You can’t travel to Mexico City without stopping at a roadside stand for tacos. The same goes for Ho Chi Minh and a piping hot bowl of “pho” bought at one of the curbside eateries. There are tiny connoisseurs in all of us and street-side dining is one way of exploring exotic foods from all corners of the earth. There is just one problem though- there are plenty of risks of eating abroad. Blair Stover has the story below.
Over 70 million Americans travel to different countries a year and nearly half will report some kind of water or food-borne illness. The CDC actually advises against the consumption of street food, especially in second and third-world countries. Here are some tips to help you get the food you want and stay healthy:
- Follow the locals: Make sure you see a reputable sort of people in the line you are standing in. For instance, policeman, businessman, older customers and so on.
- Cleanliness counts: Keep a close eye out for possible signs of cross-contamination. Make sure food prep areas are clean and people who are handling food aren’t the same ones that are touching your money.
- Have your own utensils handy: The best way to know if what you are eating with is clean… is to make sure you have your own utensils.
- Try to watch your meal be prepared: Never eat precooked seafood. Also, any food that has raw meat or dessert that was made with unfiltered water should be steered away from as well.