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Why Southeast Asia Travel is All About their Delicious Food

Southeast Asia is a paradise. Backpackers will find there all they seek: nature, culture and the third super factor: delicious food for incredibly low prices. The amazing adventure of discovering scents and colours radiating from endless Asian dishes has been attracting travellers from all over the world for ages. Are you going to Asia soon? Do you like celebrating meals? Get inspired by this overview of the most striking Asian dishes.

Why Southeast Asia Travel is All About their Delicious Food

Why Southeast Asia Travel is All About their Delicious Food


The Rendang

This dish is made from a hefty piece of beef, stewed for hours in a spicy sauce. The result is so tender that you can pull it apart with your fork. Mmmmm

Nasi Padang

Nasi Padang is from West Sumatra, and you can eat it on the street or in a restaurant. The concept is simple: the table is filled with plates full of delicious food, and the client pays only for the dishes that he has tasted. Mmmm, tempting.



The most famous and most popular dish in Vietnam that is wrongly pronounced nine out of ten times is Pho. A noodle soup prepared with chicken or beef broth and, depending on the region, served with lemon, spring onion, bean sprouts, basil and chilli peppers. However most tourists stop there and don’t experience the true local food, you can go on a guided experience like The Foodie Tour from XO to discover food that the locals love to eat.


Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, with many influences from China and India. Every city has a Chinatown or Little India where one can eat fantastic food and do it with pleasure.

Assam Laksa

It’s a delicious fish noodle soup that has its roots in Penang. The somewhat spicy and sour soup, with thick noodles and freshly caught and poached fish, goes perfectly with the fresh garnish consisting of mint, cucumber and sometimes even pineapple. Yummm

Nasi lemak

A simple but tasty dish from Malaysian cuisine. Made from steamed rice with coconut milk, dried anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, sambal and a boiled egg. Munchy, munchy.


Pad thai

Pad thai is one of the most famous dishes in Asia. The national dish of Thailand can vary but generally consists of fried rice noodles, egg and tofu. The whole mixture is then seasoned with tamarind, fish sauce, dried shrimps, garlic, shallots and chilli peppers. The roasted peanuts as a garnish complete the dish. Aaaaaagh.


Singapore is small, but the culinary choices are vast and broad. In the shopping malls, you will find huge food courts where you can eat well, but you can also opt for super deluxe or a quick bite at a street stall. Why not try cuisines from different countries here every night?


Laksa comes in two forms: the curry laksa and Asam Laksa. Asam Laksa is a sour fish soup, and Curry Laksa is a creamy curry soup with noodles, shrimp and fried coconut balls. Mmm, let’s taste both.

Hainanese chicken rice

A dish brought to Singapore by Chinese immigrants, consisting of spicy rice with poached chicken. It’s a classic. It is a must. Mmmm.


Asia’s meals will be an unforgettable surprise for every taste bud. We hope that this article has inspired you to take a food connoisseur tour around Southeast Asia and discover the best dishes.

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