Eat on the street

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Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation of an article originally written in French. I apologise for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have resulted. If you read French, click on the French flag below to access the original, correct text: 

I love this book! It is a world tour of street food. It titillates the taste buds and makes you travel. Its title: Take away (To go). Ten years of travel, 500 photos and 120 recipes: a book to devour with your eyes, concocted by a photographer, Jean-François Mallet, who was also a chef ...

120 street food recipes. By Jean-François Mallet. Aubanel editions.
120 street food recipes. By Jean-François Mallet. Aubanel editions.

Take away
Jean-François Mallet
Aubanel editions
384 pages, 35 €

Another book discovered while passing in front of the window of my favorite bookshop (Arianein Rennes). I just had to see the cover to fall in love.


Eating in the street... One of my great pleasures in Asia, especially in Thailand. You can find everywhere, at any time, street vendors, small open-air restaurants with their tiny plastic chairs, fruit, doughnut and soup vendors with tempting stalls. The street food is a way of life there. It's often delicious and not expensive at all!

This is not the first time I have talked about these Food-markets and Food-stalls so typical of Southeast Asia, in this blog. Some articles to revisit here:
→ Noodle soup at the Chumphon market
→ Last day in Perhentian Kecil
→ On the way to Semporna
→ In need of pad-thai?
→ In the frenzy of Bangkok

And a few photos I fished out of the bottom of my hard drive:

My intuition was right. The cover photo of Take away was taken in Thailand, in Bangkok. Asia is very present in the book, of course. But there is also room for many other small dishes to take away, or to nibble on the corner of the street: Spanish tapas, London fish and chips, Moroccan lamb brochettes, Argentine empanadas, Malian banana fritters... Yum!

Small excerpt from the back cover:

Street food is a way of life that is widespread throughout the world. Far from fast food with a uniform taste, street food is on the contrary the affirmation of a strong cultural identity. Eating in small popular canteens or directly in the street is the best way to discover a country from the inside.

I couldn't have said it better myself!

Finally, to finish this appetizing tour of the world of street food, I invite you to visit the link below, spotted by one of the subscribers to my Facebook page. Dozens of videos to learn the recipes of the street food Thai:

→ Thai Street Vendors videos


Yummy again!


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  1. Miam ! Ca donne faim. Moi aussi j’adore goûter des trucs dans la rue quand je suis en voyage. Où que ce soit, j’achète aux marchands ambulants. En Chine j’ai mangé des trucs, je ne sais même pas ce que c’est ! Et contrairement à ce dont certains ont peur, je n’ai jamais été malade. Si ça a l’air appétissant, c’est que c’est bon ! Si ça a l’air louche, on n’y touche pas. C’est ma devise et pour moi, ça a toujours fonctionné !
    Enjoy your meal.

  2. @RolK: Oui, souvent des gens que je croise en voyage ne comprennent pas que “j’ose” manger dans les boui-bouis locaux… Dommage pour eux, ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils ratent. Parfois, certains se décident à m’accompagner et à “oser” à leur tour. Et en sont ravis pour finir!!! En général, il suffit de regarder l’affluence locale pour s’assurer que la cantine est bonne. Pour les précautions, ta devise pleine de bon sens suffit!!! 😉
    La seule fois où j’ai été malade à cause de la bouffe en voyage, c’était après avoir mangé une pizza… au Vietnam!!! 😆 Dans un “restaurant” à touristes.
    Now, I'll have to go home, to test some of the tempting recipes in the book.

  3. Je me le suis offert ce bouquin et j’en suis super contente! Je suis bien d’accord avec les commentaires: visiter un pays passe grandement par les découvertes culinaires que l’on fait, dans les cantines locales en particulier. Et puis s’il y a bien quelque chose que je ramène toujours dans mes bagages, c’est des denrées locales, histoire de poursuivre un peu le voyage chez moi ^_^

  4. @ Helen: Il te plairait, ce bouquin… miam!!! 😉

    @Iptdbth: J’aime beaucoup!!! 🙂

    @Caroline: Je fais pareil : je ne ramène plus guère de souvenirs, désormais, mais plus facilement du thé, café et épices… 🙄

  5. Ah oui, ça sonne bien ce concept de série. Il va falloir que je jette un oeil rapidement à ce livre. Merci de l’info ! 🙂

  6. @david and @David: Very well damn this book, really. Good concept, beautiful pictures, recipes that make you want. Inspiring, indeed ...