Asian food is fascinating, delicious and healthy - that is why more and more people are interested in trying out some of the most interesting Asian dishes and making them part of their diet. What should you start with though?
Well, there are Asian dishes that are popular in more than one country in Asia and among Westerners alike. So, have a look at the 5 most popular Asian foods and why they are considered so tasty:
Satay is the uncontested King of Asian Foods. Altjough the spelling is different from country to county - sate, satay, satey, sati, etc - it’s practically meat on a stick roasted over charcoal or open fire.
While in Muslim countries Indonesia or Malaysia it’s mainly chicken or beef sticks, Thailand is very famous for its organ sate - whether it’s liver, heart or stomach of pigs or even chicken. You can also find frogs or even bug meat on a stick, fried in oil, again especially in Thailand, Cambodia or Laos.
Satay generally comes with various dips - peanut sauce is the most popular though. Mainly you have sticky rice or lontong with it. Most of the time you will be served chopped onions, cucumber or other veggies as well.
Sushi is popular world-wide and there is no exception to that in Asia. In fact in Asia it is considered to be a higher-class delicacy and mainly eaten in luxurious restaurants. However you can buy ready-made Sushi in regional supermarkets. But the best is to find a great sushi bar where they serve Authentic Asian Cuisine - good quality sushi and give yourself the opportunity to enjoy a real traditional sushi experience.
Sushi is so much more than just raw fish. Actually, creating Sushi rolls is even considered a science and art by many – even though it only takes the right kind of rice, seaweed wrappers and soy sauce to make them properly.
The other ingredients like sweet, pickled ginger and Wasabi are available for you to buy almost everywhere. Regardless of how you like to eat your Sushi, homemade by you, delivered to your door step or eaten in a fancy restaurant – don’t forget to drink some green tea – Ocha - with your Sushi.
3. Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry is a universal dish you can find on almost every menu in Asia. Curry powder in all kinds of variations, tastes and colors are readily available all over Asia – and heavily used to create those heavenly curry dishes. Though what you will have on your plate later in the name of curry can look and taste surprisingly different, depending on the country you are in.
Although curry dishes are not only restricted to chicken, it seems that those to be the most popular.
4. Tom Yum
Originated in Thailand, Tom Yum is now extremely favored all over Asia, particularly in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It can come as an appetizer, thin soup or main dish, eaten with or without rice and most of the time it has a more spicy-sour taste with heavy use of smashed lemon grass, tamarind and lime.
5. Fried Rice (nasi goreng)
Rice is the staple food in every Asian country. Primarily it is cooked plain white, with coconut sauce or saffron added and eaten fresh or right away with any kind of meat or veggies.
Fried rice is a delicacy on its own. It’s a cheap and delicious dish in all Asian countries and comes with veggies, meat or different sambals. Add eggs, satay, rice or prawn crackers (krupuk) and you can have a full meal on its own.
Which one/s is/are your favorite? It’s hard to choose, isn’t it? ☺
Enjoy Asian food each time you get the chance and you won’t regret it!