A beautiful continent of over 30% of the Earth’s land, Asia carries numerous attractions to its name alongside a vibrant dining scene. With its dishes widely known across the world, here are the top 5 favourite Asian dishes that keep tongues wagging at every corner of the world:
A delightful roll enjoyed fried or freshly wrapped in a rice paper, this Asian favourite is popular in most Asian countries, with Vietnam and Taiwan topping the list. Fresh spring rolls are light and refreshingly fragrant, with raw ingredients such as lettuce, mint leaves and the occasional basil, whereas the fried spring rolls are crunchy and carry a savoury afterbite. Usually enjoyed as a tea time snack or appetiser, many still prefer the Vietnamese Spring Rolls till this day.
A bite-sized favourite that requires no introduction,sushi is so well-loved that numerous sushi bars have mushroomed across the world. Though easily available everywhere from hypermarkets, food trucks to established sushi restaurants, the art of sushi-making is a challenging one that requires great precision in the technique and ingredients used.
Traditionally wheeled around on trolleys by restaurant waiters and served in small steamer baskets stacked above one other, dim sum owes its name to a Cantonese phrase which brings the meaning of little treasures of food. With a variety of choices from light to hearty bites of dumplings, meatballs and tarts, this delightful food is habitually enjoyed in early mornings with a pot of Chinese tea.
Nothing feels better after a tiring day than a hot bowl of noodles. Originally from China, the culture of noodles were later adopted by the Japanese and Koreans due to travel and trade, giving birth to a myriad of noodle savours from la mian (hand-pulled noodles), to ramen and udon.
A universal dish found on every menu in Asia, curry is said to have originated from the provinces of Philippines, Indonesia and Borneo Malaysia. Usually cooked with coconut milk, ginger and saffron, the dish is presented in various thickness across different cultures. Indonesians typically prefer their curry thinner – with a watery gravy. Japanese curries however, carry a sweeter savour and employ chicken stock and the occasional tomato sauce.
Interested to try and make these popular Asian foods in the comfort of your own home? Head on to your nearest Cold Storage stores for the right ingredients this October!