$5 Worth of Food Around the World Slideshow
February 28, 2014
We took a look at what $5 fetches in different cities around the world — the results might surprise you
The most expensive city in the world, London is not a place to go for a good deal. However, one place to genuinely get a bite for $5 is Dosa n Chutney, an Indian takeaway place that will sell you a ghee Masala Dosa for £3.50 (about $5.84) or a Curd Rice for £2.95 (just about $5).[related]
We checked with regular The Daily Meal contributor Abbey Kos, who recently visited Tallinn, for her favorite $5 recommendations. “At the town square you can get some nice elk soup for 3 euro,” she noted. Elk… soup? Well... we might try it.
Not known as a rule for being inexpensive in the least, there are still some thrifty options to be had here: tiny crêperies dot the city, and while high-end crêpes involving scallops might get pricy, a basic one will run you no more than $5.
A bottle of €2 wine and a kebab from a street vendor, drunk and nibbled on the quai de la Seine (the walking path that follows the river), also makes for a romantic — albeit maybe a little intoxicating — $5 meal
$5 Nizhnyi Novgorod, Russia
To navigate what $5 will buy you in the third largest city in Russia, we asked Nizhnyi Novgorod native, travel writer, and Women's Travel Fest organizer Masha Vapnitchnaia what some of the most remarkable $5 items are in her hometown. Apparently, it’s pretty remarkable — “$5 can purchase 5 tins of imitation black caviar with crème fraîche spread at Real Supermarket,” she noted, causing us to envision the best lunch imaginable.
$5 New York, United States
While the city has no shortage of establishments at which you can spend a month's salary on a dinner, there are some surprisingly inexpensive options in Gotham. At Prosperity Dumpling in the Lower East Side, for instance, one order of dumplings will cost you $1 — and you can take home 125 frozen ones for $24. For $3.50, try one of the best tacos on the east coast at Taco Mix in East Harlem.
Shiv Sagar is famous for its pav bhaji — a delicious, tomato-based dish of fresh vegetables, served with warm bread. Tibbs Frankie radically revises the notion of fast food: delicious and cheap, and certainly within the $5 budget. The kebabs on Mohammed Ali Road are famous, and reportedly are flavored with papaya. And at 78 rupees (about $1.26) for four kebabs, the price is definitely stellar.
$5 Jerusalem, Israel
We spoke with poet Jacob Newberry, who recently spent a year in Israel on a Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, to see what $5 can get the hungry traveler in Israel. “You can get a good falafel anywhere in the Old City for about 10 shekels ($2). There are a million of those places also in west Jerusalem,” he told us.
At Sidra, a Lebanese restaurant on Diyafah Street, you can score a fresh tabbouleh, a plate of hummus, babba ganoush, a sujuk (spicy sausage) sandwich, or a traditional saj labneh — a traditional, paper-thin Lebanese bread covered in a rich, mild cheese (the Lebanese equivalent to a bagel with cream cheese) for a scant $3.81.
$5 Buenos Aires
If you’re dining with a group, options like Las Cabras are great: for a mixed-grill dish brimming with chorizo, expect to pay 79 Argentine pesos — about $10 — which is more than enough for at least two people.