Asian Foods You Should Try At Least Once

Experiencing foreign cultures is an important part of life. You can visit different countries, participate in numerous festivals, and talk to many people. However, eating exotic delicacies is the best way of appreciating another person’s culture. For example, you should try Asian foods to get a taste of Asian culture. Remember, most of the spices people use today came from Asia. Here are Asian foods you should try at least once.

– Biryani

This dish developed during the reign of the Mughals in India i.e. from the early 1500s to the early 1800s. More specifically, it started in the royal kitchen of the Mughals were the chefs would use spices sourced from both Persia and India. These spices include garlic, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, bay leaves, and cloves. Others include onions, cardamom, nutmeg, mint leaves, mace, pepper, and ghee. The spices used vary from person to person. The principal ingredients found in Biryani are rice and meat.

– Momos

The origin of this delicacy is the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Merchants from this region introduced the dish in Tibet, and then it spread to other parts of Asia. The Tibetans made it spicier, and they diversified the fillings used in this dumpling. Today, fillers used for momos include vegetables, ground meat, tofu, and paneer cheese among others. The outer part of a momo is a steamed bun. Currently, momos are one of the most popular dishes in Nepal.

– Pilaf

This dish is a staple food in some communities including Afghan, Bangladeshi, Armenian, and Swahili communities. The principal ingredients are rice, cooking oil, onions, and vegetables. Other versions of it may include additional ingredients such as meat, fish, pasta, or dried fruits. The chef prepares the rice in a seasoned broth. Interestingly, ancient tales of this dish exist. For example, did you know that Alexander the Great ate Pilaf after his conquest of Marakanda?

– Kothu 

In Tamil, the name Kothu delicacy translates into chopped roti because the principal ingredient is Godhamba roti. Other ingredients include vegetables, spices, and meat. You can choose what you would like in your Kothu as the cook is preparing it. Currently, this dish is so popular among Sri Lankans that many people refer to it as the hamburger of Sri Lanka. Moreover, this Sri Lankan dish is becoming popular in some areas of New York and Toronto. For example, there is an annual food festival in Toronto known as the Kothu Festival.

– Ema Datshi 

Ema Datshi is Bhutan’s national dish. Ema refers to chili in Dzongkha, the official language of Bhutan while Datshi means cheese in the same language. Therefore, Ema Datshi is mostly cheese with chili. The chili can be green, red, or white. The cheese comes from the curd of yaks or cows. Interestingly, the people of Bhutan never waste the curd. First, they remove the fat from the curd to make butter. Then they use the remaining curd to make cheese. You can find this dish in restaurants that sell Asian food.

– Jianbing 

This dish is one of the most common foods eaten in China. The Chinese people consume it as a breakfast meal. In China, people buy it on street corners and outside subway stations. The principal ingredients in this dish are grain flour, eggs, sauces, and wheat. The outer part of it is the dough. The cook fries it on a griddle using eggs as the base. The fillings in it are mostly scallions, cilantro, lettuce, and chili sauce.


written by: BestSEOWriter2010s