Get a taste of Asian street food with these YouTube tours

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I’ve always thought that the best way to discover great food while traveling is to simply wander around the place you’re visiting without any expectations. Start at a street corner and follow the scent and the crowd. I have fond memories of doing this on my last trip before the pandemic to New York City. However, these days, with fuel and food prices higher than ever, there is another way to plunge into the city’s dining scene without actually traveling.

Enter YouTube, which features More than 500 videos are uploaded every minute—A big difference from a decade ago, when the pace was only 35 minutes. It’s not about how to teach and funny cat videos anymore. With more diversity comes greater diversity, and more ways to educate oneself about other cultures. The best YouTube videos allow you to experience things that previously required a physical presence. Thus, he became my new rabbit hole.

After my partner recently sent me some videos about Huế, a city in Vietnam, I discovered a trove of immersive virtual experiences that originated from Vietnam, as well as other countries in Asia. They taught me the history of food in countries and common food trends and gave me a behind-the-scenes look at how much hard work and dedication it takes to feed people every day. Here are some of my favorite channels; You’ll probably be happy to fall into the rabbit hole, too.

What is Ph?

Differences between Pho Hanoi and Pho Sai Gon

What is Ph? It began in the summer of 2020, when Van Vu, a Vietnamese student studying abroad in Michigan, sent a letter Her first video On YouTube about her experience in a “military quarantine camp” in Vietnam. The video went viral and thus she started her YouTube career. It mainly covers Vietnamese food, travel and culture, along with short personal propaganda, such as Why did you decide to go back to Vietnam. While this channel is heavily edited in true influencer style, I found the videos to be educational and uplifting. Van highlights the famous places and foods associated with those places, but it also highlights off-the-beaten-track food stalls and the differences between eating in America versus eating in Vietnam. Best of all: I learned things I didn’t even know about my country!

Watch if you want to learn more about Vietnamese food, “travel” around the country, and learn how its history affects the foods available today.

paying off: Lady Lunch BoothAnd the Bon Bo HyoAnd the Differences in Ph

Street Food Thao Vy

Many exotic cakes that have never been seen for the first time are present at the Southern Folk Cake Festival

Instead, Street Food Thao Vy It is the opposite of influencer style. What attracts me about the channel is its streamlined nature. The videos seem to be unedited walking tours, from someone who has a lot of time on their hands and simply wants to To represent their city as it is. Watching these videos made me feel like I was on a walking tour with a local friend. Sometimes there are short and casual interviews with street vendors. Other times, they make visits to certain food stalls. Many of the foods on offer are Vietnamese sweets and snacks. Everything is in Vietnamese, but the camaraderie between the street vendors and their customers is both obvious and A native, Colored foods may make you drool more while watching how they are made.

See if you like long, winding street food tours punctuated by conversations with locals.

paying off: pigskin cakeAnd the it’s zeoAnd the popular cake

Yummy GO

Seafood skewers are popular in Chinese street food in Bangkok/Thailand

From the first video I watched, about Sea food restaurant In Bangkok, Thailand, I knew this channel was special. like ma fu, Yummy GO It appeared on YouTube two years ago. Since then, it has collected 477 thousand subscribers, which is impressive for a new channel. For me, Yummy GO is a food travel diary, blending the language I understand (English) with places I know little about. It’s like visiting a new city for the first time and feeling culture shock but knowing your awesome friend is here, ready to take you on a delicious tour full of tips from a local. Lots of videos show Thai street food, along with Korean and Chinese cuisine. The best part is getting a “behind the scenes” look at how many vendors make their food, making it delicious And the educational experience.

See if you like travel diaries and want to go behind the scenes to learn more about Thai, Korean and Chinese food at the same time.

paying off: Korean buffet at good price and high qualityAnd the Bangkok seafood restaurantAnd the Seafood skewers in Thailand

JJin . food

A sacred place for wheat buns? The best wheat teteok tteokbokki that sells 12 pieces a day! Homemade Tempura, Sundae, Snacks / Spicy Tteokbokki Rice Cake / Korean Street Food

JJin . food It started two years ago and has turned into one of the most watched channels in this space. About 1.92 million subscribers follow their realistic portrayal of Korean food and culture. This channel is more of a modern take on Korean street food, mixing restaurant coverage with popular food trends in Korea. for example, This video is about Montreal-bread style It wouldn’t necessarily be classified as “traditional” Korean fare, but it was great to see how it became so popular in Korea. You could argue that this is a western way of viewing food from Korea, but I think it’s great, because I learned things about both cultures that I didn’t know before, all with descriptions in English, which made it easier than ever to understand.

See if you want to learn about modern Korean street food, Korean restaurants, and learn about unique foods.

paying off: korean street foodAnd the loach soupAnd the Tteokbokki Restaurant

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