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Asia is a unique cocktail of adventure, culture, history and, of course, incredible cuisine.
But with so many countries and incredible foodie options just waiting to be explored, where do you begin? Here are five foodie-friendly places in Asia. Good luck finding the time to try them all.
A modern city in every sense of the word, Bangkok has endless options for foodies, from some of the best street food in the world all the way up to fine dining options that are some of the very best anywhere in Asia.
And although Thai food is delicious and wonderful, you can find almost anything in Bangkok, which has its own China Town, Little India and even Little Italy. But if it’s Thai food you are looking for, then 80/20 and 100 Mahaseth are two of the very best restaurants you’ll find.
One of the most visually arresting cities in the world, Singapore is an incredible melting pot of cultures and cuisines, all of which are fantastic. In fact, Ben Groundwater recommends eating as much delicious food as you can when you visit Singapore, as detailed in his The One Thing blog.
The street food is excellent, try visiting Lau Pa Sat to sample an incredible variety of options. You can also find Michelin-starred restaurants in Singapore, including the cheapest meal of that quality anywhere in the world – which you will find in the shape of the excellent Liao Fan.
3. Phuket, Thailand
This tropical island is a study in contrasts, from the peace and quiet of the most beautiful deserted beaches, to the buzz and bustle of Patong Beach itself. Phuket has some incredible places to eat, with seafood – understandably – at the fore.
The crab curry at the excellent Raya Restaurantis worth going out of your way to find. Don’t miss it.
This incredible city is full of incredible foodie options for all travellers. It has some of the best street food markets in Asia and the beef noodle soup is iconic. The best places for that dish are 49 Bat Dan Street, or you could also try 10 Ly Quoc Su. For Chicken Noodle Soup, head to Pho Ga Mai Anh and you won’t be disappointed.
5.Chang Mai, Thailand
This is the main tourist centre in the north of Thailand and the Lanna cuisine in these parts is legendary. Local specialities include the famous noodle and curry soup, known located as Khao Soi. Chang Mai has dozens and dozens of places where you can order that dish. Two other local dishes are grilled meat, usually on sticks and Sai Ua, the local sausage, which is packed full of fantastic flavours. Try the fun S&P Chicken restaurant, which is always busy and always good. And if you get the chance order the slow-grilled poussin, which is normally accompanied by a fantastic homemade sauce.