During my recent round the world trip we had a chance to try all kinds of meals that foodies would appreciate. But we also made it a point to try out humble places - many which don’t take reservations, don’t take credit cards, and yet serve a wide range of freshly cooked and raw food.
And some of them are even getting recognized by foodies like Hawker Chan in Singapore which has qualified for a Michelin star. Singapore loves the hawker concept and has several collections where you can get everything from fish and chips to a shrink wrapped slice of papaya to a ready to drink and eat baby coconut.
We hit a gem in Abu Dhabi called Lebanese Mill. Lines form for this place where you can get traditional mezze – hummus, falafel etc, and a decent roast chicken.
Mumbai is dotted with small cafes like Prabhakar Tea House. They serve udipi snacks like dosai and idli and a soft drink or a cup of sweet, milky tea for about 50c. Funnily if you ask for bag of tea and hot water to brew your own cup, the price triples
In Hong Kong we ran into places like Amy’s Kitchen. You could drive by it hundred times and not notice - in picture below it is behind the silver van. Given the name, we expected a menu in English but had to point to pictures on the menu. The shrimp curry turned out halfway decent!
As they say eat where the locals do. Not sure I could advise though that you drink what they drink