Around the world, one dish at a time.

Food for a Quid

Food for a Quid: Depot Dapur Canggu

Food for a Quid: Depot Dapur Canggu

The longer I spend in Indonesia, the more I love Indonesian food. And the more I love Indonesian food, the more regularly I eat at Depot Dapur Canggu in Canggu, Bali, run by a family from Surabaya, of all places. It follows the formula you’ll […]

Food for a Quid: Asam Laksa on Petaling Street

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 night market is technically slightly over a pound (£1.03 at current exchange rates), it’s so […]

Food for a Quid: Suzhou Dumplings

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 2 kuai (20p) a pop, they’re outstanding candidates for food for a quid. Who couldn’t […]

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

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 with everything from cheesy popcorn to the amazing Cebuano peanut brittle, then wondering why I’m […]

Food for a Quid: Chinese Toffee Apples

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 sticks. Whether sold from a bicycle, a cart or a street stall, they’re pretty much […]

Food for a Quid: Turkish Stuffed Mussels (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 stuffed mussels, known as midye dolma, are one of the world’s great street foods. Seriously, […]

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

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 jiaozi, and arguably ancestrally related to all the filled pastas of Europe from Turkish mantı […]

Food for a Quid: 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 under a quid. In this series, I’m going to be finding food you can buy […]