Asia is the perfect place to experience some of the most delicious street foods around the world, and we’re here to help you out! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite 8 street foods from around the continent, from China to Singapore and Thailand all the way to India and Japan. This list gives you an idea of what you can expect while traveling in Asia, so check it out!
1) Saigon Sandwich
Saigon Sandwich is a popular Vietnamese dish, made from pork and pickled vegetables. The sandwich is seasoned with salt and pepper before being placed between two slices of baguette. The outside is then dipped in soy sauce, mayonnaise and chili paste. Saigon sandwiches are served as a quick meal or a light breakfast. They are inexpensive, costing around 100 Vietnamese dong per sandwich ($0.50). Popular Saigon sandwich shops can be found on almost every corner in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
2) Khao Tom Gai (Chicken Rice)
Often served with a side of pickled vegetables, Khao Tom Gai is one of the most popular food items in Thailand. The rice is cooked with chicken broth and savory herbs like lemongrass and mint before being garnished with dark soy sauce and lime juice. Traditionally, this dish is served as a breakfast meal, but it can be enjoyed at any time!
1) This Thai dish is made by boiling rice with chicken broth, herbs like lemongrass and mint, dark soy sauce, lime juice and sometimes shrimp paste.
2) Khao Tom Gai has a light flavor which makes it perfect for those who don’t want something too heavy for breakfast or lunchtime.
3) Dumplings in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a must-visit city, and with its multitude of amazing food options on offer, you might find it difficult to know where to start. One tasty dish that’s worth devouring is their dumplings. There are many different types available, but perhaps the most popular are wontons. These tasty morsels feature pork and shrimp dumpling wrappers filled with minced meat and topped with a savory sauce made from soy sauce, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. They’re then boiled or fried before being served piping hot on a platter.
4) Bánh Mì Chay (Vegetarian Banh Mi Sandwich)
Bánh Mì Chay is a Vietnamese vegetarian sandwich. It is made with bread, cilantro, bean sprouts, tofu, carrots, cucumbers and pickled daikon and carrots. The sandwich is then topped with fresh chili peppers and mayonnaise. This popular Vietnamese dish has been dubbed by some as the vegetarian banh mi due to its similarity to a traditional banh mi sandwich.
5) Sizzling Pork on the Street
Sizzling Pork on the Street is a dish from Hong Kong and Macau, two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of China. The dish is made by marinating pork with rice wine, soy sauce and ginger. The meat is then fried until it’s crispy before being served over rice with an egg sunny side up.
The dish can be found throughout Hong Kong and Macau, although its exact origins are unknown. One theory is that Sizzling Pork on the Street was first cooked as a cheap version of this popular Cantonese banquet dish called Ma-Lam-Pao or Three Layer Meat. Another theory is that it was created by Chinese immigrants who fled to Macau during World War II when they couldn’t find other sources of protein.
6) Nasi Lemak (Malaysian Coconut Rice with Spices and Side Dishes)
Nasi lemak is a type of rice dish originating from Malaysia. The rice dish is served with curried chicken or beef, and topped with fresh cucumber slices, roasted peanuts, hard-boiled eggs, and sambal (chili paste). It is typically eaten with a spoonful of thick coconut milk. The dish has origins from Indian culture but was heavily influenced by Thai cuisine when it migrated to Malaysia during the 16th century. The dish has become a national staple for Malaysians. Nasi Lemak derives its name from nasi (rice) and lemak (coconut milk), which are both staples of Malaysian cooking.
7) Chicken Curry Puff in Penang, Malaysia
Chicken Curry Puff is a delicacy found throughout Malaysia and Singapore. The pastry is fried, then filled with curry and chicken meat before being sealed up tight. They’re typically served fresh and hot, but they also make a great cold snack. In Penang, this dish can be found at almost every food stall or hawker center. For those who are feeling adventurous, try it with egg yolk inside for extra richness!
8) Roti Canai (Flatbread, Indian Style), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This is a flatbread, Indian style. It’s made from flour and is cooked by frying on a skillet. The dough is stretched out and turned into a round shape. When it’s ready, it’s dipped into hot oil to cook the outside and then dunked into a pan full of sizzling butter or ghee (clarified butter). The roti canai is then flipped and cooked on both sides until they’re crispy and golden brown. Sometimes they’re served with chili sauce.