What’s so special about Asia? Apart from smiley faces and low prices (sometimes ridiculously low prices), it’s food! I have been to few countries here (while currently living in China) and would like to show you what the local Asian food looks and tastes like. Every country has its own unique dishes and flavors. From fried rice and spicy sausage rolls, through dumplings and dim sum, to momos and noodles – come with me for a culinary journey around Asia!
Diced chicken with hemp pepper rice, China.
Rice, meat and spicy herbs is a typical Sichuan meal. You will get a plate of fried chicken or pork meat, any kind of veggies and a bowl of sticky pepper rice. This yummy meal can be found not only in China, but also in Macau and Hong Kong and costs around $1,5 a portion.
Egg pancakes (Jian bing), China.
Jian bing are usually one of the best and cheapest breakfast options in China. They are served with chives, often filled with mince and extra spiced. They are light and very filling, but certainly don’t taste like our Western pancakes. You will certainly get surprised with their price – 50 cent for a huge one is certainly a deal!
Yak wraps, Tibet.
If your are a big fan of wraps, as me, you will love the yak meat wraps served with vegetables and garlic sauce! Yak meat tastes like a duck meat, a little chewy and extremely hot! I enjoyed a feast for two for only $5 when in Lhasa.
Fried momos, Tibet.
Momos are traditional dumplings (very similar to Chinese jiaozi or baozi) filled with meat or vegetables. You can get them fried or boiled depending on your preferences. They are served with oil and pepper sauce, yummy! The best drink for momos is hot chocolate. The one I had was very nice, milky and sweet, great to start your day! A plate of 5 momos costs around $1.
Dim Sum, Hong Kong.
Dim sum are small, bite-sized portions of food that are often served in traditional bamboo steamer baskets. It is often served in three pieces (never four because this number brings bad luck). The food can be cooked, steamed, fried, baked with shrimp, chicken with pine nuts, spinach and mushrooms or vegetables and rice noodles. You can enjoy a dinner for two for less than $8 in Hong Kong in Dim Sum Square restaurant.
Pho is a traditional Vietnamese soup whose ingredients are any kind of thin sliced meat of your choice (chicken, beef, duck), flat rice noodles, fish sauce, fresh veggies and herbs such as lettuce, chili peppers, mint, basil or bean. It can be found anywhere in Vietnam – from street vendors to local restaurants, at any time of the day. The best city to experience the real taste and smell of Pho is definitely Hanoi and it costs only $2! The Pho is a great breakfast or lunch option. It’s very filling and will definitely warm you up!
Garlic naan bread, India.
Naan, is a leavened oven baked flat bread, usually made in the northern regions of India, although it is known to be served in most Indian restaurants in the country and all over the world. Naan may be made in different flavors from spices, herbs to whatever you can think of, but the one I loved the most was garlic naan bread. It was fresh and so yummy. Definitely worth its price – $1 for 2!
As you can see, Asian cuisine has a lot to offer. Whether you are a meat or veggies lover or have sweet tooth, you can certainly find something filling, healthy and delicious for yourself!
About The Author
Agness is a Polish travel blogger who has been travelling and living in different Asian countries since 2011. She is well known for travelling the world for less than $25 per day and she shares her tricks and tips with the readers of her blog called eTramping.com. Moreover, she is a food lover obsessed with Chinese cuisine, yoga passionate, life enthusiast and photography freak.