It is no secret that street foods have become increasingly popular. Their transient nature allows them to easily innovate and adapt to changing trends and consumer demands.
The ease, convenience and affordability of street foods is what launched them into the hearts and stomachs of people throughout the world. The food trucks, carts and booths that sell street foods are unique – they are often locally owned and operated, but feature global cuisines. The offerings are ever changing, adapting to new trends and testing new flavors, always providing consumers with tasty and trendy dishes.
So, what’s hot and next for street foods?
- Ethnic Flavors – Since the beginning of street foods, ethnic flavors have been a key feature and provided inspiration for packaged food and traditional restaurant menus, and that’s not going anywhere. Throughout the world, new food trucks and street food restaurants are opening their doors, offering menus that highlight flavors and dishes unique to various regions.
- Bowl Foods – More and more frequently, consumers are demanding “bowl foods” – dishes served out of bowl. From acai bowls to wellness bowls, these dishes are perfect for consumers who are on the go.
- Vegan and Plant-Based Dishes – Street foods are leaving traditional vegan dishes in the past and developing unique vegan and plant-based offerings. These dishes pack a ton of flavor and are even enticing to those who do not live a vegan or plant-based lifestyle.
- Farm to Food Truck – As consumers are becoming more interested in – and more aware of – where their food is from, street food vendors are becoming more transparent about where their ingredients are sourced from. Vendors are proudly highlighting working with local farmers and sourcing top-quality ingredients for their menu offerings.
Check out these street-food inspired recipes below!
- Beef Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Peanut Butter Sauce
- Mini Chicken and Peanut Kebabs
- Beef Suya, Grilled Plantains, Ground Peanuts
- Independent UK: Why 2018 Will Be The Year Street Food Gets A Lot More Sophisticated
- The Seattle Times: Seattle Street Food Festival is ‘hyperlocal, but globally inspired’
- Food Ingredients First: Flavor trends 2018: Innova Market Insights tips overseas influences, plant goodness & indulgence as key drivers
- The Wall Street Journal: The Comfort of Bowl Food