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Traditional Food In Asia

Nina
Published Jan 14, 2019

Welcome to Asia, the world’s biggest continent! Asia serves the most diverse and delicious foods on Mother Earth. The best Asian cuisine that you’ll ever taste is the combination of spices, culture, landscape, and vegetation - all present to the unique taste in every plate and in every bowl. Asia will never run out of style in satisfying your hungry tummies from gourmet to street food to Asian-fusion, whatever continent you are from, for sure Asian cuisine is on your list. But you know what they say, nothing beats the original. Learn more and taste traditional food in Asia!

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1. Xiaolongbao


Xiaolongbao, known as “little basket bun” came from Jiangnan region in Shanghai and Wuxi. It is a type of exquisite Chinese steamed dumpling filled with pork and soup. Making this kind of cuisine takes a lot of patience as the process of cooking is not as easy as you think, especially for newbies. Its ingredients are not so hard to find from ground pork to shrimps to special herbs and spices. It is very palatable and juicy - greatly loved by everyone.

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2. Jawain butter parantha


There’s nothing more beautiful in the morning than having tea and steaming hot Jawain butter parantha for breakfast. The all-time favorite Indian bread is here, this delicious and filling food was originated in Peshawar. The parantha is a flat-bread made with whole-wheat flour, pan fried in ghee (butter) and often filled with vegetables like boiled potatoes or cauliflower. This food is affordable and easy to make, so start making the crispiest and most delicious butter parantha.

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3. Nasi lemak


Thanks to nasi lemak, you can taste a bowl of simple rice in a different way! Nasi lemak means “rice” and “fat” - refers to the creaminess of the coconut milk, this is also considered as the national and traditional dish of Malaysia. This popular Malay dish consists of coconut milk rice, slices of cucumber, anchovy, roasted groundnuts, and hard-boiled egg - best partnered with fried chicken or chicken rendang. The preparation of this food is quite tedious, so it is recommended to cook the anchovy a day before to shorten the cooking period. The heavenly fragrance of this dish added to the wow factor.

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4. Ambuyat


Ambuyat had captured the heart not only of Bruneians but also foreigners. This dish became the comfort and convenient food for Bruneians during World War II when the rice was scarce making this an iconic part of traditional cuisine. This humble food is starchy like a carb dish made from sago starch and hot boiling water. It may sound simple to prepare but it is quite tiring especially the stirring and crushing part of sago starch. The ambuyat is taken with a sauce made from binjai - a mango like but very sour local fruit. This dish is best accompanied by side dishes like vegetables, fish, or meat.

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5. Candied haws


The candied haw or tanghulu is a popular and traditional fruity snack in China. This sweet delicacy is quite similar to candy apples. It is often eaten during winter made from Chinese hawthorn fruits (red and yellow) being coated into the sugar syrup and pierced on bamboo skewers. This snack also reminds of a happy childhood memory.

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6. Kimchi


I bet, kimchi is also as popular worldwide as Momoland and BTS. Indeed, This classic and spicy dish came from Korea became one of the favorite side dishes of Asians. This traditional side dish is made from salted and fermented vegetables - the most common are Nappa cabbage and Korean radishes that come with a lot of seasonings like chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and salted seafood. In the past, kimchi was kept underground in jars, thanks to technology, we can now use refrigerators to store kimchi.

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7. Ais kacang


Ais kacang or ice kacang means “bean ice” or ABC (an acronym for Air Batu Campur). This sweet Malaysian dessert is also popular in Singapore and Brunei. Traditionally, it was made of only shaved ice and red beans. Today, jelly and sweet syrup were added to give more satisfying taste. Ice kacang is quite flavorful comes in bright colors with a variety of fruit cocktails and dressings. If you’re into cold desserts, then this should be on your list.

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8. Sushi


Who on earth did not know and dreamt to taste sushi? This traditional Japanese dish is very popular around the world - agree right? It is prepared with vinegared rice with sugar and salt, mixed with a delicate selection of ingredients, like seafood, vegetables, and tropical fruits. Preparation for sushi is really hard from selecting and cleaning seafood to cutting to presentation - all must be well-thought. It is also best served with pickled ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce.

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9. Egg tarts


If you love sweets and eggs, then go for egg tart! This dish is a kind of custard tart that is famous all over the world, it can be found in many Asian countries, in Portugal and Britain as well. The dish is delicious which consists of an outer pastry crust, filled with egg custard and carefully baked. You can now taste and feel the custard’s flakey and buttery taste.

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10. Lao baguettes


Lao Baguettes is your ultimate snack if you aim for a healthy and delicious sandwich. This yummy sandwich is similar to a Vietnamese banh mi. The Lao baguettes are greatly influenced by French baguette and crisp vegetables. It is easy to make and the ingredients are easy to find. It consists of chicken breast, peppery watercress, tomatoes, and grated fresh carrots - don’t also forget the hefty portion of spicy chile-garlic sauce which adds to the wow factor of this sandwich.

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Experience Asia at its finest

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The food reflects of what kind of culture and tradition a particular continent has. It can tell you many stories and has the power to go back in time and travel to the present. Asia presents traditional food that can be loved by everyone. It’s now time to indulge in the finest and unique cuisine that Asia serves!

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