Food Travelling in Southeast Asia

One of the things people enjoy most about travelling is the chance to experience a different culture and one of the easiest ways to do this is to try the local cuisine on holiday. Thomson have a good range of late deals at the moment so if you are considering a break why not be adventurous and consider a destination in Southeast Asia?

Spa Village, Tg Jara Resort - Rebecca

Travelling throughout Southeast Asia will introduce you to a kaleidoscope of cultures each with its own distinctive cuisine. The area is roughly split into nine regions which are Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Viet Nam, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Thai food has become commonplace nowadays and most people may have visited a noodle bar but visiting the actual region will offer you so much more choice, from Tom Yam soup to Kaeng Ho curry. Extend your trip into Burma and you could experience a range of traditional local salads (thokes) whose main ingredients can vary from rice or glass noodles to kaffir lime or fish paste (ngapi).

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Thai Food Promo at Impiana KLCC-005

For the chance to experience one of the world’s oldest living cuisines, you will need to head for Cambodia. The staple food in Cambodia is rice but here the rice is far from boring. Cambodians have over one hundred different words for rice and there are as many different varieties available. A traditional Cambodian dessert is sticky rice which is often eaten with pieces of fruit and coconut milk. If you are looking for a quick takeaway lunch in Cambodia then you may be surprised to see French baguettes which are known in Cambodia as Nom Pang. This is a legacy from the French rule of Cambodia and they can be seen in all parts of the country.

If you get the chance to include Singapore in your trip through Southeast Asia then you will have the opportunity to experience probably the most diverse cuisine in the world. The food in Singapore has been influenced by Malaysian, Chinese, Indian and Western cuisine. Food stalls may offer you the chance to sample noodle dishes with Indian spices or find fried noodles served alongside curries.

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zaffron restaurant - buffet- Oasia Hotel - Singapore (26)

zaffron restaurant - buffet- Oasia Hotel - Singapore (21)

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It is impossible to cover all the varieties and styles of food available in Southeast Asia. The diversity of food and the wide choice available will make eating each day an adventure that you will never forget.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Sean

    i think i’d like to try more cambodian food! the cambodian fish paste curries that i’ve had so far and some salad-like items have been good (mainly at the tamarind group of restaurants)

    1. rebeccasaw

      Same here! I remember that restaurant at Heritage Row. It was pretty good but have since ceased operations. I never really liked Tamarind Group of restaurants somehow 😛

  2. ALAN

    Cambodian street food is tasty if a bit risky. Had a meal at the French derived restaurant in Hotel Bouganvillier on the quay. This was tasty but mean in its portion. Poached local poisson and rib of beef in red wine as I recall. Will call again next time. Any vies on Vientianne?

    1. rebeccasaw

      Vientianne? What do you mean?
      Cambodian food: I’ll love to try! I like trying any cuisine 🙂 But in KL Cambodian food not popularly avail commercially but there is a huge Cambodian community here. More of the Cambodian workers community, at the Masjid Jamek and the Tun HS Lee area

      1. ALAN

        Laos capital. Hotel on the Mekong r’side

      2. rebeccasaw

        Oh Laos capital!
        I never had interest to visit Cambodia that much as I’m not that interested in history/ancient ruins etc. But for food yes I’ll go 😛

  3. karthik

    Mostly, street foods with beef and curries are famous in Asia countries like Malaysia, Singapore and India. In india there is no way to eat such like beef curries in some of the religions. They had worship the cow like a god..


    1. rebeccasaw

      Wow really??
      Well I guess there in India, it’s more vegetarian and just chicken? What about pork?
      I have never been to India 🙂

  4. Andreas

    You have certainly traveled far and wide gal!

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