How to Get the Cheapest Way to Eat in Japan

As a general rule, if you want to eat cheap, then don’t eat at a restaurant. In Japan, one of the cheapest and easiest ways to eat is to go to the conbini—a short for convenience store—which can be found in every corner of a metropolitan city. And don’t worry, conbinis are still numerous in the outskirts of the city. But a pro at minimizing expenses while in Japan knows to avoid conbini altogether—and go straight to the supermarket.

Supermarket held discount near the closing time everyday. So make sure to take advantage of this! Depending on how much you eat or how much you dietary need intakes, you can budget each meal for as little as 300 Yen in total. Budgeting 500 JPY for each meal would already set you off comfortably. The key is to plan! Here are some of the most convenient food in Japan supermarket that would fill you nicely throughout your trip.

Toasts are priced between 100 JPY to 400 JPY. The prices of course, depends on how many slices inside one pack, the ingredients, as well as the brand. Toasts from Life Supermarket costs just a little over 100 JPY. With a toaster or an oven in the kitchen of the place you’re staying in, a breakfast is taken care of!

Bento, bento, bento. What more should I say? It’s the easiest meal you can enjoy and also super affordable. Wide varieties, very filling, and often beautifully arranged. Just make sure to come during the closing hours of supermarket if you want to find the best deals!

Cheapest way to eat in Japan: eat Bento

Fruits in general are often rather expensive. However, cavendish bananas are generally affordable. And they can be found rather easily. One pack often consists of three bananas. They cost around 200 – 300 JPY. This option is nutritious, delicious, and affordable. They’re a staple in my everyday diet.

Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki—frozen! You can enjoy these delicacies without having to make them from scratch! They only cost approximately 200 JPY more or less. Just one pack of okonomiyaki is already quite filling! They can be eaten at any time of day. You can buy several packs and store them in the fridge. Eating okonomiyaki or takoyaki together along with slices of apples is one of my favorite ways to begin the day.

Ready to eat Hamburg steak. Ahh, the ever-versatile hambaagu. Put them on top of your rice bowl or eat them with your bread; whichever you choose, this meal is one of the easiest to make, the most filling, AND dirt cheap. All you have to do is heat it up. It already has seasonings that seeped to the insides of the steak. One pack of three is priced around 300 JPY. Prices depend on the brands as well, but generally, that’s how much you can expect to pay.

Cooking is the way to go! You’re already planning on saving on food expenses in Tokyo—chances are, you’re already prepared or even had a solid plan on saving for accommodations as well. Make sure to book accommodations with a kitchen facility. It’s fairly easy to find kitchens in rental homes or rental apartments such as airbnb. Whether it’s a private kitchen or a shared one, both work well. You don’t have to worry about having to queue to use the kitchen.

Foods You Should Try While Travelling in Mexico

Mexico is not only famous for its soap opera but also the authentic foods the Mexican have. However, the foods that you should try while travelling in Mexico is not the ones that are on fancy restaurant’s menu but the street foods.

Foods You Should Try While Travelling in Mexico

Mexican is one of the best countries with the best street foods. There are different specialties of street foods you can try according to the region you visit. The best way to enjoy the street food is to visit the place of origin. However, most famous street foods are already available to try especially in the main city.

Foods worth to try while you are in Mexico?

Well, basically there are many street foods you can try while travelling in Mexico. It is hard to list and narrow them down since most of them are also already popular. However, here are six of the best street foods in Mexico you should really try:

  1. Torta is similar to sandwich that is made of crusty bun, bolillo. It consists of various choices of fillings such as meat, tomato slices, jalapenos, avocado, and not to mention bean paste or mayonnaise to complement the taste. Actually, there are different variations of torta you can try made of different types of fillings and breads.
  2. Taco is certainly Mexican street food you should not forget to try when you visit Mexico. General Mexican tacos are usually filled with meat, and even some people like to add various parts of animal such as eyes, brains, or tongue. The locals love them but you don’t have to choose them if you’re unsure. There are various tacos you can try even vegetarian tacos are available.
  3. Quesadilla is also already famous as one of the best Mexican street foods. It is kind of a folded corn or wheat tortilla filled with melted cheese. The tortilla is either deep fried or grilled so you can choose what you like. The cheese is also varied that you can choose your favorite one. Guacomale, salsa or bean paste is often added to quesadilla.
  4. Churros are popular Mexican food that has been loved globally. However, you still need to try it from the original place when you visit Mexico. Churro is deep fried sweet dough sprinkled with sugar. If you have sweet tooth, this is the best treat to try. Not to mention that the best churros are the fresh ones.
  5. Elotes are corn based Mexican street food. They are corn cobs covered in queso fresco, mayonnaise, chili powder, as well as lime juice. They are usually served on wooden stick. Some of them are also often added with some herbs.
  6. Sope is also corn based Mexican street food that worth to try. They come in corn disk similar to tortilla but are usually thicker. The toppings are cheese, beans, cheese, salsa and other optional ingredients. While enjoying various street foods, make sure that your diet still balance to keep you healthy so you can still keep up with your travel plan.