Here's Everything You Should Eat When Traveling To Asia — As Recommended By Locals Across 20+ Countries

If you're like me, you've definitely laid in bed watching shows of food tours around the world, whether on Netflix or YouTube, all while mentally making a list of places to hit up when you *eventually* travel to these countries. Lately, I've been watching a bunch that are based in Asia.

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How do I become Mark Wiens?

Naturally, I was then super curious when u/nirzhor_cyclonite asked, "What food should someone try if they visit your country?" on Reddit.

Many locals from Asian countries responded with their favorite dishes, so here are their recommendations (that I'm obviously bookmarking for future travels):

1.Korea: Haejangguk, a hangover soup consisting of dried napa cabbage, vegetables, and meat with a hearty beef broth made from boiled ox bones.

haejangguk made with pork

This soup above is a haejangguk made with pork.

There's also doenjang jjigae, handmade kimchi dumplings, naengmyeon, and seed hotteok.

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2.Iran: Gheimeh, a beef and split-pea stew made with saffron potatoes and served over white or aromatic rice that's sprinkled with a Persian rice spice blend.

bowl of gheimeh topped with french fries

Don't forget to try ghormeh sabzi, too.

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3.Vietnam: Pho, a noodle soup in beef bone broth with thinly sliced beef, bean sprouts, onions, and herbs.

bowl of pho with chopsticks grabbing noodles

Beyond the classic pho, there's banh mi and bun cha (especially if you're in Hanoi).

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4.India: Panipuri, round and hollow puri (which are like a crisp, deep-fried flatbread) typically stuffed with flavored water (imli pani), tamarind chutney, chaat masala, potato mash, onion, chickpeas, and chili powder.

person adding filling to puri

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5.Syria: Shawarma, a thinly sliced marinated meat (usually chicken, turkey, or beef) shaved off of a slow-roasted rotisserie.

Shawarma on a spit

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6.Myanmar: Mohinga, rice noodles in fish broth with cilantro, crispy fritters, and (optional) chili powder.

bowl of mohinga

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7.Japan: Udon, thick noodles made of wheat flour served in a lightly flavored broth, typically with vegetables and a protein (like beef, tempura, or tofu).

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Plus, some wagyu beef and yakisoba.

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8.Lebanon: Tabbouleh, a fresh herb-and-bulgur salad with finely chopped parsley, tomatoes, onion, and mint.

plate of tabbouleh

Also add hummus, balila, shawarma, bed ghanam, fweregh, lamb tongues and brain, kabab, labneh, mujaddara, and fattoush to your list.

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9.Taiwan: Beef noodle soup, which consists mainly of tender beef, noodles, bok choy, suancai (Chinese sauerkraut), scallions, cilantro, and red chilies.

bowl of beed noodle soup

Also, look out for popcorn chicken and stinky tofu!

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10.Singapore: Chicken rice, poached chicken and rice that's been cooked in chicken fat and chicken stock, along with garlic, ginger, and pandan leaves, and served with red chili and soy sauce.

plate of chicken rice with a fork holding a piece of chicken

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11.Pakistan: Mutton karahi, fresh and crisp lamb curry made with tomato, ginger, and garlic.

bowl of mutton karahi

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12.Philippines: Crispy pata, crispy and deep-fried pork leg served with a spicy soy-vinegar dip.

plate of crispy pata

If you can, try it from from Ana Lisa's Take Home Crispy! And also, try cebu lechon and carabao mangoes while you're in the country.

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13.China (Northern): Xinjiang lamb skewers, four to five smaller pieces of lamb grilled on five-inch skewers separated by small chunks of fat and marinated in salt, cumin, white pepper, chili powder, and Sichuan peppercorns.

plate of Xinjiang lamb skewers covered in spices

You can also try laghman, another Uyghur cuisine.

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Though some call these "old Beijing skewers," the dish originated in Xinjiang, officially known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, a large autonomous region in China, wherein a majority of the people are ethnically Uyghur and religiously Muslim.

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14.Indonesia: Nasi goreng, a fried rice dish made primarily with meat, vegetables, and a fried egg, and flavored with kecap manis (a sweet soy sauce), and terasi (an Indonesian shrimp paste).

bowl of nasi goreng

There's no one recipe for nasi goreng, so there are countless variations out there. Also recommended? Martabak and nasi uduk.

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15.Malaysia: Nasi lemak, rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, topped with crispy, fried anchovies and served on a banana leaf.

plate of nasi lemak sitting on a banana leaf

You should also check out assam laksa, char kway teow, penang hokkien mee, KL hokkien mee, rendang, nasi kandar, kolo mee, hainanese chicken rice, and yee sang.

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16.Bangladesh: Khichuri, a one-pot dish of rice, lentils, and mixed vegetables.

plate of khichuri

Heads up, there are various types of khichuri. Plus, you can also try dim bhuna, fried hilsa, kacchi biryani, and tehari.

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17.Hong Kong: Dim sum, small plates usually consisting of steamed and fried buns, dumplings, and rolls.

table of dim sum variety with people eating from different plates

You can try fen guo and custard buns dim sum, amongst many others.

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18.Laos: Kua mee, a stir-fried, dry rice noodle dish made with eggs, herbs, vegetables, and (sometimes) pork, topped with bean sprouts.

basket of kua mee

There's also lao herb sausage, khao piak, and Lao beef jerky. There's also dipping sauce for many things in Laos that you can easily try with sticky rice.

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19.Saudi Arabia: Kabsa, a primarily chicken and long-grain rice (like basmati) dish made with spices such as black lime powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron, cardamom, and cloves.

plate of kabsa

Different meats and vegetables can also be used to make kabsa.

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20.China: Hot pot, a communal meal made by cooking meats and vegetables in a large pot filled with simmering broth that is then dipped in sauce for extra flavor.

table of hotpot with people taking meat from the bowl

Most hot pot ingredients include thinly sliced meat, vegetables, bean products, egg dumplings, tofu, and/or seafood.

You can also check out Shanghai soup dumplings and egg/tomato scramble over rice.

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21.Thailand: Khao soi, a soup-like dish consisting of a curry-like sauce (with coconut milk) and made with a blend of crispy, deep-fried egg noodles and boiled egg noodles, along with pickled mustard greens, lime, shallots, and fried ground chillies.

bowl of khao soi

If you're in Chiang Mai, you should especially try khao soi.

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Is your mouth also watering? What other dishes would you recommend? Let me know your recs in the comments below!