Friday, 24 October 2014

Foodporn Friday: South to South-East Asian cuisine

If you’ve ever travelled around countries across the South Asian and South-East Asian region, there’s one thing you can all collectively agree on (that’s not including the number of mad dashes to the loo). It’s that in experiencing these countries there’s the opportunity to try the new and unexpected, discover something amazing, and ultimately get out of your comfort zone. And you get out of that comfort zone indeed, from seeing their indigenous culture to practicing their traditional customs. But the best, most transformative, immensely rewarding part of visiting these places, is experiencing what seems to be, the literal, non-stop eating of local cuisine.

- literally me -

The thing is that these cultural eats taste so incredibly different from anything you’ve ever tried. Your mouth is overwhelmed with these incredible flavours and sensations, it somehow makes your eyes roll back into your head? LOL. It’s the type of food that makes you stop and say to yourself, why have I never. freaking. tried this before! And in these countries, food is a serious matter. You ain’t gonna walk a street corner without having to resist a stand selling some thing deep fried, or something tasty on a stick!

omg *drools*

Growing up in South East Asia, I admit that restaurants here in Western Sydney can’t truly compare to the distinct cultural taste of these countries, but we’ve found some places that come super super close. I guess I could've closed my eyes, listened to that continuously repeated Asian playlist in the background, and imagined being served by an unpurposely abrupt female waitress … haha, kidding! But if like me, your parents decided to fly home during your final exams, leaving you behind, and you don’t have the funds for that end of semester backpacking trip across Asia, I promise if not for the corny Asian exterior of these restaurants, the dishes alone will make you feel like you’re virtually there.

Malaysian: Satay chicken skewers with roti canai from Papparich, Parramatta

Vietnamese: Taro spring rolls from Bau Truong, Cabramatta

Filipino: Crispy pata fried pork from Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe 

Indian: Beef vindaloo from Vrindavan, Harris Park


Indonesian: Deep fried marinated tempeh from Pondok, Parramatta

Lao: Yum sab from Lao Village restaurant, Fairfield 


Cambodian: Banh kanh fish from Battabang, Cabramatta

Burmese: Pae parata from Bagan, Strathfield 


Nepalese: Mutton biriyani from Himalayan Fusion Café, Auburn


Thai: Salt and pepper soft shell crab from Bangkok Snap, Northmead 



  1. OK that filipino pork dish has got to win first prize. Will definitely be checking out that restaurant ASAP.