I’m a firm believer in snacking at street stalls when it comes to travelling in Asia. The more questionable the decor, the more delicious the food! Yum.
All kidding aside, a bit of research needs to be done before venturing off the beaten path, especially since food poisoning is a huge concern.
But if you ask around thoroughly and eat with caution — it’s worth it. Not only is the seafood fresher, you get to rub shoulders with the locals. I’ve had the honor be served by a 7-year old waiter and Manchester United fan — who swears to be the next David Beckham. I’ve been taught what parts of town to avoid and where to buy the cheapest beer. Most memorably, I’ve been introduced to the possibly best grilled stingray in the world.
It’s a cultural crash course. Perfect when you’re under a time crunch, refreshingly spacious when you’ve had enough battling it out with other tourists, cameras and backpacks.