You know what’s a lot less expensive than airfare to Southeast Asia? Cooking some of the region’s incredible food in your home.
The foods of Southeast Asia are some of the most distinctive and flavorful dishes in the world, and you can make them right in your kitchen. Add some new faces to your spice rack, stock up on coconut milk, learn to make sticky rice and you’re halfway there.
Without further ado, here are 11 foods from Southeast Asia that we should all eat more often.
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Sinigang is a Filipino soup
made with any number of proteins and vegetables,which are typically stewed with tamarinds, tomatoes, garlic and onions. The tangy flavor from the tamarindbase makes this a Filipino favorite.
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This richdish consists of crab cooked in a tomato and chili-based sauce. It is one of Singapore’s national dishes
and can be found in virtually any seafood restaurant on the island and in other parts of Southeast Asia. If you’re a seafood lover, this dish is for you.
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Vietnamese coffee is the perfect beverage
for a simultaneous caffeine and sugar rush. Made with strong coffee and a generous helping of sweetened condensed milk, this powerful drink puts your latte to shame.
In Burma, tea is a food as well as a beverage.The centerpiece of the popular Burmese tea leaf salad
is lahpet, pickled tea. Add cabbage, peanuts, seeds, tomatoes, and fried garlic for a delicious and flavorfulsalad. Buy your own lahpethere
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This refreshing salad made with shredded unripe papaya can be found throughout Southeast Asia. It is most often seasonedwith dried shrimp, chili peppers and lime, which, when combined, give the salad a uniquely tangy, slightly spicy flavor
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Sticky rice is a staple
in Southeast Asia, even when it’s time for dessert. This sweet dish combines coconut milk-infused sticky rice with fresh mango. Simple, but so very delicious.
This is a traditional Cambodian methodof preparing fish by steaming it in banana leaves. The fish is cooked in a coconut milk-based curry, seasoned with Khmer curry paste
, and steamed in atightly wrapped basket of banana leaves.
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