Unless you’re constantly eating Western food (which admittedly, I often am) there are a lot of cheap eats in Hong Kong. However, those cheap eats are nowhere near as cheap or fresh or delicious as they are in Thailand.
Meals cooked from street stands or small, local restaurants cost around 1 USD. That’s right. One dollar. And we’re talking fresh cooked chicken pad Thai or khao soi. Amazing.
In the morning I’d have a fruit salad made with yogurt and muesli and a variety of sweet fresh fruits- mango, watermelon, avocado, bananas, papaya- whatever was in season and available. With all the clean eating trends going on these days, something like this at a proper food establishment could easily cost close to 10 USD.
In Chiang Mai? ~1 USD.
I loved browsing the wet markets and seeing all the produce and spices and curries and varieties of rice. Although with the food prices in Chiang Mai, it’s no surprise that many people eat out for all their meals.
While street food handling practices in Asia can be shocking to Westerners (things like touching your money and touching your food are common), I had a lot of confidence in the quality of food in Thailand. Fruits and veggies looked fresh and it was great seeing them cook dishes right in front of you. Even for someone like me who has had food poisoning and illnesses before, I was smart about my food decisions and the food in Chiang Mai gave me no issues.
One of the things I miss the most about being in Chiang Mai was how widely available fruits were. It was so easy and cheap to grab a fruit shake while walking abouts. And the coconuts.
The coconuts were good y’all. Sweet and kept on ice. There is nothing better than drinking coconut juice right out of a chilled young coconuts then scooping out the coconut meat with a spoon.
Hopefully it won’t be too long before my next trip to Thailand so I can get back to some yummy, cheap eats.