Have you ever try to wonder why many people are selling their products in the side of the street? Many of us crave for exquisite delicacies at the most affordable price. But let us first unravel the definition and historical culture of “Sidewalk Vending”. Sidewalk vending means engaging in the business of peddling, vending, selling, or displaying for sale any merchandise on both the vendor and the vendee are upon a public sidewalk or sidewalk area in the Central Business District. Now lets us reveal another history of “Street food”.
Street food is a ready-to-eat food or drink sold by a hawker, or vendor, in a street or other public place, such as at a market or fair. It is often sold from a portable food booth, food cart, or food truck and meant for immediate consumption. Some street foods are regional, but many have spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals.
According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day. Today, people may purchase street food for a number of reasons, such as to get flavorful food for a reasonable price in a sociable setting to experience ethnic cuisines, or for nostalgia.
In the ancient time of Greece, small fried fish were a street food; however, the custom of street food is in low regard. The evidence of a large number of street food vendors were discovered during the excavation of Pompeii. Street food was widely consumed by poor urban residents of ancient Rome whose tenement homes did not have ovens or hearths. Here, chickpea soup with bread, grain paste was their common meals.
Another historical fact in ancient China, street food generally catered to the poor, however, wealthy residents would send servants to buy street food and bring it back for them to eat in their homes. Now we moved on to different cultures of street food cuisines.
During the American Colonial period, “street vendors sold oysters, roasted corn ears, fruit, and sweets at low prices to all classes.” Oysters, in particular, were a cheap and popular street food until around 1910 when overfishing and pollution caused prices to rise.
Street vendors in New York City faced a lot of opposition. After previous restrictions had limited their operating hours, street food vendors were completely banned in New York City by 1707. Many women of Africa made their living of selling street foods in America in the 18th and 19th centuries, with products ranging from fruit, cakes, and nuts in Savannah, to coffee, biscuits, pralines, and other sweets in New Orleans.
In the 19th century, street food vendors in Transylvania sold gingerbread-nuts, cream mixed with corn, as well as bacon and other meat fried on top of ceramic vessels with hot coals inside. French fries, consisting of fried strips of potato, probably originated as a street food in Paris in the 1840s. Street foods in Victorian London included tripe, pea soup, pea pods in butter, whelk, prawns, and jellied eels.
Ramen also originally brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants about 100 years ago, began as a street food for laborers and students. However, it soon became a “national dish” and even acquired regional variations. The street food culture of Southeast Asia today was heavily influenced by coolie workers imported from China during the late 19th century.
In Thailand, although street food did not become popular among native Thai people until the early 1960s, because of rapid urban population growth, by the 1970s it had “displaced home-cooking.”
Here in the Philippines, fish ball, kwek-kwek, tempura, squid ball etc. Are one of the tongue cravings of Filipino delicacies, however, due to many complaints, many street vendors often received restriction to sell their goods. But let’s not jump into conclusions.
The fact is, street vending is a business for economic growth though it might have a miniscule problem to our society but it fulfills the satisfaction of peoples craving. Whether it’s acceptable or not it still solves the peoples hunger.