When I’m stuck in a rut, I turn to YouTube for inspiration. I’m hooked on Street Food videos these days. It’s fascinating watching chefs from around the world create unique recipes. Cooking is truly an art form. And I can’t get enough of it.
So today, I’m going to cheat a little and share some of the better Street Food channels with you. I’m obsessed with Asian culture and food right now. The more videos I watch on this – the more I want to visit countries like Taiwan and Japan – just for the street markets and night life alone.
I’m getting super excited for my trip to Toronto in two weeks. I think food is going to be a big part of the trip. I can’t wait to check out the largest market in North America – St. Lawrence Market. I stand corrected. The market is now #1 in the world thanks to National Geographic. I might spend my first entire day exploring the Hockey Hall of Fame & the market.
Street Food Japan
Japan is a place I’ve been curious about but I’m not sure it’s a place I want to visit for many reasons. Long distance travel is something I can’t do for health reasons – and Japan seems like an impossible dream. But I have a fondness for Japanese culture and especially, the cuisine. I adore sushi. Maki, sashimi, tomago – my mouth is watering as I type this. Check out this Tamago dish I had the other night. It was one of the most delicious things I’ve had in my mouth in a long time.
No wonder they call it food porn. Food is so dirty. Photo credit: me and my cell phone.
Master Chefs of China
I love watching master chefs on YouTube. They make cooking look so easy. But I know from experience – it’s not. It takes years of experience and skill to make it look this easy. There is a reason they are called masters of their craft. This channel features chefs from China – but woah. Get a load of that wok. This is truly an impressive skill.
Street Food: Japan
I’ve been studying up on Japanese cooking and sushi is one thing I really want to learn to make at home. But the ingredients are expensive. And I would definitely need someone to share the food with. Any single male readers out there? Hmm? Looking for a good home cooked meal? It would help if you were rich and handsome and could afford to keep up with my habits and hobbies. I kid. Mostly…
For now, watching other people make sushi is a guilty pleasure. Some of these videos is kind of like watching porn. But for food lovers. Especially when you watch people eat food and make yummy noises. Like this one. Here are some of my favorite YouTube channels for Japanese street food.
Only in Japan
Only in Japan takes you through the Ameyoko Market in Tokyo. The Ameya-Yokocho market is located in the Taito Ward of Tokyo. Tokyo might be one of the largest cities in the world with a whopping estimated population of 9.23 million. Known as one of the most exciting and unique cities in the world, Tokyo is known for its fashion, super tall buildings like the Skytree, the Cherry Blossom Festival and vending machines in which you can find almost anything. And I do mean – anything.
Strictly Dumpling takes you through the streets of Osaka, Japan. Osaka is a large port city located on the Honshu island. The city is known for its night life, architecture and of course – street food. Osaka is a large city with 2.691 million people and is known for foods like takoyaki, fugu, yakiniiku and as featured in this video – Dotonbori. Which is sort of like pizza. There is even a Dotonbori museum – which is easy to spot as there is a ginormous red Octopus on the front of the shop.
Dotonbori Street is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka. Dotonbori was once a theatre district, but now it is famous for its exciting night life and entertainment. This video from Japanese Street Food, takes us through some of the best street food vendors along the popular strip.
Think of Dotonbori Street like walking down the main strip in Las Vegas. If you find yourself in Osaka, I’m told that this is the place you want to visit.
Food Spirit takes us through the streets of Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is located on the island of Honshu. The city is massive with a population of nearly 1.5 million. The city is known for its Buddhist temples and traditional wooden houses. But Kyoto, one of my favorite local sushi restaurants, is also known for its cuisine and amazing street food and markets.
I stumbled across this video when I looked up how to cook my favorite dish. It’s an egg dish called Tamago. I think I may leave this one up to the experts though. It really is an art form.
And then there’s this video featuring Chestnut cake – I mean come on. This looks amazing. And see what I mean about chefs making these recipes look so easy?
Visiting Japan – What not to do
If you’re thinking about visit Japan, I recommend checking out some of these travel do’s and don’t videos. This video by the channel Abroad in Japan, has earned a whopping 11 million views. It’s one of the better and more entertaining videos I’ve come across. And I learned quite a lot! Things not do include: sit down to eat, don’t litter, and don’t stab your food with your chopsticks. You know, all the important things to know about Japan.
I had no idea they had 7-11’s in Japan. That’s pretty neat.
Visiting Japan – things to do & see
If I haven’t convinced you to visit Japan with these mouth watering inducing videos – then maybe these travel channels will change your mind. Japan is a large country with many cities to choose from. If I could – these are places I would visit in Japan.
100 things to do in Toyko – kimdao
25 things to do in Osaka – Samuel and Audrey
10 things to do in Kyoto
Hope you enjoyed this travel post! I’m gearing up for my trip to Toronto in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to share some photos of my adventure. If you’re going to be in Toronto July 23-27 — hit me up in the comments below!
What are your favorite places in the world to visit for street food?