From sea to shining sea, the street-food scene in Canada has come into its own as of late. Thanks to the many cultural influences to draw from and an emphasis on local ingredients, it’s easy to treat your taste buds to everything from breakfast pierogis to Korean poutine. Read on for our top picks from across the Great White North and then get ready to dig in.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Fliptop Filipino Fusion
Confession: We hadn’t ever tried Filipino food until we were fortunate enough to discover the drool-worthy eats at Vancouver’s Fliptop Filipino Fusion. By taking dishes many of us know and love (think tacos and poutine) and integrating ingredients characteristic of Filipino cuisine like longanisa sausage, pan de sal buns and adobo sauce, Fliptop has created some of the city’s very best street food. Whether you opt for the Pacman sliders, “Fili” cheesesteak or one of the stellar sandwiches, be sure to add an order of turon brûlée for dessert. These deep-fried banana spring rolls are addictive beyond belief.
Over in Cowtown at the Perogy Boyz truck, you can find a modern take on classic Eastern European comfort food to fill your belly. As one of Calgary’s food truck pioneers, Perogy Boyz earned its stripes slinging pierogis with creative toppings like poutine, nachos and even huevos rancheros. And whether you happen to be in the mood for breakfast (try the All Day Breakfast with eggs, bacon and maple syrup), lunch (the Hawaiian pizza is tops) or dessert (apple pie, anyone?), there is a pierogi to suit every taste.
While the street-food scene is highly competitive in the Big Smoke, the tempting menu at the Me.n.u truck helps it stand head and shoulders above the pack. The menu is filled with tacos made from rotis and poutines loaded with toppings like Peking duck and kimchi pulled pork, making it mighty difficult to choose what to order — but rest assured that anything you pick will be finger-licking good. Don’t miss the signature fried rice balls, either. With a range of flavors representing Asian cuisines from Thailand to Taiwan, Singapore to Seoul, you might as well just try them all.
If you have been seeking authentic Thai street food in Montréal, you’ve likely had a tough time coming up with something to satisfy your cravings. But over on Côte-des-Neiges, Le Tuktuk will have you swooning with its uncompromisingly authentic dishes, which work just as well served from the window of a food truck as they would in a sit-down restaurant. From the green papaya salad and imperial rolls to the sticky rice with mango and coconut milk, these eats will transport you from the noisy streets of Montréal to … the noisy streets of Bangkok.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Halifax Press Grilled Cheese
Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich oozing with gooey goodness? And while you can make do with your home panini press in a pinch, it can’t compare to what the pros at Halifax Press Grilled Cheese turn out. They take their cheese very seriously, and it shows. Haligonians are known line up for sammies like the Little Italy (Havarti, basil pesto and balsamic roasted tomatoes on garlic bread) and the Porter of Halifax (Gouda, sweet potatoes, carmelized onions, walnuts and a nice dash of porter). Watch for the daily “press release” issued on Facebook and Twitter detailing hours and location.
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