I decided to take a culinary tour of the South China Sea. I included Thailand in the tour, because who doesn’t love Thai food?
I discovered that across countries alot of the food is very similar, or even the same. It was hard to find food that was unique to a specific country. So I started looking for interesting dishes to make and challenge myself with.
Indonesia – Beef Rendang
Spicy Dried Caramelized Beef Curry
Singapore – Hainanese Chicken Rice
Malaysia – Curry Laksa
Thailand – Angel Wings
Boned out chicken wings, stuffed with Pork, Shrimp, and Vermicelli. Steamed, then fried.
Vietnam – Bahn Bot Loc
Pork Belly and Shrimp Clear Dumplings
Hong Kong (restaurant) – Szechuan Fried Tofu, Sizzling Black Pepper Beef, and Crispy Noodles with Chicken
Hong Kong (restaurant) – Xiao Long Bap, and Hong Kong Style Milk Tea
Taiwan – Lu Rou Fan
Braised Pork over Rice
Philippines – Kare Kare
Oxtail Peanut Stew
If there was a lesson to learn here, it was that Asian food is complex. It is time consuming. Some of the recipes asked some 6 hours of my time. I have developed a deeper respect for it. I don’t think I’ve felt more connected to the food I was cooking before. You could feel the depth and history of some of the dishes.
If you want to develop a greater appreciation for South China Sea flavors, watch the show on Netflix, Street Food. It is excellent.