10 Foods to try in East Asia

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East Asian cuisine includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian, and Taiwanese food. Considering this is the most populated region of the world, it has many regional cuisines (especially China). Examples of staple foods include rice, noodles,  soy beans, seafood (Japan has the highest per capita consumption of seafood), bok choy (Chinese cabbage), and tea.

10. Eggette

Eggette or known in Hong Kong as gai daan jai (鷄蛋仔) ranked no.1 in a 100 most popular Hong Kong street food sweet snack list. The batter is made with plenty eggs, flour, and sugar, and cooked in a hot griddle in a small ball-shaped mold. Now, this fave snack has a variety of flavors and colors.

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9. Congee

Chinese Rice Noodle Soup or better known as Congee is a good appetizer or can even be a meal in itself. It smells so good and tastes light and savory with the refined taste of rice, mushroom/fungi.

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8. Fish Balls

Fish balls are made of fish, of different kinds and comes in many colors, sizes and flavors. The common version of fish balls is the snack version wherein they are boiled in water and sauces.

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7.Beef Noodle Soup/niu rou mian

Noodle is our pasta in the East. Long, thick noodles topped with clumps of beef shanks, and pickled greens is a classic Taiwan comfort food. If you suddenly get hungry and want to fill up your stomach right away, this fast food won’t surely disappoint you. Plus, most of the time they are readily available due to the deep demand in most eateries and restaurants.

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Speaking of fresh and fruits, Koreans know how to put to use the fresh concept not only in their drinks but also in their dessert. I’m referring to their ice cream. Korean ice cream is a hit but why not try the oldest, shall we say traditional ice cream in Korea? The Bingsu…Its full of square-cut fresh mangoes, accompanied with sweet red beans and a cup of yellow ice cream, perhaps with a mango flavor as well. And the creamy, sweet ice, ohhh! I don’t mind it’s freezing cold in heaven. But really, it’s worth a try. The one I did was in Shilla Hotel, only that it’s so pricey for me. I think it was 42,000 won! However, I saw some in Namdaemun market, they only cost around 8,000 won. What a difference!

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5. Traditional Korean dish

Never leave Korea without trying their traditional dish like this one that come with a dozens of side dishes or banchan. A feast indeed for the soul. Aside from the bowls of rice, it was also composed of tofu soup, steamed crabs, bulgogi, dried fishes, japchae/stir noodles,fish pancake,then began the wide variety of banchan such as kimchi, radishes,onions, jalapeno,dried small fishes, among others.

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4. Melon Pan

My Mexican travel buddy really enjoyed Melon Pan. The filling inside is made of vanilla, which originates from Mexico. This sweet bun is also popular in Latin America, Taiwan and China. The bun was big that it can cover my entire face which is covered in a thin layer of crisp cookie dough. Their appearance resembles a melon, such as a cantaloupe.

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3. Sushi

Sushi. Who will miss out sushi when in Japan? One of the national dishes of Japan aside from Ramen, Sushi has taken the world by storm. That’s why there are so many variations of sushi around the world as each country has their own take but it will never be a sushi without the sushi rice. It is a Japanese preparation of vinegared rice combined with other ingredients, mostly uncooked seafood, vegetables or fruits.

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2.Deep Fried Insects

These are the weirdest food you can probably eat in Wangfujing Street.They may look strange but they look really tempting. And when you do eat it, youĺl forget how they look like with that crunchy, delicious bites – seahorses, starfish, dung beetles, grasshoppers – you name it. .

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1.Peking Duck

This is one of the few Beijing dishes that remains originally Chinese despite the international cuisine invasion. Its a must try dish in China, and eating it is considered a ritual on its own. Want to see, how it should be eaten? You may check the video below. 

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Anna is a travel buff, logophile, choreophile, an adventurous foodie & glossophilia.She loves writing, dancing, traveling & learning languages. She speaks more than 5 languages and have been to more than 20 countries so far. In her leisure time, she loves to listen to music, dance & try cooking.

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