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May 14, 2009 05:12 PM

First time in Tokyo/Hong Kong/Beijing/Macau/Xi'an--Excited and Overwhelmed


My partner and I are planning a 35 day excursion to asia. Our plans are as follows: Beijing & Xi'an for 7 days, Hong Kong and Macau for 6 days, Singapore, Melaka and KL for 8 days, Tokyo/Kyoto and near by for 9 days. We are both students, but big foodies. And would love to try the local foods. We have a friend showing us around Singapore and Malaysia but are on our own for the rest of the trip. It's our first time there and none of us speak any of the languages.

We would love to hear any recommendations that you have. Money is an issue but a couple of nice dinners in each place would be doable. Except Japan where I guess 350 US a head might happen--we can't afford that.

A couple of expensive meals that totaled 100-120 a person would be doable. We aren't drinkers so we will save money on that.

We would really like to try local foods, hole the walls, and just anything good. We have been looking on all the boards and have gathered a lot of information but it is quite overwhelming. Also for many people on chowhound price is not an issue. We would love for that to be the case for us, but we are unfortunately constrained.

Any help you could offer would be wonderful!

We are traveling from June 3rd-July 6th.

Also--I am posting this in the Japan board as well. Hope that is alright.

Thanks a million in advance!

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  1. Japan has plenty of delicious, amazing foods at reasonable prices, don't worry! I'm not best qualified to give you specific recommendations for Tokyo and Kyoto as I live in Nagoya, but I'm sure someone will be along soon. Or you may want to check the Japan board for ramen or izakaya (Japanese pub & grub) threads, there have been many discussions.

    Have a great trip!