If you are one of those people who simply refuse to leave a foreign country without visiting the smaller, off-the-beaten-track restaurants to sample the local delicacies; if you think your experience of a new place is not complete unless you try the local cuisine and you’re prepared to experiment and travel far and wide for a delicious traditional dish, this article presenting the best dishes of Asia, a foodie’s Paradise, is for you.
Asia Is A Foodie’s Paradise Because Of These Amazing Dishes
For us Westerners, Asian cuisine is somewhat of a treasure trove: the more we look, the more we find. And we are here to help you with the things you should be looking for.
If you go to Korea, you should definitely try kimchi stew – a strong dish made with pickled cabbage leaves. Another must-try is dolsot bibimbap, a spicy mixed rice dish with vegetables, chicken or beef that comes in a hot bowl with a full egg on top. The banchan (side dishes) come in a great variety; depending on the restaurant and the region you are in. They can include prawns, scallops, and other seafood or be plainer, vegetable dishes.
In Singapore, a light-as-a-cloud xiao long bao, which is a delicious, bite-sized steamed dumpling that’s usually filled with pork and broth, is a staple. Likewise, you shouldn’t leave Singapore without having a heart-warming dish of chili crab. A third must-have Singaporean dish is, of course, Laksa: a mouth-watering curry soup with rice noodles in coconut curry, shrimp, fish cakes, egg and chicken meat, that’s a cross between Chinese and Malay cuisine.
And then there’s China, the country whose cuisine has been most spread and most tampered with than all other Asian countries’ cuisines. Who can leave China without having tried the traditional Peking roast duck? Who doesn’t want to fill his mouth with fantastic wontons filled with pork or crab and dipped into sweet and sour sauce in their place of culinary birth? And who would dare say goodbye without tasting the spicy kung pao chicken, the Sichuan-province dish that’s an amazing stir-fry with chicken, nuts, vegetables and chili peppers?
Last but not least, if you are blessed enough to find yourself in exotic Thailand, the place that is often said to have the best food in the entire continent, it would be a sin to leave this majestic country without having had a taste of delicious pad Thai and a fresh som tum salad. Pad Thai is the country’s national dish. It’s a stir-fried rice noodle dish that you can find anywhere in the country- street food stalls to the best restaurants in the country. Honestly, we can’t tell which version is the best – you’d have to decide for yourself.
As for som tum, this is a refreshing salad that’s made with shredded green, unripe papaya, garlic, chilies and a variety of nuts, noodles or seafood. It is said to have its roots in neighboring Laos, but it can easily be found anywhere in Thailand too, as it is a favorite with Thai people.
Whatever your taste, whether you like food that’s flaming hot or light and refreshing, Asia is not called a foodie’s Paradise without a reason: there is something there for everyone. All you have to do is look.
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