Fascinating sour dishes to try when traveling in Southeast Asia
Robyn Eckhardt - a writer for those prestigious New York Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, South China Morning Post, Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia .... and Zester Daily website, will share with us her favorite sour dishes. This is because she is actually an expert on Southeast Asian cuisine, especially those sour dishes.
Assam Laksa sour noodle soup in Malaysia
As living with his family in Penang (Malaysia), Ms. Robyn Eckhardt starts to mentions first about Asam Laksa. It is basically a sour, fish-based soup, which is cooked with fresh shrimp, coconut milk, tamarind and seasoning with fish sauce. Assam Laksa has some serious culinary credit since has been ranked #7 on the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods by CNN Go in 2011.
Asam laksa banquet is beautifully presented
Somtam papaya salad from Thailand
When mentioning about Thailand's capital - Bangkok, the sour and spicy green papaya salad - Somtam, is a must try dish. It is also one of the most commonly available and consumed dishes in Thailand. You, therefore, will easily find it everywhere from Chiang Rai to Krabi. Son tam salad is made with raw green papaya and freshly mixed with basic spices of Thai cuisine such as lemon, chili, fish sauce and palm sugar. Finally roasted peanuts are used to make the perfection on a plate.
She said Somtam is wonderfully sour and will leave lips burning
From the original Somtam, you can also taste other fine-tuned versions as the Tam Mak Hung in Laos and the Bok l’hong in Cambodia.
Tamarind Fuen Laeng in Laos
In northern Laos, Ms. Robyn Eckhardt also tasted Fuen Laeng dish from an upland ethnic. Fuen Laeng is made from steaming the rice jelly, cut into small cubes, then cooked with tamarind juice, paprika, and tomato paste.
Tamarind Fuen Laeng from upland peoples of Laos
Sinigang sour soup in the Philippines
Sourness is also valued in Filippino cuisine. Sinigang sour soup is traditionally flavored with tamarind but at some places lemon juice can also be used as a replacement. Meat in sinigang can be either fish, pork, beef, shrimp, or chicken, are stewed with tamarinds, tomatoes, garlic, and onions. They are served together with different kinds of local vegetables and eggplants.
Sinigang soup looks really delicious
Sour soup with snakehead fish in Southern of Vietnam
With Vietnamese, sour dishes are always present in their daily meals. More than that, tomato sour soup with catfish or with snakehead is also available on many restaurants' menus throughout the country. If you are a tourist, you can conveniently find this specialty in any restaurant.
Also in the north, Robyn Eckhardt has been convinced by Dracontomelon sour soup with steaming ribs. The main ingredient in this soup is the dracontomelon, which is very popular urban fruit in northern of Vietnam, usually used to make delightful soup recipes and beverages in summer.
A bowl of soup is completed by adding along with onions and herbs