People love food and eating food from different cultures and countries can be a new and refreshing experience where you can get to discover new tastes and flavours. Asian food may be one of the most popular cuisines in the world. But what people may not be knowledgeable about is the vastness and variety of pan-Asian food.
Here is a list of types of pan-Asian cuisine.
First of all, since Asia is the biggest continent comprising of 48 countries, the cuisine is vast and very diverse and is divided into 5 categories according to the regions.
Central Asian cuisine:
Food from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan consists of central Asian cuisine.
This cuisine is from Kazakhstan and mainly consists of mutton, horse meat, and dairy products. Popular dishes from this cuisine include beshbarmak, tadyr nan and palaw.
Similar to their neighbors, their cuisine also consists mostly of mutton, horse meat, and milk products. Popular dishes from this cuisine include kuurdak, Shashlik, Paloo, Samsa, and Lagman.
Tajik cuisine has influences from Aghan and Russian cuisines. Plov is a famous dish from this country which is a pilaf and is made from veggies like carrots and meat. This dish is collectively eaten in a huge bowl. Other dishes of importance include Qurutob which is the national dish. Non, a flatbread is regularly served with dishes.
Similar to other central Asian cuisines, Plov is also a staple food in the Turkmen cuisine. Also famous for their melons, even though they rarely export in the modern day, they grow up to 400 different varieties. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Pilaf, manti, dograma and kovurma.
Noodles and mutton are very important food here. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Khalta savo, kov roghan, yakhni and oshi piyozi.
East Asian cuisine:
Food from China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Mongolia consist of East Asian cuisine.
Due to its large area, Chinese cuisine can differ from region to region. Chinese staples consist of rice, noodles, soy sauce, and tea. Chopsticks are usually preferred in Chinese cuisine as compared to western utensils. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Peking duck, chowmein , spring rolls, and kung pao chicken.
Japanese cuisine consists of rice with soup broths made from different bases like miso or soy. Raw fish is one of the delicacies that has widely spread all across the globe. Popular dishes from this cuisine include sushi, sashimi, ramen, gyoza, and yakitori.
Korean cuisine is famous for its Kimchi, which is a spiced fermented cabbage, nori which is seaweed. Staple foods include rice, kimchi, and various meats usually pork and beef. Popular dishes from this cuisine include kimbap, bibimbap, kimchi, and bulgogi.
Most of its cuisine consists of dairy products and meats also with uses of animal fat. Due to its climate, uses of vegetables and spices are limited. Popular dishes from this cuisine include tsuivan, buuz, khuushuur, and khorkhog
Taiwanese cuisine has influences from the southern region of China. Mainland Chinese, Hakka-style cuisine can also be easily found here. Popular dishes from this cuisine include gua bao, zong zi, fan tuan and beef noodle soup.
South Asian Cuisine:
Food from the Indian sub-continent including Afghanistan and Maldives consist of South Asian food.
The cuisine here mainly consists of food made from crops such as wheat, maize and barley, dairy products and mutton is also commonly consumed here. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Ashak, bolani and afghan jalebi.
Heavily influenced by Bengali cuisine, Bangladeshi staples include rice and vegetables with an array of herbs and spices and fish. Popular dishes from this cuisine include machher jol, chingri malai curry, and polao.
Red rice along with variations of meats like chicken, yak, pork, beef, and mutton are the staples here. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Ema datshi, suja, jasha maru, and phaksha paa
Like Chinese cuisine, due to its diversity and area, India has an array of different types of cuisine depending upon regions. But Indian food is known for its curry. Staples here include Roti or chapati made from wheat dough, rice, vegetables and meat like chicken, mutton, and fish. Popular dishes from this cuisine include samosa, laksa, tandoori chicken, dosa, and litti chokha.
A.k.a Dhivehi cuisine is eaten in Maldives and Minicoy in Lakshadweep in India. Their staple consists of coconuts, fishes, and starches. Popular dishes from this cuisine include kulhimas, bis keemiya, and dhon riha.
cuisine in Nepal has variations which change according to ethnicity and climate. Popular dishes from this cuisine include momos, sel roti, dhido, and gorkhali lamb.
Pakistani cuisine has influences from India, Central Asia, and Mughals. It can be categorized as “spicy” in the Punjab and Sindh province and “mild” in the western and northern provinces. Popular dishes from this cuisine include nihari, dum pukht, and chargha.
Sri Lankan cuisine:
Their cuisine is influenced by its neighboring countries such as India especially Southern India and also from Indonesia and Dutch. Staples include coconuts, rice, and spices. Popular dishes from this cuisine include fish Ambul Thiyal, kottu, and Lamprais.
Southeast Asian cuisine:
From southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and, we have southeast Asian cuisines.
This cuisine is influenced by Indian, Chinese and Thai cuisine. Some famous dishes from Burmese cuisine include Mohinga, Khow suey and Laphet thouk.
The staples here mainly consist of fruits, rice, noodles, and various soups and broths. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Lap Khmer, Bai sach chrouk, and nom banh chok.
Origins of the Filipino cuisine are high with influences from Mexican, Chinese, and other Asian cuisines. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Adobo, sisig, and arroz caldo.
Indonesian cuisine is highly diverse due to Indonesia comprising of over 6000 islands. Popular dishes from this cuisine include beef rendang, siomay, and nasi rawon.
This is the cuisine from Laos and the cuisine has influenced its neighboring countries including Thailand and Cambodia. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Khao Niaw, Mok Pa, and Khao Piak Sen.
There are many variations of ethnic cuisines in Malaysian cuisine. Spices and aromatic roots and herbs are common in this cuisine. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Ayam Percik, Apam Belik, and Mee Goreng mamak.
This cuisine can be categorized into four parts i.e North, northeastern, central and southern. Influences from Indian, Laos, Burma and Cambodian cuisines are prevalent. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Tom Yum Goong, Som Tum, and Pad Thai.
this cuisine comes from Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines and ingredients like fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, and herbs are popular. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Pho, Banh Mi, and Banh cuon.
West Asian Cuisine:
West Asian food is more commonly known as middle eastern food which comprises of cuisines from countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, and other middle eastern countries.
Eastern Arabian cuisine:
This cuisine has diverse influences from countries such as India, China, and Persia. Popular dishes from this cuisine include manakeesh, grilled halloumi, and tabouleh.
Most of the food here is imported due to its limitation with the land. Popular dishes from this cuisine include almsli, Harees, and Mahyawa.
A.k.a Mesopotamian cuisine has a long history going back to the Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians. Their cuisine consists of sophisticated dished that seem to have been passed down through generations. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Timman ou Keema, Bamia, and Iraqi kebab.
A.k.a Persian cuisine, their cuisine consists mostly of rice with meats and vegetables. saffron and dried limes are used in food to give the dishes a classic Iranian taste. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Dizi, Ash Reshte, Fesenjan, and Baghali polo.
Their cuisines mostly consist of dishes made from rice and different meats like chicken or mutton. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Jireesh, Machboos, and Quzi.
Their cuisine consists of simple dishes prepared with the use of marinades are not spicy like other Asian countries. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Majboos, Mashuai, and Kahwa.
Saudi Arabian cuisine:
Staples include a variety of meats, falafels, and shawarma. Bread is also common in this cuisine. Popular dishes from this cuisine include Jareesh, Mandi, and harissah.