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Asia's famous street food is disappearing off its streets

Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Jakarta are strengthening the campaigns to clear their pavements

Ms Hong, the Hanoi vendor, said that her earnings had fallen by about 60 per cent since the start of the crackdown, when she moved to her present location from a busy street corner to minimise being targeted in police raids.

Some street chefs have devoted followers who queue early for a dish, and legions of diners contend that the best khao man gai (steamed chicken on rice) in Thailand, is found on city streets.


AS strips of tofu sizzle beside her in a vat of oil, Nguyen Thu Hong listens for police sirens.

Police raids on pavement vendors have escalated sharply in downtown Hanoi since March, she said, and officers fine her about US$9, or two days' earnings, for the crime of selling...

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