Buenos Aires, Argentina
South America is a diverse and culturally rich continent and nowhere else is that more evident than with its food. After exploring Asia last year, Street Food returns with six more episodes diving deep into the heritage, history and culinary brilliance of Latin America. Anyone who’s watched the previous entries in this series will be right at home, with a set-up that’s very similar and plays on the same stylistic ticks that makes this show so endearing.
Each of the episodes are unique, combining the heritage and rich history of each region with some of the best street food dishes available from talented cooks. The journey begins in Argentina with a look at Pato Rodriguez’s show-stopping cheesy tortillas before hopping around South America to different hot spots. Luz Dary in Colombia offers up a unique spin on Colombian classics while Dona Vale in Mexico makes peerless memelas. There’s a lot of variety between each episode and this diverse and fascinating deep dive into the food is ultimately what makes this show so endearing.
Along the way, we meet each of these different chefs and hear their backstory and how they go into the culinary business. If you’re not familiar with that region or country though fret not, Street Food: Latin America also includes some history for each of the areas too. This really helps add some understanding surrounding exactly what’s influenced the culinary choices for different countries.
It’s particularly interesting to see that symbiotic relationship between food and culture here, with one such example coming from that of Choripans being cooked and fed to hungry football (soccer) fans outside the stadiums. There’s an unquestionable amount of passion in this region and seeing that spill over into the food is great to see.
With each episode clocking in at around 30 minutes or so, Street Food is an easy show to dip in and out of and the series makes it simple to hop around and jump into different episodes. Given that aforementioned short run-time though, if you enjoy the set-up then you’ll likely come back to this one and watch them all. There’s some great material in here and the combination of educational and informative dialogue is beautifully back-dropped against some mouth-watering and showstopping dishes.
If you’re in the mood for a cooking documentary series, Street Food: Latin America is well worth a watch.
Verdict - 7.5/10