After a whirlwind adventure around Southeast Asia with my sister, visiting Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, I can’t say we had one meal that we didn’t like. Not really knowing what to expect from food in Asia, we didn’t leave hungry or disappointed. Here are some of my food highlights from my Southeast Asia adventure.
Deep Fried Spring Rolls
I’m pretty sure we seriously ate these at least once a day and they were just as good everywhere we went.
Fresh Spring Rolls
If we weren’t ordering deep friend spring rolls you could find some fresh ones at our table. These ones were massive that we had in Chiang Mai, at Bamboo Bee.
Green curry, red curry, curried noodles, whatever was curried we ate it because it was more than likely the most flavourful, delicious thing to exist.
Pad Thai in Thailand
A classic in Thailand and even back here in North America. I ate enough pad thai that I’m surprised I didn’t turn into pad thai.
Baguettes in Laos
Definitely not something we thought we’d come across in Southeast Asia, but Laos in particular had a major french influence in their food. Their baguettes were almost as good as baguettes I’ve had in Italy or France.
Pancakes, crepes, whatever you want to call them, we basically lived off these for breakfast! From nutella and banana (pictured below), to ham and cheese, each one I tried was yummy in my tummy.
You order a fruit shake/smoothie in Canada and you get a whole lot of sugar, concentrated juice, and other things. In Asia you get water, and fresh fruit, no additives needed. These were refreshing, delicious, and healthy!
Once we got over the fear of getting sick and started trying out the different street foods around Asia, our whole lives were flipped upside down. Delicious and SO cheap. I had one of the best pad thais ever for 40 baht on the side of the road. Words of advice, don’t be too scared to try this stuff, you’ll regret it!
Bun Bo Nam Bo in Vietnam
We had no idea what this was, but our hotel recommended to go to a hole in the wall place and this was all they served. A noodle dish with mango, sprouts, peanuts, herbs, and deliciousness. We went back twice!
Pho in Vietnam
A must eat in Vietnam. This was the one and only Vietnamese dish I knew about before visiting and it didn’t disappoint. Try going to the busy local spots you walk by, and make sure to add in the extra herbs they give you.
Amok in Cambodia
A Cambodian curry specialty, served with sticky rice. This dish is full of flavour and is served as either fish, pork, chicken, or veggie. Don’t leave Cambodia without trying this!
What were some of your food highlights from Southeast Asia? Share below in the comments!
Constance - Foreign SanctuaryApril 16, 2015 at 9:26 pm
I have tried most of the dishes you presented in this post but I have to agree with you – Pad Thai is amazing!! I could eat it every day!! And Pho is a close second! 🙂
HannahApril 18, 2015 at 11:52 am
Those fruit shakes look SO good! I also didn’t know that there were fresh and friend spring rolls…something to look forward to! 🙂
The Adventure AheadApril 18, 2015 at 11:56 am
So much yummyness contained in one post! Your first pic had me drooling 🙂
Joe AnkenbauerApril 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm
I love the food in South East Asia! I lived in Singapore for 3ish years and the food experience was the absolute best! I go back just for the food sometimes! Just don’t tell me friends there that haha! 😉
Megan | Traveling Nine to FiverApril 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm
Yum! I’m looking into a Southeast Asia trip of my own and this was definitely inspiring. Or at least I’ll have to track down some Thai or Pho this weekend. Thanks for sharing.
Shraddha GuptaApril 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm
I am just a foodie! And this one rounds it all in Vietnam! A good guide. I am particularly interested in Pho and Bun Bo Nam Bo looks awesome too!
Justin MillerApril 19, 2015 at 11:10 pm
Everything in this post looks like it needs to be eaten by me. I would love to have a real fruit shake made with fresh fruit!