Taste the Local Culture through Southeast Asia’s Noodle Dishes

Rice noodles with vegetables and prawns

On my first full day in Myanmar, I met my tour guide at our first stop on a tour of the neighborhoods around Shwedagon Pagoda: Daw Cho, an unassuming noodle stall on Old Yay Tar Shay Road off the ancient pagoda’s eastern entrance. As far as introductions to ordinary Myanma life went, Daw Cho could […]

Food Tours in Southeast Asia

Asian food. Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisine

I knew I was on to something special when I entered the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre in Singapore. This was street food, yes, but not street food as we know it: sanitized, brightened, but still emanating that undeniable authenticity handed down by generations of Singaporean food sellers. But as traditional as they were, they the Old […]

More Extraordinary ASEAN Culinary Delicacies

Spicy seafood with herbs Thai food

Within the context of a continuing search for South East Asian dishes that are a bit more out of the ordinary, lesser known and not everywhere available, in a previous article a dying out fish preparation (“Ikan Masak Tanah Liat), a rare breed of crab (“Talangka”) and a protein rich meal (“Cha Ruoi”), respectively from […]

Mind Your Makrut

Flatlay of fresh limes and mint in wooden plate

Lending an essential fragrance and flavour to Southeast Asian cuisine, Citrus hystrix, commonly known as kaffir lime or makrut, is a thorny bushy tree native to the region. Makrut leaves, which grow in figure-eight-shaped pairs, are very hard to substitute from many Southeast Asian dishes. They are used whole like curry leaves or bay leaves to […]

The Sweet Sap

Raw Organic Coconut Palm Sugar

The exquisite flavours of wonderful foods and images of swaying palm trees are frequently evoked when people think of Southeast Asia. Perhaps not readily apparent to travellers to ASEAN is that an important ingredient of Southeast Asian cuisine is palm sugar – sugar made from the sap of palm trees. Popular throughout Southeast Asia, the […]

Saucy, Spicy Southeast Asia!

Spices on black background

From the Tamil word ‘kari’, meaning ‘spiced sauce’, comes the word ‘curry’, adopted by the British to refer to hot, spicy, gravy-based dishes. A number of different South Asian soup or stew dishes, nearly always containing onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and chilli were all referred to as ‘curry’.  Curries from Southeast Asia require different seasonings […]

Tempting the Taste Buds: Eating Your Way Through Bangkok

Traditional Thai food

There’s something about a visit to Bangkok that can transform you. You arrive not knowing galangal from a cheaplu leaf. You can’t even pronounce gai hor bai toey, let alone know what it is. And yet, by the time you leave, dried chili, lemongrass, and kaffir lime are your friends, and you know how to […]

Thats Hot: The Tastes of Thailand

THAI SHRIMPS RED CURRY. Thailand Thai tradition red curry soup with shrimps prawns and coconut milk

Thai food has become a world superstar in the last 20 years, and many visitors will have tried dishes from the Land of Smiles in their home towns. But visiting the country itself is an opportunity to taste the real deal, the authentic flavors and recipes that are (often wrongly) deemed unsuitable for foreign palates. […]