Asian Feasts and Finds

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The appeal of Asia to Food Travelists is undeniable. The vast continent with cuisines a wonderful variety of cultures and cuisines spans from Indian to Chinese to Thai to Vietnamese to Singaporean and more. There’s truly something for everyone and with as many tastes and traditions to explore as a traveler desires.

ASIAN FEASTS & FINDS

We thought we’d tantalize your taste buds and let your mind take you to familiar and unfamiliar feasts and finds in the exotic and delicious cultural landscape of Asia with a photo journey through some of our favorite Asian feasts and finds.

Pretty Dumplings

Pretty Dumplings

 

There are many delicious dumplings from Taiwan to Tokyo. World famous dim sum, steamed dumplings, fried gyoza and pot stickers all fit the bill.

Steamed Dumplings

Steamed Dumplings

Din Tai Fung Taipei Taiwan Dumpling

Din Tai Fung Taipei Taiwan Dumpling

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

 

Many Asian feasts include noodles. Vietamese Pho, Japanese Ramen, Chinese lo-mien and many other delicious meals include noodles at the core.

Tasty Noodles

Tasty Noodles

Spicy Garlic Ramen

Spicy Garlic Ramen

 

Rice is another favorite component of much Asian cuisine. Whether it’s wrapped around sushi, plain and simple, fried with lots of goodies, or somewhere in between, rice is tasty and filling.

Yang Chow Rice

Yang Chow Rice

Everything Fried Rice

Everything Fried Rice

 

There are many delicious ways to stuff something yummy into a wrapper, whether using a won ton, a soft rice bun, rice wrap or lettuce. Rolls can be deep fried, steamed or served on a platter that makes everyone smile.

Thai Rolls

Thai Rolls

Fried Egg Rolls

Fried Egg Rolls

Pork Stuffed Buns

Pork Stuffed Buns

Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

 

While there may be more Asian treats that you can shake a stick it, you can find skewers with many eats, both unique and sweet.

Lots of Stuff on Sticks

Lots of Stuff on Sticks

Candied Fruit on Sticks Beijing

Candied Fruit on Sticks Beijing

 

Street eats and DIY are also lots of fun in Asia. Hawker stalls selling local favorites, street stands and hot pots where you can cook your own meal are all part of the various scenes.

Singapore Hawker Stalls

Singapore Hawker Stalls

Street Food in India

Street Food in India

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

 

Dishes that require patience to perfect (and to eat!) are a testament to the thoughtfulness evident in some Asian cuisine. Delicately carved duck that has taken hours, even days to prepare by masters in a restaurant can be matched by the beauty of lovely carved fruit that can be purchased from a local in an alley in some neighborhoods.

Peking Duck Prep

Peking Duck Prep

Peking Duck Dinner

Peking Duck Dinner

Beautiful Carved Pineapple

Beautiful Carved Pineapple

 

Tea has a special place in Asian cultures. Not only the explanations and the ceremonies, but the great variety as well. And then there’s just the fun of it, like bubble tea, which can be found in trendy areas from China to Los Angeles.

Tea and Ceremony

Traditional Tea and Ceremony

Nanluoguxiang and Bubble Tea

The Trendy Nanluoguxiang Hutong and Volcano Bubble Tea

 

But after all that wonderful food, we find ourselves out exploring what’s going on where we are.
Singapore provides some great places to commune with nature through the Jurong Bird Park and the Zoo, which also has a night zoo so you can see nocturnal animals when they are awake.

Jurong Bird Park

Jurong Bird Park

White Tigers Singapore Zoo

White Tigers Singapore Zoo

 

Beijing’s Confucious Temple and Guozijian Museum provide a thoughtful place where you can contemplate in a relatively small area dotted with old and historical trees amid a bustling metropolis with millions of people.

Confucius Temple

Confucius Temple

 

Parades and celebrations are part of fun.

agon in Hong Kong Parade

Paper Dragon in Hong Kong Parade

 

And markets of every sort provide opportunities to scout out unique ingredients and the freshest produce nearby.

Spice Markets

Spice Markets

Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce

 

Whether you like to eat outdoors or catch a great view, Asia is full of opportunities.

Outdoor Dining in Hong Kong

Outdoor Dining in Hong Kong

Singapore Marina Bay Sands

Singapore Marina Bay Sands

 

From tasty snacks called “Chaat” in India

Indian Snacks

Indian Snacks “Chaat”

 

to entertainment by talented acrobats in China

Chinese Acrobats

Chinese Acrobats

 

Asia is full of feasts and finds. And if you’re looking for some western dish, you can find that too, like a tasty burger in Singapore.

Daniel Boulud Singapore

Burger at Daniel Boulud’s db bistro moderne in  Singapore

 

Sometimes Asian flavors are even in your own town. So, while you’re waiting to make that trip, enjoy some local tastes of Asia whether they’re modern and unique like a crazy Ramen Burger

Ramen Burger

Ramen Burger

 

or traditional and tasty

Sharing with Friends

Sharing with Friends

like a Chinese restaurant with a big lazy Susan full of food to share with family and friends.

There’s so much diversity it’s hard not to fall in love with all that Asia has to offer. Join us to explore more of Asian Feasts & Finds on our Twitter chat #foodtravelchat Weds. March 18th, 2015 sponsored by Hong Kong Tourism Board. You’ll discover even more feasts & finds when you share with others!

THE BIG BITE:  Explore the exotic and delicious cultural landscape of Asia with a photo journey through some of our favorite Asian feasts and finds.

8 Responses to Asian Feasts and Finds

  1. alison abbott Reply

    March 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I’m dizzy from all the tastes you’ve presented. Wow-what a selection. My favorites are spring rolls and dumplings. Here’s a recipe for vegetable dumplings I think is yummy if you want to try them in your own kitchen, http://greenwithrenvy.com/2012/12/meatless-monday-and-vegetable-dumplings.html

  2. Tim & Nat ✈ (@acooknotmad) Reply

    March 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I should have eaten before reading this. Now I’m starving! Thank god we have some potstickers in the freezer. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Nomadic Chica (@NomadicChica) Reply

    March 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    What a huge amount of delicius things you’ve put together here! Now I just wanna go there and try all those tasty dishes! I love Asian food…so colourful and yummy!

  4. OMG! I think about our planned future travels to Asia and the first thing that comes to mind is THE FOOD (followed distantly by temples, festivals, scenery…) Your photos (oh those pretty little dumplings) had me drooling and the artful presentation is amazing.

  5. contentedtraveller Reply

    March 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    what a food feast; gyoza being a favourite

  6. betsywuebker Reply

    March 17, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Pete used to spend football weekends on the mainland U.S. mixing up filling and pinching it into pot stickers for the freezer. Your photos brought a happy reminder of some of his talented recipes. Thanks!

  7. Carole Terwilliger Meyers Reply

    March 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    That is quite and array of Asian yumminess! If you want to enjoy more photos of delicious dim sum, check this out, http://berkeleyandbeyond.com/Way-Beyond/Photo-Galleries/Dim-Sum-Photos/dim-sum-photos.html

    • suereddel

      suereddel Reply

      March 18, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Carole! We always want to see more photos of delicious food! Thanks for sharing them.

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