One of the things we look forward to when traveling is trying the best food a country could offer. We wouldn’t miss it for anything even if that means getting lost in translation, trapped in a maze of tiny alleys, braving the long lines, and getting disappointed.
With travel plans on hold due to the pandemic, most of us have resigned to the idea that it would take time before we can continue our wanderlust and food trip. The good thing is we don’t have to travel just to have a bite of the best Asia can offer.
If you miss traveling and tasty food trips, here are the best Asian recipes you can recreate that will remind you of your fun travels in Asia.
Nasi Goreng, Indonesia
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and what a better way to start your day right by whipping up Indonesia’s national dish, Nasi Goreng. It’s a simple dish made from rice, shrimp paste, pork, or shrimp. But the secret to making the best Nasi Goreng is by using cold leftover rice.
Something is Cooking’s Nasi Goreng recipe is easy-to-follow and you can make it in just under 20 minutes. Make sure to top it with a fried egg and garnish it with fresh tomato slices and cucumber for a more authentic feel. All your fun adventures in Bali, Ubud, or anywhere else In Indonesia will come rushing back, thanks to this dish.
Pad Thai, Thailand
Who says you can’t have authentic Pad Thai at home? A spoonful of the Recipetineats version of Pad Thai will give you a wave of memories of your visit to Thailand. It’s in fact, at par with the famous stir fry noodles that swarm the crowded streets of Thailand – slippery noodles and distinct tamarind flavor.
Recreate this recipe now using Cuisinart so you can enjoy a plate of piping hot Pad Thai with prawns or chicken and crushed peanuts on top while you reminisce your fun moments in Phi Phi islands, Wat Arun and other tourist attractions in Thailand!
Adobo is a classic Filipino dish that will remind you of your mom’s cooking – a true comfort food. It’s fast and easy to make, perfect for those who are still finding their way in the kitchen. You can either use chicken or pork when cooking Adobo but the former is the most common.
Check out the chicken adobo recipe of Foxy Folksy and make your own version of sticky, peppery and garlicky Adobo. Just a tip: save some for tomorrow. We’ve heard from the grapevine that Adobo leftovers are to die for, perfect while you think about your adventures snorkeling in Coron, walking on olds streets in Manila, and visiting other famous travel destinations in the Philippines.
No need to line up to the most famous Pho stall in Vietnam and get bodied up by the locals because you can make homemade Pho without breaking a sweat. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup made from beef stock, spices, noodles, and thinly sliced beef. But what makes
So what’s the secret to creating a traditional Vietnamese Pho? According to Jeanette’s Healthy Living Pho recipe, the secret is in the broth. It’s not that complicated to make but it might stretch your patience a bit. Anything for a soulful bowl of Pho that will remind you of your little adventures in Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, and Ho Chi Minh museum, right?
If you’re a fan of spicy noodles, Laksa is definitely up your alley. It’s a popular noodle soup dish from Malaysia infused with coconut milk and fragrant spices. The Laksa broth is what holds everything together, the star of this dish. It’s thick and creamy broth is to die for!
Remembering your fun memories strolling along the streets in Penang or admiring the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is best paired with a piping bowl of spicy Laksa. So make one now and follow the Laksa Noodle Soup recipe of The Woks of Life.
Hainanese Chicken, Singapore
Remember that time you’ve filled your belly with chicken rice after visiting Universal Studios, Sentosa, Gardens of the Bay, and the rest of Singapore’s best attractions on a humid day? Well, you can finally recreate the popular chicken dish from Singapore by following the Hainanese Chicken rice recipe of Steamy Kitchen.
Recreate this lip-smacking dish now with your T-fal Specialty Nonstick and enjoy its succulent and juicy bits while you recall your fun trip in Singapore!
Mohinga, the national dish of Myanmar, is a fish-based noodle soup native to Southern Myanmar where there is an abundance of fresh fish. Make sure to throw in some lemongrass when cooking Mohinga to give it a traditional taste and to counteract the fishy aroma of the dish. It is usually eaten for breakfast, the perfect meal before you hop on your motorbike, and chase temples in Bagan.
Try Linsfood’s version of Mohinga, which can refresh your memory of your sunrise adventures on top of Shwesandaw Pagoda and admiring the beautiful pagodas all over Myanmar.
Okonomiyaki is one of Japan’s famous street food. It’s a pancake made from heaps of shredded cabbage and scallions, your choice of protein, and a generous drizzle of Okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise.
Osaka-style Okonomiyaki is the most predominant version in Japan and you can recreate this at home using Just One Cookbook’s Okonomiyaki recipe. Enjoy the explosion of flavors as you dig in this dish while reminiscing your fun moment’s in Bamboo Arashimaya, Todaiji Temple, Nara Deer Park, and other famous tourist spots around Osaka.
Bibimbap, South Korea
Bibimbap, a rice bowl from South Korea has taken the world by storm with its colorful mixture of sauteed vegetables, and marinated beef topped with a fried egg. But what makes this rice bowl stand out is the spicy Bibimbap sauce made from Gochujang.
This Bibimbap recipe by A Spicy Perspective is quick and easy to make. In 30 minutes you can chow down on your Bibimbap bowl while going back in time when you visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and other beautiful landmarks in South Korea.
Braised Pork Rice, Taiwan
Braised Pork Rice or Lu Rou Fan is a classic Taiwanese comfort food bursting with flavors that you shouldn’t miss when you visit the country. It’s a bowl of steamed rice topped with melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, mushroom, boiled egg, and vegetables.
What are you waiting for? Make your own bowl now with the help of China Yummy Food’s Braised Pork Rice recipe. Just one spoonful of this savory rice bowl is enough to take you back in time while you’re flying lanterns in Jiufen, admiring the little Niagara falls in Shifen and other amazing places in Taiwan.
Missing the soft, pillowy, and yummy Naan? Why not make it at home. It’s a traditional flatbread from India that is usually made in a tandoor or cylindrical oven. But gone are those days thanks to nonstick pans and cast iron skillet that can replicate the high heat and charred flavor of a clay oven, we can make homemade Naan.
Check out the Naan recipe of Budget Bytes and make your own version. It’s best served hot and while you’re in the mood reminiscing your trip in the Taj Mahal, Holy City of Varanasi, and other popular tourist spots in India.
Xiao Long Bao, China
Xiao Long Bao is a delicate dumpling that is intimidating to make. It’s a Chinese dumpling made from pork filling and flavorful soup tucked inside a thin dough wrapper. The real challenge comes when it’s time to close the dumpling or what they call pleating.
Start recreating your own version of this popular dumpling from China with the help of The Wok’s of Life’s Xia Long Bao’s recipe. Enjoy the juicy filling and savory broth as you remember your trip in China’s Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, and other popular landmarks.
Baklava is an iconic Turkish dish perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. A bite into this crisp and flaky is sure to bring you down to memory lane while you’re exploring Cappadocia, Ephesus, and other famous tourist spots in Turkey.
You can recreate your own version by following Natasha’s Kitchen’s Baklava recipe. Make sure to save a few pieces because it tastes even better the next day!
Egg Tart, Hong Kong
Finishing a box of egg tart is no big feat especially after spending the whole day in Hong Kong Disneyland or visiting other tourist attractions in Hong Kong like Victoria Peak and Garden of Stars. Since we can’t travel to Hong Kong yet, we might as well make your own version of egg tart.
Fish Amok, Cambodia
Fish Amok is a classic Khmer dish made from steamed fish infused with coconut oil, kaffir lime, and lemongrass that is usually served in a banana leaf. This dish is a perfect way to end a day of chasing temples like Angkor Wat, Bayon, and Ta Prohm in Cambodia.
If you’re starting to miss your adventures in Cambodia, why not recreate the famous Cambodian dish by following Compass and Fork’s Fish Amok recipe.
So, what recipe reminds you best of your Asia trip? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and we encourage you to share other Asian recipes that our fellow travelers would enjoy. Happy eating!
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