Many people in Asia love to eat. In fact, most Asian food is eaten by Asians themselves. Well, what kind of foods can you expect when you visit Asia? Here are the top 40 Asian foods ranked by order of popularity:
1. Fish Sauce (Thailand)
Fish sauce or nước mắm is very popular in Southeast Asia where it is used as a condiment for dishes like chicken wings and pork barbecue skewers, shrimp paste grilled on sugar cane, steamed snapper with green mango salad, etc. It’s usually prepared by fermenting anchovies with salt until they are mushy and then pressing them to release the brown liquid that results from this process called “fish sauce”.
2. Dumplings (China)
Dumplings are a type of food that is popular in many parts of the world, but they originated from China. There are many different types of dumplings, but the most common ones are made from dough filled with meat and vegetables and then boiled or steamed. Some of the most popular dishes that include dumplings are “zhongzi” (a type of bamboo steamed dumpling), “jiaozi” (a type of pork and vegetable dumpling), and “wonton soup” (a soup made with wontons which are basically dumplings filled with shrimp and pork).
3. Sushi (Japan)
Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese dishes and it has become popular all over the world. It is basically a type of sushi roll that is made with rice, seaweed, and various types of seafood like tuna, salmon, shrimp, etc. The most common type of sushi is the “maki” which is a sushi roll that is wrapped in seaweed and filled with rice, seafood, and vegetables.
4. Chow Mein (China)
Chow mein is a type of noodle dish that is popular in China and many other parts of Asia. It is made with fried noodles and a variety of meats or vegetables like chicken, beef, shrimp, onions, carrots, etc. They can be served either dry or wet (with a gravy-like sauce).
5. Fried Rice (China)
Fried rice is another very popular Chinese dish that is made with cooked rice, vegetables, and meat or seafood. The ingredients can vary from dish to dish, but the most common ones are onions, carrots, peas, eggs, and shrimp. Fried rice is usually stir-fried in a wok with oil until it is crispy and then served with a soy sauce-based sauce.
6. Pad Thai (Thailand)
Pad Thai is a type of Thai noodle dish that is made with thin noodles, tofu, eggs, peanuts, and bean sprouts. The noodles are stir-fried with all of these ingredients and then served with a sweet and sour sauce.
7. Spring Rolls (Vietnam)
Spring rolls are a type of Vietnamese dumpling that is made with rice paper wrappers, pork, shrimp, and vegetables. They are usually served cold and dipped in a sweet and sour sauce.
8. Chicken Curry (India)
Chicken curry is a type of Indian dish that is made with chicken and a variety of Indian spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, etc. The chicken is cooked in a gravy-like sauce until it is tender and then served with rice.
9. Tandoori Chicken (India)
Tandoori chicken is another popular Indian dish that is made by marinating chicken in yogurt and spices like ginger, garlic, and cumin. The chicken is then cooked in a clay oven called a “tandoor” until it is crispy and juicy.
10. Samosas (India)
Samosas are a type of Indian pastry that is made with potatoes, onions, peas, and spices like ginger, coriander, and cumin. The mixture is rolled into a dough wrapper and then deep-fried until it is crispy. Samosas are usually served with a mint chutney sauce.
11. Beef Rendang (Malaysia)
Beef rendang is a type of Indonesian dish that is made with beef and coconut milk. The beef is cooked in thick coconut milk until it is tender and then served with rice.
12. Roti (Indonesia)
Roti is also known as “roti canai” is a type of Indian flatbread that is popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. First, flour and water are mixed together to create a dough that is stretched out into very thin pancake-like pieces and then pan-fried with oil until it becomes crispy. They are usually eaten for breakfast or dinner and they are accompanied by curries such as “dhal” (a spicy lentil stew), etc.
13. Gado-Gado (Indonesia)
Gado-Gado is a type of salad dish that is popular in Indonesia. It consists of boiled vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, etc. which are mixed with peanut sauce and topped with fried tofu and hard-boiled eggs. Some restaurants also add noodles to the dish.
14. Dosa (India)
Dosa is a type of Indian pancake or crepe that is made with rice and black lentils. The mixture is ground into a paste and then pan-fried until it becomes crispy on both sides. They can be stuffed with potatoes, cheese, chutney, etc., depending on the restaurant you’re at. Dosa is usually served as an appetizer or as a side dish to another Indian meal.
15. Chicken Tikka Masala (India)
Chicken Tikka Masala is a type of Indian dish that is made with roasted chicken and a creamy tomato sauce. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and spices like ginger, garlic, and cumin before it is cooked in a tandoor oven. It is then served with rice or naan bread.
16. Biryani (India)
Biryani is a type of Indian rice dish that is made with basmati rice, chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp, or vegetables. The ingredients are cooked in a broth until the rice is tender and then served with raita (a yogurt-based sauce).
17. Beef and Broccoli (China)
Beef and Broccoli is a type of Chinese dish that is made with flank steak or strips of beef. The beef is stir-fried with broccoli florets in a garlic sauce.
18. Tom Yum Goong (Thailand)
Tom Yum Goong is a type of Thai dish that is made with mushroom broth and shrimp without coconut milk in it so it has a more sour taste. It is usually very spicy but the heat can be toned down by adding some sugar.
19. Mongolian Beef (China)
Mongolian beef is stir-fried beef with green onions and garlic in a savory brown sauce. Sometimes it is cooked with soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, hoisin sauce, ginger, and chili peppers for added flavor. It can also be served over noodles like chow mein or fried rice.
20. Tandoori Chicken (Pakistan)
Tandoori chicken is chicken that has been marinated in yogurt and spices like cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, etc., then roasted in a tandoor oven to make it tender. It is usually served alone but sometimes with a side of sliced onions and lemon wedges.
21. Fish Moilee (India)
Fish moilee is a type of Indian fish dish that is made with fish chunks cooked in a coconut milk-based curry sauce flavored with chili peppers, tamarind juice, etc., then seasoned to taste with cilantro leaves and grated coconut.
22. Goulash ( Hungary)
Goulash is a type of beef or veal stew that originates from Hungary. The meat chunks are first browned in oil and then slowly simmered in water or beef broth until they become tender. Carrots,, celery, paprika, and other spices are then added to give it its signature flavor.
23. Bibimbap (Korea)
Bibimbap is a type of Korean dish that is made with rice, vegetables, beef, or tofu, and an egg. The ingredients are all cooked separately and then served on top of a bed of rice. A soy sauce-based sauce is usually poured over everything before eating.
24. Curry Laksa (Malaysia)
Curry laksa is a type of noodle soup that is popular in Malaysia. It contains yellow noodles or rice noodles, shrimp, chicken, fishcake, hard-boiled eggs, bean sprouts, and coconut milk-based curry broth. Other ingredients that are often used in laksa are chili peppers, ginger root, lemongrass stalks, galangal, etc.
25. Tom Ka Gai (Thailand)
Tom ka gai is a Thai-style chicken soup that is made with coconut milk broth, chicken or shrimp, lemongrass stalks or slices of galangal root, kaffir lime leaves, or lime juice for added flavor. It usually also contains mushrooms and green onions for texture.
26. Bibim Guksu (Korea)
Bibim guksu is a type of Korean noodle dish that consists of noodles mixed with vegetables like cucumber strips and carrots in a spicy sauce made with chili paste or gochujang, soy sauce, and sesame oil. It is always served cold and sometimes topped with a fried egg.
27. Larb (Thailand)
Larb is a type of Thai dish that consists of ground meat mixed with chili flakes, fish sauce, lime juice, etc., and fresh basil leaves for added flavor. It can be made with chicken, pork, beef, duck, or even tofu instead of meat. The larb mixture can also be wrapped in cabbage leaves like a spring roll or served over lettuce leaves as a salad.
28. Pad See Ew (Thailand)
Pad see ew is a type of Thai noodle dish that consists of thick rice noodles fried with soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic, egg, and meat. Common types of meat that are used are chicken or pork but beef or shrimp can also be used instead.
29. Nasi Lemak (Malaysia)
Nasi lemak is an Indonesian-style rice dish that usually contains coconut milk-flavored rice served with anchovies or peanuts; cucumber slices; hard-boiled eggs; and sambal chili paste for added flavor and spice. It also sometimes has other ingredients like shredded chicken breast, roasted nuts like cashews and almonds, etc. This dish is also popular in other regions like Brunei and Singapore.
30. Chao Chow Tieu Heung Fun (Hong Kong)
Chao chow tieu heung fun is a dish that consists of rice noodle sheets wrapped around shrimp, beef, pork, or fishcakes with fried garlic chips on top. It resembles Cantonese-style dim sum dishes which are usually made from dough and steamed.
31. Pho (Vietnam)
Pho is a noodle soup made with broth that contains thinly sliced beef or chicken, scallions, cilantro, lime juice for added flavor, and spices like star anise powder, black cardamom pods, coriander seeds, cinnamon sticks, ginger root slices & fish sauce to add the umami taste. The ingredients are piled atop a bed of rice noodles in a bowl and can sometimes be eaten with bean sprouts on top.
32. Fish Ball Noodle Soup (Singapore)
Fishball noodle soup is a popular dish in Singapore that consists of fish balls (made with minced fish, potatoes, and spices) served in a soy sauce-based broth which also contains noodles and vegetables like bok choy.
33. Malaysian Satay
Malaysian satay is a type of skewered meat that is usually made with chicken, beef, lamb, mutton, or pork. The meat is then marinated in various spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin, etc., and grilled or barbecued over an open flame. It is usually served with a peanut sauce dip and cucumber slices on the side.
34. Bibimbap (Korea)
Bibimbap is a Korean rice dish that consists of steamed white rice topped with six other ingredients which include thinly sliced carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, soybean sprouts, spinach leaves, and seasoned beef. It is usually served with gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) or ganjang (soy sauce).
35. Murtabak (Malaysia)
Murtabak is crispy stuffed pancake-like loaves of bread that are made with dough similar to roti prata but the dough is made thicker by adding egg yolks and flour. Inside it contains minced mutton or chicken along with onions and spices like cumin for added flavor.
36. Wonton Noodle Soup (China)
Wonton noodle soup is a type of Chinese noodle soup that consists of wonton dumplings made with flour wrappers filled with ground meat, chopped shrimp, and vegetables. It mostly contains egg noodles which are then added to the broth to cook. The noodles are also often topped off with bean sprouts or scallions.
37. Black Pepper Crab (Singapore / Malaysia)
A popular type of dish found in Singapore and Malaysia, black pepper crab is made using freshwater crabs that are stir-fried in oil along with black peppercorns until they reach an almost burnt fragrance. It usually has “wok hei” or “hui chau” which is the taste and aroma of a well-cooked wok dish.
38. Dim Sum (China)
Dim sum is small steamed dishes that are typically Cantonese in origin but can be found throughout East Asia. They are usually served as breakfast or brunch items and consist of a variety of different items like dumplings, buns, rolls, pastries, and savory snacks.
39. Roasted Duck (China)
A popular dish in China, roasted duck is made by roasting an entire duck that has been seasoned with soy sauce, Five-spice powder, sugar, and other herbs and spices. It is often served with pancakes, hoisin sauce, and scallions along with a side of soup or rice.
40. Green Papaya Salad (Thailand)
A salad dish found in Thailand, green papaya salad is made with shredded unripe papaya that is mixed with chili peppers, garlic, fish sauce, palm sugar, and other seasonings. It is usually served as a side dish or appetizer.
These are just a few of the many delicious and popular food items found in Asia. With such a diverse range of cultures and cuisines, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! So the next time you’re traveling in the region, be sure to give some of these a try!