Five of the very best places to eat in Asia

Food is arguably the gateway to any culture and nothing could be truer than when discovering the hidden gems of Asia.

Famous for fine dining, street food and everything in between, you are sure to find a dish to win your heart. 

According to Booking.com, six out of ten travellers pick a destination for its great food or drink, so there is no better reason to plan the ultimate gourmet getaway to one of the best foodie stops on the map. 

Stay at the Haven Resort Hotel in the middle of the Ipoh forests.
Stay at the Haven Resort Hotel in the middle of the Ipoh forests. Photo credit: Booking.com

Ipoh, Malaysia 

No trip to Malaysia is complete without trying the vibrant food on offer on every street corner and arguably, the best street to find the best food is Jalan Sultan Iskandar. The street is surrounded by endless Malaysian Hawker food stalls and restaurants and is also where you can find the Restaurant Thean Chun. This hidden gem offers weary, hungry travellers all the delicious local delicacies Malaysia has to offer. From satay pork skewers to the region's famous white coffee, you will be spoilt for choice. Ideal for breakfast and lunch, it's a favourite of locals and is the best place to witness the action of this buzzing city. 

Gang Yuan Beef Noodles.
Gang Yuan Beef Noodles. Photo credit: Booking.com

Kaohsiung, Taiwan 

Just off the coast of China, this small island nation does local food in a big way. From deep fried pancakes to Gang Yuan Beef Noodles, there is a dish everyone will love. Instead of dining in a traditional restaurant, the Liuhe tourist night market is an experience unlike any other. You can take in the sights and smells of local delicacies all in one place, and get a taste for the street food that is only found in Taiwan. Fancy trying some deep fried milk? Or potato cheese? The night markets are guaranteed to cater to your taste of adventure. 

The Hilton Nagoya Hotel is the best place to set yourself up while you take the time to soak up the cultural delights of Japan’s largest city.
The Hilton Nagoya Hotel is the best place to set yourself up while you take the time to soak up the cultural delights of Japan’s largest city. Photo credit: Booking.com.

Nagoya, Japan 

Miso Katsu is the ultimate speciality of Nagoya region. Made with deep fried pork cutlets and miso sauce, this is a dish you have to try. Where is the best place to hunt down one of these dishes? At the Misokatsu Yabaton's, Yabacho Restaurant. Established in 1947, it offers some of the best katsu in the region - drawing in both locals and international travellers alike. 

The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa.
The Plantation Urban Resort and Spa. Photo credit: Booking.com

Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

Cambodia is known for fish amok - a fish-based curry stuffed full of spices including lemongrass, chilli and turmeric, and is served in a banana leaf with a side of rice. Locals and travellers alike all agree that Malis Phnom Penh is the best place to try it. The restaurant is dedicated to keeping Cambodia's food heritage alive and well, and specialises in a number of dishes like mak mee, bang kang soup and of course, fish amok. 

Try some of Vietnam’s famed goi cuon (known as summer rolls in English)
Try some of Vietnam’s famed goi cuon (known as summer rolls in English) Photo credit: Booking.com.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Eat your way around the country at the Quan An Ngon. From spring rolls to black pepper crab, this centrally located restaurant is a must visit for anyone travelling to the region. The restaurant is also very popular among locals. Guests can sit back and try some of Vietnam's famed goi cuon (known as summer rolls in English), or try a pho bo (beef noodle soup). Not only does this restaurant serve some of the best authentic Vietnamese food, but it is lavishly decorated with traditional décor.

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