each other “how are you?” –

instead they query “have you eaten?” One of the busiest ports

in the world, cultures from around the world have contributed to

local cuisine here. The very best food can be found just a little

off the street at hawker stands clustered by the hundreds into

food centres. Centrally-located Maxwell is always a good bet, but

they’re all clean and safe, and any walk down the street will take

you to one where you can join businesspeople and labourers alike

queuing around the corner for the island’s favourites, from savoury

chicken rice to juicy rojak, a “Singaporean salad” that brings

together everything from fresh fruit to fried dough fritters under

a peanut sauce.

WORLD’S BEST PLACES

FOR SAVOURY STREET FOOD

By Tim Johnson

COOKING UP A BIG BOWL OF KOSHARI IN CAIRO

©TIM JOHNSON

YAKITORI STAND

ONE OF THE BEST BANH MI IN HOI AN, VIETNAM

©TIM JOHNSON

CAIRO’S BEST EATS AT ZOOBA

©TIM JOHNSON

HAWKERS STANDS AT MAXWELL’S FOOD CENTRE

©TIM JOHNSON