Here's What $1 Buys In Food In 27 Countries

Here’s What $1 Buys In Food In 27 Countries

An entire bottle of wine in Hungary for just $1…I’m moving there ASAP.

We asked the Community to tell us what foods they can buy in their country for one American dollar, and the responses were too good to not share. Here are the mouth-watering results.


India — a three-course meal, like pav bhaji (a vegetable curry with bread)

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“In India, one US dollar is over 75 rupees. You can get a legit three-course meal for that money from street vendors.” —melqncholicvegetable

“You can get two whole meals at a dhaba (roadside eatery) for $1.” —suek1983


Australia — a Frozen Coke from McDonald’s

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“In Australia, $1 will get you a large Frozen Coke from Maccas (McDonald’s) or Hungry Jacks. If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a Coca-Cola slushie. You can also get two soft-serve cones at Maccas for $1.”



Hungary — a whole bottle of wine

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“In my hometown in Hungary, you can buy an entire bottle of wine for one American dollar.”

—Anna Csépányi, Facebook


Netherlands — a stroopwafel

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“In the Netherlands, we call it a ‘markt stroopwafel’ or ‘super stroopwafel.’ They’re two waffle circles sandwiched together with a caramel filling, and you can only get them fresh at our outdoor markets on different weekdays in different cities.”



Vietnam — a bánh mì and an iced coffee

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“The baguette is soft, and it’s filled with savory foods like pork and veggies. You can add an iced coffee and still come in under $1.” —a46299

“You can also get a bowl of phở for just one US dollar too!” —brookew16


Canada — four or five Timbits from Tim Horton’s

“I’m in Winnipeg, and you can get four Timbits (they’re like Dunkin’s Munchkin donut holes) for $1, but in other parts of Canada, I think you can get five.” —wk171d


Italy — a supplì

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“In Italy, you can get one supplì, which is basically a fried ball of rice, tomato sauce, and cheese. They’re heavenly.”



Mexico — elote preparado from a street vendor

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“For $1, you can get an elote preparado (street-prepared corn) here in Mexico — at least that’s the standard price in Campeche. It’s basically corn on a stick with cheese and spices. It’s so good.”



Pakistan — two or three shawarmas from a street vendor

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“In Pakistan, you can get a whole meal for less than $1. A shawarma usually costs anywhere from 30 cents to 80 cents, or you can get a plate of rice with meat, lentils, yogurt, and cutlets, all for under $1 as well. Depending on where you buy from, you can get a lot for less than $1.”



Turkey — five Turkish bagels (simit) and a Turkish tea

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“You can get five Turkish bagels (typically encrusted with sesame seeds) and a cup of Turkish tea for a dollar in Turkey, and it’ll be more than worth it.”



China — a qīngtuán


“These are about 70 cents in Shanghai. They’re a type of dumpling made with glutinous rice and red bean paste.”



Also in China — two or three baozi (or bao), depending on the fillings


France — a giant baguette


Chile — one completo Italiano (a Chilean-Italian-style hot dog)

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“They’re topped with things like diced tomatoes, mashed avocado, mayonnaise, and sauerkraut.”



Poland — one shot of vodka at the bar

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“In Warsaw, Poland, you can get a shot of vodka in a shot bar, a half-liter of beer, one liter of gasoline, six cigarettes (not packs, just six single cigarettes), five kilograms of potatoes, 2.5 kilograms of apples, or one chocolate bar for one American dollar.”



Indonesia — a portion of chicken porridge and chicken heart satay

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“In Indonesia, you can get one portion of chicken porridge and maybe one piece of egg or chicken heart satay to go with it if you’re lucky!”



Sweden — a kanelbullar (Swedish cinnamon bun)

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“I get these in Stockholm for $1!”



Colombia — three empanadas

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Argentina — alfajores

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“In Argentina, you can buy an alfajor — a cookie sandwich of sorts with dulce de leche filling — for less than one dollar.”



Honduras — 11 bananas

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Also in Honduras — a baleada

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“This is a baleada, a flour tortilla filled with things like refried beans, white cheese or sour cream, occasionally avocado, and usually scrambled eggs. Add hot sauce for perfection.”



Malta — one pastizz (a savory pastry)

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“You can get pastizzi on the street for one American dollar each. My favorite is filled with ricotta and peas.”



Cairo — a falafel or shawarma pita

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Malaysia — two servings of nasi lemak

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“It’s a rice dish that’s usually served with meat, anchovies, peanuts, and a boiled egg, and it’s so good.”



England — a sausage roll from Greggs

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“A flaky, greasy, soggy, semi-hot, crispy sausage roll from Greggs will cost about $1 in the UK. It’s the perfect meal or snack, and they have a vegan option available as well.”



Norway — one package of instant ramen

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—Margrethe Alvilde Antonsen, Facebook


United States — one slice of plain pizza

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“In New York City, we still have dollar-slice pizza. Toppings cost extra though. The other famous food item for just one dollar is a bottle of Arizona iced tea.”