Where to get street food in Central Jersey from around the world

There was a time when street food meant burgers and hot dogs at the county fair. But across the world, it’s a way for people to showcase their skills, recipes and heritage.

Thank social media or an increased interest in worldwide cuisine, but street eats have finally made their way to America. Restaurants from high-end, white-tablecloth hotspots to grab-and-go food trucks have adopted their own versions of international street foods, so you can get everything from Thai chicken sate to Mexican birria tacos without getting on a plane. 

In a region as diverse as Central Jersey, you can bet that we pretty much cover the world when it comes to street food. Here are just a few local restaurants offering their own takes on international street favorites. 

Chinese food: Bao buns, Ani Ramen, New Brunswick and Cranford

Soy glazed chicken bao buns from Ani Ramen New Brunswick.

Bao buns may originate from China, but the soft, pillowy buns filled with

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Resorts World Las Vegas unveils hawker-inspired street food market

LAS VEGAS — A street food market coming to The Strip this summer will put on display dishes made with recipes imported straight from Asia’s bustling culinary scene.

Famous Foods Street Eats will open at Resorts World Las Vegas in late June or early July and offer guests a wide selection of authentic cuisines from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and beyond.

Inspired by the hawker-style food centers of Singapore, this 24,000-square-foot hall will have dishes at 16 stalls from top chefs and restaurateurs.

Here’s a look at the stalls guests can expect when Resorts World opens. 

Coming to Resorts World Las Vegas is a hawker-inspired food hall called Famous Foods Street Eats, and it will offer guests a wide selection of authentic cuisines from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and beyond.

Ah Chun: Traditional Chinese Shandong dumplings and hand-pulled noodles. Au Chun won a Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand award from 2013 to 2021. 

Boon Tong Kee: Traditional Hainanese chicken rice – poached chicken paired with rice cooked in chicken broth – based on recipes from Singapore’s Chinatown in 1979. 

Traditional Hainanese chicken rice – poached chicken paired with rice cooked in chicken broth – based on recipes from Singapore's Chinatown in 1979.

FUHU Shack: A western reinterpretation of one

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Ronald Freeman: Try A Little Kimchi Or Bibimbap At Han-Mi On Broad Street

A week or so ago, I was in the mood for some Korean food but I didn’t feel like driving a half hour to find it. Had this been 2019, I would’ve been fresh out of luck and gone home having to settle for a frozen dinner or an American pastiche of Chinese food. But then I remembered that it’s 2021 and a spot called Han-Mi is open for business. And so I shuffled over to my truck (that really needs a good wash) and took a trip down Broad Street.

I walked in and immediately was told to make myself comfortable at one of several tables or the bar. I had a boatload of choices since the dinner rush hadn’t hit yet, but that changed as the late-afternoon crawled into evening. I apparently was not the only person in town who wanted kimchi and bibimbap.

After the server punctually

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Popiah: a popular street food you can now make at home

Popiah is also known as fresh spring rolls and is a popular street food in Malaysia. (Rasa Malaysia pic)

Popiah is of Chinese origin, and comes from the Fujian province in China. In Malaysia, popiah is also known as fresh spring rolls and is a popular street food.

Besides Malaysia, variations of popiah can be found in Singapore, Medan, and Taiwan – all using simple and healthy ingredients that make it taste so delicious and refreshing.

Here is a family recipe, one which is much-cherished, not only because of its supreme flavour, but because of the flood of memories it brings back.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cooking oil
  • 20 fresh popiah wrappers
  • fresh lettuce, washed and drained dry

Filling

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 226 g shrimp, shelled, deveined and cut into small pieces
  • 1 kg yam bean or jicama (sengkuang), grated
  • 56 g French beans, sliced
  • 4 pieces bean curd,
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