Southeast Asia in Food

Experience the flavors of Southeast Asia with some of the best foods to try when traveling in the region.

Brunei
Hati buyah
What to eat: Hati buyah (marinated and stir-fried beef lungs), nasi katok (rice with curried chicken or beef), ayam penyet (fried marinated chicken with a softer texture), and ambuyat which is a sticky and gooey concoction made from sago palm tree

Cambodia
fish amok
What to eat: Khmer red curry, bai sach chrouk (pork and rice), fish amok (fish mousse), and lap Khmer (lime-marinated Khmer beef salad). And if you are adventurous, try the fried tarantula sold in the streets of Cambodia.

Indonesia
beef rendang
What to eat: Beef rendang (similar to beef curry), nasi rawon (rice and beef stew), satay (meat skewers), nasi uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk served with fried chicken and other side dishes), and sweet martabak (Indonesian pancake)

Laos
Khao niaw
What to eat: Khao niaw (sticky rice), larb (cooked flavored meat served with sticky rice and raw vegetables), sai oua (Lao sausage), and tam mak hHoung (spicy green papaya salad)

Malaysia
Curry laksa
What to eat: Curry laksa (coconut noodle soup), nasi lemak (rice cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaves served with meat and side dishes), and roti canai (flatbread served with a curry dish), and pandan pancakes

Myanmar
Mohinga
What to eat: Shan-style rice (fish rice), milk teas, mohinga (noodle soup), Burmese sweets, and tea leaf salad

Philippines
chicken adobo
What to eat: Adobo (chicken or meat dish), arroz caldo (chicken rice porridge), chicken inasal (marinated grilled chicken), halo-halo, lechon (spit-roasted pig), and tsokolate (hot chocolate drink made from tablea)

Singapore
singapore chili crab
What to eat: Fried carrot cake (made with white radish flour cake, eggs, and other ingredients), kaya toast with soft boiled eggs, chilli crabs, chicken rice, and curry fish head

Thailand
pad thai
What to eat: Pad thai (fried noodles(, som tum (green papaya salad), tom yum goong (spicy shrimp soup), mah hor (Thai snacks), mee grorp (crispy noodles), and pad krapow moo saap (fried basil and pork)

Timor-Leste
What to eat: Batar da’an (a dish made with beans, corn, and pumpkin), ikan saboko (fish with spices wrapped in banana leaves), and tapai (fermented rice)

Vietnam
beef pho
What to eat: Banh mi, goi cuon (Vietnamese pring rolls), pho (noodle soup), and Vietnamese coffee (go for the egg coffee when in Hanoi)