Pork Belly Tacos! Octopus Balls! Ketchup Leather! The World’s Best Street Food!

Hungry? Wrap Your Mouth Around This!

national burger month
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Bring On The “Ketchup Leather!”

“Plan Check” has half a dozen burger options, plus pastrami and chicken sandwiches…I tested the tradition “PCB” – and yes, they all come with ketchup leather! See it there?

Plan Check Burger Ketchup Leather

It tastes like a ketchup fruit roll up, and a nice chewy addition to the soft bun and juicy burger….there is so much going on here it’s almost impossible to capture it!

Plan check burger

Here is the PCB:

PCB (PLAN CHECK BURGER) $12.00
americanized dashi cheese, ketchup leather, schmaltz onions, mixed pickles, crunch bun

You can see the “schmaltz onions” and the pickles as well:

Plan Check pickle burger

See more of their menu, and some other incredible burgers as well, by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2015/05/02/incredible-plan-check-burgers-ketchup-leather-bite-into-national-burger-month/

Now, as for my favorite sandwich:

Cannes club sandwich

Have A “Canneswich!”

I am happier than I look, I promise! I am in Cannes, France enjoying one of my favorite meals of all: a sandwich from one of the local kiosks.

Food Kiosks

cannes sandwich

Cannewiches!

The south of France is lined with food kiosks, where you can grab a sandwich and eat it while the world drifts by on the French Riviera.

Pan-bagnat-recipe

A “Pan Bagnat” is one of my favorites: flaky tuna with sliced egg, vinaigrette and lettuce on a soft french roll…yes indeed!

You can see more of the great tasting food available in Cannes kiosks by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2013/04/29/cannes-french-riviera-charm-soup-de-poisson-cannes-sandwiches/

Another great place to wander the streets and eat off of food carts is Seoul, South Korea…

John Rieber Wade Beckett Seoul Food

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs in Seoul!

I took a team from G4 to Seoul to film stories about their technology and gaming cultures, but we found plenty of time to enjoy the food as well!

Seoul Bacon-Wrapped Sausages

These hot dogs are wrapped in raw bacon and then left to simmer for hours in a sweet and spicy korean sauce…just one of the things I loved about Seoul!

Seoul, South Korea is an amazing city with a vibrant street culture – here’s a look at the street food carts:

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You can wander through their street markets and find dried fish strung up for sale to take home and season your meals – here’s a video of some of those food stalls at a street market I found:

Korea-Seoul-Noryangjin_Fish_Market-03

The street venders were everywhere, and this caught my eye: a hot dog stand where the dogs were bacon-wrapped and simmering in a sweet and sour sauce…

seoul food bacon

In addition, you could also buy a super-sized hot dog with a very unique distinction: it’s been battered and fried with crinkle-cut fries!

unique hot dog recipes

I will remember this food adventure forever: the people I encountered spoke no english but were helpful, friendly and fun!

You can see more of this adventure here:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/07/10/seoul-food-bacon-hot-dogs-hanging-fish-a-delicious-korean-adventure/

Another city with a great “street food” culture was Amsterdam, where they serve one of my favorite foods of all:

Amsterdam French Fries

Frites w/ Mayonnaise in Amsterdam!

Yes, a good old-fashioned bag full of fries! They are sold at this spot I found in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam French Fry Shop

Amsterdam French Fry Maker

Hard to miss the shop with the large “cone of fries” outside, and a huge vat of oil fries up potato wedges all day long…and then they squirt a large dollop of any sauce you want right on top…my favorite is mayonnaise!

Amsterdam French Fries

The best part of Amsterdam french fries is that they are served in a rolled up newspaper with a big squirt of mayo right on top!

You can see more of my Amsterdam adventure, including a tour of the “red light” district – where cameras aren’t allowed…click here for more:

https://johnrieber.com/2013/05/13/amsterdam-windmills-mayonaise-fries-red-lights-and-baked-goods/

I loved my food adventure in Amsterdam, but you don’t have to go around the world for worldly flavors…here’s an example:

pork belly taco velvet taco

Pork Belly Tacos In Chicago!

There’s a new taco stand in Chicago with some amazing flavors! Velvet Taco is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago.

Velvet Taco Chicago

Velvet Taco serves up soft tacos that you can walk away with – like this “Crisp Pork Belly” taco, which has house pickles, grain mustard, tomato, red onion, minor celery, celery salt and of course delicious pork belly!

pork belly taco velvet taco

The flavor is intense, the soft taco firm enough to hold all of the extra toppings…and I also enjoyed this taco:

pork belly taco


A “Shrimp And Grits” Taco!

Blackened shrimp are topped with crispy pepper jack cheese grits, charred tomato poblano and a spicy remoulade! It was as good as it looks!

And this may be a more straightforward taco, but a fried fish taco with remoulade is amazing as well!

fish taco velvet taco

Chicago has many “pop in” food joints, and Velvet Taco is one of the best!

Finally, I want to share one of the most unique food stands I have ever come across!

OCTOPUS BAR

Octopus Balls in Tokyo!

I wandered through Tokyo’s Asakusa district and came across this incredible food stand: serving up Octopus is many unqiue styles: on a stick and of course, “Octopus Balls!”

OCTOPUS ON A STICK

tokyo octopus balls

I ate the Octopus on a stick, and of course a platter of fried Octopus Balls: topped with a creamy asian sauce and deliciously deep-fried, I could eat these balls forever!

Of course, not ALL food in Tokyo is for everyone:

almond-fish

Yes, these are “Almond Fish!” It’s a popular snack in Tokyo, just one of the many unique items I sampled there. You can see more here:

https://johnrieber.com/2012/12/23/crazy-tokyo-food-coffee-jelly-meat-fish-mix-octopus-bar-almond-fish/

Back in LA, I found another place to enjoy Octopus Balls:


https://johnrieber.com/2016/02/19/l-a-s-ramen-burger-seaweed-fries-octopus-balls-ramen-burgers-galore/

Let me know what your favorite “street food” is, what what you think of a “Shrimp and Grits” taco!

Shrimp and grits taco recipe



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  1. Wow, a variety of tacos. Enjoyable read.

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