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Looking for something robust and exotic in flavours? Asian cuisine has evolved from being a niche food obsession to one of the most sought-after foods across the globe – subtle and sensuous, yet full of vibrant flavours and colours. It is a cuisine that has its own distinct characteristics, from cooking style and preparation right up to the plate.

Asian food is primarily based on location - flavourful East Asian, aromatic Southeast Asian, spice-laden South Asian, meat-loving Central Asian and wholesome Middle Eastern. The ingenious use of cooking techniques and spices has revolutionized what was once humble home-cooking and staple dishes have turned into specialties that are known around the world. Hence, traveling through Asia brings you on an excursion not only of fascinating exotic countries, but of foods that are distinctly diverse from country to country.

Satiate your appetite with these selections of Expedia’s must-haves:

Bangkok, Thailand - Tom Yum Goong

Bangkok, Thailand – Southeast Asia’s “City of Angels”

Embark on a food trail around Bangkok with these scrumptious local delicacies such as Boat Noodle (Victory Monument), Mango Sticky Rice (Thonglor, Sukhumvit), Somtum (Siam Square) and Pad Thai (Tipsamai). Also, a few of Thailand’s best kept culinary secrets dishes like Tom Yam Goong and Massamam curry that keep you wanting for more.

Hanoi, Vietnam - Beef Pho

Hanoi, Vietnam – Food for the Soul

Enjoy a hot and hearty bowl of Pho at Pho Gia Truyen (49 Bat Dan Street), Pho 24 (31 Hang Khay) or Pho Thin (13 Lo Duc Street) and the melodic-sounding Cha Ca La Vong, one of Hanoi’s famous dishes of pan-fried turmeric fish served with dill at 14 Cha Ca Street or Cha Ca Thang Long (19 Duong Thanh Street). Alternatively, you can opt for a street food tour at Cam Ci, Tong Duy Tan Street for a variety of Vietnamese food.

Hong Kong - Dim Sum Galore

Hong Kong – A Gastronomic Odyssey

Hong Kong is well-known as a foodie’s paradise, from street food to posh restaurants, from Chinese to Western; one is definitely spoilt for choice. Take a dip into a wondrous epicurean trail starting from Tai Cheong Bakery for a classic dim sum must-have, Hong Kong style Egg Tarts to the simply delicious Shrimp Wonton Noodles at Mak’s Noodles and drool-worthy Beef Brisket Noodles at Kau Kee Restaurant. Renowned as the city that houses various most affordable Michelin star restaurants in the world; don’t leave until you have tried the array of scrumptious Dim Sums at Tim Ho Wan (notable Dim Sum specialist). 

Osaka, Japan - Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake)

Osaka, Japan – Haven for Food Lovers

Rediscover Osaka and enjoy everything from epicurean delicacies to the everyday local street foods such as Okonomiyaki (savoury pancake), Kushikatsu (seasoned skewered and grilled meat) and Takoyaki (ball-shaped Japanese snack). To complete your journey, do visit Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, one of the earliest shopping streets in Osaka for a fantastic eating spree at the stalls along the side-lanes, artisan shops and eateries.

Penang, Malaysia - Assam Laksa

Penang, Malaysia – Multicultural Food Fare

Penang is renowned for its abundance of hawker food that makes one spoilt for choice at any given time. Tantalizing your taste-buds with these deliciously prepared Nasi Kandar (rice meal of Indian Muslim origin) at Merlin Hotel and Air Itam’s best serving of Asam Laksa (spicy fish-based noodle soup), Oh Chien (fried oyster) at Bee San Coffee Shop, Char Koey Teow (fried flat noodle) at Ah Leng Char Koey Teow and last but not least, Penang Curry Mee at Sister’s Curry Mee.

South Korea - Bibimbap (Korean mixed-rice with assorted vegetables and meat)

Seoul, South Korea – Seoul-ful Gourmet

Seoul’s wide array of street food to fanciful fare encapsulates the riches of Korean cuisine; signature dishes from Kimchi JJigae (spicy kimchi stew) to Bibimbap (Korean mixed-rice with assorted vegetables and meat), Bulgogi (Korean grilled dishes) and more that will bedazzle you from the first bite. Enjoy the vibrant soul of South Korea through these top 10 best restaurants - Song Jook Heon (송죽헌), Yong Su San (용수산), Eulji Myun Oak (을지면옥), Si Hwa Dam (시화담), To Sok Chon (토속촌), Goraebul (고래불), Jung Sik Dang (정식당), Jinju Jip (진주집) and Byeokjae Galbi (벽재갈비).

Singapore - Chilli Crab

Singapore – An Epicurean Odyssey

For some serious gastronomic tour of Singapore’s signature dishes, delight your taste-buds with these national treasures such as the creamy sweet-piquant Chilli Crab, sambal-laden Barbequed Sting Ray, humble Fried Hokkien Mee (fried noodle dish) and last but not least, the renowned national dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice. Albeit, Singapore is famous for its street food, you will find the fine dining scene is just as exciting with a host of top chefs and Michelin star restaurants, namely Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, Sky on 57 by Justin Quek, Long Chim by David Thompson, Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda and more.

Taiwan - Braised Beef Noodle

Taipei, Taiwan – For the Love of Street Food

Taipei is well-known around the world for its night markets and street food. This capital city of Taiwan dedicated an amazing array of streets to snacking such as the largest night market in Shilin district, Raohe Street Night Market in Taipei city itself and local favourite, Ningxia Night Market. Don’t leave Taipei until you have savoured the local must-haves – sweet and spicy sauce-laden Oyster Omelette, Braised Beef Noodle Soup, Traditional Taiwanese Sausage with Sticky Rice, unique Smelly Tofu, Pearl Milk Tea and more.

If you have never been on a gastronomy adventure around Asia, take full advantage of the world’s leading online travel agent, Expedia’s Asian Food Trail with a three-day, two-night (flights + hotel) package deal priced from RM 195 per person, with bookings from 24 February 2015 until 15 March 2015 to top destinations such as Taipei, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore, Bangkok, Penang, Hanoi and more for a culinary excursion. Bookings will be valid for travel until 17 May 2015.

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