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Are you a food snob, always seeking out the most extravagant and expensive dishes? Or do you appreciate the simple pleasures of affordable, yet satisfying meals? While being wealthy may grant you access to any cuisine, sometimes it’s the inexpensive staples that hold a special place in our hearts and stomachs, regardless of our financial status.
In a viral post on a popular forum, people from all walks of life have shared their favorite “poor people food” that they would still enjoy even if money was no object.
One user jumped in straight away with “smashta noodles”. Explaining what they are, the user said: “It’s basically just fried rice with bacon or sausage in it. We also had to eat a lot of ramen so my mom would mix it up by frying it, putting a hard-boiled egg on top, and calling it a bird nest.”
Breakfast fried rice
Following on with the theme of breakfast dishes, one Redditor was particularly vocal about Breakfast fried rice, saying that “nobody is too good for it.”
Another rogue shout came from someone who suggested “cinnamon toast.” Explaining this crazy concoction, they said:
“Mix cinnamon and sugar in a bowl and then pour it on top of some buttered toast and then devour it.”
Rice and beans
One reader said: “Rice and beans. So many ways to make it, delicious and nutritious”, while another labeled it their “go-to meal”.
Bread and butter
One user suggested bread and butter, saying: “I used to get a loaf of rye, a stick of butter, and a 2-liter of Coke and proceed to go through about of it all staying up late at night watching TV.”
Tomato soup and grilled cheese
One person commented: “If I’m not mistaken, tomato soup and grilled cheese is what Gordon Ramsay considers to be his favorite meal.”
Meanwhile, another user said:
“I went to a wedding where this was the meal. It was great! Fit the couple perfectly. Held in her tiny hometown in Montana.”
Mac and cheese
This was a particularly popular choice, with one Redditor saying:
“No, but seriously, Mac and Cheese with Dijon mustard is really good.”
Toast and butter
Raising the earlier suggestion of bread and butter, one user went one step further by saying:
“Toast with just butter lol and please don’t hate it if you’ve never tried it, it’s really good!”
Another user replied, saying: “It’s surprising you felt a need to defend buttered toast. No one I’ve known would think twice about it.”
Shin Ramen noodles
One user said: “May I suggest Shin ramen noodles, especially the black version. If you like spicy foods, they are game-changing.”
Grilled cheese sandwiches
One person said: “Grilled cheese sandwiches. It must be made with the cheap grocery store white bread and American cheese. I’ve had many “fancy” grilled cheeses in my life with artisan breads and exotic sounding cheeses… but none have ever hit quite the same.”
Another user commented: “I absolutely love canned tuna. I eat it right out of the can. I find it so delicious and flavorful. I have plenty of disposable income and could probably buy actual bluefin tuna filets but I just love canned tuna.”
A simple but popular choice with one Redditor saying: “I love potatoes because they are so versatile. You can boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew…”
Tortilla and butter
One user suggested: “Butter on a flour tortilla warmed up, my brother put me on it.”
Spam n eggs
One reader’s suggestion of spam n eggs was so popular that another person replied saying: “Keep talking dirty to me!! Love it!” Source: Reddit
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