4th November, 2018

7 Best cheap street meals in South East Asia for the Digital Nomad

Two of the big appeals of having your digital nomad experience in South East Asia are that the food is delicious and the cost of living is cheap. Today we take a look at 7 of the best meals you can get which will tantalise the taste buds and keep your wallet nice and fat.

1. Pho Bo or Pho Ga (Vietnam)

These addictive chicken or beef rice noodle soups will be the staple diet if you find yourself based in Vietnam. The savoury broth complements the natural juices of the meat and is certainly a filling meal. Adding fresh mint, a squeeze of lemon, bean shoots and a touch a chilli to taste means you feel like you are eating fresh. In the stinking hot weather, you will also find that some forehead sweat may find its way into the mix as well!

Some digital nomads swear by these, eating up to 5 a day. And for around $2-$3, who can blame them.

2. Chicken Pad Thai (Thailand)

If you find yourself in Thailand, it will be hard to go a street block without running into a Pad Thai vendor. These beautiful peanut noodles provide a filling meal at a minuscule cost. In fact in some cases it can prove to be a little bit too heavy, sending some the sleep afterwards. So be wary not the over indulge! Again, these can be found for as little as $3.

3. Rice Paper Rolls (Vietnam)

Another meal that leaves you feeling healthy and full. These fillings of Vietnamese mint, rice noodle and a range of meats like prawns, pork and chicken are freshly rolled rice paper and complimented by a range of dipping sauces.

Rice paper rolls provide a decent healthy meal or a great snack for in between the big meals. Found for around .50 cents each!

4. Tom Yum Soup (Thailand)

This delicious hot and sour soup is best served with fresh seafood half submerged in the broth. Full of fresh vegetables and tofu, it’s a hard flavour to describe without just saying kind of hot, and sour as well!

These are best found in the local street restaurants in Thailand and will cost around $4. You can get them in a few different varieties, but seafood is definitely the recommended way to go here.

5. Banh Mi Pork Rolls (Vietnam)

Obviously a product of some French influence in Saigon, essentially what are pork rolls are absolutely scrumptious. Barbecue style pork on a freshly bread roll, and we mean fresh, and complimented with a range of salads and Vietnamese mint.

A great lunch option, and also a good solid food option if your guts are feeling a bit upset by all the soups and exotic noodle dishes. Found for around $2 if you shop around.

6. Fresh Bread and Omelette

Breakfast of champions for digital nomads across South East Asia. No matter where you wind up staying, you will most likely be presented with some form of fresh bread roll and omelette in the early hours of the morning.

Often included free with your accommodation, or you can find from street vendors for less than 30 cents. Simple, but it’s still very good!

7. Laksa Soup (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia)

Last of all, these little beauties are coconut based soups with rice vermicelli noodles. The best bests are the broth soaked tofu chunks which taste amazing.

Often served with a range of different meats, the best way to have these is with seafood. These are around $4 in some places.

There you have it, a cheap, incredibly tasty staple diet of a money conscious digital nomad trekking through South East Asia! Let us know what other good options you have come across in the comments section.


Prepared by Work Play Nomad


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