If you class yourself as a bit of a foodie, that is, one who might admit to posting photos of meals on Instagram, one who finds it too darn easy to get hooked on every cooking show that pops up on the TV guide or one who just loves food of any description, then traveling Asia can feel like a dream. Full of flavor, with the potential to enrol in many cookery classes, you can not only fill up on delicious foods while there, but bring back the taste of Asia with you.
Asian dishes are spectacular, and very different to a western diet. Therefore, if you’re looking for a culture with tastes you’re yet to fully experience, then selecting one of the many countries Asia has on offer could be the start of a wonderful, foodie adventure. Of course, if you’re unsure where to start, consider looking at many travel guides such as Mrhudsonexplores.com, for more information. Here’s the ultimate guide to Asia’s cuisine.
Thailand practices balance and detail in their dishes. Like most of Asia, all flavors must harmonize with one another. If you’re looking for strong aromatic components, which have a spicy element, then Thailand could be the perfect place for you.
If you’re hoping to learn how to cook like an experienced Thai chef, then the Hom Cooking Club offers a three hour private class to unlock the secrets of two Thai dishes of your choice. All ingredients are included and a tour to the unexpected, organic rooftop herb garden to handpick your fresh flavors adds to the delightful experience. There are some 15 savory options and four desserts to choose from. You’ll certainly impress your family once you’re home.
Japanese broth, seasoned rice, miso soup, tempura and sashimi - all washed down with a glass of sake – sounds like heaven to most. Of course, a delicacy of raw fish may sound alien and dangerous to some, however, raw fish is extremely healthy for you and poses no risks of food poisoning.
Book a table at a critically-acclaimed sushi restaurant, cozy up with a bowl of ramen, and tackle the street food of taiyaki and takoyaki (not to be confused with one another). Walk the electric streets of Tokyo, while feasting on the best sushi you’ll ever experience.
Considered a type of Indonesian cuisine, Balinese food uses a variety of spices, vegetable, meat and fish. When visiting, you’ll find most, if not all, of your meals accompanied with rice, which is a staple grain in Bali. Due to a large population of Hindus, beef is rarely consumed, so prepare for pork, chicken and fish.
Dishes to look out for include Ikan Asam Pedras (hot and sour soup with fish and prawns), Ayam Kari Kuning (yellow chicken curry with turmeric, spices and coconut milk), Ayam Masak Merah (red chicken curry with chili, ginger, spices, coconut milk) and Sate Ayam Barbeque (marinated chicken skewers with soya sauce).
Much of Vietnam’s cuisine is rice in many different forms. For example, steamed rice, sticky rice, noodles, porridge and even pancakes are made from rice, whether it’s flour or the grain itself. You’ll also have to prepare for lots of fish sauce (it’s a staple), herbs such as mint and lemongrass, fresh seafood and meat, and tropical fruits such as mango and papaya. Keep an eye out for goi cuon (the translucent spring rolls), and Hanoi specialty, bun cha, which can be found on many street food stalls.