First of all I’m no chef, nor really experimental in the kitchen. I’m one of the lucky ones, that since as a child my mother introduced me to all kinds of exotic and unique flavours, building up my taste buds and stomach to handle all kinds of worldly foods. As eating out and in, is almost a hobby due to the vast variety of tastes around the globe, appreciating good food has become something of an interest to me.
Growing up in northern England, a home cooked Sunday Dinner, a Steak sandwich and Fish and Chips are all on the menu. If you’re from Teesside like me, you’ll know that you are from the birth of the Chicken ‘Parmo’ Parmesan, a breadcrumbed chicken, cooked with béchamel sauce and cheese melted on top. Goes great with takeaway thick garlic mayonnaise sauce. Mmm…
Since I’ve been on the road, I’ve managed to get to some of the food capitals of the world. Thailand, India and Malaysia come to mind. Here is 15 dishes I’ve came to love and recommend you must try.
Panang Curry, Malaysia – A traditional dish in Malaysia, served everywhere in Thailand, this curry is a favourite on the menu boards. Rich in flavour, coupled with rice, you can’t go wrong with having this mild or spicy. Chicken is my favourite and really is a top Asian Curry Dish.
Stuffed Tomato Curry, India – In the northern parts of India, particular Rajasthan, vegetarian dishes are all is available as no meat is served. Topped with marsala sauce, this stuffed tomato with cheese is divine and can be eaten any time of the day.
Masala Dosa(Dosai), Sri Lanka – Although I’ve never been to its home, a small none for profit cafe in Melbourne called ‘Lentils’ boasts this delight. Potato and vegetables held together by a bread wrap you would have with Kebab, add a bit of cool mint sauce and this is well worth your morning get up call.
Pho Noodle Soup, Vietnam – Typically the trademark Vietnamese dish, this Chicken or Beef noodle soup is very popular. My favourite is the Beef being raw, with beansprout and mint, added to hot spiced water. Add extra hot sauce for effect, you’ll never go wrong with this meal.
Thai Green Curry, Thailand – Thai Green Curry with Chicken, Coriander, Thai Green Paste and a hint of coconut. Healthy for you also as you can have it with more onion and vegetables. A Thai favourite and one I cannot get sick of.
Chicken Adobo, Philippines – Adobo means Marinade or Sauce in Spanish, Chicken Adobo is a favourite from the Philippines. Cook with plenty of bay leaves, accompanied by rice, lots of soy sauce and you have yourself a wonder.
Beef Bulgogi, Korean – Marinated Beef with some incredible flavours such as pepper, garlic, soy sauce and onions. Add some flakes and sesame seeds, with rice on the side and I promise this wont disappoint.
Pad Thai, Thailand – The most common street food around. Pad Thai is normally made from scratch on the markets in Bangkok, made with chicken pork, egg and noodles. Great quick dish and add some sweet chilli sauce and you’ll always go back.
Chicken Parmigiana, Australia – Similar to the Chicken Parmo, the only difference this has is swap the béchamel sauce with tomato puree, and add some ham in between and you have a Parma. Great with some aioli sauce which is effectively garlic sauce. A top Aussie, dish and great pub meal.
Chicken and Avocado Pasta, Australia – Okay, pasta is Italian, but since coming to Australia, Avocado is everywhere. Its so good yet slightly expensive, but everyone eats it. With their breakfast, on toast, even on pizza. My favourite to date has to be with Chicken in a Carbonara sauce. Great simple dish and very tasty!
Cheese Momo’s, India – Another vegetarian dish that I tried in the wonderful town of Hampi. Simply moon shaped pastry mini’s with melted cheese inside. Very addictive!
Num Pang Pate, Cambodia – Probably some of the best food I’ve liked. A baguette wrapped in Pate, Cheese, Tomato and a tangy sauce. Although probably not originally Cambodia and more French, this little treat are too hard to resist and you can pick them up for 1 USD off the street markets. Delicious!
Febo, Amsterdam – Basically a croquette but famous in Amsterdam. They are available in little slot and grab machines. Ingredients are beef, leek, carrots, onion and a hint of red wine. A unique taste and not everyone’s cups of tea, but I loved them!
Tom Yan Soup, Thailand – I first told about Tom Yam Soup from my uncle who had practically lived in Asia for a number of years. At first, I didn’t think much of it, but it grew on me. Can have a number of main ingredients but I choose Prawn, spicy sauce and a number of vegetables including corn, basil, potato and carrot. Every gulp has an outburst of tastes, a must try if you head to Thailand!
Hainanese Chicken, Thailand – Another Thailand phenomenon. Simply with Rice, spicy chili’s, Cucumber and soup basil spiced soup. I couldn’t get enough of this Pandan leaf affected dish, originally comes from China as their dish, but everywhere in Thailand.