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The Food Staples of Asia

Updated on December 21, 2011

Every culture in the world has developed a certain taste and preference for the type of food its people consumes. The factors that influence these preferences include their natural resources, climate, economic condition and socio-cultural beliefs. If you compare Asian food culture to the culture of nations from the West, there is a considerable difference between the types of food consumed, preference toward flavors, and the most consumed common food in the area: their food staple. This article is about the 5 most common food staples in Asia. Knowing a little about the most common food staples in Asia will help prepare your tummies for a tantalizing food trip if you plan to visit the nations of the East.


Rice is the most common food staple not only in Asia, but also in the whole world. So why is this included in the list? It's simply because Asians are more inclined to consume rice than their European, American and African counterparts. Asians are known to consume rice during breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and even dinner. Perhaps this is the reason why Asians have enough energy to start plowing fields at 4AM and retire at 9PM?


Although Italy is known for its numerous pasta recipes, nothing beats mainland Asia when it comes to noodle consumption. Like rice, noodles are a very common staple and it is usually served alongside a rice meal with a meat and veggie viand. However, the main attraction about the Asian version of Pasta is how it is made by human hands right before being cooked. Yes folks, that’s freshness guaranteed, and you’ll enjoy a savory noodle soup right after being entertained with a skilled noodle-making performance!

Root Crops

In rural parts of Asia where it is difficult to plough fields (like in the mountain areas), Asians have adapted to consuming root crops as their staple food. A few affluent Asians consume root crops like camote and potatoes with meat and herb-filled sauces. The poorer ones simply boil the root crops and then add some sugar or salt for consumption. However, don’t think that root crops are the substitute of poor people for better food staples. In fact, many root crops are used by fine Asian restaurants as part of their luxury Asian dishes and unforgettable desserts!


Since almost every Asian meal is served with rice, it can be hard, at times, to swallow cooked rice (which gets stone hard if not consumed immediately). As a solution to the problem, Asians never forget to cook soup or at least a viand that has lots of sauce in it. Soup is usually served as an appetizer in Asian fine-dining restaurants and as a companion to rice when the viand is barbecued or fried.

Make the Experience Unforgettable!

Asian food is absolutely delicious and no matter which Asian country you choose to visit your tastebuds are sure to be impressed. Malaysia is a great country to visit to try everything on this list so why not look for some stunning apartments in Malaysia before you travel. It is sure to be an unforgettable experience!


Bread has been baked and consumed in Asia for over a thousand years. However, it was only in the past few centuries when people began consuming bread as the main component of their meal. This is mainly because of influence from European colonizers who have come to claim territories in the area during the Age of Exploration.


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