1. Mint Tea, Morocco

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PHOTOTOGRAPH BY CEZARY WOJTKOWSKI

Glasses filled to the rim with mint, and a healthy helping of sugar, stand ready for the preparation of Morocco’s distinctive green tea. The beverage refreshes the spirit on a hot day in Marrakech, but it’s far more than a thirst quencher. The tea’s preparation and enjoyment are an essential part of the Moroccan culture and a “must-try” experience for any visitor.

 

2. Miaokou Night Market, Taiwan

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PHOTOGRAPH BY NEIL WADE

Chilung’s Miaokou Night Market has an old temple at its center, but the main focus here is feasting. The market’s yellow lanterns illuminate a mouthwatering array of traditional Taiwanese snack foods, including savory noodle soups, oyster omelets, snails, sticky rice, and tripe. Taiwanese and tourists alike say no visit is complete without a fruity “bubble ice” dessert—black plum is a local favorite.

 

3. Shanghai Dumplings, China

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JUSTIN GUARIGLIA

A Shanghai street vendor serves up a freshly fried helping of the city’s favorite snack—dumplings. The treats are ubiquitous in Shanghai, available in many flavors and combinations.

4. Noodles, Thailand

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PHOTOGRAPH BY DEAN MCCARTNEY

A strainer full of noodles, fresh off an open fire, commands the total concentration of a cook in Bangkok’s Chinatown. The skill of such street chefs, and the aroma of their creations, proves irresistible to many passersby.

 

5. Chicken Intestines, Philippines

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JUN AVILES

Filipino food vendors created this heaping helping of isaw manok, skewered chicken intestines that are first marinated and later grilled or deep fried to perfection. The snack is typically served with sweet, sour, or spicy sauces.

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6. Beach Food, India

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNE KOHL

When beachgoers in Goa need a break, tasty treats like these are always close at hand. Unlimited supplies of samosas, chicken, cool drinks, and other favorite Indian fare are found at Anjuna Beach—a onetime hippie haven that still draws sun-loving, fun-loving travelers from around the world.

 

7. Grasshoppers, China

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BOAZ MEIRI

Chinese street foods, like this “bouquet” of skewered grasshoppers, often raise Western eyebrows. But insect eating isn’t as unusual as you might imagine. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that more than 1,400 protein-rich insect species are regularly enjoyed by humans around the world.

 

8. Banh Mi Sandwiches, Vietnam

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PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM HALL/PHOTO LIBRARY

Serving with a smile, a Vietnamese vendor taps a colonial legacy to create an irresistible street cuisine. Banh mi sandwiches, like these in Nhatrang, feature French baguettes filled with a tasty variety of meats and vegetables. They are eagerly consumed across Vietnam, especially for breakfast or lunch.

 

9. Sausages, Germany

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PHOTOGRAPH BY OLIVIA SARI

Only the best of the wurst are served at this German imbissstand. Merrymakers at this Sachsenhausen festival devour bratwurst, bockwurst, and other sausage delicacies while washing them down with beer.

 

10. Ceviche, Peru

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PHOTOGRAPH BY ABRAHAM NOWITZ

A cook prepares ceviche in the seaside town of Máncora, Peru. Popular throughout Latin America, ceviche is made by using the juice of citrus, in this case limes, to pickle and “cook” a mix of raw fish and seafood.

 

11. Roasted Pigs, Cambodia

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PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK IKIN

Visitors needn’t speak Khmer in order to understand the menu of this street-side food stand in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. Austria eats the most per capita, followed by Spain and Denmark.

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This feature originally appeared in National Geographic.

 

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