Street Food Around the World, is a factual entertainment television series hosted by actor Ishai Golan ('Uri' from 'Prisoners of War,' the series that served as the inspiration for the hit American series 'Homeland'). The series is produced by Ananey Communications and is aired worldwide on networks such as National Geographic Asia and Discovery Latin America. The third season is currently in development.
In every episode, host Ishai Golan explores the origins and recipes of the most savory and surprising local dishes around the world. Ishai travels to a different city and in the time span of 24 hours; he meets with the locals and must eat whatever they eat. The series takes the viewers on an exciting journey to discover the culinary gems of food stalls, colorful food markets and popular local restaurants, which draw hundreds of passers-by every day.
In the first season of Street Food, Ishai traveled to the following destinations:
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Mumbai, India
- Haifa, Israel
- Paris, France
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Marrakech, Morocco
- Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Napoli, Italy
- Tbilisi, Georgia
- Vienna, Austria
- Mexico City, Mexico
The second season of Street Food features destinations such as:
- Athens, Greece
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Lima, Peru
- Ramla, Israel
- New York City, US (Part 1)
- New York City, US (Part 2)
- Seoul, South Korea
- Manila, Philippines
- Palermo, Italy
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Marseille, France
- Nazareth, Israel
First Season Episode Descriptions
- Istanbul: The world's only metropolitan city that’s situated on both Asia and Europe. Istanbul integrates old and new, tradition and progression, Eastern and Western – and these integrations are all found in the Turkish kitchen! Istanbul's street food is diverse, colorful and rich. Ishai spends 24 hours tasting all that Istanbul has to offer. He meets the famous chef and historian Vadat Basran at the Kadıköy market, tries the famous Sultans breakfast and eats so much meat that would make any Turkish person proud.
- Mumbai: One of the world's biggest cities, harboring 18.7 million people. With more than half a million street food vendors, Mumbai will leave your feet aching! During the episode, Ishai will spend 24 hours tasting the best the Indian kitchen has to offer – the cuisine that specializes in spices and beans. He will meet the chef Viki Ratnani at the famous Crawford Market and learn how to make the world-renown Chai beverage and taste the Mumbai's best chicken Tikka!
- Haifa: 100 Kilometers north of Tel Aviv, Haifa is the third largest city in Israel made famous by its various Jewish, Christian and Muslim neighborhoods. Throughout the episode, Ishai will understand the roots of the Israeli kitchen. He will meet with one of the region's most well-known chef, Israeli Aharoni, and learn how to differentiate between the European and Middle-Eastern influences of the Israeli cuisine. During this visit, Ishai will make Burekas, Israel's most beloved on-the-go snack.
- Paris: City of lights! Paris is the capital of the culinary world and food is equally treated as an art form. In this city, each food has its own specializing store: Boulangeri, Fromagerie and Charcuterie. Ishai has 24 hours to dive into the wonderful French cuisine, where he will learn how to make the bagette, smell so many cheeses his senses will go into overload and meet with the famous food critic, Jill Podlovski.
- Bangkok: In a city where 30 degrees Celsius is considered a chilly day, Bangkok is one of the world's hottest cities. The weather must translate into the food, as the cuisine here is tremendously spicy! Ishai sets a goal: in 24 hours he will attempt to break his own record of eating as many spicy foods as possible. Throughout the episode, Ishai meets Bangkok's famous chef, McDang, tastes an ice cream sandwich, and discovers that his biggest problem is not the spicy food, but rather the grasshopper food stall!
- Hanoi: Old versus new, rural versus urban, East versus West. Despite these conflicting elements, Hanoi is a city of harmony and equilibrium. The character of the this kitchen is the balance between sweet and spicy, hot and cold, fresh and cooked. Ishai has 24 hours to taste and enjoy the various foods of the city and maybe even finding his own sense of balance. During the episode, Ishai will try the famous Pho dish, meet with Chef Bien Duc Nguyen at the Chau Long Market, and try the fascinating snake liquor.
- Marrakech: A desert oasis standing on the seam between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara, Marrakech is the beating heart of Morocco. For years, Marrakech has been one of the crossroads between East and West and an important destination for the spice trade. The Moroccan cuisine is packed with spices and flavors! Ishai has 24 hours to enjoy all the various foods the city has to offer. During the episode, Ishai cooks using the Moroccan Tajin, learns how to make Moroccan cookies and finds out about the health benefits of the different spices.
- Amsterdam: Amsterdam, the city for the young and the peak of liberalism. Here, everything is allowed and surprises pop out of every corner. Ishai has 24 hours to enjoy the freedom of the city and the distinct tastes it has to offer. During the episode, Ishai finds out it's worth standing in line for a serving of chips. He learns how to make the most city's most popular dish, the herring sandwich, and tries selling stroopwafels at the city market.
- Napoli: The city that invented the Pizza Margherita. Napoli is known for the finest fresh ingredients grown on the rich volcanic soil of Mount Vesuvius. Ishai has 24 hours to try to escape the alluring bakeries, try the authentic Italian coffee, is taught how to make homemade pasta by the 3 star chef, Michelin Don Alfonso, and falls in love with the delicious Italian ice cream.
- Tbilisi: Georgia's capital city, Tibilisi, has been destroyed and rebuilt at least 29 times. Despite this, the Georgian cuisine has maintained its inviting appeal and offers a variety of foods. Focusing on the most widely used ingredients, nuts, herbs, wine, cheese and meat, Ishai has 24 hours to taste all the foods Tbilisi's streets have to offer. He learns how to make the national dish – Chinkali, discovers a local candy called churchhela and enters the city's lone cheese store.
- Vienna: Classic music, stunning architecture and more. Vienna is the symbol of classical Europe. The Austrian cuisine is influenced by the kitchens of the former Austria-Hungarian Empire – Italian, Hungarian and German. It is known for its simplicity, accuracy and quality. Ishai arrives at Vienna during Christmas Eve, and has 24 hours to absorb the holiday charm and taste all the street food it offers. He wanders the holiday markets, visits the first sausage stand in Vienna and even meets Mozart!
- Mexico City: The oldest capital city in North America, Mexico City is the Garden of Eden for street food lovers as it has half a million vendors. The Mexican kitchen, which combines Spanish and indigenous cuisines, is known for its multitude of bold flavors, colorful dishes and extensive use of spices. Ishai has 24 hours to enjoy the rich diversity of food. He learns that corn can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, tastes the exotic food of Mexico city and the best tacos the world has to offer!
- Best Of: Ishai has travelled to the four corners of the earth. He has flown, rode on trains and mopeds, but mostly did a lot of walking in many many cities. He has met a multitude of characters, ate at numerous food vendors and tasted countless dishes. Now, he takes the moment to relax and relive the experiences that will stay with him forever.
Second Season Episode Descriptions
- Rio de Janeiro: Rio, considered to be one of the most popular cities in South America, is known as the 'Marvelous City' by the locals. They say God created the world in six days and on the seventh he created Rio. The people enjoy life, and eat well by using the simplest of ingredients. Ishai takes 24 hours to explore all the wonderful tastes Rio has to offer: from starting the day off with the infamous Brazilian coffee to enjoying an array of popular local foods, like Acaraje, Acai Berry fruit drink, Cassava, and popcorn with bacon, just to name a few…
- Athens: Athens, one of the most ancient cities in the world, is considered to be the cradle of western civilization. It is the birthplace of democracy, music, theatre and hedonism—the philosophy of the enjoyment of life. No wonder Athens is home to such fine, fresh cuisine. Ishai has 24 hours in this city to try the local dishes, break some plates and polish up on his Greek. From the infamous Greek Yogurt, to the savory Souvlaki, Ishai tries the local delights, and even finds some time to brush up on his classical acting skills.
- New York (First Part): Ishai travels to the Big Apple, one of the world's largest cities, which attracts millions of tourists each year. With over 180 different nations living in the city, its diversity creates very unique tastes and foods to explore. Like any typical New Yorker, Ishai begins his day with a doughnut from the Snack Box food truck in the center of Times Square. Thousands of calories later, Ishai has built up some much needed energy in order to tackle the rest of his busy day in NYC. He discovers how to eat a proper bagel, checks out the food trucks of Hudson Square for lunch and learns, from the best of the best, how to make (and enjoy!) a proper cheesecake.
- New York (Second Part): After only half a day in New York City, Ishai has decided it will take a lot longer to tackle all the street foods the city has to offer. During the second episode of his time spent in the city that never sleeps, Ishai meets up with Chef Rocco DiSpirito on the Lower East Side to take a look at the Essex Street Market and try some Salomé, fresh multi grain breads, as well as some chocolate covered bacon. Then it's off to Times Square to taste a true New York hot dog and cupcakes before heading off to 666 Burgers in Williamsburg for an all American hamburger with butter and melted cheese – no vegetables allowed! Waffles, oysters and pizza with friends in Greenwich Village are the perfect end to an ever busy day.
- Lima: The first theater, university and printing press in South America can be found in Lima, the capital of Peru. Though it was conquered by Spain, there are still remnants of the Incan culture, especially in the kitchen. Ishai has 24 hours to discover some of the 468 local dishes. Pan con chicharron (pork sandwich with sweet potatoes, onions, cilantro and chili) to start off his morning at 7:15 is quickly followed by Tacacho, Humita, Marada Chicha, Ceviche, Cuy and Picarones. As Peru has over 80 different types of climates there is an overwhelming variety of fruits and vegetables to be discovered as well!
- Ramla: Ramla, situation between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, is one of Israel's budding commercial and economic centers and home to immigrants from all over the world. It's also been said to be a hiding spot for ancient gold and treasure. Ishai spends 24 hours in search of the city's hidden wealth and discovers the jewels of Israeli cuisine along the way. From tasting shakshuka, the breakfast of all breakfasts, to baking Bukharin bread, and stopping at one of Israel's well-known hummus joints, Ishai's journey to Ramla is packed with fortune and flavor.
- Prague: Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic is visited by 4 million tourists a year who come to explore everything from the city's rich history and architecture (as it was one of the only cities which were not bombed during the Second World War) and of course its food! The main ingredients in Czech cuisine are potatoes, cabbage, bread and pork, however in recent years the Czech cuisine has experienced a cookery awakening which can be reflected in little culinary inventions. Ishai has 24 hours to be a part of the millions of tourists who explore these new gastronomic innovations.
- Palermo: Palermo is the capital city of Sicily and the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea making it very fertile thanks to the Etna, an active volcano which can erupt at any moment! However this doesn’t stop the people of Palermo from indulging in the city's local products such as olive oil, tomatoes and cheese. But, don’t let these simple ingredients be deceiving – Palermo's cuisine is one of the most diverse in Italy, giving it the name of the 'Picnic Basket City'. And in addition to the wonderful food, one can't forget the strong family tradition! Ishai has 24 hours to eat his way through the city and hopefully find the perfect 'familia'!
- Seoul: Seoul, the capital of South Korea is a lively city which combines advanced technology with ancient tradition. The city has both Buddhist Monks in traditional attire and fashionable youngsters in stylish apparel. Seoul is a city which many beautiful neighborhoods and the most magnificent nature, making their cuisine very diverse and influenced by the neighboring countries of China and Japan. But mainly Seoul has its own characteristics, mainly for being known as really healthy! Vegetables are a key ingredient in the local cuisine where the cooking methods consist of roasting, sautéing and cooking the ingredients in their own liquids. For this reason, Soul is the city with the lowest obesity rate in the world – only 3.5 percent! The healthy rules of the Seoul kitchen also apply to its street food. Ishai has 24 hours to learn the city's healthy means of cooking and its polite manners in the day to day lives of its citizens.
- Manila: Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is the most densely populated city in the world with 43 thousand people per square kilometer! Not to mention that the food is like nothing else in all of Asia. There are many different influences from the many different countries which have conquered the nation over the years. First, there were the Chinese, then came the Indians and, in the 14th century came the Muslims before the Spanish settled in Manila, which is why the Philippines are named after its king, Philip. The Americans were last to come to the area and in 1935, the state finally gained its independence. Thanks to its complex history, there is an incredibly rich cuisine in the Philippines! Ishai has only 24 hours to try and discover what the real Filipino street food is and understand why no one in the world has yet discovered its wonders!
- Marseille: Marseille, the capital of Provence, is the second most populated city in France! If Paris is the city of lights, Marseille is the city of sun with three hundred sunny days a year. Thanks to its beautiful old port, Marseille has welcomed lots of immigrants over the years: from Spain, Italy, Armenia, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The diversity can be seen and felt everywhere: in the culture, in the architecture, and definitely in the cuisine. Provençal cuisine substitutes more traditional French ingredients with light ingredients. Butter is replaced with olive oil, meat with fish, the rest of the plate is filled with vegetables, herbs and fruits and finally you add some tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, which are the holy trinity of the local cuisine. Marseille is the wild sister of Paris. Ishai has twenty four hours to discover this city and the street cuisine it has to offer and maybe understand why it is the French call Marseille: planet Mars, and what differentiates it from the rest of France.
- Nazareth: Nazareth, the largest Arab city in Israel, known as the place of the Annunciation, where Mary found out she was going to be the mother of Jesus. Today, the city draws millions of tourists making pilgrimages to the place where the Son of God once walked amongst us. Over the years, many different nations have passed through here and today, 70 percent of the residents are Muslim. It's a society that honors its culture, based on principles that haven't changed in 1,500 years. Hospitality, family and honor are all integral parts of daily life. And so is food. The cuisine in Nazareth is influenced by neighboring Arab countries like Syria and Lebanon and it's very much based on the belief that nature provides man with all that he needs, that’s why in Nazareth you'll find fish from the Mediterranean, vegetables and wild herbs from the land and of course, good meat. Ishai has only 24 hours to taste the street food Nazareth has to offer. Along the way, he will try to understand how the food here represents the city's ancient values and principles!
- Best Of: This season, Ishai has been to at least a dozen markets, has met a lot of memorable locals and learned all about their customs and cultures. He danced the samba, donned a toga, searched for treasures and showcased his singing skills. And how can he possibly forget the Greek salad of Athens, cooking in the markets of Rio de Janeiro and Manila with celebrity chefs, tried piping hot bourekas in Ramla, learning about the breads in Prague and making ceviche for the fans in Lima? Now, Ishai takes the moment to relax and relive the experiences that will stay with him forever.
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