Cheap eats #19 | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Cheap eats #19

Splendour may have been splendorous, but between the tickets, the petrol, the booze and of course, the perfect festival outfits, you’ve spent an entire fortnight’s pay on 4 days of fun. Totally worth it – until you’re left looking longingly at your co-workers lunch container of leftover lasagna on Tuesday while you subsist on the free instant coffee in the staff kitchen. Never fear, we’ve got a few places where you can get a cheap lunch that will keep you going until dinner and even leave you change for Mi Goreng. District 1 | Fortitude Valley The newest kid on the Valley block is a cosy Vietnamese spot that’s small on size, but big on taste and value. Hit District 1 and feast on South East Asian street food for as little as $5 a pop. You can chow down on chicken and avocado rice paper rolls for $7.50, crispy pork and prawn spring rolls for $5 with a side of sweet potato fries for another $5, and then there’s the noodles. The roast duck soup with egg noodles is so good you’ll eating it in your dreams. And before you go imagining a fight to the death over a bowl of pho, District 1 is not a Hunger Games reference; it’s the central area of Ho Chi Minh City.   With so many cheap eats to be had, you might just have enough dosh for a summer festival season by the time December rolls round! Words by Taylare Maddern