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The Best Asian Cuisines You Must Try

Updated on December 12, 2014

Asia is a land of many flavors. Perhaps it’s because it covers so many nations, each with unique cultures and traditions, that there you will find the most varied cuisines that will truly whet your appetite. If you’re a foodie I bet you will surely enjoy knowing about the top countries with the most remarkable dishes.

Here are some of my suggestions:

1. Chinese

There is a very slim chance that you haven’t tried any Chinese dishes, but still the same I’m including it here. Why? It’s because it is probably the most recognized Asian cuisine in the western hemisphere. It’s everywhere! Even in the movies, when they talk about takeouts or deliveries, they usually immediately think of Chinese food. But enough said, it’s something you definitely should try.

2. Japanese

Think of sushi, soba and tonkatsu. Just some of the easily recognized Japanese dishes out there. Most people are not open to eating raw fish but think about it. The Japanese people have been eating it for centuries and they are always in the top list of countries with the most number of oldest living persons. That must mean something good about their diet, right? But beyond the raw meat there are plenty of other dishes to enjoy so drop by a Japanese restaurant near you today.

3. Thai

There is a growing interest on Thai cuisine thanks mainly to worldwide migration of Thai people and for celebrity chefs featuring the food in their cooking shows. Some of the frequent ingredients you will encounter are white rice, chicken, coconut milk, lime, and curry. However, it can also be confused with the cuisine of their neighbor, Laos. It’s because there are some similarities between them, perhaps due to their geographic locations. If you’re interested to try both, there’s the Holy Basil restaurant that specializes on these cuisines.

4. Indian

When you think of Indian food the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is the myriad use of herbs and spices. That’s what the Indians are known for. Their very popular curry is actually a combination of complex spices. It is said that their cuisine was formed by the influence of Dharmic beliefs, in particular of vegetarianism. That’s why Indian dishes are mostly healthy choices. But through the years it has been influenced by the intrusion of other cultures such as that of the British and the Portuguese.

5. Filipino

Filipino cuisine is not as well known as the other four mentioned above but nonetheless it is worth trying out. It is a combination of Malay, Chinese, Indian, Spanish and American influences. When you think of Filipino food, top of mind is usually the adobo. It’s the unofficial national food. It’s made of meat (often pork or chicken) that’s marinated in soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Filipinos love meats so you will find a lot of their dishes have this form of protein as the mainstay.

Go out and eat!

You should go beyond your comfort zone when it comes to food. Don’t you think it’s about time you taste something new today?

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I have not tried the Filipino cuisine but I do frequent the Chinese, Japanese and Thai restaurants here in South Florida. I am due for a good asian meal after reading your reviews and highlights.