A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 16, 2009
Street Food

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Street food
Street food is food obtainable from a streetside vendor, often from a makeshift or portable stall. While some street foods are regional, many are not, having spread beyond their region of origin. The food and green groceries sold in farmers’ markets may also fall into this category, including the food exhibited and sold in gathering fairs, such as agricultural show and state fair. Most street food is both finger and fast food. Food and green groceries are available on the street for a fraction of the cost of a restaurant meal and a supermarket. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.

Concerns of cleanliness and freshness often discourage people from eating street food. Lack of refrigeration is often construed as a lack of cleanliness or hygiene; on the other hand, street food often uses particularly fresh ingredients for this very reason.

Street food is intimately connected with take-out, junk food, snacks, and fast food; it is distinguished by its local flavor and by being purchased on the sidewalk, without entering any building. Both take-out and fast food are often sold from counters inside buildings. Increasingly the line is blurred, as restaurants such as McDonald’s begin to offer window counters.

With the increasing pace of globalization and tourism, the safety of street food has become one of the major concerns of public health, and a focus for governments and scientists to raise public awarenesses. FSA hence provides comprehensive guidances of food safety for the vendors, traders and retailors of the street food sector. Other effective ways of curbing the safety of street foods are through mystery shopping programs, through training and rewarding programs to market stallers, through regulatory governing and membership management programs, or through technical testing programs.

Street food is ready-to-eat foods or beverages, which includes many types of foods ranging from cereal and fruits to cooked meats and drinks.

It is usually sold in busy public areas, such as:

. pavements
. roadways
. back alleys of markets
. school premises
. bus and railway stations
. beaches
. parks and other public spaces.

It is served with the minimum amount of fuss in individual portions dished into take-away containers.

These containers come in a variety of materials such as disposable plastic, paper and Styrofoam plates, bowls, cups and utensils.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
street food n. food that is purchased from a street vendor and typically eaten immediately, often while standing; a food of this type.
1860 W. THORNBURY Turkish Life & Char. I. iv. 74 The cake is yellow and spongy..and well made, as Turkish *street food always is.
1926 Los Angeles Times 27 Sept. I. 3/2 Sunflower seed is a staple street food. Peddlers sell them at every street corner.
2002 Food & Trav. Oct. 16/2 Tour the hawker stalls to sample cheap, delicious street food such as kway teoh (stir-fried rice noodles).

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food architecture
Author: Stuart J Wheeler
Publisher: 1981.
Edition/Format: Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Dim sum and other Chinese street food
Author: Mai Leung
Publisher: New York : Harper Colophon Books, 1982.
Series: Harper colophon books, CN 919

OCLC WorldCat record
Informal sector activity in regional urban areas : the street food trade
Author: Monique Cohen
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Equity Policy Center, 1984.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food-trade
Author: Monique Cohen
Publisher: New York : UNICEF, 1987.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food hawkers in South-East Asia
Author: Hanneke Andringa; Reinette Kiès; Landbouwhogeschool Wageningen.
Publisher: Utrecht ; Wageningen : Agricultural University Wageningen, 1989.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food from around the world
Author: James Mayson
Publisher: East Roseville, N.S.W. : Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food
Author: Clare Ferguson
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : Time-Life Books, 1999.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Vatch’s Thai street food
Author: Vatcharin Bhumichitr.
Publisher: San Diego, Calif. : Laurel Glen, 2002.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Mediterranean street food : stories, soups, snacks, sandwiches, barbecues, sweets, and more, from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East
Author: Anissa Helou
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2002.
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food from around the world : easy quick meals to cook at home
Author: Troth Wells
Publisher: [Toronto] : Sumach Press, [2006]
Edition/Format: Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Street food : exploring the world’s most authentic tastes
Author: Tom Kime
Publisher: London ; New York : DK Publishing, 2007.
Edition/Format: Book : English : 1st American ed

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