In this recent Conde Nast Traveler slideshow, writer Caitlin Morton explores the different treasures five dollars can equate to around the world. And you guessed it, a majority of it is food. Not to mention a stack of beautiful bracelets from India! Here is the round-up, as relayed from Morton:
1. Hanoi, Vietnam
Four bia hoi (a thin draft lager that costs about 40 cents a glass) and two bowls of pho.
A dozen soy milk mini-doughnuts and a sweet soy milk soft serve from Fujino Tofu in Nishiki Market.
Three limited-edition Kit Kats from the world’s only limited-edition Kit Kat shop, in the Seibu Department store. Recent only-in-Japan flavors include vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pudding.
4. Jaipur, India
An armful of rhinestone-studded glass bangles from one of the vendors at Johari Bazaar.
A plate of hokkien mee and a Tiger beer at Bukit Timah hawker center.
Of course, the possibilities are endless.
My $5 Asia (food) story, for example, is from southern Taiwan. It was raining and my family and I found a small restaurant in the neighborhood that was more like a home kitchen serving meals. A simple plate of chow mein, fried rice and a bottle of Taiwanese beer ended up costing about 154.59 TWD, or $5.00.
What’s your $5 story?