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Street Food is one of Netflix’s newest food-centric series, showcasing the art of street food all over the world. The first volume (season) guides viewers through the streets of different Asian countries, where street food has a historical and cultural significance.
As with other Netflix culinary series, Street Food looks at its subject through a serious lens, unlike the lighthearted shows one might find on the Food Network. However, when you hear the stories of those featured in each episode, it’s not hard to understand this tone–the stories are meant to introduce you to the people behind the food.
For example, the very first episode of the series shows the incredible world of street food in Bangkok, Thailand, and features the story of Jay Fai–one of the best street food chefs in the world–known for her unique spin on traditional Thai dishes. In the episode, we learn how Jay Fai taught herself to cook and opened her own restaurant after losing everything in a house fire. Her story is just one example of many told in the nine-part series.
Food has the power to bring people together–regardless of their cultural background. But we seldom learn about the people behind the dishes we love. Street Food aims to change that by introducing us to a world unfamiliar to most and giving us a reason to care about it. If you’re looking for a new culinary adventure and don’t have the money to fly to Asia, then I highly recommend checking out Street Food on Netflix.