There was a time when simple, modest meals, were sold on the streets for cheap money. At that time, it was the food of the poor. In Ancient Rome, for example, commoners who did not have stoves in their homes could only afford a cup of chickpeas and porridge from street carts.
Nowadays, millions of people buy street food every day. These people are far from poor. The rhythm of life in modern cities dictates the rules, and that means that time is money. Sometimes people are so in a hurry that they do not have time to eat at home. This is where street vendors providing a wide variety of meals enter the picture – it is cheap, fast, filling, and delicious.
Moreover, street food is not just a mainstream food system. It is a cultural phenomenon. The type of street food characterizes every region in the world. It reflects the region’s cultural, economic, and social position. That is the reason behind the trend of “street lovers” among food travelers. They go from one place to another, not for sightseeing but to try the delicious meals that food trucks have to offer.
A Brief History Of The Food Truck
The whole street food concept dates back to the late 17th century when people didn’t possess enough resources to cook on their own. Vendors selling meals from small carts became a widespread practice back then. They continued to spread worldwide to finally get to the point where they became extremely popular, especially in urban areas.
In the 19th century, food trucks went through a substantial change with the emergence of the “Chuck Wagon.” Invented by a rancher named Charles Goodnight, it was used for cattle drives. Since the cattle drives lasted long weeks, the cowboys who were driving their herds were preparing their own meals.
However, Charles Goodnight considered this as a problem and came up with a solution. He purchased a wagon and hired a cook who provided the cowboys with good meals during their journey. The food they carried was simple but filling and consisted of items like potatoes, flour, beans, coffee, and different meats.
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