The world’s dollar menu

More than just a McChicken – cheap delicious eats from across the globe!

OK, so maybe not cheap as it use to be. The dollar menu is becoming harder to come by these days especially here in the States. I can’t even get a 5-piece nuggets at Wendy’s for under a buck anymore. That’ just sad to think about.

But then I am quickly reminded that if I was in Vietnam, my bowl of pho will be less than $2. And not just Vietnam, but Peru, Prague, Japan and the rest of the world seem to embrace the value of a dollar when it comes to food. For a dollar and change, you’d be surprised how filling a meal can be if you just venture off the beaten path (and over the ocean, across the globe to a place somewhat far, far away).

Here’s a list of delicious things we found around the world for a dollar something (must account for that awful exchange rate everywhere we went last year..):

Char kway teow in Penang, Malaysia

4 Ringgit ($1.27 USD)

chat kway theo

A masala dosa in New Delhi, India

65 rupees ($1.02)

sonu masala dosa

An entire Thali tray of veggie delights in India

60 rupees ($1)

thali

Bowl of deliciously piping hot pho in Vietnam

30,000 Dong ($1.50)

pho-slurp-g.jpg

A plate of breakfast – Op La with steak and pate in Vietnam

20,000 dong ($1)

banh-mi-opla

A big bowl of fresh mixed fruit salad in Sucre, Bolivia

10 Bolivianos ($1.50)

fruit salad

Plate of rice with basil garlic minced pork and egg from a street cart in Thailand

40 Baht ($1.30)

thai rice

Pint of beer in Prague

25 CZK ($1.34)

beer prague

Sake in a jar in Japan

100 yen ($1)

sake

Two servings of fruit smoothies for you & your Couchsurfing host in Cusco, Peru

3 soles ($1.08)

smoothies

Four fried Shanghai dumplings or shen jian bao in Shanghai

6 RMB ($1.50)

dumplings

 

The dollar menu is so much more satisfying to the rest of the world. Well, my stomach and I are now ready to book a flight somewhere for lunch.

What’s your best dollar menu dish from around the world?

 

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  • Pauline Susanto

    Southern Thailand’s Mango Sticky Rice for 30 Baht! A taste of heaven for $1 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yes. How could we forget?! Miss Thailand for that alone

  • Pauline Susanto

    Southern Thailand’s Mango Sticky Rice for 30 Baht! A taste of heaven for $1 😀

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yes. How could we forget?! Miss Thailand for that alone

  • Anglo Italian

    I have to agree with Pauline, mango sticky rice and fruits smoothies in Chiang Mai were definitely less than a $1 and they are so delicious!

  • http://www.angloitalianfollowus.com/ Anglo Italian

    I have to agree with Pauline, mango sticky rice and fruits smoothies in Chiang Mai were definitely less than a $1 and they are so delicious!

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.blogspot.com/ Rika at Cubicle Throwdown

    Definitely baleadas here in Honduras…usually $1, or $2 max if you get meat in them. So good! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baleada)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yumm… looks so simple. That’s something that’d we’d try for sure

  • http://www.cubiclethrowdown.com/ Rika – Cubicle Throwdown

    Definitely baleadas here in Honduras…usually $1, or $2 max if you get meat in them. So good! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baleada)

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Yumm… looks so simple. That’s something that’d we’d try for sure

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  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    Oh Vietnam. How I miss thee and the ridiculously cheap yet incredible food there.

  • http://expatedna.com/ Edna

    Oh Vietnam. How I miss thee and the ridiculously cheap yet incredible food there.

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  • Alissa @This World Rocks

    Yum. Thanks all I can say

  • http://www.thisworldrocks.com/ Alissa @This World Rocks

    Yum. Thanks all I can say

  • Lola DiMarco

    They look delicious! Yes, not going to get food like that around here for a dollar!

  • Lola DiMarco

    They look delicious! Yes, not going to get food like that around here for a dollar!

  • pasturebraised

    Hey Guys!

    Aloo Tikki is our favorite under a dollar meal we’ve encountered over the last two months. Did you guys ever try that when traveling in India? .50 cents of goodness.

    We head to South East Asia in 4 weeks. So excited! Fist stop Malaysia. Would love to pick your brains on some not to be missed recommendations if you ever have the time?

    Hope you’re both well,

    Cliff

    P.S. Love the fact that you two are still blogging even though back in the Bay. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Of course! Potatoes rock. Especially in curry. Only food post in Malaysia we have so far is in KL. http://gqtrippin.com/category/asia/malaysia/ Be sure to check out Penang for food too.

    • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

      Just FYI—we spent nearly 2 months in Malaysia and have started to cover our time there on our blog so you might want to check it out for some inspiration on places to visit and things to EAT! 🙂

  • pasturebraised

    Hey Guys!

    Aloo Tikki is our favorite under a dollar meal we’ve encountered over the last two months. Did you guys ever try that when traveling in India? .50 cents of goodness.

    We head to South East Asia in 4 weeks. So excited! Fist stop Malaysia. Would love to pick your brains on some not to be missed recommendations if you ever have the time?

    Hope you’re both well,

    Cliff

    P.S. Love the fact that you two are still blogging even though back in the Bay. Keep up the good work.

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com Gerard ~ GQtrippin

      Of course! Potatoes rock. Especially in curry. Only food post in Malaysia we have so far is in KL. http://gqtrippin.com/category/asia/malaysia/ Be sure to check out Penang for food too.

    • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

      Just FYI—we spent nearly 2 months in Malaysia and have started to cover our time there on our blog so you might want to check it out for some inspiration on places to visit and things to EAT! 🙂

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    OK masala dosa and those fruit smoothies, please! YUM

  • http://www.jettingaround.com/ Pola

    OK masala dosa and those fruit smoothies, please! YUM

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Great post! The beer in Prague would be my favorite 🙂

  • Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Great post! The beer in Prague would be my favorite 🙂

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    I have to say that when it comes to seeing how far a dollar can take you, Nepal has been one of our favorite countries so far (though Vietnamese gives it a run for the money… hardy har har!). We frequently get delicious fried bread (puri) and a hearty dollop of chickpea curry for just 55¢ for breakfast and top it off with a nice glass of 15¢ chai tea. There’s also an INCREDIBLE dumpling place where we get 10 buffalo momos (like little bao dumplings) for just 65¢… total! Thank god we headed to the mountains for 3 weeks because with prices like that you better believe we were starting to pack on the pounds…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Nepal? Really? Shame we didn’t get to visit. Fried bread and chickpea curry sounds delightful! I wouldn’t mind packing on the pounds for cheap eats like this – lol!

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    I have to say that when it comes to seeing how far a dollar can take you, Nepal has been one of our favorite countries so far (though Vietnamese gives it a run for the money… hardy har har!). We frequently get delicious fried bread (puri) and a hearty dollop of chickpea curry for just 55¢ for breakfast and top it off with a nice glass of 15¢ chai tea. There’s also an INCREDIBLE dumpling place where we get 10 buffalo momos (like little bao dumplings) for just 65¢… total! Thank god we headed to the mountains for 3 weeks because with prices like that you better believe we were starting to pack on the pounds…

    • http://www.GQtrippin.com/ Kieu – GQ trippin

      Nepal? Really? Shame we didn’t get to visit. Fried bread and chickpea curry sounds delightful! I wouldn’t mind packing on the pounds for cheap eats like this – lol!

  • CaptainandClark

    Guys, I love this post! It’s so creative and helpful. I want to not only lick my computer screen but also write down all of these delicious treats for our future trips. Why can’t we live closer to each other? It’s just not fair.

  • CaptainandClark

    Guys, I love this post! It’s so creative and helpful. I want to not only lick my computer screen but also write down all of these delicious treats for our future trips. Why can’t we live closer to each other? It’s just not fair.

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