JOURNEYS & FOODS Food cultures in Southeast Asia

Snorkeling in Bali, Indonesia

Thousands of islands with different cultures make up Indonesia, so no wonder its food is just as diverse. To really enjoy Bali, you would not want to miss out on its assortment of dishes.

From left to right: Dirty Duck, Babi Guling, Snapper, and iconic beer in Bali: BINTANG
Art in Penang, Malaysia

The streets of Penang are renowned as a food paradise mainly due to its diversity in ethnicity, culture and religion. Its multi-ethnicity brings forth such celebrated variety in Penang’s street and hawker food. There is no lack of food options here, and they're all DELICIOUS.

From left to right (above): Laksa, Char Koay Teow, Penang Rojak. (Below): Laksa Lemak, Chee Cheong Fun
Night at Marina Bay, singapore

It's no great secret that Singapore is a food paradise and known for its melting pot of Chinese, Malay, and Indian cultures. While Singapore may be world-renowned for its famed chili crabs, you're far more likely to encounter a plethora of vibrantly delicious yet affordable food.

From left to right (above): coconut ice cream at Marina Bay, Ramen Singapore, Hainanese Chicken Rice. (Below): Frog Porridge
Day in Coron, philippines

The continuous influx of tourists, local and foreign alike, paved the way for specialty restaurants and cafes. If you’re planning to spend the holidays in Coron, don't miss out these special foods.

From left to right: Fresh Seafood, Banana Pancake, Halo Halo, iconic beer COLT. (Below): Chicken Adobo, Pork Adobo with Rice
Lights in Hoi An, vietnam

It seems you can't turn a corner in Hoi An without seeing vendors selling DELICIOUS foods, especially Chicken Rice.

Below: Coffee at Reaching Out Tea House
Beer in Nha Trang, vietnam

Nha Trang is not only famous for the pristine beaches and excellent scuba diving, but also for its special delicacies.

From left to right (above): Bun Ca, Banh Canh, Bun Bo. From left to right (below): Banh can (Rice cake), Bot Chien Muc, Green Rice.
Peace in Danang, vietnam

Da Nang street food plays certain part in reflecting the rhythm of life as well as special gastronomy of people in there.

From left to right: Chao Ga (Chicken Soup), Banh Trang Nuong. Below: Sliced Pork rolled with Rice Paper, Banh Beo.
Color in Dalat, vietnam

Dalat’s altitude and cool climate make it ideal for growing vegetables and this has earned it the epithet "vegetable garden of the south." Dalat is also known for its special foods.

From left to right: Hot Soy Milk, Bun Bo, Banh Can, Banh Trang Nuong Dalat Market
Saigon in my heart

Saigon has the widest diversity in Vietnam (just like the Bay Area in California.) Therefore, foods in Saigon are a combination of many regional cultures all over the country. It's hard to show an overview of food culture in Saigon by just some images. Go experience yourself and you'll never regret.

Foods in Saigon, Vietnam

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon. It is a cathedral located in downtown. It has been considered symbol of Saigon, alongside with Ben Thanh Market.

Saigon Opera House. It is an example of French Colonial architecture in Vietnam. The 800-seat building, which located in downtown, was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was not until 1975 that it was again used as a theatre.

Diamond Plaza, Saigon. It's a luxurious shopping center in downtown, representing for prosperity of Saigon since 1999.

Below is a video at Ben Thanh Night Market, a famous tourist-attraction in Saigon, Vietnam. Credit to James Tran and his channel Street Food and Travel in Vietnam. "With the love of discovery [of] street food, natural scenery, as well as cultural practices of each region in Vietnam," James wants to share with you his experience. You can click the button See more to take a tour with his channel.


Photos by Long T.

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