Asian Street Food Festival in Cologne

Foodies unite for a taste of Asia in Cologne – food truck style. The Asian Street Food Festival was held from April 29 to May 1.

The event listing was up at various sites, but the list of participants wasn’t. I went there without knowing what kind of Asian food I can expect. Japan and Korea are the two Asian countries I can relate to and I always hope to see my favorite Korean street food (Tteokbokki) at such a festival. Spoiler: I was disappointed. But I didn’t expect Tteokbokki to make an appearance anyway.

Sri Lankan Street Food

The Asian Street Food Festival was held in the very hip district Ehrenfeld, next to the Pattenhalle. Fortunately, entrance was free of charge, so checking out the offers was possible without asking my wallet for advice*.

The longest line was at the very first booth, which sold „tokens“. This was a festival-specific currency. You buy a specific number of tokens and then spend the tokens to get food or drinks. I don’t like such systems because it obscures the price of the meals.

Line in front of the token booth
Let’s get some more tokens!

Some of the food on offer:

  • Gua Bao Taiwan Burger
  • Chinese dumplings
  • Buddha Noodle Bowl
  • Sri Lankan Street Food
  • Mochi Ice Cream
  • Onigiri (Japanese rice balls)
  • Korean Fried Chicken
  • Bubble Waffle
  • …and more

Ehrenfeld is one of the more interesting quarters of Cologne, so it’s easy to combine the festival with something else. I went twice – once alone, and once with friends. There were enough vegan or vegetarian choices. One booth even offered a choice between Japanese-style and Thai-style.

I didn’t sample all the food – I’m vegetarian, after all – and I can’t vouch for the authenticity. But I liked what I ate. The mochi ice was a nice dessert and the onigiri a good way to spend leftover tokens. I don’t mind seeing other people eating meat. This is a photo of Korean Fried Chicken.

Overall, I liked it and so did my friends. Mission accomplished.

Asian Street Food Festival Location

Asian Street Food Festival
Asian Street Food Festival
Thai-style rice (I guess)
Asian Street Food Festival
Korean fried chicken
Mochi Ice Cream

* a saying used in Japanese: Saifu to soudan suru (財布と相談する)

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Loves to travel in Japan, but is open to explore the major and lesser known sights of Germany.

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