Do as the locals do and explore the best affordable eats that these cities have to offer.
Raohe Night Market, an alternative to the very popular Shilin Night Market, is one of the oldest markets in Taipei’s Songshan District. It’s where you’ll find a dizzying array of food stalls, offering everything from the legendary stinky tofu to fried dumplings.
Seek out Gloria Alley (also known as Gang Gloria) — within Glodok, Indonesia’s largest Chinatown, where you can get your fill of Jakarta’s best street eats. Try the bakmi ayam, yellow wheat noodles topped with diced chicken meat, or ketoprak, a vegetarian dish covered in peanut sauce, before finishing off your meal with traditional iced coffee.
Stroll along Madre Ignacia Street in Malate and discover a host of dining options. If you begin at around 3pm — merienda time for most Filipinos — you might find vendors offering exotic treats like isaw pig and chicken intestines, fried and battered quail eggs called kwek-kwek, and deep-fried calamares. Be prepared to get in line, as office workers will be out around the same time to get their afternoon snacks
This article first appeared in the August 2019 issue of Smile magazine.