Inside every budget traveller lies a secret gourmet. Lucky, then, that some of Asia’s finest food is served for discount prices down on the street.
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Warung Ibu Oka – Bali
If you thought suckling pig was just for 16th-century monarchs, think again. In Indonesia, roast babi guling is food for the people, and Warung Ibu Oka serves roast-pork plates for rupiah-saving prices.
Jl Suweta, Ubud, Bali; 10am-4pm; mains from 50,000Rp.
Sri Sagar – India
Margosa Rd, Malleswaram, Bengaluru; 7am-9pm; dosas from Rs30.
Joo Hooi Cafe – Malaysia
Cnr Jln Penang & Lebuh Keng Kwee, George Town; 11am-5pm; mains from RM3.
Talat Chang Pheuak night market – Thailand
Chiang Mai gourmands head straight for the night markets. At Talat Chang Pheuak, the Cowboy Lady’s stall serves the finest kôw kăh mŏo (stewed pork leg with rice) in the north.
Th Mani Nopharat, Chiang Mai; 5pm-midnight; dishes from 30B.
Daiwa Sushi – Japan
Sampling sushi at source is de rigueur on a trip to Tokyo, and sashimi is sliced straight from the day’s catch at Daiwa Sushi, where set-menu lunches are ocean-fresh and (by Tokyo standards) friendly on the pocket.
Bldg 6, 5-2-1 Tsukiji Chūō-ku, Tokyo; 5am-1.30pm Mon-Sat; sushi sets from ¥3500.
Kimly – Cambodia
Kep-sur-Mer was where Cambodia’s colonial masters came to feast on the finest crabs in the Mekong Delta; the French are gone, but the crabs remain, served an incredible 27 ways at this veteran seafood restaurant by the Crab Market.
Crab Market, Kep; 9am-10pm; dishes from US$2.50.
Lin Heung Tea House – Hong Kong
Finding discount dim sum is a challenge in Hong Kong, but Wellington St’s Lin Heung is as old school as they come: steamers on trollies, sulky service and delicious, inexpensive dim sum that makes it all worthwhile.
160-164 Wellington St, Hong Kong; 6am-11pm, dim sum to 3.30pm; from HK$12.