Many people are wary of street food in China and talk of sub-par ingredients, poor sanitary conditions and gutter grease. I get all that but simply can’t resist from indulging in the occasional takeaway jianbing, stinky tofu order or malatang session. As the Chinese New Year holidays continue, a look at street food vendors across the country doing their thing.
Meat on a stick. You’ll find that one most everywhere. Watch these two guys do their chuanr (kebab) magic in Lanzhou.
Stinky tofu isn’t everyone’s cup of stench but I love it. Here’s some fine-looking cho dofu in Wuhan.
There is a buffet’s worth of Beijing foods in this video, including jianbing (pancake).
Popcorn cannon? Boom!
This guy in Chongqing has some wicked noodle-making and handling skills.
See the deft hand movements of this woman making breakfast in Dali.
A noodle dish whipped together near a construction site in Shanghai.
The crowd is mesmerized by this candy blower in Xi’an.
A compilation of street foods in Dalian.
Check out these rou jia mo a.k.a. Chinese hamburgers.
Finally, there’s nothing quite like a malatang session, like this one in Beijing.