The Best Cheap Eats Around The World

By: Shoaib Khan

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Kaiten-zushi, Japan

Kaiten-zushi, Japan

In many spots, dishes arrive for as little as 100¥ each. Just take your pick and stack your plates at the end of the meal.

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Nasi goreng, Indonesia

Indonesia’s popular stir-fried rice, nasi goreng, is cooked before your eyes at mobile stalls (kaki lima) and night markets across the country. Warung restaurants also dole it out cheap as anything.

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Bunny chow, South Africa

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At the time, a dried sugar-bean curry made by an Indian caste known as “Bania” happened to be the cheapest meal in Durban.

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Fish and chips, England

Fish and chips, England

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Once a staple of the working classes, fish and chips can still be found the length and breadth of England, and remains one of the country’s best-value meals.

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One of the very best ways to enjoy India’s delectable curries is with a thali. These platters tend to contain three different curries, plus a couple of other additions such as raita or curds (yogurt), pickles, or a sweet treat like gulab jamun – and invariably both rice and chapatti.

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Pho, Vietnam

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Today, the warming broth is eaten at any time of day, and is best bought from a hole-in-the-wall vendor, where it probably costs less than the raw ingredients back home.

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Ice cream, Cuba

For a mouthwatering, inexpensive treat, go to one of the popular Coppelia ice-cream shops – here you can buy the sweet stuff for next to nothing.

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Tajine, Morocco

Tajine, Morocco

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Tajines tend to include slow-cooked red meat with dried fruit, vegetables and nuts, or chicken with lemons and olives, and can cost just 30dh. It’s a good idea to seek out small restaurants in the Medina for the best prices.

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Lunch packets, Sri Lanka

Lunch packets, Sri Lanka

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These packets, served between 11am and 2pm, stacked up in towers of boxes outside stalls and cafés, tend to include steamed rice, curried meat or fish, vegetables and sambol (a coconut dish often sprinkled over meals). Try one and you’ll feel like a real Sri Lankan local.

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Shawarma, Oman

Shawarma, Oman

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Marinated chicken, beef or mutton is spit-roasted before being wrapped in bread with layers of salad. In the evening, shawarma shops teem with people tucking in at tables or queueing for bargain-priced takeaway orders.

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Tacos, Mexico

Find a street-corner kiosk and you may be able to purchase these tasty little parcels for just 60 pesos.

Jerk chicken, Jamaica

Jerk chicken, Jamaica

Cooked over an open fire, the spiced, marinated chicken or pork (or even fish) is at its best flaking off the bone, eaten as the sun goes down.

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