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How Much Do You Know about Street Food?
发布时间:2015-04-22 浏览次数:

 

 

Do you like street food? Have you ever tasted any street food? To visitors, the glamour of a big city might be the gleaming skyline, but to born-and-bred locals the charm of the city lies in street food.

 

 

 

Street food is ready-to-eat food or drink sold from a portable food booth, cart or tuck in the street or other public places, such as a market, often by a hawker. While some street foods are regional, many are not, spreading beyond their region of origin. According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day. Here are some classics I would like to recommend.

 

 

Absolute classics

Eggfired) Pancake--- street chefs lade batter on a hot pan, swirl it into a perfect circle, then break an egg on top. They can fill the center with anything from deep-fried dough and ham sausages to sweet paste and chili sauce with coriander.

 

 

 

Ma La Tang--- This dish is perfectly summed up by its name--- ma la tang means “ numb, spicy, boiling hot.” You can choose your ingredients--- meatballs, meat fillets, greens, tofu, all sort of noodles--- and the chef will boil them in a large communal pot of one of the spiciest stocks you’ll ever taste.

 

 

 

Meatballs on sticks--- It’s like mini hotpot. Meatballs and vegetables are cooked in a broth, sold by the stick and usually eaten from paper cups.

 

 

 

Generally speaking, there are three essential factors by which Chinese cooking is judged, namely colour, aroma and taste, with the taste being the most important. Most street foods possess these three factors. Moreover, street food is often cooked by the chefs in various distinctive ways. Today, people may purchase street food for a number of reasons, such as to obtain reasonably priced and flavorful food in a sociable settings, to experience ethnic cuisines, and also to ease nostalgia.

In recent years, however, street food is becoming less common as local governments cut down on the practice, citing safety and traffic congestion as problems. For example, while skyscrapers are shooting up in Shanghai, the heartwarming scene of buying and eating from the streets is slowly disappearing.

 

 

 

As far as I am concerned, street food is of great importance in people’s life, for China is a vast country with diverse climates, customs, products, and habits, and favoured dishes vary from region to region. Street food is more than just food but also a communicative tool for people from different regions. In this case, I believe that we should all do a favor to call out local governments to subsidize vendors and encourage them to open small restaurants and shops. Besides, adding nutrients and supplements to street food is also necessary for the sake of customers’ safety. As an old Chinese saying goes, “ Food is the paramount necessity of the people.” When most of the people are tasting the delicacy, we must also remind them of the value of food. 

 

(Editor: Cai Min Source: English Net)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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