It’s amazing how much the price of food varies in different parts of the world. In some countries, we ate like kings and queens quite inexpensively. However, in other areas we needed to share a meal or visit the grocery store because it was so expensive. Here is a run down of the expenses you can expect to incur while eating out abroad.
We had a smorgasbord of culinary delights including sweet & sour pork, fried rice, sauteed vegetables, spicy beef, and soft drinks. All of this food cost approximately $7 per person.
We enjoyed three course meals (appetizer, entree, dessert) and non-alcoholic beverages for less than $10 USD per person. This included an appetizer of lumpia (Indonesian spring roll), Nasi Goreng (Indonesian noodle dish), and fried banana for dessert.
Similar to Bali, we ate three course meals (appetizer, entree, dessert) and non-alcoholic beverages for less than $10 USD per person. This included an appetizer of chicken satay, chicken ginger/basil, and banana pancake for dessert.
Food in Tahiti is more expensive– this is because Tahiti imports a lot of its food. A hamburger with french fries cost $10 and a cheese pizza cost anywhere from $15-20 USD. Here, we visited a local grocery store and stocked up on fruit (oranges for $2 USD per pound), baguettes (50 American cents), cheese ($3 USD), and Nutella ($3 USD).
Here, we enjoyed empanadas (bread stuffed with meat, cheese, or vegetables) for $1-2 USD. We filled up easily on one or two of these tasty pastries.
Beef is king in Argentina; however, it comes at a price. Depending on your cut of beef, on the low end it costs about $15. We shared one steak, french fries, and a salad for about $30 USD.
For a traditional Brazilian meal (Feijoada) of rice, black beans and smoked meats, it cost about $20 USD.
As we travel to parts of Africa and Europe, we will continue to keep you informed on the difference in cost of food.