Thursday, 22 May 2014

Top Popular Asian Foods

Asia is a vast area with many different influences , tastes and cultures, it is difficult to choose typical Asian dishes. Fortunately, there are Asian dishes that are popular in more than one country in Asia and among Westerners alike.

Some even are so popular that there are wars among gourmets , who invented the dish and which country can claim the credit on their origin.

Let's take a look at the most popular and why they are so delicious :

10. Fish Balls
Fish balls for Asian are probably what hot dogs are to Americans. There are the testes of fish, as one might suspect , but powdered or pressed fish meat , eaten in soup or as a stick , mainly available in Asian stalls or street vendors everywhere in the region. He served boiled , fried or steamed and are considered as small snacks between flights or in some countries even as a "poor little hen dish ' .

Fish balls on a stickAlthough no restaurants for example, in Hong Kong , specializing in fish balls, which can then be quite expensive as well - I have yet to see a westerner Fish Balls considered a delicacy.

However, Fish Balls are very popular in Asia. Mainly eaten alone , marinated , dipped in a sauce or into a bowl - mixed with ' kway teow ' noodles, tofu or even rice.

Smell and taste are added as vinegar, garlic, chives sauce or sweet soy.

9. Laksa
Laksa is spicy noodle soup which is claimed to be invented by Singaporeans , but more likely derived from the Chinese / Malay culture. The name Laksa is unknown, but is now very popular not only in Malaysia and Singapore , but as far as Australia and beyond.

Bowl LaksaIf tried Laksa , know why, because as any explosion to the senses of taste , sweet blend ( coconut) with a sour taste ( lemon grass or citrus) influences with more standard fare ( thick noodles , egg, tofu ) . Sometimes Laksa gets more watery like a soup , while others prefer it as thick as possible , with as little liquid as possible. 'm Sure Singaporeans can write complete essays on appropriate essences Laksa and I hope for a lot of comments describing the right ingredients and just and .

Most Laksa lovers agree on the following key ingredients : thick noodles , sauce coconut based curry / soup, tofu, fish sticks , shrimp and bean sprouts . Sometimes seafood items are replaced with chicken or boiled eggs are added , although all the ingredients can vary widely. There Laksa wars there, where people discuss what the correct ingredients and which are not . Singaporeans are famous for driving for 20 dollar one end of the country to the other to try the best 3 Dollar Laksa there. Only the logic between food lovers , right? ;-)

8. Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken RiceThis is a simple, plain and straightforward dish , mainly eaten in Malaysia, Thailand , Singapore and China.

White served with white rice and condiments like cucumber , lettuce or eggs - boiled plain chicken . Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of the less spicy Asian dishes , but nevertheless, its creation is a science in itself.

It can come with soup or clear broth chicken soup as a companion and is one of the signature dishes claimed by more than one country . Mainly boiled chicken 's own juices or broth - complete with bones and all - that is used over and over again to get the desired flavor. Sometimes consists of chopped chili , sweet soy and ginger are used to add flavor dips .

7. Spring Rolls
Westerners associate Spring Rolls as mainly Chinese dishes, but ask any serious chef in Asia and would probably give Vietnamese spring rolls the best. That does not change the fact that Spring Rolls are popular in most Asian countries, with China , Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan , Indonesia topping the list .

Spring rolls with rolls ShrimpsSpring rolled pastas that are filled with all kinds of meat or raw or cooked vegetables are mainly fried. There are versions that are not fried and are mainly consumed in Taiwan.

Depending on the country you are in , the ingredients for spring rolls can be raw , boiled or bleached .

The most popular ingredients are minced pork , carrot , bean sprouts , fresh garlic chives , vermicelli noodles, shitake mushrooms. Soy sauce , peanut powder and fish sauce are sometimes added to give better tickle your taste buds .

6. Dim Sum
Chinese dishes are very popular in most Asian countries. After all, the Chinese as avid travelers and migrants from antiquity constitute a considerable part of all populations in Asian countries .

They brought a lot of their favorites back home and merged with local dishes. One of the favorites is the Dim Sum , desire are lightweight , but hard to describe dishes , popular in all Asian countries Philippines , Vietnam , Laos and Malaysia and Indonesia. Ah , yes, of course , in Singapore , with its 60 % of the Chinese population also .

Breakfast dim sum in Hong KongDim sum derived from a Cantonese phrase meaning " a small sample " and describes the feeding little treasures hidden in small steamer baskets , various types of fillings, steamed buns and lots of small dishes served in small dishes.

Dim Sum is served mainly with tea and can have a delicious, sweet or plain flavor. The portions are small portions, but with lots of varieties.

It seems that one of the objectives is to try as many different flavors as possible in a very short time . Dim Sum can usually order from a menu , choose from a buffet or turned on carts by servers.

You take what you like and pay only what you eat. Ultimately an explosion of different shapes, flavors and types of food - rolls, paus , meatballs , meatballs, desserts , cakes, pies and desserts mainly include .

5. Fried rice ( nasi goreng )
Rice is the staple food in every country in Asia. Mainly white plain cooked with coconut sauce or saffron added and eaten fresh or immediately with any meat or vegetables come . So what do you do with leftover rice a few days ? You guessed it right !

Nasi Goreng - paella AsiaSimply throw everything in a wok , fry it well with vegetable oil, add a little soy sauce , garlic , onions and other spicy foods to cover the smooth flavor and serve as a separate dish . Hah !

While it is certainly do more to not let any food you lose , the fried rice is also a delicacy in itself . It's a cheap and tasty dish in all countries of Asia and comes with vegetables, meat or different sambals . Add eggs, satay, rice and prawn crackers ( Krupuk ) and you can have a full meal in itself that fills very well and takes you through the day.

Some would say Nasi Goreng is the Paella Asia, but I'm sure that the Spanish would protest that. ;-)

In the Western world , the name ' nasi goreng ' is currently connected with any Asian style fried rice. I remember my first encounter with him was a canned version in Germany many years ago. Simply heat in and fill the stomach . Oh man!

4 . Tom Yum
Tom Yum SoupOriginated in Thailand, the aqueous something in a container , it is now popular throughout Asia, but especially in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. It may come as an appetizer, main dish or thin soup , eaten with or without rice, but almost always has a sour taste spicier with intensive crushed lemon grass , tamarind and lemon.

Add different meats and seafood to it, the most popular , such as shrimp, squid or pieces of fish or today, even mixed with chicken ( who came up with that? ) Or vegetables like mushrooms or oyster cilantro leaves .

If a Westerner wanting to show off their skills at home to cook, but is unable to produce that spicy flavor - spicy - sour typical home , you can simply buy Tom Yam paste in most Asian stores and produce back home a close -to-the - thing real experience. ;-)

3 . Chicken Curry
Chicken curry is a universal dish, which can be found on almost every menu in Asia. After all original spice islands a Portuguese sailor named Magellan was looking on behalf of the Spanish crown, is strategically located between the Philippines , Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo .

Pollo Rico CurryCurry tasty powder in all kinds of variations, tastes and colors are readily available throughout Asia - and very used to create heavenly curry dishes . Despite what is going to be your plate later in the name of curry may look and taste surprisingly different, depending on the country you are in.

Everyone knows the heavy masaman (some call -mama san curry,ahem ) or the Thai chicken curry , curry masala made ​​of heavy that are used by Indians as well.

Usually added coconut , saffron and ginger to the most distinctive tastes. Indonesians love their finest ' Kari Ayam ' , with more watery sauces , while Malaysia does not speak very decisive about his thick curry, depending on whether they live closer than Thailand or further south of peninsula Malaysia.

And yes, curry dishes are not only restricted to chicken, but they seem to be the most popular.
2 . Sushi
Sushi needs no introduction . It is popular worldwide and there is no exception to that of Asia. This is considered a delicacy mainly upper class and eat at fancy restaurants , but you can buy ready-made in supermarkets Sushi and regional Carrefour in Singapore , Indonesia or Thailand Tesco .

Delicious Sushi - hmmmmm Increasingly sushi franchises ( Best Denki , Sakae Sushi , Sushi Go) are multiplied throughout Asia, so bring Sushi for the masses too.

Sushi is much more than just raw fish and the creation / formation of sushi rolls is considered a science by many. Although actually just the right kind of rice , seaweed wraps and soy sauce is needed.

The other ingredients like sweet, pickled ginger and wasabi ( the , green tasty pasta similar to horseradish ) are sold almost everywhere . However you like sushi , made himself at home, delivered to your door or eaten at a fancy restaurant - do not forget to drink Ocha (green tea) with your sushi.

1. Satay
Satay is the undisputed king or queen of Asian Foods. Of course the spelling is different from one country to another , either sate , satay , satey , sati or whatever - it's basically a meat grilled over charcoal or open fire stick.

Available everywhere from Singapore to Philippines , Vietnam to Papua !

While in the Muslim countries of Indonesia and Malaysia is mainly chicken tenders or beef , chicken or delicious meat SatayThailand is very famous for its organ sate , being the liver, heart and stomach of pigs or chickens. You can also find frogs or even a bug meat , fried in oil or ' natural ' , post again, especially in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

Satay usually comes with various sauces , peanut sauce is the most popular and mostly have sticky rice or lontong him . Most times you have chopped onions, cucumbers and other vegetables too.

Satay seafood is very popular, so yes - fish, squid , shrimp and other marine creatures are very well fried on a stick, so a cheap and delicious way to fill your stomach on the road, or a snack in between.

You can not go wrong with satay on your trip through Asia . When fried, roasted or grilled over open fire , generally is delicious and safe to eat , so do not let anyone ruin your appetite!
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