20 Vegan Street Food Recipes From Around the World

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You don’t need meat to enjoy a worldly treat, and you also don’t need to leave your kitchen! This list of scrumptious vegan street food recipes from around the world will satisfy your appetite (and give you a serious case of wanderlust). Enjoy!

Easy Vegan Falafel

Is it a wrap or a sandwich? No matter what you call it, this ingenious Middle Eastern dish can be served with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and pickles and topped with tahini sauce or hummus.

Vegan Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog

Create your own New York City, Chicago, or Los Angeles street corner by adding sauerkraut, onions, ketchup, and stone-ground mustard to any vegan hot dog. Oh yeah, and wrap it in a plant-based bacon.

Ensalada de Frutas con Chile

Mexican fruit salad with optional chili-pepper powder can be found on street corners in Mexico and major U.S. cities, too. The spice really takes it to the #NextLevel.

Easy Vegan Pad Thai

Pad Thai is just so perfect we don’t have words.

Vegan Elote (Mexican Street Corn)

Perfect for any fiesta, this grilled sweet corn features scrumptious toppings: vegan Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, cilantro, and lemon juice.

Homemade Tornado Fries

What could be more delicious than a spiralized and deep-fried potato? Nothing!

And add vegan cheese to make it like this:

Colombian Empanadas with Vegan Cheese

You’ll want to eat these pockets of fried perfection every day, but you probably shouldn’t.


This Ghanaian snack of fried plantains is seasoned with spices and commonly sold by street vendors. It can be served with rice, peanuts, or alone as a dessert or snack.

Korean Fire-Cakes (Ddukbokee)

The Korean Vegan describes this dish as “the type of food you eat after working a 12-hour day with a bottle of makgeolli (Korean rice wine).” Sounds good to us!

Buttery Vegan Arepas

Popular in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, arepas can be enjoyed on their own or split open to use for sandwiches.

Korean French Fry Corn Dog

Yeah, you don’t expect to see this on the streets of Seoul, but it’s there! Watch this video to enter deep-fried heaven.

New York City–Style Vegan Cheese Pizza

This five-step pizza will be ready before you can yell, “Taxi!”

Pupusas with Curtido

Pupusas are a Salvadoran dish consisting of a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. This recipe includes instructions for making curtido, its traditional sauerkraut counterpart.

Delicious Vegan Battered ‘Fish’ Tacos

Gardein fishless filets will give you that Baja feeling without the cruelty to fish.

Vegan Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crêpes)

You can eat this crêpe using a fork or chopsticks, but the most popular way is to wrap it in a lettuce leaf before chomping.

Vegan Chicken Thai Satay Skewers

Combine peanut butter, Sriracha, maple syrup, and ginger to create the sauce for these cruelty-free skewers.

Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

This Tawainese dish is simple to make and absolutely luxurious. The rich sauce is a mix of Sriracha, peanut butter, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

Vegan Lobster Rolls, Gluten-Free

This Maine street food can be veganized by using hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, or mushrooms.

Vegan Shawarma with Tzatziki and Sietan

Similar to a Greek gyro, this recipe uses meat-like seitan and tzatziki sauce.

Vegetable Biryani

This Indian dish manages to be both healthy and flavorfully rich at the same time. Cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, and cashews are brought to life by cardamom, cinnamon, mint, coriander, and cumin.

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