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When on holiday in Thailand, trying the street food is a must

How to eat your way around South-East Asia

Nicola Chapman by
Categories: Asia Tags: Asia, Food, Travel

Whether your idea of food heaven is splurging on elegant cuisine served in a five-star restaurant or slurping on spicy street food, whipped up in a frenzy in less than two minutes, a holiday to south-east Asia offers the adventurous foodie endless options, especially if they're fearless! A gourmand in Thailand must know their lemongrass from their langoustine (or they're in for a short, sharp and spicy shock), and it helps if they're able to get messy - whether it's pulling the heads off succulent king prawns in the southern Thai islands or (gulp), crunching on deep fried insects at a food market in the northern provinces.

Prawn skewers are a delicious treat on a Thai holiday

However, if your palette is craving comfort food, you'll be pleased to know that Thailand has the most comforting desserts imaginable - from banana pancakes (not authentic, but delicious and easily found) to crazily covered, sweet-laden ices. The comfort food doesn't stop with Thailand though. The food of Vietnam is famously influenced by its French roots - so bread and buttery pastries of every description are available everywhere. This fusion of traditional French food with the smoky spices of the East is intoxicating and unforgettable. 

Bread is more popular than you

Likewise, a Cambodia holiday promises delicious cuisine for travellers - though squished between foodie heavyweights Thailand and Cambodia, its food is frequently overlooked by visitors. While rice is an obvious staple, like the Vietnamese, Cambodians are said to eat a lot of bread. Other staples include fish and pork, but the one ingredient that makes Khumer food stand out from other cuisines is slok ngor, a local herb that imparts a bitter flavour and is indelibly Cambodian.

The variety of street food is a delight on a holiday in Asia.

There really is no other continent in the world where you can feel so satiated supping noodles, sitting on a plastic stool in the middle of the street. Food in south-east Asian countries is both unpretentious and impressive - and always served with a smile, which is really, the 'magic blend of ingredients' for any foodie worth their salt!

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