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1. Posted by rmb (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

Heading off on a tour of SE Asia soon...being a food fan I was wonder what are some dishes that can't be missed in:


2. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

for the Philippines... the common household dishes are the following:
Adobo - meat (pork/chicken) cooked in soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. It has different variations depending on location.
Sinigang - a tamarind soup base with vegetables and meat (pork, beef, chicken, or fish)
Sisig - a common beer match, best when served on a sizzling plate.
Palabok or Pancit Malabon - noodles served with an assortment of seafood, pork and vegetables. Common in parties.
Bicol Express - if you like spicy food. pork cooked in coco milk and chili.
Balut Egg - if you're daring enough. a boiled duck egg with a duck embryo inside.

In Malaysia, I'd think you shouldn't miss eating satay.

In Thailand (oh not listed), Phad Thai

In Vietnam, any of the Pho soups.

3. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1837 posts) 8y

You are coming to SEA and you are going to skip Thailand?

Thats pity....

4. Posted by rmb (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

yeah I'm skipping over it because I already spent a month there earlier this year so I wanna try and see some new places ;)

5. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

If you are going to the Western Visayas in The Philippines (especially Bacolod, Iloilo and Cebu) then you must try Piyaya. It is a sweet pastry type thing and it is absolutely gorgeous.

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3736 posts) 8y

In Malaysia I adored the Roti Chennai - roti bread with a curry dip. It's very cheap and delicious!

In Laos try some Lap which is the national dish - a spicy, flavoursome meat dish.

I loved most of the Thai food but particularly the curries.

The food in Vietnam was outstanding throughout but don't miss trying a pho (soup) and Nem (Spring roll).

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

If you go to Malacca, try the Baba Nyonya food, spicy Chinese influenced stuff available in a few restaurants there.

8. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1997 posts) 8y

Vietnam has wonderful food. In Hanoi I like Bun Cha and Banh Cuon in restaurants, and Kebab sandwiches at corner stands. Hoi An and Hue have some of the very best food in the country - it's hard to go wrong with anything there. I especially like Bun Bo Hue (a spicier version of Pho). Food in N. Vietnam is not spicey enough for me, and I'm always asking for the hot sauce/chilies. Saigon has great street food. By all means try raw sugarcane to chew on - it's delicious, as is fresh squeezed cane juice (normally comes with a little lime juice). The fruits are outstanding in the country, and everywhere you turn they have fruit shakes of all sorts (some with yogurt and some with ice). VN filtered coffee is the best - try the iced version with evaporated milk and a little chocolate syrup on top! Here's 2 of my favorate places to eat in Hanoi:

Banh Cuon Ky Dong Restaurant at 11 Tong Duy Tan St. (west of Cathedral Dist.)
Huyen Huong Restaurant at 20 Bao Khanh St. (Cathedral Dist. next to lake)

In Saigon try these 2 places in the Pham Ngu Lao - Coriander Thai and the Bi Saigon Hotel, and downtown - the outside stalls of the Ben Thanh Market after 6pm

In Hanoi too, you should try fresh beer (Bia Hoi), and I also like the Red Belgian Brewpub on Ma May St.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 21, 2008, at 12:26 PM by Daawgon ]

9. Posted by joffre (Respected Member 157 posts) 8y

Philippines - neverbeenthere
Indonesia - padang food
Malaysia - roti chanei & teh tarik, laksa, fried chicken, satay, chinese BBQ duck
Laos - sticky rice, laap, 'very' spicy fermented fish dipping sauces, icy cold beer lao
Cambodia - bamboo stuffed and cooked dishes, spicy fermented fish sauces
Vietnam - pho ga, goi cuon, freshly filled baguettes, any wrap your own rice paper dishes, vietamese coffee

10. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member 214 posts) 8y

Quoting bwiiian

If you are going to the Western Visayas in The Philippines (especially Bacolod, Iloilo and Cebu) then you must try Piyaya. It is a sweet pastry type thing and it is absolutely gorgeous.

oh yeah.. Piaya!.. hmmm very tasteful delicacy of the Visayan islands... shaped like a pita though it has fillings... but it's not a dinner/lunch-type of food.. it's mostly for snacks.. well.. Filipinos eat it for snacks..:D

oh definitely you should try the Philippine mangoes..

@daawgon... yeah... I liked Bun Cha also when I first tried it in Hanoi Hotel... and I was told it was tastier when done traditionally compared to the Hotel cooking..:D