Cuisine is one of the most inspirational elements of travel. Food reflects culture. Eating brings socialization. Cuisine offers insight. Therefore no matter where you are in the world, eating takes you closer to understanding your travel destination.
With a variety of delightful cuisines Asia is certainly one of the tastiest regions in the world. From hot, spicy curries along the equator line to delicious Peking Duck of China and delicious noodle dishes such as pho in Vietnam influenced by French cuisine, there’s myriad delights awaiting intrepid taste buds to explore.
It’s not just the foods themselves that are diverse however – there’s also plenty of dining styles in Asia.
The Japanese certainly like their food fresh. In fact, they are so keen to eat fresh, often the cooking stage is removed to speed up the process altogether. The most common example of this would be sashimi, sliced raw meat (usually fish such as salmon or tuna) and sushi (a combination of rice topped with raw fish).
In certain Japanese restaurants it’s even possible to go one step further than eating your fish raw and try ikizukuri – a controversial process (it’s reportedly illegal in Germany and Australia) where the fish, octopus or crustacean is consumed while still being alive.
While some cuisine in Asia may arrive uncooked and is expected to be eaten that way, there is also a swathe of restaurants that offer the pleasure of cooking to the customers.
In Cambodia for example, many restaurants offer customers platters of raw and marinated meat ready for barbecuing – thankfully they also offer the grill itself to do the deed, with one in the center of each table.
It’s not uncommon to find a variety of exotic grill-able cuts available, such as snake, kangaroo, ostrich and crocodile, to complement the range of textbook chicken and beef. The process of grilling enables a social process to the meal and promotes the idea of sharing.
Thailand, as well as offering BBQ restaurants such as the aforementioned in Cambodia, also has an abundance of eateries such as MK Restaurant who provide the raw ingredients a la carte for customers to prepare their own soup. Picking from a range of veggies, seafood and meat, each group boils their dinner together, again creating a sense of camaraderie among diners adding to the social experience.
These are just some of the alternative dining styles that can be enjoyed on our extensive range of fully customizable Asia tours. Simply contact one of our expert Travel Specialists to make an inquiry about one of our tours, and they will cater the experience to suit your individual needs.