Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

13/6/2022| 22:53

The best food in Asia is some of the best food in the world. Discover the top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia for business or pleasure for the first time.

As usual, some of the most memorable moments when traveling is discovering the local foods; provincialists are particularly proud of their world-famous food for good reason. And at the hands of local culinary masters, ordinary ingredients turn into culinary works of art. Here are10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia.

1. Pad Thai from Thailand

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

Perhaps the most well-known food from Southeast Asia, Thailand's famouspad thaiis enjoyed around the world. A delicious plate ofpad thaican be enjoyed for less than a dollar in Thailand.

Flat rice noodles are stir-fried with egg, spices, and meat or shrimp to create a dish full of flavor. Bean sprouts and optional ground peanuts give a crunchy texture to the noodles; lime juice adds a citrus zest. Recipes vary, but tamarind paste and fish sauce blend to create a slightly sweet, salty, and spicy flavor – an addictive combination!

2. Pho from Vietnam

 Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Pho is one of the most famous traditional dishes in Vietnam. The broth is prepared in advance from bones and meat. Rice noodles are then added along with onions and your choice of meat. A light-but-complex flavor is created by seasoning the soup with cilantro, onion, ginger, and cinnamon.

Phois traditionally served with a plate of basil leaves, chili peppers, bean sprouts, green onions, and lime wedges; customers season the broth to their own liking.

3. Nasi Goreng from Indonesia

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Cheap and delicious,nasi gorengis enjoyed by locals and travelers alike throughout Indonesia's 19,000 islands.

There are as many variations on nasi goreng but some of the most common ingredients are shallots, egg, chives and shredded meat.

Their only commonality is the main ingredient, firm rice cooked the night before. As rice is a staple food in Indonesia, leftover rice is a given at the end of the day; Indonesians use any such leftovers to make nasi goreng the next day.

Spices such as garlic, chili, and coriander lend the famous dish an Indian influence. A fried egg and crispy shrimp cracker add a little extra excitement to the meal.

4. Nasi Kandar from Malaysia

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 The dish takes its name from its history as a street food: back in British colonial days, street hawkers would dispensenasi kandarfrom baskets suspended on a yoke resting on their backs.Nasiis Malay for rice;kandaris the local name for a pole or yoke.

Nasi kandarenjoys a popularity that defies its simplicity: rice topped with meat or vegetables, then slathered with curry.

5. Mohinga from Myanmar

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Mohinga is a rice noodle dish with a broth made from catfish stock and a selection of Myanma spices – among them coriander, lime and lemongrass. After a topping-off of crispy fritters and hard-boiled eggs, mohinga is served piping hot. You can eat it any way you like, except that you can never eat it using chopsticks – locals eat it with a fork and spoon.

6. Laksa from Malaysia

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Laksa has a fanatical following in both Malaysia and Singapore. While the thick noodle soup has evolved from region to region, two primary adaptations stand out:asam laksaandcurry laksa.

Curry laksauses sweet coconut milk as a base whileasam laksa –the default in Penang – is made from sour tamarind paste. Both are rich, thick, and filling; the texture is slightly gritty. Lime juice offsets the somewhat fishy taste, while lemongrass and other spices season the soup to perfection.

7, Laap from Laos and Thailand

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Laapis the staple dish of Laos and parts of Northern Thailand, whose culture overlaps with those of the Lao. Simple but delicious, laap is made of roughly chopped meat blended with sticky rice and fish sauce.

Like many Southeast Asian staple foods,laaplends itself to infinite variation: it can be made from chicken, fish, beef, pork, or even duck. Optional lime helps to offset the fish sauce; chili and mint add a zest to the chunky dish.

Laapis traditionally served at room temperature and is eaten with the hands any time of day.

8. Char Kway Teow from Malaysia

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 Char kway teow is a common dish that can be found easily at a Singapore Chinatown food house or at Kedai Kopi Sin Guat Keong at Lebuh.

This amazing dish includes: flat rice noodles, briskly stir-fried with cockles, prawns, Chinese sausage, chives, egg and bean sprouts in a dark soy sauce. Every dish ofchar kway teowcomes with an abundance ofumamiand a variety of textures.

Char kway teow fans look for a smoky flavour, which comes from the noodles' being stir-fried over high heat in a traditional Chinese wok.

9. Sisig from Philippines

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

 

 

 Sisig was invented in Pampanga- Philippines and first served at a railside hole-in-the-wall by a housewife (the late Lucing Cunanan) who chopped up pork extras, mixed them with chopped shallots and chilies, and served the lot on a hot plate alongside rice.

Philippines food runs from the freshly familiar to the exotic. Tending towards the latter, the pork dish known as sisig can be ordered at most Filipino restaurants, ideally paired with beer during one of the regular drinking sessions on the islands.

10. Durians

Top 10 dishes you should try when visiting Southeast Asia

Either deeply loved or extremely hated, the famous durian fruit is available throughout Southeast Asia. Durians are renowned for their pungent and overwhelming smell. But once you prepare yourself psychologically for the smell, durian fruit is actually creamy, delicate and delicious.

Durian is grown all over Southeast Asia; however, the Balik Pulau region in Penang, Malaysia is famous for growing quality durians. The Malaysian state celebrates a durian festival between May and June, worth visiting if you're willing to brave the calories and the odor.

THU HUONG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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