2.5 billion people eat street food everyday for a number of reasons including to enjoy the ethnic tastes of local lands, nostalgia, convenient since street food can often be enjoyed on the go and because it’s usually affordable and flavorful.
Street food can be found around the world with variations based on regions and cultures making the dishes that much more exciting to the palate. How exciting is it when you visit a new place and take your first bite of street food? For me, it connects with the place in a way few things do. And, for years afterward, when something tastes even remotely like that bite, you’re transplanted to that place instantly.
With the popularity of food trucks throughout the U.S., it’s no wonder that Omni Hotels & Resorts are capitalizing on the popularity of simple street food with the introduction of its “Simple Street Food” menu, part of its “Flavors of the World” culinary program.
Omni Hotels & Resorts challenged chefs from around the world working at partnering Global Hotel Alliance properties to create recipes inspired by the savory aromas and palate-teasing tastes of “street foods” from their home regions.
More than 100 chefs globally competed, combining familiar ethnic flavors, textures and ingredients to create an international culinary experience. Six recipes made the cut and will be featured on the Simply Street Food menu from January to March 2013. The winning recipes:
- Citrus Ancho Braised Lamb Tostado by Chef Scott Mole, Omni Bedford Springs
- Duck Empanada with Smoked Tomato Mayonnaise by Chef Gene Moss, Omni La Mansion
- Short Rib and Vermont Cheddar Sandwich by Chef Gerard Tice, Omni Parker House
- Chicken Musakhan Sandwich by Chef Moh’d Alaa Allaham, Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi
- Famous Peddler’s Char Kway Teo by Chef Andy Oh, Pan Pacific Orchard in Singapore
- Acarajé de Orixá by Chef Josemar Passos, Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte in Bahia, Brazil
What’s your favorite street food?