We all love street food. Whether it’s a Chinese dumpling or a spicy burrito, there’s always something special about eating on the go. We all know how to order these dishes at restaurants, but have you ever tried making them at home? Check out these 10 easy street food recipes that will win over even the pickiest eaters!
Homemade falafel is more delicious, healthier, cheaper and easier to make than store-bought versions. Plus you can use up any leftover vegetables you have in the fridge!
This recipe makes enough falafel balls for four people as part of a shared meal or it can serve one person as a main dish. If you want to freeze some of the uncooked falafel balls then go ahead—just make sure they are separated with parchment paper so they don’t stick together while they are solidifying in your freezer.
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Homemade Falafel Sauce
For this recipe, you will need:
- The juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup tahini paste or sesame butter (you can find it in the baking section of grocery stores)
Creamy Cilantro Sauce
This creamy cilantro sauce will add a kick to your meals.
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems, plus more for garnish
- 3 cloves garlic, minced or grated on a microplane grater (see Cook’s Note)
In a small skillet over medium-low heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add cilantro and garlic; cook until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Pour in heavy cream; season with salt and pepper if desired. Simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes longer—you want it to be able to coat a spoon but still pourable when poured over tacos!
Tacos Al Pastor
To make Tacos Al Pastor, you’ll need:
- 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- 2 teaspoons of ground cumin (pulverized seeds)
- 12 ounces of pineapple juice (or water)
- 1 teaspoon of salt (finely ground sea salt is best)
Dan Dan Noodles
Dan Dan Noodles: There’s a reason why this dish is so popular – it’s delicious! This recipe requires pork and chicken stock, bok choy, scallions and sesame paste. You can buy Dan Dan noodles at Asian supermarkets or make your own. The preparation time for this recipe is 15 minutes and the cooking time is 15 minutes. Dan Dan noodles can be stored in an airtight container for up to two days in the fridge before heating them up again on the stovetop with some water to re-hydrate them. This street food staple is great served with eggs over easy (or sunny side up!) for breakfast or as part of lunchtime meal prep!
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Thai Som Tam Salad
Thai Som Tam Salad is a spicy salad made with green papaya, tomatoes and carrots. It’s topped with dried shrimp and peanuts.
If you love Thai food, this dish will be right up your alley!
What are the ingredients needed to make som tam? Green papaya, tomatoes, garlic and ground peanuts make up the base of this dish. The dressing includes palm sugar (or brown sugar), fish sauce and lime juice. Dried shrimp add crunchy texture to this salad; I like to add some extra chili flakes for heat if desired!
Beef And Basil Dumplings
Beef and Basil Dumplings
This delicious dumpling recipe is known as Xiao Long Bao in China, where it’s a popular street food. The filling is made with a pork and crab mixture, which makes for a very tasty stick-to-your-ribs meal.
You can find the ingredients at your local Asian market (or online). You’ll need:
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 5 oz minced pork belly or shoulder (additional)
- 2 tbsp water chestnuts finely chopped or grated in food processor
- ¼ cup bamboo shoots finely chopped or grated in food processor * Fresh ginger – ½ inch peeled and grated on microplane zester tool * Garlic – 6 cloves peeled & minced with garlic press tool * Sesame oil – 1 tsp toasted sesame oil mixed with 3 tsp soy sauce until well combined before adding to meat mixture – this gives more depth of flavour but feel free to use regular soy sauce instead without roasting first! We tend not use any salt since soy sauce has plenty sodium already inside it so far better alternative than salt 🙂
Japanese Shrimp Rice Balls
Japanese Shrimp Rice Balls are a popular street food in Japan. Their soft exterior and savory filling make them the perfect snack to enjoy on the go!
- Serves 4-6 people
- Prep time: 30 minutes
- Cook time: 20 minutes
- Total time: 50 minutes
Crispy Fish Sandwiches
Crispy Fish Sandwiches
These fried fish sandwiches are a great option for a quick and easy meal. They’re also great for parties because they can be prepared in advance, frozen, or eaten immediately. If you’re looking for something that’s both delicious and simple to make with little fuss, this is it!
- 2 pounds cod fillets
- 1 cup buttermilk or milk (you’ll need more later if needed)
- 2 cups flour (you may not use all of it)
Pita Bread Sandwiches
Ingredients:Pita Bread Sandwiches
- 4 pitas, halved and toasted
- 1/2 cup hummus (homemade if you have time)
- 1/3 cup cooked chicken, shredded or sliced thin
- 1/3 cup chopped tomato, optional
Directions: To a warmed pita, spoon on some hummus and top with chicken and tomato. Repeat with remaining pitas. Serve immediately or wrap in foil to eat later!
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Hanukkah Fried Doughnuts – Sufganiyot Recipe
Fried Doughnuts – Sufganiyot
These fried doughnuts are a traditional Hanukkah food, and they’re also popular street food in Israel. (You can find them everywhere!) They’re made with a yeast dough that is deep-fried and covered in sugary syrup. While these are traditionally eaten for Hanukkah, you don’t have to wait until then to make them! They’re an easy treat to make any time of year.
We hope you enjoyed these recipes for street food! They’re great for when you want to impress a crowd, or just need to make something quick and easy. If we missed any of your favorites, please let us know in the comments below.