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A Handy Guide to Pan Asian Delights

26 Apr , 2016  

Pan Asian food is synonymous with remarkable flavours and vibrant colours. The cuisine uses a generous amount of rice, ginger-garlic, chilies, soy, sesame seeds and protein like chicken and prawns. The mains are usually stir fried or steamed and served with sticky rice and thick, coconut-milk based curries. Yes, Pan Asian flavours are popular across the globe because of their unique, melodious flavours – and here are a few dishes you need to try:

Burmese Khao Suey
A one-pot wonder, this dish combines noodles, coconut milk, fried garlic, onions, peanuts and more. There are many variations and flavours to this dish, but the most noteworthy aspect is that the condiments are served on the side so one can add them according to preference.Fine Dine Love

 

Thai Fish Curry
Light and fresh, this fiery curry is nothing short of ambrosial! It features the classic combination of coconut milk and green curry paste. Delectable, simmering fish filets beautifully soak up the flavours and taste amazing with a plate of sticky rice!Fine Dine Love

 

Sushi
In Japan, Sushi is probably as popular as McDonalds. Many think it is equivalent to eating raw fish, but in reality, the fish has been processed either through pickling or blanching. In essence, Sushi is vinegared rice topped with or rolled over ingredients. Authentic Sushi is very minimal with not more than one topping and usually served with soy sauce and wasabi.Fine Dine Love

 

Bao
Dumplings and Asian food seem to go hand in glove. But the one that deserves the most attention is the Baozi or Bao. It rhymes with ‘wow’ and rightfully so, as this soft, steamed bun is filled with succulent barbecue pork, chicken or vegetables. Literally a sandwich on the go, it’s a popular Chinese street food and is making an appearance in upscale Pan Asian restaurants.Fine Dine Love

 

Prawn Tempura
Prawn tempura is always a part of a Japanese feast. This light snack, when prepared at the hands of expert tempura chefs is crispy and non-greasy. The Japanese also cook vegetable tempura with broccoli, carrots, lotus root and green beans and serve alongside Tentsuyu sauce.Fine Dine Love

 

Laksa
Here’s a dish that’s capturing hearts and stomach’s alike. Laksa is a soup with a difference and a fine combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. It consists of rice noodles, chicken, tofu, prawns or fish and eggs in a spicy coconut based soup. Another popular version uses a sweet-and-sour tamarind paste that’s relatively thinner in consistency.Fine Dine Love

 

Beef Rendang
This luscious dish is served on special occasions in Malaysia and Thailand. Rendang is a dry, spicy curry that originated in Sumatra, but later spread to South East Asia. Tender beef is braised in coconut milk with a host of aromatic herbs and spices and served with steamed rice.Fine Dine Love

 

Pad Thai
Simple stir fried noodles have become synonymous with Thai cuisine worldwide and restaurants that get this dish right are said to know how to cook well. This popular street food is made by soaking dried rice noodles which are stir fried with eggs, tofu, flavoured tamarind pulp, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, red chilli pepper, palm sugar and roasted peanuts. It may also contain vegetables like garlic, beans and radish, raw banana flowers and protein like shrimp, crab, squid and chicken.Fine Dine Love

 

Hop on the Pan Asian cuisine trend and relish the flavours of South East Asia. From the most loved Sichuan-rich Shandong to tangy and sweet Cantonese, and bold yet balanced Thai flavours to simple Vietnamese, there’s plenty to tantalize the taste buds.


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Jade believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate. An entrepreneur by profession, she spends her spare time eating, writing, drooling over cooking shows and day dreaming of her next destination. You can read her rambles on her food and travel blog called “That Goan Girl”

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