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Best Asian Destinations for Foodie Travel

Best Asian Destinations for Foodie Travel
Sampling the various cuisines is one of the most enjoyable things to do when visiting Asia. Each destination has a rich cultural history, so you could eat your way through the continent and never get bored. Once overlooked by many Westerners, Asia has recently reclaimed the spotlight as a foodie destination.
A major part of Asia's food culture involves putting together a meal from the street carts and market stalls. Follow the crowds to the most popular places and more often than not you'll end up with something delicious.
A few of our picks for the unique foodie experience are listed below

Chengdu, China
Chengdu is quite possibly the best place in the world to find dishes like Kung Pao chicken or smoked duck. Peppercorns is used ubiquitously, and Chengdu hot pots are so well-known for their kick that they were once rumoured to be laced with opium. Throughout China, adventurous eaters speak of Chengdu and Sichuan cuisine with reverence.
To capture the flavours of Chengdu at home try our Szechuan Chili Ginger Garlic.

Osaka, Japan
Osaka is unpretentious, but very serious about food. The Japanese term, "kuidaore" - basically "eat until youdrop" is a perfect description of the foodie culture in this part of Japan. An old Japanese legend states that while the fashion-forward residents of Kyoto are more likely to bankrupt themselves buying silk robes, those in Osaka are likely to go broke eating too much. Japanese delicacies such as seaweed broth and high-grade salmon still come from the area around Osaka, and there's even a part of town that is filled with seaweed merchants. 
Osaka is most famous for Takoyaki, a must-try popular tempura ball stuffed with baby octopus, ginger, and onion
To capture the flavours of Osaka at home try our  Tempura Batter Mix.

Hong Kong
When China became a communist country, many non-Cantonese speaking Chinese fled to Hong Kong and brought their cookbooks with them, further enhancing the international flair of the cuisine. Steamed buns filled with everything from black sesame to pineapple are on the menu, as well as delicious egg tarts largely influenced by the Portuguese from nearby Macau (Macanese food is also excellent).
While Hong Kong has its own food carts serving meat and curry fishballs on a stick, it also plays host to more exotic dishes like shark fin soup, a popular delicacy. Truth is, you can find almost any kind of food in the world in Hong Kong, with meals starting at US$1 and going up to hundreds of dollars a person.
To capture the flavours of Hong Kong at home try our Cantonese Claypot Rice or Cantonese Stir Fried Rice.

Tokyo, Japan
Unique foods range from horse meat, squid, and unique vegetables, while sauces like wasabi offer a truly Japanese flavour. Eating in Tokyo also offers the opportunity for unique experiences such as the traditional Japanese dining style of sitting on the floor. Some restaurants offer a setting among a peaceful Japanese garden, while others offer Tokyo skyline views. One might be taken by surprise that some of the best local restaurants are hidden in back alleys away from the tourist circuit.

To capture the flavours of Tokyo at home try our Japanese Miso Soup or Japanese Curry Rice.

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