And best of all: street barbecue is dirt cheap. A tasty meat stick, for instance, is typically anywhere from 1-5rmb, or about $.10-$.75 depending on the size, and a carton of fried rice is just around 6-8rmb, or a little over a dollar.
Furthermore, street barbecue vendors are also conveniently placed around cities, and are found most commonly in front of busy office buildings, or factories, and bustling nightlife establishments.
And, street barbecue is so popular that vendors are often bunched together, welcoming customers to happily sit and dine on stools and tables.
There are two similarities that come to mind when I think of “street barbecue” in America.
The first—hot dog stands, is an American favorite; however, they are a rare find, offer no varieties, and lack the party atmosphere that street barbecue in China brings.
The next, food truck festivals, are an absolute blast. They provide a wide array of delectable treats from food trucks, and some festivals even provide live music as patrons stuff their mouths.
In fact, in terms of overall food quality and festiveness, food truck festivals outshine Chinese street barbecue culture by a large margin.