We’ve all been there.
It’s a day until pay day (but it feels like a thousand years), you’re trying to save favours from the parental units for a real disaster, and your stomach is making more screechy grumbly noises than Chewbacca.
I’ve been there nearly three years now. I know my cheap good food. Read on for my top 5 mini-poor-student-meals on a budget of 35 cents to $10!
5. Tea-Leaf Egg
Everybody should try these things once in their life. It’s basically an egg, that’s been cracked and boiled in tea leaves. Salty, delicious and surprisingly energy-giving. A definite must for when you’re burnt out from the final weeks of semester.
4. Soft serve and salty fries
Price: Small McDonalds Fries- $1.00 + Soft-Serve Cone- $0.35
Total Price: $1.35
Dude, no. I hear the unenlightened amongst you groan. And you’re right- by all laws of science and man this should be a disgusting combination. But it isn’t. When you dip that first super salty hot fry into that deliciously sweet and cold ice-cream- you will understand. If this isn’t the food of the student gods then I don’t know what is.
Cheapskate Tip: Anything on the McDonalds spare change menu is pretty damn value for money. But make sure to order extra pickles- they cost nothing and they make it a little more delicious.
3. Vietnamese Pork Roll
Oh my god, I don’t know how I survived without these until this bakery opened. Vastly superior to your average Subway mush, the Vietnamese pork roll is pork served on crusty white bread, slathered with some sort of super butter (I don’t even like butter usually but this stuff- damn), stuffed with carrots and coriander.
Cheapskate Tip: Only ask for loads of chili if you have a mouth of steel. I learnt that the hard way.
2. Subway Triple Cookie Deal
I’m pretty sure everybody in the world has (or should have) tried these by now. The chocolate macadamia cookies are literally the most satisfying form sugar can take. Melt in your mouth dough at affordable costs. Give your assignments a nice sugar veneer of energy.
1. Govinda’s ‘Feast’ Meal
Brisbane is divided into two sorts of people: the ones who love Govinda’s, and the ones who haven’t been there yet. For a measly ten dollars you get all you can eat of the most delicious (and disturbingly healthy) Hare Krishna cuisine available in our fine city. The standard menu comes with curry, rice, vegetables, kofta balls, desert and a drink.
I know it all looks kid of weird and gross- but oh my god. It is so good. Trust me. And the endless refills don’t hurt either. If you’re really starving- this is your place.
Do you know any sweet cheap eats out and about? Do you have a special snackalage you’ve concocted yourself? Hit me with a comment- I always want to know more about my eating opportunities!