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Here’s how you can travel 4 regions in one sitting

Published Nov 18, 2020 8:00 am

We’re still in quarantine (disappointed but not surprised). Travelling to other countries is now allowed but with additional safety measures and protocols so it can still be quite the challenge compared to before, but so what? There are other ways you can explore the world. Case in point: food. And for today’s trip, we’ll travel to four regions.

Southeast Asia

banh mi sandwich and Vietnamese coffee
The BMKN Damn Strong Viet Coffee is best paired with the Bánh Mì sandwich. Available at Banh Mi Kitchen

Vietnam is the second-largest exporter of coffee in the world, only second to Brazil. So best believe Vietnamese people really know their way around coffee. For some reason though, they prefer their coffee strong, forceful enough to power you through a day—or two.

They’re also known for their sandwich called bánh mì. It’s a crispy baguette stuffed with pickled vegetables and broiled meat.

Latin America

gringo tacos
Chili Con Carne Tacos, available at Gringo

Latin American dishes are never complete without bold-flavored dips and condiments like salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole and pebre. They are also known for tacos, tortillas and burritos.

Middle East

Persian avenue rice meal
Pork Kebab, available at Persian Avenue

Middle Eastern cuisines are heavy on spices and herbs. Locals like dishes with a strong flavor profile that will probably last in their mouth for a while.

mr kebab rice meal
Shawarma Plate, available at Mister Kabab

Among their most popular dishes is shawarma, which literally means “turning” in English. The meat, usually beef or chicken, is roasted on a spinning vertical rotisserie. It’s then chopped into fine pieces before serving with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.

East Asia

karate kid bowl
Beef Ramen, available at Karate Kid

Japan is known for many things: busy Tokyo streets, low crime rate, manga and anime. But above everything, it’s a haven for foodies. Ramen, sushi, sashimi, okonomiyaki, tempura, katsudon, gyoza, onigiri, teppanyaki, mochi… the list is pretty much endless.

Hap Chan Hakaw
Hakaw, available at Hap Chan

The travel isn’t complete without throwing some Cantonese into the mix. Dumplings are one of the best-selling Cantonese dishes around the world—xiao long bao, wonton and jiaozi to name a few. But if you’re into seafood, hakaw (or har gow) or shrimp dumplings are definitely a must-try.

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by SM Shopmag.