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.
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.
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.
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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