Thanks to the prevalence of street food culture in East and Southeast Asian countries, traditional Asian “snacks” are just as often cooked foods as they are packaged or dried. Think of the many forms of dumplings, charcoal-grilled skewers, or simple rice and meat dishes — the kinds of grab-and-go bites you might find at an Asian open-air night market.
Of course, there’s plenty of variance between the different cultures: Taiwanese boba, or bubble tea, parlors are now ubiquitous in NYC, serving Taiwan’s famed popcorn chicken. Meanwhile, Vietnamese banh mi sandwich shops deal in sticky rice or sweet puddings. Then there’s Japan, where snacking has been elevated to an art form with the likes of onigiri rice balls and takoyaki octopus balls. From more classic street-style snacks to upmarket reinterpretations, here are 22 excellent Asian snacks to try in NYC.Read More