Bakso man

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  • One of the things I’ve enjoyed in Asia is the street food. I haven’t always eaten what’s on offer, but just seeing the ways food is served on the streets has been fun. Best of all, street food is often ridiculously cheap. In my experience the average street food meal costs around £2 to £3, that less than US$5 for a meal that often surprised me by how good it was.

    While it’s fair to say that I’m no ‘foodie’ I think it would be hard to be beat Thailand’s street food. However, across Asia at seemingly all hours of the day and night people sell drinks, snacks, and full meals from stalls, wagons, carts, bicycles, motorbikes, vans, and anything else you can think of.

    Today’s picture features a friendly man who is selling Bakso on a street in Bali. Like so many similar street food vendors across Indonesia, he was pushing his little cart down the road and ringing a bell to announce his presence.

    Bakso is an Indonesian meatball made from beef, chicken or fish. It’s served in a bowl of broth with bihun noodles, vegetables, and other options such as tofu, egg, bean sprouts, and crisp wonton. It’s sprinkled with fried shallots and celery and in my experience tastes slightly different from vendor to vendor.

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      • You know what, I don’t want to speak too soon, but I’ve travelled a lot in Asia and eaten from some pretty dodgy looking places but as yet I haven’t had even a bit of trouble in the tummy department.

        The only place I had food poisening from was a the Nudel Bar at 76 Bourke Street in Melbourne. Place seemed fine, food was ok, sickness was terrible!

    1. the general rule is only eat steaming hot food (as steam kills bugs)
      not fresh / washed / cooled food

      Western branded packet food / drinks is safe too
      eg Coca-Cola / Perrier (make sure you are the one opening the bottle)
      Kellogg’s Cornflakes
      Heinz anything

    2. That bakso sounds great, I’d never even heard of it before but then there alot I’ve learnt about the world from your travels… You might have to become a foodie to appease your ever increasing range of cuisine your palate is becoming accustomed to!?!

    3. yeah for sure I can tell this too from Simon!
      besides bread and butter pudding, he cannot remember what he just had for lunch!!! The good thing is that he likes everything, which is great!!! 🙂

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