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What were your favourite meals in SE Asia?
9 years ago, July 7th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #158537  
I'm off to SE Asia in a couple of months, and this time I want to try lots of different food. Last time I think I was too conservative. So, can anyone tell me their favourite eats in each country they visited? The plan is to try a different dish each day. It's a tough life 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, July 7th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #158538  
Coconut curry is probably my favourite SE Asian food. It does not matter if the curry is the red one or the green one. Both are fantastic.

I am a vegetarian, so I have it with tofu, but I think it should also be good with chicken for those who dont want to eat vegetarian food. Have it with rice, and put some of that great Thai sweet, hot chilli sauce on it.

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9 years ago, July 7th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #158539  
I suppose I should add my favourites. Massaman curry and any kind of fish in Thailand, Roti Canai (generally any indian food) in Malaysia. Laos - nothing!!! 😊 Reply to this

9 years ago, July 7th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #158540  
A good Nasi Lemak in Malaysia/Singapore/Indonesia is tough to beat. My preferred type involves (apart from the rice) fried egg, fried chicken, fried anchovies (or other small fish) and a potent sambal. Some versions serve a large papadum as well - which is definitely my favourite version. Reply to this

9 years ago, July 9th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #158584  
In the Philippines, the most popular choices for breakfast would be tapsilog (beef tapa, fried rice, fried egg) or daingsilo (dried fish, fried rice, fried egg) or Arroz Caldo (Filipino congee, literally meaning 'hot rice').

If you're aiming for something a bit more exotic try the Satti meal. Satti is actually the breakfast meal for the locals of Zamboanga, some have compared it to the Satay meal of Malaysia. Meat is served in bbq style served with thick, semi-spicy sauce with chunks of rice.

Take note in the Philippines there's only wet and dry season. <snip> La Paz Batchoy and Bulalo are definite must-trys!
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9 years ago, July 10th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #158631  
Laap in Laos or Thailand is lovely - minced meat with herbs. You eat it with sticky rice and raw green veg/salad. Thai spicy salads are lovely. The North of Thailand also does a different yellow curry with noodles - I forget the name. It's similar too a laksa in Malaysia and Singapore which are also good. Amok in Cambodia (it's a coconut curry). There are enough different types of noodle soup in Vietnam to try each day. Different ones come from different regions. Red River has a good blog on food in Hanoi. I like the dishes they make here with passion fruit sauce and tamarind sauce.

Plus, a quick search brought up This blog about food in Malaysia.

Reet does a lot of eating around SE Asia. Her blogs often make my mouth water! Reply to this

9 years ago, July 10th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #158635  
Asia has more country so different country has different food. I am Asian and live in India. I am purely vegetarian. Reply to this

9 years ago, July 11th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #158700  
You could try the following sh*t coffee, if you are going to Sumatra.

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9 years ago, July 13th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #158757  
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In response to: Msg #158537

In any Asian country you will find good old fried rice! They may call it something different like Nasi Goreng or Khao Phat or whatever. I have had this even for breakfast in many places. Each country and even different regions in a particular country will have their own particular flavor. If you don't know what to choose for your meal you can't go too wrong with fried rice! You can have it with different meats and seafood or just as a vegetarian dish. Fried rice is cheap too!

In the Philippines don't be surprised if you see Spam on the breakfast menu. They love that stuff along with corned beef. They seem to like lots of sugar in their bread and even in pizza sauce. Pancit is okay too. If you are daring try a Balut!


Something you don't always see on breakfast buffet lines in Western countries is fixings for making salads; shredded cabbage, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes and other vegetables plus dressings. Don't be surprised to also see spaghetti and meat sauce on breakfast buffet lines too. I like breakfast buffets in Thailand.



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9 years ago, July 16th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #158867  
Great post guys!

Definitely the curries in Thailand - red, yellow, and green, all amazing! And a good Pad Thai/Pad Si Ew. In Cambodia the Amok curry is tasty, and I loved the chicken & rice served at Hawker markets in Singapore - simple but so good. Looking forward to trying the Vietnamese & Malaysian food, not sure what to expect in China though...! Reply to this

9 years ago, July 24th 2012 No: 11 Msg: #159137  
Ohhh so much good food to eat in Asia... our top most missed would be...

  • Roti & Teh Tarik in Malaysia - excellent for breakfast
  • Laksa in Malaysia
  • Fresh spring rolls in Vietnam
  • Gadu Gadu in Indonesia
  • Hot pot in Vietnam
  • Most food in Thailand - Papaya salad & Pad Thai.. just thinking about them is making my mouth water, we couldn't have been happier to find a place in our home down that took us right back there!
  • Amok in Cambodia
  • Sticky rice
  • Prawn & pork pancakes in Vietnam
  • We also never got bored of fish & rice stands that became our staple breakfast, lunch and normally dinner throughout Indonesia!


Cannot wait to get back there....


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9 years ago, July 24th 2012 No: 12 Msg: #159138  
Thanks for the replies so far guys. I'm currently on a bit of a pre-trip diet, so reading this is making me really hungry! Reply to this

9 years ago, August 2nd 2012 No: 13 Msg: #159470  
This thread is enough to get just about anyone's mouth watering! Couple of my favs:

Southern Thailand: Yellow crab curry (I still dream about it, lol)

Hanoi, Vietnam: fried spring rolls (simple, yet perfect)

And not sure if you're going to China, but wow could i write a book of all the wonderful food there!

Happy travels, Happy Life! ^_^
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9 years ago, August 2nd 2012 No: 14 Msg: #159471  
Please share your experience of food in China! We are going in October and don't know what to expect, try or avoid! I have a feeling it will be different to what we get in our local Chinese take away...! Reply to this

9 years ago, August 2nd 2012 No: 15 Msg: #159474  
Our experience of food in China wasn't great. But, that was our first stop on our trip and I think we were pretty reserved and stuck to obvious choices - and a lot of western food. Not great. Reply to this

9 years ago, August 2nd 2012 No: 16 Msg: #159475  

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It's easy to go wrong with food in China because there's arguably as much bad food as there is good. Living here has allowed me to do some filtering out of the undesirables. ^_^

Try as many dumplings as you can (Steamed, fried, big, small, soup, stand-alone). I despised tofu in America, but the things they can do with it in China amazes me, and there are far more kinds of tofu than I ever imagined. Skip the chicken feet, but indulge in some chicken hearts if you get the chance (Skewered, seasoned, and BBQ'd). They're surprisingly good. Try Hot Pot which is a 'cook it yourself' style restaurant. All your orders come out raw and then you cook them in a bubbling pot of your chosen flavored broth. If you're adventurous hit the street BBQ stalls. Inexpensive and scrumptious!

My mind's kind of exploding thinking about all the food cuz it varies per region. Which parts of China will you be going to? Reply to this

9 years ago, August 3rd 2012 No: 17 Msg: #159494  
Thanks Matthew! We love dumplings o this is good to hear 😊 Yes chicken feet are something I will definitely try to avoid! The hot pot sounds cool.

We will be visiting Shanghai, Beijing, Pingyao, Chengdu, Lilijang, Kunming, Yangshao, Guilin & Nanning. Can't wait!! Reply to this

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