Most street foods are both finger food and fast food. Street food for the most part costs less and it has been suggested that it is eaten by 2.5 billion people every day.
Street food is distinguished by its local flavour and by the simple way that it is served, often right on the street, although food can often sold from counters inside buildings but still be considered street food.
It is also often distinguished by exotic items with bold and exciting flavours. Dishes which reflect the very essence of the cultures from which they come.
Whilst the phenomenon is world wide and most closely associated with the teeming streets of China and India ever country has its own version. In many metropolis areas street food vendors can be found offering culinary vignettes to satisfy the inquisitive or the home sick.