A question that I asked quite often while traveling abroad was “where do I find local food?” I was surprised to see McDonalds, Burger King and Denny’s in many countries. They were always packed and most stayed open 24 hours daily. Before leaving home I decided that I would experience as much of each country’s culture including food as possible. In the Philippines, I asked the locals at the small hotel in which I stayed where I could get good local food, they took me to street vendors! Those street vendors had some of the best grilled chicken I have ever eaten! It was perfectly seasoned, moist and cheap, 150Pesos for an entire chicken!
During my travels, I discovered that staying in hostels, homestays, housesitting or Airbnb provided many opportunities to interact with the locals. In Kuala Lumpur each morning when I would go out, I’d see locals going down an alley. This was a puzzle to me and I wondered where they were going. So, I assumed they were going to work! I was staying at Back Home Backpackers and asked one of the staff “where can I go to get good local food,” she said, “I will take you tomorrow.”