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Trying new food, the other biggest reason why we both love to travel. And when it comes to Asia, the fusion of aromatic flavors with very old generation passed recipes makes it very exotic. So in this blog, we will share Top 10 Asian food you must try according to us.

1.TOM YAM KUNG

A.K.A Tom yum goong, is a type of hot and sour soup originally comes from Thai cuisine. The Tom Yam originates from 2 Thai words, tom means boiling and Yam means spicy and sour Thai salad.

This spicy shrimp soup is prepared with quintessential Thai ingredients like lemongrass, galangal, Kaffier lime leaves, shallots, fresh lime juice, fish sauce and a lot of crushed red chilies. Traditionally it is prepared with seafood, mostly shrimps but you can always add any type of meat you like.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY| Tom Yam kung
Tom yam kung, photo by joshsullivan.co

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

If you are a soup lover, Tom Yam Kung is for you. Here is the recipe of this deliciously spicy soup.

2. SZECHWAN CHILLI CHICKEN

As the name suggests, this one is extremely fiery when it comes to spiciness. Traditionally it is made with Sichuan chilies which are grown in a region of China called Sichuan. However, in India, Szechuan Chicken got a makeover and is prepared with a Szechuan style Chili paste/ sauce transformed to match Indian tastes. 

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY| Szechuan Chilli Chicken
Szechaun Chilli Chicken, photo by msihua.com
TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

This Chinese delight is popular for it’s extremely spicy flavours. Usually served with fried or plain rice to cut out the fieriness.

In India, we usually buy readily available Szechuan sauce/paste to make this type of chicken. It’s not very difficult to prepare which makes it comfort food for weekends.

3. BUTTER CHICKEN

Ummm! After writing this blog, we are going to have this delicious Indian main course. Chunks of grilled chicken (tandoori chicken) cooked in a smooth buttery & creamy tomato based gravy is also known murgh makhani. It is a very popular Indian non-vegetarian dish all over the world.

Butter Chicken, Photo by istock

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

Butter Chicken is prepared in two parts, first preparing the gravy and later being grilling the marinated chicken separately before you add it in the gravy. It can be enjoyed with Roomali roti ( Indian bread) or with some rice. If you are in Delhi, India you must try this dish where it was accidentally invented, Moti Mahal Delux.

4. JAPCHAE

Japchae from Korean cuisine is a sweet and savory appetizer of stir-fried glass noodles and various vegetables. It is created with Dangmyeon, a type of cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch. These noodles are topped with assorted vegetables like spring onions, bell peppers, beef or chicken, and mushrooms, and seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil.

It is not very spicy and has a sweet taste which comes from the soy sauce and also from the noodles. It is usually served as a side dish during lunch or dinner.

5. PHO

Any Asian food list is incomplete without mention of Pho. It’s not only a big part of Vietnamese cuisine but also world cuisine. Typically from Vietnam, this dish is prepared in several ways and is served from being a street food to a fancy restaurant main course.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY| Vietnamese Pho
Vietnamese Pho, photo by stock vault

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

Pho is a hot soup comprising of broth, type of rice noodle called Bahn pho, along with Asian herbs primarily made with either beef or chicken. It is nowadays available worldwide in popular Asian street food joints.

Pho is not only easy to make but is also very healthy to eat. You can learn how to make Pho here.

6.CHICKEN ADOBO

This is one of the most popular Filipino food and it rightfully deserves to be in the top 10 Asian food you must try. Adobo word comes from Spain, which literally means sauce or a type of dressing in the Spanish language.

This is one of the easiest dishes to make. The recipe involves – soy sauce, vinegar, bay leaf, garlic, peppercorns and your choice of pork or chicken (or both).

It has occasionally been considered as the unofficial national dish in the Philippines. So if you are planning to visit the Philippines, trying this dish should be one of the reasons.

7. PAD THAI

From Los Angeles to Bangkok, Pad Thai is the most traditional Thai noodles. The unique flat shaped noodles are prepared in several ways. We like it with chicken but it can be prepared with seafood, beef or pork.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY| Pad Thai
Pad Thai.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

Pad thai is very popular all over the world as a Thai delicacy. Made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and is flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper, and palm sugar. Served with lime wedges and often chopped roasted peanuts.

8. SATAY

Satay is meat skewers that are cooked like a barbecue. These flavored skewers are usually served with typical rice cakes (Ketupat) with yummy peanut sauce poured all over this Indonesian barbecue skewers.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY| SATEY
SATEY, Photo by Indoindians.com

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

Originating from Java islands, this asian food is almost like a national food in Indonesia.  In Indonesia, satay is a commonly known street food, which is easily available in street food joints as well as upper-class restaurants.

9. MALAI KOFTA

Living in India is a boon for people who are vegetarian. You can literally enjoy a different type of dish made out of exactly the same ingredients, which just like change in spices and preparation. And the menu in Indian restaurants is not very difficult to understand if you know how these foods are named.

Malai Kofta, in which Malai is for cream and Kofta is a fried dumpling of mashed potatoes, paneer (Indian cottage cheese) or other vegetables along with tomato gravy with some cream garnishing, to enhance the taste. This Indian dish goes very well with all Indian bread like Naan, Roti, Missi Roti etc. and even with steamed rice.

Malai Kofta, photo by www.indianhealthyrecipes.com

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY

Cream and litter sugar makes this dish less spicy compared to many Indian delicacies. So yes, if you are in India and looking for not so spicy food, Malai Kofta is your answer.

10. MOMOS OR DUMPLINGS

It’s one of the most common snacks from the Asian cuisine. It is made with the white flour filled with various stuffings like chicken, beef, pork, and herbs is usually served in a bowl of curry broth or fried.

Momos are a staple snack in the Himalayan regions like North India, Nepal, Bhutan etc. Originally from Tibetan cuisine, Momos are prepared pretty much like dumplings and often referred as dumplings also in some regions.

TOP 10 ASIAN FOOD YOU MUST TRY|Momos
Momos with Dip, photo by recipesinhindi.net

Momo is usually served with a dipping sauce called chutney/achhar normally made with tomato as the base ingredient.

I am sure after reading this article about Asian food, you must be craving for it. And what would be better than to visit Asia? Check out our other post about best destinations to visit in Asia

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