Street Eats: Asia Pictures

From South Korea to Bali, street eats bring a mix of sweet, savory and spicy flavors -- sometimes all in one dish!

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A crocodile's bite is 10 times more deadly than the bite of a great white shark. 960 1280

  

In Papua New Guinea, restaurants serve crocodile meat with turmeric to create a tasty stew. Some people believe eating croc meat can cure asthma. 960 1280

  

Monitor lizards grow up to 9 feet long. A single bite can cause an allergic reaction that could lead to death. 960 1280

  

A female monitor lizard can carry 30-40 eggs. The eggs are usually boiled in water and eaten as a treat in the Philippines. 960 1280

  

In the Philippines, monitor lizard meat is usually cooked with coconut milk and chili. Filipinos believe eating the meat can help treat heart and liver problems. 960 1280

  

In 2008, a small village in the Philippines became deathly ill after eating the cooked flesh from hawksbill turtles. The turtles eat a variety of toxic sea sponges. 960 1280

  

Despite the health hazards, several villagers continue to eat the meat from hawksbill turtles. 960 1280

  

In Thailand, a cane toad's skin is covered with alkaloid, a poisonous venom. The venom can enter the body through a cut or by eating the toxic critter. 960 1280

  

Cooks must be skilled to prepare a dish with poisonous cane toad as the main ingredient. In Thailand, some locals deep fry the toads in garlic. 960 1280

  

A Vietnamese man skins rats after boiling them in hot water. Rats can carry a bacterial infection called leptospirosis that can liver and kidney failure. 960 1280

  

Three thousand tons of rats are consumed in Vietnam each year. 960 1280

  

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Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey Roe tries the super spicy wings at Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The grilled cheese and onion rings at 25 Degrees, a 5-star burger joint that calls the Roosevelt Hotel its home. 960 1280

  

25 Degrees

25 Degrees

The #1 burger at 25 Degrees, with its toasted brioche bun, caramelized onions, 2-cheese blend, Thousand Island dressing, arugula and bacon, is a knockout. 960 1280

  

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Dan Sung Sa in Koreatown

Mikey at Dan Sung Sa, K-town’s greatest pojanmacha — a term that loosely translates to “gastropub”. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

Mikey and the Feed the Beast crew look over footage at Berri's Pizza Café, which is a quiet little Italian joint by day, but a veritable club by night – complete with mood lighting and techno music. 960 1280

  

Berri's Pizza Café

Berri's Pizza Café

The avocado pizza at Berri's Pizza Café, with its thin, crispy-yet-foldable crust and gooey, drippy cheese, is as close to New York pizza as it gets in Hollywood. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

A turkey, cheese and pastrami sandwich with a pickle at Cole's, a downtown landmark that turns out its classic sandwiches (with pork, lamb or beef) late into the night. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

The oldest pub in the city, Cole’s is also the only place serving up a French dip until 2 a.m. 960 1280

  

Cole's

Cole's

You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese late at night -- especially this grilled cheese with barbecue sauce at Cole's. 960 1280

  

San Gennaro Italian Festival

San Gennaro Italian Festival

Mikey happens upon the San Gennaro Italian Festival on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, where he finds some authentic meatballs and ravioli. 960 1280

  

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pan-fried chicken

pan-fried chicken

Did You Know? Fried food is so delicious partly because of 2 flavorsome reactions that occur on the surface of the food: carmelization and maillard reactions. In carmelization, heat converts any sugars on the surface of the food to a deep delicious brown caramel and in maillard reactions, heat causes hundreds of different flavor compounds to form, making a truly mouthwatering mouthful.

Dish 1: Pan-Fried Chicken
Where: Stroud’s, 5410 Northeast Oak Ridge Rd, Kansas City, MO 64119
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Round Rock Donuts

Round Rock Donuts

Did You Know? Donuts are said to have originated in 19th century Holland. Back then, they were sweet dough balls fried in pork fat called "oily cakes". Legend has it the modern doughnut was created in 1847 by a Maine sea captain who poked a hole in the middle to ensure even cooking and minimal grease.

Dish 2: Donuts
Where: Round Rock Donuts, 106 W Liberty, Round Rock, TX 78664
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Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Did You Know? Deep-frying cooks food faster than baking because oil conducts heat much better than the air in a convection oven. When done properly, frying steams food from the inside out, confining the oil to just the outer surface, producing a soft and moist inside with a crunchy outer shell.

Dish 3: Salty Dog
Where: Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Chuleta Can Can

Chuleta Can Can

Did You Know? Deep-frying dates back to ancient Rome. The Roman cookbook Apicius was said to have a deep-fried chicken recipe.

Dish 4: Chuleta Can Can
Where: Raices, Recinto Sur St #315, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish

Did You Know? In 1841, the first state fair was held in Syracuse, NY. Since then, these annual events have evolved from simple competitive exhibitions of livestock and baked goods to full-out festivals of family fun and golden fried wonders.

Dish 5: Fried Catfish
Where: California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815
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Deep-fried cheesecake

Deep-fried cheesecake

Dish 6: Deep-fried Cheesecake
Where: California State Fair
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Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Deep-fried Giant Twinkie

Dish 7: Deep-fried Giant Twinkie
Where: California State Fair
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Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Twister Dog from Tornado Potato

Dish 8: Twister Dog
Where: Tornado Potato at the California State Fair
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Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia

Boiling meat with yucca in the Bazurto Market in Cartagena, Colombia. 960 1280

  

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

The view from the Spanish colonial old city of the new skyline of Cartagena, Colombia, across the bay. 960 1280

  

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Palenqueras in Cartagena, Colombia

Women who roam the beaches of Cartagena, Colombia, selling fruits and treats are called “palenqueras.” 960 1280

  

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch

A classic beach lunch of fried fresh fish and rice at Kiosko el Bony, a popular food stand on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos

Deep-fried bunuelos are home-cooked, sweet dumplings made with yucca sold by grandmothers on the streets of Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar

Colombian heartthrob Juan del Mar tastes shaved ice with tamarind juice on the beach in Cartagena. 960 1280

  

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Vigoron in Granada, Nicaragua

Boiled yucca topped with fried pork skin and cabbage, in a classic dish called “vigoron,” is a delicious street eat in Granada, Nicaragua. 960 1280

  

Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

Nestled at the foot of the towering Andes, Chile’s capital city of Santiago is full of great street eats. 960 1280

  

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings

A woman selling acaraje dumplings stuffed with shrimp on the streets of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil. 960 1280

  

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

Dragon fruit in Sao Paolo

The beautiful dragon fruit at the farmers' market in Sao Paulo. 960 1280

  

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City

The magnificent architecture of Mexico City makes for a stunning backdrop while taking a stroll for street eats. 960 1280

  

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos

A taco made with fried gusanos, or tequila worms, at the San Juan Market in Mexico City. 960 1280

  

A frog smoothie in Lima

A frog smoothie in Lima

A smoothie with an amphibious twist -- there's a frog blended into this concoction, which is sold as a healthy drink at markets in Lima, Peru. 960 1280

  

On the streets of Lima

On the streets of Lima

Chinese influence can be found in the street eats of Lima. 960 1280

  

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish

Ceviche made from white fish marinated in lime juice is one of Peru's most-loved dishes, and it can be found all over the streets of Lima. 960 1280

  

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