The diverse cultural influences of South East Asia combined with the incredible breadth of local produce make the region a fascinating destination for foodies. The special spices and herbs, great restaurants combining traditional Asian cuisine with global standards and of course the friendly and talented chefs make the region a gastronomic paradise.
Spices And Herbs Of South East Asia
The region brims over with bustlingly food markets bursting with colourful herbs and spices. In most dishes, the herbs and spices are front and centre. Chilli, mint, basil, dill, lemongrass, ginger, star anise, coriander and many others regularly feature. Yes these spices do so much more than simply provide a dish with flavour, they express the culture and heritage of the people in South East Asia; cultures that have to be tasted to be fully savoured and appreciated.
Remember, great produce is the basic of great food. Therefore the herbs should be used on the day you buy them. To make your own herb plate, mix a few salad greens, round lettuce, a couple of slices of cucumber and any of the other herbs.
Eating Out In South East Asia
1. Pots ‘n Pans
The restaurant fuses traditional Vietnamese flavours and textures with international ingredients. The colonial setting gives the restaurant a charming, cosy ambience. If you fancy something
different from the street food of Hanoi, this is for you. The restaurant also operates a training school for young people, giving it a meaningful, social purposetasted to be fully savoured and appreciated.
Add: 57 Bui Thi Xuan Street Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi Vietnam
2. Green Elephant
Green Elephant is one of the best restaurants in Mandalay for a traditional culinary experience. It is set within an early 20th century colonial villa with a bucolic garden giving the feeling of
dining in an oasis isolated from the surrounding busy streets.
Add: Green Elephant, No. 3 (H), Block 801, 27thSt. between 64th and 65th St., Mandalay, Burma
3. The Apsara Restaurant and Bar
The restaurant is located near the Nam Khan River offering guests a truly picturesque view over the river when dinning on the outdoor terrace. The Apsara features a wide selection of Asian and Western fusion with highlights including Lao soup, yellow curry with pumpkin, apple eggplant, bamboo and Lao basils.
Add: Ban Phanluang, Luang Prabang