Links of Billy's Boudin are cut up after being  fried in a cast iron skillet in River Ridge, La., Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Boudin is a tradition that dates back to the 1700s, when French Canadians came to Louisiana. Robert Carriker, a professor of history at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, says Cajuns started using local ingredients and spices to make sausages that are different from Old World recipes. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“Boudin is not a New Orleans thing. It is a Cajun country thing,” says Robert Carriker, a professor of history at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and author of “Boudin: A Guide to Louisiana’s Extraordinary Link.” ”There are meat shops that make a handsome living for entire families selling almost nothing but boudin.”

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In this Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 photo, a street food vendor displays a bowl of Bamee Jom Palang, or "Power Noodles", at one of the most crowded food stalls at Rotfai Market in Bangkok, Thailand. The vendor, whose specialty dish is the 12-inch long noodles, challenges buyers to finish eating the dish within five minutes. Those who can don't have to pay the 350 baht ($10) price.  In cities like Bangkok, street food remains the heart and soul of local cuisine, sold day and night from carts and makeshift stands. The classic Bangkok night market has evolved from catering mostly to club-goers looking for a late-night eat to offering real shopping opportunities for the city’s large, young and relatively affluent middle class. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Since about 2010, night markets have opened in Chicago, Cleveland, the Los Angeles metro area, New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Several were started by young Asian-Americans who wanted to recreate the frenetic, fast-paced spectacle of an Asian night market in their families’ adopted hometowns.

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