Must-have dishes when you’re traveling to Asia

Whether you live in Asia or you’re traveling to Asia for the first time you will find that there are a wide range of cuisines here that can thrill your taste buds and yet satiate your hunger. Here are some of the popular dishes from Asia are must-try when you are travelling to any of these countries.

1) Thailand

Pad Thai noodles

It is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food at casual local eateries in Thailand.  It is stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and often chopped roast peanuts. Recipes vary, but tamarind paste and fish sauce blend to create a slightly sweet, salty, and spicy flavor.

Among the most well-known food from Southeast Asia, Thailand’s famous pad thai is enjoyed around the world.

Tom Yum Goong

It’s a spicy shrimp soup with a quintessential Thai aroma. A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup and the succulent fresh prawns and straw mushrooms lend it body. It’s a versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal.

2) India

India is a vast country, with a diverse culture and therefore extremely diverse cuisine. However, in this article we’ve included two dishes, one from South and the other from the Northern part of India, both of which are extremely popular across the country. Both these will leave a lasting sensation on your tongue and will make you come back for more.

Masala dosa

Masala dosa is a fermented crepe with stuffing of mashed potato and served with coconut chutney and sambar, a spicy curry with lot of veggies and tamarind paste to give it a tangy flavour. It is a south Indian recipe and is popular all across India. It is very yummy and a must try for anyone traveling to India.

Chole bhature

Is a combination of Chole (spicy chick peas) and fried Indian bread called Bhatoora (made of maida flour). The spicy chole taste awesome with bhatoore. It is a must have dish of Northern India that every traveler should taste.

3) Vietnam


A steaming bowl of pho noodle soup is never hard to find in Vietnam. Just as pad thai in Thailand, pho is Vietnam’s unofficial national dish exported with pride all over the world. It has been ranked 5th among the world’s top 50 foods.

Pho consists of flat rice noodles in a light, meat-based broth. The dish is usually accompanied by basil, lime, chili, and other extras on the side so that eaters can season the soup to their own taste.

Spring Rolls

They should be distinguished from the fried rolls, which are also sometimes called spring rolls. The translucent cigar-shaped rolls are packed with greens, sometimes shrimp and/or pork, and herbs.

4) China

Peking Duck

Beijing’s most famous dish, enjoying world fame and considered as one of China’s national dishes. Peking duck is savored for its thin and crispy skin, and is traditionally served with Mandarin pancakes, and green onions often eaten with pancakes, sweet bean sauce, or soy with mashed garlic. It is a must-taste dish in Beijing!

Chicken chow mein

The “Chow mein” is the Cantonese pronunciation of the Chinese characters above, which means stir-fried noodles. Generally speaking, this stir-fried dish consists of noodles, meat (usually chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork), onions and celery.

5) Korea


Korean food is some of the healthiest on earth, with an emphasis on vegetables, meats cooked simply and without much oil, and a near obsession with the fermented vegetable kimchi, which can be something of an acquired taste for non-Koreans.

The classic, spicy, traditional napa cabbage kimchi called tongbaechu-kimchi, a.k.a. baechu-kimchi or pogi-kimchi is so common and iconic among Koreans that we simply call it “kimchi.”

Soft Tofu Stew

It is a Korean stew thicker than a soup but thinner than a porridge. The small amount of beef is typical of Korean food and illustrates how healthy it is. The soft tofu — which breaks into fluffy chunks in the stew — holds the flavor of the clam which can otherwise get very spicy.

6) Malaysia

Nasi Lemak

Nasi lemak is a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf. It is commonly found in Malaysia, where it is considered the national dish. It is available on almost every street corner and in almost every local-themed restaurant, served with everything from chicken to beef to cuttlefish.


Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine, which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. it’s a noodle dish that is quickly gaining popularity outside of Southeast Asia because of the scrumptious taste.

7) Combodia


The Khmer cuisine is based on rice, pork and chicken as well as fish, shrimp, frogs, clams and snails from the lake and near by rivers. Fish Amok is a classic Khmer dish, and everyone we talked to had a family recipe. It’s usually steamed and served in a banana leaf with a little coconut cream on top. Serve the amok with white or brown rice on the side and a sprinkling of julienned red bell pepper and kaffir lime leaf ribbons.

Barbecued Pork and Rice

One of Cambodia’s most popular breakfast dishes and has pork marinated in garlic, soy, and coconut milk slowly grilled over charcoal, where it becomes smoky and caramelized. The pork is sliced thin, sprinkled with scallions and served over rice and fresh sliced cucumbers and green tomatoes, with a small bowl of gingery, lightly pickled cucumber, daikon, and green mango on the side.

If you have any of your own suggestions regarding the must-have dishes in Asia, please feel free to include them in the comments section below.

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