In my mind, food is the unsung hero of modern enlightenment! But in terms of travel, it's one of the most instantly rewarding aspects of visiting some place new or returning to an old favourite neighbourhood.
Street food takes that culture to a whole new level
It's not simply accessible, it showcases the value in convenience many cultures have been enjoying for centuries. Far longer than our 9-5, mobile phone obsessed culture.
I'm going to go so far as to suggest that street food might be the ultimate antithesis to technology - it's instantly rewarding and, unlike scrolling through that news feed rubbish on Facebook or Instagram, that dopamine hit will provide you memories for a long, long time.
Ever bragged to a friend about your latest social media experience? Didnt' think so.
Now imagine telling them about that time you had aromatic lemongrass with pork fired over a BBQ in a bamboo cylinder, finished off with egg coffee...
Nowhere else might this be more true than in Asia, but it's hard to sum up the world's largest continent in one chat; instead, @Gene and I talk a bit about what to expect in exploring the flavours and experiences in Vietnam as his custom group itinerary includes two guided introductions to the local tastes of Hoi Ann and Ho Chi Minh, former Saigon.