A roast chicken USD10, average live lobster USD50, airport taxi USD30: The huge Chinese “spend” in South-East Asia is causing a rapid inflation of prices.
Expect enormous inflationary pressure to soon weigh on the smaller economies as locals struggle to cope with rocketing property/food/transport costs.
It’ll be much worst if tourism turns away from “once cheap” Asia…
Clarification: roast chooks in SE Asia haven’t yet undergone the Ingham/Steggles “miniaturisation” program and are a decent size, and come with claws and head cooked and intact – woo hoo, a bonus locals love!
The only surly woman I’ve met in Cambodia serves me: fried rice with beef balls (AKA slices of a small beef sausage) and three big, sour pickles – two on the plate and one serving it. Add the soy sauce and stir in some hot chilli seeds and it’s a delicious lunch for USD3. 🤠
Chewy beef and tender noodles are merely supporting cast; the star is the sauce, lightly laced with chilli spice and fortified with Cambodia’s renowned hot Kampot pepper. $US6.25 small (I’ve been overeating) at Phnom Penh’s TiNAT Restaurant (a “premium economy” eatery)
Chicken tikka masala: like all food in Cambodia, this ubiquitous Indian (or originally Scottish??) curry-yoghurt dish is simple and delicious. With a crunchy salad – and all that naan bread. I scoffed the lot, hehe. US$4 lunch special, Cyclo Hotel, Phnom Penh.
These guys have come a long way just to sit in a mini-mart fridge in Cambodia. So I try the “Chicken Spicy” number and it’s OK. $US3 a bit pricy tho – and the parlous US-AUD exchange rate’s hard to swallow. Wholegrain bread is a treat here. Now, for a big $US1.50 noodle soup …
Bangkok, Siem Reap, Hoi An, Lombok, Hikkaduwa, Hong Kong, KL, East St Kilda … anywhere, anytime. Even Australia’s sorry “seafood extender” substitute seems at home with prawns and crunchy vegies in the spicy hot-and-sour Thai consomme.
The pastry is a good, solid base, with a thin, flaky, spicy top. The curiously colored insides could well have sprung from the pages of a Mary Shelley novel. Only $5 at 7Eleven and, like skydiving, sub aqua coitus and raw scallops in Fiji, it is an experience best had only once in a lifetime…