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Old 05-18-2013, 11:03 AM
 
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Any more suggestions for smaller, more affordable cities (that I can sleep/eat for <$25/day)?
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Any more suggestions for smaller, more affordable cities (that I can sleep/eat for <$25/day)?
Honestly, if I were you I'd go to 4 cities:

Singapore

George Town

Hoi An

Bangkok


Lots of cheap flights between the cities.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:45 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I am a young chef looking to learn more about the different styles of Asian cuisines. I have been all over western Euope eating at different restaurants, wineries, etc. I am looking to go to Asia in the fall and I need to pick which cities that will teach me the most about the different Asian cuisines. I am planning on staying for 3-3 1/2 months and my total spending when I'm there will be about $6,000. I want to visit the big cities where I can spend more money, but I want to stay in other countries so I can stretch my money. The purpose of this trip is entirely focused on food and maybe a week on a beach to party.
How will you get contacts at restaurants that will allow you to learn from the chefs?

TAIPEI, no contest! Everyone I know (US-born as well as Asian) says Taiwan has the best Chinese food in Asia. Taiwan also has designated vegetarian restaurants that serve dishes that are meat-substitutes. They use tofo, taro root, and other ingredients to imitate different types of meat. And then there are the usual delicious sauces, vegetarian dumplings, and so forth. ALL food, even street food, in Taiwan is the best!

You might also want to check out Thai food.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:49 AM
 
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Any more suggestions for smaller, more affordable cities (that I can sleep/eat for <$25/day)?
I don't know what the COL is in Taiwan these days. You could go on the Taiwan discussion forum and ask, and ask if anyone needs a temporary roommate. FORUMOSA &bull; Taiwan's Global Online Community
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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Any more suggestions for smaller, more affordable cities (that I can sleep/eat for <$25/day)?
I don't know what the COL is in Taiwan these days. You could go on the Taiwan discussion forum and ask, and ask if anyone needs a temporary roommate. FORUMOSA &bull; Taiwan's Global Online Community

For Kuala Lumpur, Contact out member, "Inebriated Duck", and he might be able to tell you about cheap, decent places to stay, or may know someone willing to rent out a room. He lived there until recently moving to the US.
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Old 05-19-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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How will you get contacts at restaurants that will allow you to learn from the chefs?

TAIPEI, no contest! Everyone I know (US-born as well as Asian) says Taiwan has the best Chinese food in Asia. Taiwan also has designated vegetarian restaurants that serve dishes that are meat-substitutes. They use tofo, taro root, and other ingredients to imitate different types of meat. And then there are the usual delicious sauces, vegetarian dumplings, and so forth. ALL food, even street food, in Taiwan is the best!

You might also want to check out Thai food.
I agree the food in Taipei is great. Great range of regional Chinese cuisines and the best Japanese food outside of Japan. All very affordable too, especially considering it's a first world country now. I would also recommend a visit to Taipei if you have more time, a long with Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing to get a taste of the regional cuisines of Asia.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Striving for Avalon
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At this point in my life, I would say Hong Kong. Unfortunately, I was too sick with food poisoning in Kuala Lumpur to do much adventurous eating. This July, I will have a shot at Singapore and Bali (as well as Hong Kong again).

Things that I liked in HK:
~Emphasis on fresh ingredients and their intrinsic flavours balanced with delicate, careful herbs/spices. (I find Western food bland, but I am consequently not a fan of very spicy food such as dry spicy Hunan style cooking)
~If you wanted it, plenty of top quality Western cooking. I didn't see the point (personally) as I could eat Chinese breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of my life.
~Sushi. Holy mackarel! Or should I say holy toro! After being in Australia with crappy deep fried, mayonnaise monstrosities masquerading as sushi, more traditional stuff was a godsend NY sushi snob.
~food could be had for $1 - $1000 US.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Hanoi
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Can you say more about Shanghai? I had really bad luck with food when I was there - must have visited the wrong neighborhoods!

There was an infestation of franchise KFC's, McDonald's and the like, and it seemed like any decent authentic food cost a bundle!

~D
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:53 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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@Trimac20

Can you say more about Shanghai? I had really bad luck with food when I was there - must have visited the wrong neighborhoods!

There was an infestation of franchise KFC's, McDonald's and the like, and it seemed like any decent authentic food cost a bundle!

~D
I'm afraid I haven't been to Shanghai, but would like to go. The food in China was decent, but I prefer Taipei in general. Beijing represents northern Chinese cuisine, and the dumplings and steamed buns were nice and tasty. The food hygiene standards in Taipei are also a lot better.
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Old 05-19-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Hanoi
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Would love to eat my way through Taipei!
(saving my pennies...)
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