That Time I Remembered My Best Backpacking Meals

It goes without saying, but one of the best things about being on the road is the variety of dishes you’ll get to try and new places you’ll eat in…

And I managed to eat some ridiculously tasty munch during my 2012 travels! So much so that I managed to reel off a whole load of examples during a travel themed conversation with some friends the other night.

So naturally, the next step was to jot those down and list them as a blog post for you guys!

From Asian delights to Italian cuisine and Mediterranean mezzes, I ran a pretty good gamut of food, and here’s some of the best places and dishes I’d recommend:

Chicken Teriyaki – Red Garden Food Court, Penang, Malaysia

Perfect pieces of chicken!

Perfect pieces of chicken!

The Red Garden Food Court has a well-earned reputation for a wide range of ridiculously tasty Asian dishes from masses of hawker stalls, standing out even amongst the multitude of competition in the “food paradise” that is Penang. Having eaten plenty of Chinese and Thai dishes already, I decided to go Japanese during our evening at Red Garden. It was a superb choice…

Two huge Chicken Teriyaki skewers were delivered to me, along with a generous portion of noodles too. The chicken was cooked to absolute perfection and glazed in a mildly spicy sauce, and accompanied by green peppers and leeks on the skewers. It was one of those dishes you just didn’t want to end. That’s probably why I crammed in a waffle and ice cream too!

Price: 12RM (App £2.40)
Address: Lebuh Leith, Chinatown, Georgetown, Penang

Lasagne –  Life, Rome, Italy

I'm sure you all know what a Lasagne looks like! (Image Credit: Ristorante Life)

I’m sure you all know what a Lasagne looks like! (Image Credit: Ristorante Life)

So good we went there twice! We were actually avoiding eating out at first in Rome, due to how pricey the city was. But when we decided to splash out we were glad we found this place.

Located just off of Rome’s Via del Corso, Life is a quaint little eatery with a pleasant outside terrace. And they make the BEST Lasagne you could possibly hope to try! It’s not the biggest portion, but the perfect texture and incredibly rich tastes make it pretty damn memorable. And for under €10 it’s a good price by Rome standards!

Price: €9 (App £7.50)
Address: Via della Vite 00187, Rome, Italy

Soong Kee Beef Ball Noodles, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Food 3 - KL

Beef ball brilliance! (Image Credit: TimeOut KL)

The one I’ve already written an article about!

Soong Kee is an institution in Kuala Lumpur. Known city wide for the quality of their beef ball noodles, they’ve been churning out this dish for coming up to 70 years now! There’s nothing flash about it, but you’ll get an awesomely generous helping of minced pork topped noodles, accompanied by tender and tasty beef balls in broth.

And the cherry on top of it all? The price – a measly 5RM! Enjoy!

Price: 5RM (App £1)
Address: 86 Jalan Tun H.S.Lee, 56000, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Diavola Pizza – Scoozi, Bangkok, Thailand

The taste of... Thailand?! (Image Credit: )

The taste of… Thailand?! (Image Credit:

But you don’t go to Thailand for pizza?!

Well you do when it’s this good!

Having needed our first western food fix towards the end of our time in Bangkok, we decided to check out Scoozi in Silom, thanks to Lonely Planet’s recommendation. And in this instance they were definitely trustworthy!

Me and Chelcie shared a half-and-half pizza which was baked to absolute perfection. Stone baked the way it should be, you’ll have to travel far and wide – even in Italy – to find a pizza made better than Scoozi’s. Obviously you can – and normally will – eat loads cheaper than this in Bangkok, but we all need to indulge at times!

Price: 330 Baht (App £6.50)
Address: 174/3-4 Surawong Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand

Menu del Dia – La Taberna Marmita, Madrid, Spain

Tangy but refreshing! (Image Credit: We Heart Food)

Tangy but refreshing! (Image Credit: We Heart Food)

Just when I thought the Menu del Dia was dying a death, we found this little gem right in the heart of Madrid.

A tiny Spanish taverna, La Marmita offer an awesome Menu del Dia all day long, consisting of starter, main, dessert and drink for under €10. It was particularly impressive to be able to find an offer like this at nearly 9pm, and we took advantage.

We both plumped for Gazpacho to start with. Although the oily texture wasn’t to Chelcie’s liking, I knew what to expect and found it both tangy and refreshing. The main of Pollo al Ajillo (garlic chicken) used some great quality chicken – No offcuts despite the cheap price! And you can’t go wrong with ice cream for dessert.

Oh yeah, and they also throw in a tapa of olives if they’re your thing! Get off the Metro at Sol and search it out.

Price: €9.95 (App £8)
Address: Calle del Principe, 4, 28012 Madrid, Spain

And to finish off, how could I forget the backpacking classic…

Pad Thai – Thailand

What's your type...? (Image Credit: Where the Hell Am I - WordPress)

What’s your type…? (Image Credit: Where the Hell Am I – WordPress)

If you’ve been to Thailand – or in fact probably anywhere in the South East Asia region – then you’ve had Pad Thai. Mega cheap and mega cheerful, it’s hard to find a bad word to say about it really. Noodles, veggies, meat and spices (or not, if you prefer) – How can you go wrong?!

For what it’s worth I prefer it with the wider noodles and with chicken. Add plenty of chilli flakes and pepper, and squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top. Mmm-mm!

Price: 30-60 Baht (£0.60 – 1.20)

What were the best dishes you’ve had while on the road? And where were they?


8 responses to “That Time I Remembered My Best Backpacking Meals

  1. Yum yum! I usually don’t indulge much in food when I travel so as to save money. Hopefully I wont be as poor next time I travel lol.

    • I tend to keep it cheap too if I can use a kitchen where I’m staying! But it’s always good to treat yourself too! 🙂

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