Asian Cuisine
An Array of Flavors and Colors


When we talk about Asian Cuisine we think Chinese or Oriental Cuisine, but it is much more than that.

It can be divided into three main groups: East Asian or Chinese, Japanese and Korean Cuisines; South East Asian encompassing Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore; and finally South Asia meaning India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Burma.

And we have to mention the Middle Eastern Cuisine encompassing many countries going from the former Soviet Republics all the way to Egypt.





Orange Chicken is one of the traditional Chinese dishes

Orange Chicken is one of the traditional Chinese dishes


Chinese Cuisine

We can write many articles about Chinese Food. I have been exposed to it all my life, since my childhood in Cuba that had an immense Chinese population and hundreds of Chinese Restaurants. In the United States Chinese food is as popular as its own dishes. Here I mention a few of the main dishes we all know.


Chinese Cuisine

  • Fried Rice
  • Chicken Chow Mein
  • Crab Rangoon
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Egg Rolls
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • Orange Chicken
  • Sweet and Sour Pork
  • Egg Drop Soup


  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Sesame Chicken
  • Peking Duck
  • Wonton Soup
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Fun Fusion Fondue
  • Potstickers
  • Beef Wth Broccoli
  • General Tso's Chicken
  • Kung Pao Chicken



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Chicken Tikka Masala a typical Indian dish

Chicken Tikka Masala a typical Indian dish


Indian Cuisine

  • Butter Chicken tastes great with Kaali Daal orblack lentils
  • Tandoori Chicken or roasted chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Masala is a delicious dish in which pre-marinated pieces of chicken are grilled and then added to thick creamy gravy.
  • Rogan Josh meaning red lamb in Kashmir
  • Malai Kofta is the vegetarian alternative to meatballs
  • Chole is a chickpea curry
  • Palak Paneer is spinach and cottage cheese
  • Kaali Daal or black lentils
  • Chaat the most popular North-Indian snack
  • Naan or leavened Indian flatbread


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Satay Barbecued Meat a typical Indonesian dish

Satay Barbecued Meat a typical Indonesian dish



Indonesian Cuisine

  • Sambal a staple on all Indonesian tables
  • Satay or barbecued meat
  • Bakso is meatball noodles soup
  • Nasi goring, Indonesian National dish made of rice
  • Gado-gado meaning literally mixed of several ingredients
  • Nasi uduk rice cooked in coconut milk
  • Nasi padang original from Sumatra
  • Ayam goring or fried small chicken
  • Bakmie goring is an Indonesian noodles dish


A typical and delicious Iranian Cuisine assortment

A typical and delicious Iranian Cuisine assortment


Iranian Cuisine

  • Sekanjabin is a refreshing Persian drink.
  • Persian Melon Salad
  • Ash-e-jow is a Persian barley soup
  • Maast-o Khiar is a Persian Cucumber Yogurt
  • Persian Yogurt Salad
  • Herbed Pomegranate Salsa
  • Yazdi Cakes light and not so sweet
  • Lamb and Asparagus Stew
  • Persian style Tomato Avocado Salad
  • Adas Polow is the equivalent of Persian Rice and Lentils


Assorted Tempura dishes of Japanese Cuisine

Assorted Tempura dishes of Japanese Cuisine


Japanese Cuisine

  • Ramen is a very popular soup in Japan
  • Donburi is the Japanese name for a rice bowl
  • Sushi consists of thin slices of raw fish served with rice mixed with vinegar.
  • Onigiri is a quick lunch of rice and fish
  • Nabe meat and vegetables cooked in a broth
  • Chahan is fried rice with many different ingredients
  • Curry Rice taken from the Indians is a little different and very popular in Japan
  • Tempura is vegetables and seafood dipped into a batter and then fried.
  • Yaki is the Japanese word for grilled. Yakiniku is grilled chicken and Yakizakana is grilled fish
  • Udon is noodles served with fish broth and other vegetables and cakes.


Tom Yam Goong a jumbo shrimp and mushroom soup of Thailand

Tom Yam Goong a jumbo shrimp and mushroom soup of Thailand


Thai Cuisine

  • A mix of sweet, sour, salty and hot is what makes Thai food so delicious.
  • Tom Yam Goong a jumbo shrimp and mushroms
  • Kuay Tiew or noodle soup
  • Som tam or spicy papaya is better served with barbequed chicken and lumps of sticky rice
  • Gai Med Ma Moung is chicken and cashew Nuts
  • Geng Kheaw Wan Gai  is chicken with green curry paste
  • Tom Kha Gai is chicken soup with coconut milk and lemongrass
  • Kao Phad is the good old fried rice
  • Massaman Curry is a mix of coconut milk, potatoes, roasted peanuts, bay leaves, sugar, cinnamon, and tamarind sauce accompanied to different kinds of meats.
  • Khao man gai - chicken and rice served with sweet and spicy sauces.



A Variety of Vietnamese Food

A Variety of Vietnamese Food


Asian Cuisine has no limit; we are going to talk about them in more details. Here a few of the ones those are very popular

  • Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Sri Lankan Cuisine
  • Bengali Cuisine
  • Burmese Cuisine
  • Cambodian Cuisine
  • Iraqi Cuisine
  • Korean Cuisine
  • Malaysian Cuisine
  • Oriental Cuisine
  • Pakistani Cuisine



images for asian cuisine

china    orange chicken    rick audet
indonesia    satay    jpatokal
india    tikka massala    mansari66
japan    tempura    patrice neff
thailand    tom yam goong    kisocci
vietnam n/a
iran n/a

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