There are many reasons why travelers like to visit Southeast Asia. Whether it be the unique culture or the beautiful beaches, no traveler leaves without being impressed of the variety of ingredients and distinct flavors that the region has to offer in the diverse culinary traditions.
Southeast Asia is a collective of countries surrounding the Malay Peninsula with extensive coastal areas which transpired a culture of seafood derived food and snacks. The plentiful and diverse ecology of the surrounding sea as well as the resourcefulness of the people brings forth dishes and snacks with distinct seafood flavors that the rest of the world come to enjoy today.
Here are 5 seafood inspired snacks from Southeast Asia you have to try.
Sharing another of my favorite Thai street food dish recipe and also pescatarian friendly, the crispy and savory pancake in a skillet boasts wholesome mix seafood and a unique batter which has a mochi like inner texture and a crispy outer bite.
The salty scent of the sea, the gentle breeze caressing your cheeks, a melody created by an orchestra of sea gulls complimenting the visuals of the endless beautiful turquoise waves spreading cross the white sparkling sand and reflecting against the bright sun. Fantasizing of the Mediterranean summer brings me fond memories of my Euro-trips which brought many food discoveries and new found appreciation for European food. One of my favorite romantic seaside delicacies discovered is the "Moules Marinières" or Sailor Style Mussels.
With covid-19 in the picture, traveling is out of the window. However, the aromas of this recipe will bring you straight to the Mediterranean coast without leaving the house. This dish is perfect for a date night or if you just want to treat yourself. A play on the classic Moules Marinières, this recipe has a kick of red pepper flakes and Japanese sake for a spicy but mellow umami touch.
Finger licking good, sweet and savory, this thumbs up shrimp dish will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings while enjoying the fruits of the sea. Inspired by 'Walnut Shrimp', my version is sans Walnut just because I'm not as fond of nuts in my savory food, and the shrimp can be a versatile companion to any dish such as a salad topping. The best part is you only need several common ingredients and the prep to cook time is less than 30 minutes!
When I think of Spanish food and seafood, the first thing that comes to my mind is paella, one of the most globally recognized national dish of Spain. While Mfk. is a Spanish seaside inspired restaurant, the move beyond the well known paella into the creative mix of modern take and old renditions of the greater spanish recipe was an interesting concept that I couldn't resist. This is a place where you explore the nonconformist flavors that gently incorporate traces of the authentic spanish traditions. Approach it with an open mind and let the fireworks play out in your mouth.
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