Evolution of Western Portable Street Food and Business

When the ancient Greeks maintained a culture of street food, they built the culture as a dire need. Those who didn’t have stove or mechanism to prepare food at home tends to carry their hungry stomachs to the street food corner or wait for the portable one. Especially the trend has gained its beacon for future from the root level working class people. Though every culture doesn’t take eating at street as a moderate gesture, the street food business evolves for all class of people in this era. It’s noteworthy that ramen, a national dish at Japan, started its journey as a street food. However, every corner of our planet has its own style of street food but the smart trend can’t be in isolation in this era of social networking.

The turbine of change leaves its mild footprints over our lifestyle and culture in our everyday life. Streets of Dhaka and our eating habits don’t get the exemption. Portable food cart or vehicle is a common view beside the University or a road junction. Charmingly, some shopping malls give a festive look in front of its compound with the help of numerous food items and a lot of food cart. They are feeding us fast foods and cold drinks. With the growing argument of healthy food habits the business is holding its boom scenario. Moreover, the presence of giant multinational soft drink products on the street in a portable vehicle is proclaiming the opportunities on the street.

Though the foods in a decorated cart are an alien idea to our street a few days ago, but the idea of portable food is not. We all shared our beautiful moments with jhal muri, kotkoti and many more. Some food is in its extinction process from the street and some has already started dwelling to the factories by leaving the feriwalas. And if you are thinking that some food will never lost because of its demand curve and will keep going like jhal muri and badam then you are wrong. Because, capitalist world is giving us more secure food which is grasping the market fast though we can’t see the manufacturing with bare eyes. Visibly, big manufactures are taking away the traditional portable street food business from the singular portable seller. But the streets need its portable food, so a western culture of portable cart has been developed to fill the approaching blank spaces. With the growing demand of cheap fast food it really helps the city dwellers. But, to all dwellers!


Setting up a lebu sharbat business on a van is far cheaper than setting up a mobile cold coffee shop or other soft drinks. Visibly, the system actually taking away the business from its dwellers those who live a life below poverty line, not even at the line and the number is not quite a few. The growing portable food cart culture is definitely representing a life with more color at city but without its greater part of inhabitants. May be the culture will prevent future push in at Dhaka city which is a good outcome and will help improvising profitable jobs outside Dhaka. However, the culture has future and it’s going to improvise more at our streets. So, it’s a godsend for the people those who are living a life under a lower middle class range and help them to earn their living. Establishing a decorated food cart is expensive and that business also goes to “lower high income” group but women are participating in this section which is a charming take off for women in a male dominated society like ours. However, the more we give thought to this culture the more we will able to blend it to as our own. But the current distressed socio political situation is not favorable to anything new for mass people. Corruption is not new to us but starting a business at street has turned into a nightmare because of the extortion of mighty local political worker recently termed as dushtu.