One of the best ways of truly experiencing different cultures is through their food.
Here are some delicious must-try Asian delicacies that you can taste on your next trip.
Amok is a healthy and delicious delicacy found in Cambodia. It is made of fish with thick coconut sauce as the base. The curry paste is made with a mixture of different ingredients such as lemongrass and turmeric.
When steamed, amok is served in a bowl made of banana leaves. The fish meat is very tender.
The soup is creamy with a little sweetness. Amok is best paired with rice.
Durian is an Asian delicacy that is banned on certain public transports because of its overpowering smell. It is said to be the world’s smelliest snack.
People find it hard to describe its taste. It has a strange mix of sweet, savory, and creamy. Some describe it like cheese, while others say it’s like custard. (See Related: 11 Weird Fruits That You Won’t Believe Exist)
Khao Niao Mamuang
“Kha Niao Mamuang” is sticky rice with mango. This delicacy is found in Thailand. It is made of steamed glutinous rice, fresh mangoes, and salty-sweet coconut milk.
Mango sticky rice has a balanced taste of sweet and salty. It is usually served warm or at room temperature, but it can also be served chilled.
It’s a delicious dessert or snack that is very refreshing and filling.
Gulab jamun is a popular dessert found in India. It is traditionally made of dried evaporated milk shaped into small doughnut balls. Next, these are soaked in rosewater syrup.
This sweet delicacy can be served hot or cold. It tastes sweet and milky. Its texture is like a sponge cake.
When you take a bite, it feels very fluffy, that it can almost melt in your mouth.
Authentic beef rendang is a very special curry dish that can be found in Indonesia. The beef is slow-cooked in coconut and curry spices.
Beef rendang is thicker than the usual curry. It has a rich, spicy taste with a complex mix of other flavors such as lemongrass and turmeric. The beef is very tender and tasty.
Beef rendang is a must-try Asian delicacy with roti, rice, or noodles.
Satay with Peanut Sauce
Chicken satay with peanut sauce is another delicious Asian delicacy. This is popular in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Satay is prepared by marinating chicken with spices overnight. Next, the chicken is skewered and grilled, and then served with peanut sauce.
This dish can be paired with steamed rice.
Etag is a delicacy found in Sagada, Philippines. It is preserved pork, similar to jerky. It is said to be a strange dish because of its strong odor and preparation.
To prepare etag, the pork is first cured with salt. Next, it is smoked every day for a few hours for at least two weeks. Some say that it can even be smoked for months.
After smoking, the pork can be stored in an earthen jar to preserve it for a long time.
Etag has a strong unique flavor on its own, a mixture that is very salty and smoky. It can be used to add texture to other dishes. In the province, etag is served as a breakfast omelet.