What to eat when touring the Asian countries

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sian food has gained tremendous popularity all over the world, and why not, it is that delicious! The sticky rice, juicy dumplings, and fragrant curries have made a mark on the world palate. But what better way to taste these dishes fresh out of the wok! That’s why a lot of visitors come to these countries especially to get an insight into the authentic food and culture through the famous food tours. These tours are a great way to intermingle with the locals. The guides on food tours are usually English-speaking and have good connections with the local restaurants. This gives a benefit to the visitors to have safe, tasty, and reasonable food without getting lost and confused in the crowded Asian markets. So without wasting more time, let’s have a look at some of the most popular cuisines in Asia.

Singapore

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Singapore is a country that has a large foreign and ex-pat population which has resulted in a wide variety of western, Chinese, Indonesian, and South Indian cuisines mixed up and enjoyed by everyone. The best way to relish the food here is to try out the local stalls. There are a plethora of options to try out. Some of them are Laksa- a Singaporean noodle soup, Char Kway Teow- a dish in which noodles are fried dark brown in soy sauce with the addition of meat, eggs, or vegetables. Another dish is chicken with rice that is quite popular. It seems a simple and humble dish, but with the combination of the local spices, it tastes pretty exotic. Who would’ve thought that this tiny island was one of the top food destinations in the world!

Popular dishes: Chilli Crab (National Dish), Hainanese chicken rice, Nasi Lemak, fish head curry, Satay.
Vegetarian options: Fried spring roll, Vegetarian Bee Hoon, Rojak, Thosai (Dosa), Dim Sum.

Malaysia

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Malaysia is a fabulous mix of cultures where the food is influenced by India, Indonesia, China, and Europe making it a melting pot. One thing you should know about Malaysians is that they are passionate about their food. Even though not everything has been originated here, a lot of dishes have found their home in Malaysia. The national dish called nasi lemak is simple rice cooked in coconut milk and is served with peanuts, spicy sambal, boiled eggs, and dried anchovies. Although the capital Kuala Lumpur’s food scene is filled with fusion, the island of Penang is home to some of the amazing street foods. Believe it or not, this country is a total paradise for vegetarian and vegan travelers. So, Indians need not worry where will their next meal be from.

Popular dishes: Nasi Lemak (National Dish), Nasi Kerabu, Assam Laksa, Mee Goreng Mamak, Roti John, Bak kut teh.
Vegetarian options: Nasi Lemak (with veg curry), Nasi Campur, Kerabu Salad, Nasi Goreng.

India

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India is one such country that has a huge variety of dishes that one cannot fathom to try on one single trip. It is widely favored by vegetarians and as a result, there are numerous vegetarian dishes to devour. In the northern parts like Punjab and Delhi, there are a variety of rich, flavourful gravies and street food to eat. On the other hand in the southern parts like Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, there are traditional dosas, idli and the like to taste. Nevertheless, the Indian gastronomy is dominated by spices and flavors. Even the distinct cuisines have their subcuisines and different parts of the country have a different take on it. Whatever you try in whichever part, it will all be colorful and enticing.

Popular dishes: Chhole Kulche, Pav Bhaji, Palak Paneer, rajma chawal, biryani, masala dosa, Rogan Josh, beef fry & parotta, kebabs.
Vegetarian options: dhokla, aloo paratha, vada pav, Malai kofta, pani puri, samosa, Makke di roti & Sarso da saag.

Thailand

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Thailand is world-famous for its mouth-watering cuisine. Not only Thai food is delicious, but it is also super cheap. Many of the street stalls and restaurants sell a hearty amount of noodles or rice. The dishes are usually region-specific. So whether you eat in North Thailand and then in the southern part, all the dishes will be different in taste. Regardless of what the visitors eat, they are surely going to get satisfied and full!

Popular dishes: Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup), Yam Talay (Spicy Seafood Salad), Khao Pad (Fried Rice),
Yam Pla Dook Foo (Fried Catfish with Green Mango Salad)
Vegetarian options: Laab Jay (Vegan Laab), Tao Hoo Song Kerung ( Mixed Tofu), Pad Thai, Som Tum (Papaya Salad), Pad Phuk Tong (Stir-fried Pumpkin)

Eating local food is an essential part of any journey. And with the help of travel agents who book customized food tours for their customers, there are greater chances to have a better, cheaper, and wholesome experience.