With a plethora of scrumptious dishes to choose from, it can certainly be overwhelming to narrow down the list of foods to get your hands on while going on a culinary tour in Asia. This is why, on this post, I’m sharing with you a list of the top 7 dishes, each come from a different country within the Asia Pacific region. Be sure to give them a try – your taste buds will thank you for it!
1. Vietnamese Dumplings
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In Vietnam, minced pork and mushroom stuffings are famous when it comes to dumplings (bánh bột lọc). They are easy to digest but hard to resist and once you’ve tried them, you’ll definitely be hankering for more! This dish is commonly found all throughout central Vietnam and both locals and foreigners alike often choose this dish as their ‘go-to’ appetizer or snack to be eaten throughout the day!
2. Indian Kachchi Biryani
Been wanting to find a dish that perfectly captures Indian cuisine’s vast and soulful flavors? We would recommend trying Indian Kachchi Biryani! The region of Hyderabad is known for the best biryani in India. So if you’re in India, you simply must stop by – taste a truly authentic version of this dish. You’ll definitely be asking for seconds!
3. Japanese Prawn Tempura
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Should you be an avid fan of Japanese cuisine, chances are, you’re already familiar with this dish. But did you know that tempura actually originated as a part of Portuguese cuisine?. This dish consists of a variety of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried. Our personal favorite is the prawn version. Crispy and crunchy, it leaves behind the perfect taste on your tongue! Its vibrant white & red hues also make it a feast for the eyes.
4. Cambodian Loc Lac
If you’re on the hunt for authentic versions of this dish, look no further than the streets of Cambodia. A filling yet healthy food, Loc Lac is made of fried cubed beef pieces cooked with red onions served with plenty veggies such cucumbers, lettuce, and tomatoes. Don’t forget to ask for some pepper sauce as it serves as the perfect condiment for this savory dish.
5. Thai Fish Curry
Looking for a dish that reflects Asia’s vibrant nightlife party vibes? We recommend for you to try one of Thai cuisine’s ‘crown jewels’ – the Fish Curry. Fresh fish is cooked in coconut milk as well as a variety of exotic spices – the results? A whole lot of deliciousness! Enjoy them with a side of white rice and it’ll sure keep you energized throughout the night!
6. Singaporean Laksa
This spicy noodle soup commonly found in Singapore is made of rice noodles or rice vermicelli along with fresh prawns, chicken, or fish. A variant of the dish called Katong Laksa also contains vermicelli cut into pieces and eaten with a spoon – not chopsticks.
7. Indonesian Mie Goreng
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Mie Goreng is Indonesia’s version of the fried noodles. Its predominant flavor is sweet because of the hearty use of sweet soy sauce. Other than fried egg noodles, it contains plenty of garlic, onion, veggies, tomatoes, and eggs – in addition with your preferred meat or seafood slices. It is famous for its unique blend of flavors so if you happen to be planning to visit Indonesian cities such as Jakarta or Bali, don’t miss out on sampling this delightful dish!
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