Celebrity chefs seem to be fascinated by S.E Asia and its cuisine.
Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape currently on Channel 4 sees him on a journey to perfect the cuisine of Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia whilst challenging himself to try some of the region’s more curious delicacies and Rick Stein traveled on a culinary quest during his Far Eastern Odyssey tracking down authentic flavors for new exotic recipes.
And it’s easy to see why Asia’s flavors hold chefs and wannabe gourmets in their spell.
Here our Asia team share their top tips on how to have a culinary adventure of your own.
Siem Reap is universally famous for the amazing temples of Angkor Wat but many visitors are surprised by the range of dining options on offer. You can literally eat everything and anything here from fried tarantulas in the market to Dead Fish Tower, a low-key restaurant with crocodiles in the basement.
For the more discerning diner, Khmer (Cambodian) cuisine is full of flavor and trying Amok is a must. This is the local specialty of fish steamed in banana leaves and the best I have ever had was at Amansara, to the backdrop of the swimming pool lit by twinkling candles.
Must try fine dining gourmet experience: the Fountain Garden at the Hotel De La Paix. Enjoy the privacy of having the garden to yourselves, seated on a swinging day bed, whilst you are waited on hand and foot.
Vietnamese food is some of the healthiest, and most delicious, in the world. With fragrant and delicate spices, amazing seafood and wonderful street food, it’s no wonder that travelers visit the country with a gourmet experience in mind.
Try some tasty Pho from a street stall and marvel at the bustling markets selling a huge variety of exotic fresh fruit and colorful vegetables. Or enjoy a more refined dining experience in the fantastic restaurants at our favorite hotels The Nam Hai and Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.
Malaysian food reflects the multicultural aspects of Malaysia, with influences from India, China and beyond.
The result is delicious cuisine with a huge variety of dishes, some of the most well known being satay and laksa.