One of the best things about travelling to Southeast Asian is, without a doubt, the rich diversity of food on offer.  With so many indigenous varieties, flavours and traditions, Southeast Asian cuisine as a whole is vast but incredible! The flavours of the orient heavily influence Burmese cuisine while the Philippines hint at Hispanic heritage. 

Cambodia

Cambodia’s cuisine may not be on your radar, that is, however, until you have tried it, once you have sampled what this country has to offer – believe us when we say – you won’t forget this unsung hero

 

Dishes to try:

  • Bai Sach Chrouk – Pork and rice – Served on most street corners this is a humble yet exquisite dish. Pork is slow grilled and sometimes marinated in flavours such as coconut and garlic.
  • Khmer Red Curry – Traditionally less spicy than other Southeast Asian curries but this coconut milk based curry is full to the brim with an array of flavours: eggplant, green beans, potatoes and lemongrass.
  • Kdam Chaa – Fried Crab – This is a specialty of the Cambodian beach village of Kep. They have created this aromatic crab dish with Kampot pepper, garlic and chives.

 

Top Rated Restaurants:

  • Metro Café – Trendy French and Asian fusion.
  • Norodom Boulevard – Khmer dishes by renowned Cambodian chef Luu Meng.
  • Sisowath Quay – Popular Khmer restaurant in a prime riverfront location.

 

Indonesia

Famous for being one of the most colourful cuisines in the world, Indonesian food is typically diverse because of the sheer amount of islands (over 6,000) that encompass Indonesia. With flights from London to Jakarta you’ll be able to experience a wealth of their culinary influences from the Middle East, India, Java, Polynesian and China – Indonesian dishes are hugely varied.

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Dishes to try:

  • Satay – the classic dish that is universally loved. Usually marinated in turmeric, barbecued and then served in peanut sauce.
  • Soto – Comprised of a sweet, creamy, coconut-milk based broth with chicken, goat or beef.
  • Redang – A hugely popular dish, beef marinates in this delicious sauce for hours until it is fall-off-the-bone tender.

 

Top Rated Restaurants:  

  • Angke Rest – With a strong Chinese influence on the food here, Angke Rest is one of Jakarta’s finest dining experiences.
  • Duta Café – A top seafood restaurant cooking up a huge variety of classic Indonesian dishes.
  • Lae Lae – A popular one with the locals, a great social environment to get some of the best food in Makassar.

 

 

Thailand:

Thai food is renowned for being full of flavour with a spicy edge. The cuisine tends to be separated into four regional styles; central Thai, Isan (northeastern), northern Thai and southern Thai.

 

Dishes to try:

  • Pad Thai – There are many variations on this classic Thai dish, but the basis is comprised of noodles, tofu, bean sprouts, onion, peanuts and lime juice.
  • Som Tam – The papaya salad from northern Thailand features shredded green papaya with plenty of chilli.
  • Green Thai Curry – A distinctly Thai dish with green curry paste, chicken, chillies, coconut milk which is perfectly paired with fragrant sticky rice.

 

Top Rated Restaurants:

  • Nahm – Renowned as one of Bangkok’s best Thai restaurants led by chef-author, David Thompson.
  • Royal Project Restaurant – Regal style fine dining – a popular place amongst Thais.
  • Palaad Tawanron – Set in a rocky ravine overlooking Chiang Mai. The food and the ambience make for a magical evening.

 

With such an emphasis on fresh, aromatic flavours and distinct signature regional dishes, there is a favourite Southeast Asian dish out there for everyone! From the classic Vietnamese Pho to the Penang curry of Malaysia. Ensure to put Southeast Asia on your holiday destination list to soak up all the culinary delights it has to offer.