Category Archives: Food for a Quid

Lanterns at the entrance to Petaling Street night market.

Food for a Quid: Asam Laksa on Petaling Street

The spicy, sour, tamarind-based asam laksa is a speciality of Penang. But that doesn’t stop me craving it when I’m in KL. And, while the asam laksa at Petaling Street…

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Food for a Quid: Suzhou Dumplings

You can’t walk down Pinjiang Lu, the pretty canalside street that’s Suzhou’s tourist central, without stopping at a store selling these gorgeous dumplings. And, with prices starting from a mere…

Oishi salt & vinegar cracklings.

Food for a Quid: Is This the World’s Finest Beer Snack?

I always come back from the Philippines feeling somewhat liverish. Which is probably because Manila is, IMO, the world capital of junk food, and I end up stuffing my face…

Chinese toffee apples: candied hackberries on sale in a hutong in Beijing.

Food for a Quid: Chinese Toffee Apples

Chinese toffee apples, in all their myriad persuasions, are one of my favourite Chinese street sweeties, and add colour to any hutong as they sit threaded on their long, slender…

Turkish stuffed mussels, or midye dolma.

Food for a Quid: Turkish Stuffed Mussels (Midye Dolma)

In Orhan Pamuk’s wonderful Istanbul: a Memoir, he records that stuffed mussel vendors, plying their wares along the streets, have been part of Istanbul since early Ottoman times. And Turkish…

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Food for a Quid: Spicy Buff Momo, Kathmandu, Nepal.

You don’t have to spend long in Nepal to realise that momo make the world go round: delicious, meaty dumplings in a super-light dough, they’re reminiscent of the northern Chinese…

Steamed Cockles in Kuala Lumpur

Food for a Quid: Steamed Cockles in Kuala Lumpur

What does a British pound buy you, foodwise? In most parts of the world, a lot. In fact, even in Western Europe you can feed yourself on junk food for…