Street food is often cheap, delicious, and in many cases, more hygienic than food cooked in restaurants. However, this doesn’t mean street foods are always safe, and you can blindly rely on them. You are still at risk of getting food poisoning. So, here are five tips for eating street foods safely.
1. Follow the Locals
There is no better tip than this: go where the locals are. If the shop is busy with customers, obviously they are good, and they are selling fresh food items.
2. Judge on Cleanliness
3. Say No to Pre-made Juice
4. Choose Hot Drinks
Beware of the street drinks that are not hot. Usually, the ice is produced from unsafe water with improperly cleaned equipment. Ice is considered a food by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
5. Avoid the Sauce
Beware of the Sauce. Try to avoid the sauce offered with a snack. Vendors water it down to make it last longer.
More to read: 10 Tips to Prevent Food Poisoning at Home