10 Popular Dishes in Asia You Should Try
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Asia is the biggest continent in the world, consisting of countries with various backgrounds, races, cultures, religions, and languages. With so much diversity, it’s no wonder that the cuisine in Asia is just as varied. From the fiery curries of India to the delicate sushi of Japan, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
If you want to travel to Asia countries, you’ll find many differences that capture your interest. These differences are what make Asia as a whole a unique continent. You will find yourself wondering if you have time to try every dish in many Asian countries.
It’s easy to get lost searching for new dishes that suit your taste buds, you may look for Asia food recommendations on YouTube and other video platforms. There are a lot of YouTubers and content creators who travel across Asia and try out some foods. Still, if you’re confused with so many options, we’ve made a list of ten popular dishes from different Asian countries that you can try on your visit to Asia.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup that is made with rice noodles, beef or chicken, and a variety of herbs and spices. The soup is usually served with a side of fresh lime and chili peppers, which you can add to taste.
Satay is a popular dish in Indonesia that consists of grilled meat (usually chicken or beef) that is served on skewers with a peanut sauce dip. Satay has different presentations based on the location or region you’re visiting but the dish is typically quite flavorful and filling.
Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup that is made with wheat noodles, broth, and various toppings such as pork, eggs, and vegetables. There is various Ramen you can try when visiting Japan like Tori Paitan Ramen, Shoyu Ramen, Miso Ramen, and Tonkotsu Ramen.
Curry is a spicy dish that originates from India. It is typically made with a variety of spices, meats, and vegetables, and can be either mild or fiery hot, depending on your preference. India uses masala to make their curry dishes more flavorful which is a mixture of different spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric.
Peking duck is a dish that originates from Beijing, China. The duck is roasted and then served with pancakes, scallions, and a sweet plum sauce. Peking duck is insanely popular and many Chinese restaurants have their own version of this dish.
6. Bibimbap – Korea
Bibimbap is a Korean dish that is made with rice, vegetables, meat (usually beef), and gochujang (a chili pepper paste). It is typically served in a hot stone bowl, which helps to keep the rice crispy. You can try Bibimbap in various ways, such as with an egg on top or without meat if you’re vegetarian.
Tom Yum soup is a popular Thai soup that is made with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce, and chili peppers. It is usually served with chicken or shrimp, and a side of rice. The signature taste of this dish is that it sour and spicy with a hint of sweetness, making it very unique and delicious.
Falafel is a popular dish in the Middle East that is made with ground chickpeas or fava beans, and spices. It is fried and then served on pita bread with vegetables and tahini sauce. Falafel is a great vegetarian option and can be found in many street food markets across the Middle East.
Sarma is a traditional Turkish dish that is made with grape leaves, rice, and a variety of meats (usually lamb or beef). It is then rolled up and cooked in a tomato-based sauce. Sarma is hearty and filling and makes for a great winter meal.
Hummus is a popular dish in Lebanon that is made with mashed chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. It is typically served with pita bread or vegetables. Hummus is a great vegetarian option and can be found in many grocery stores or made at home. You can eat Hummus with different toppings such as grilled chicken, lamb, or beef.
There you have it! Ten popular dishes from across Asia that are sure to please your palate. Asia is a big continent with many countries and each one has its own unique cuisine. So, when you’re planning your next trip, make sure to try some of these dishes to get a true taste of Asia. Bon appetite!
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