Xiaolongbao – Shanghai, China
Xiaolongbao literally translated as “little buns in a steaming basket,” steam buns that burst a flavourful, juicy filling with every bite just like soup dumplings but in a deliciously wrapped basket dough.
Pho – Hanoi, Vietnam
A national iconic beef noodle soup with simple ingredients: noodles, meat (either chicken or beef), and garnishes (green onion, Thai basil, lime and chilli). The key distinguishing element that sets this dish apart like no other is the broth resulting from simmering bones, ginger, spices and seasonings for long hours before achieving this unique fragrant flavour.
Som Tam – Bangkok, Thailand
Commonly known as Green papaya salad. It’s a mix of unripe julienned papaya and plenty of complementary ingredients: sugar, lime, chilli, fish sauce, garlic, dried shrimp, and tomato, among others. When mashed together in the mortar, it produces a balanced dish of sweet, sour, spicy, salty and savoury in equal measure.
Vada Pav – Mumbai, India
A potato mash combined with ginger, chilli, garlic, coriander and mustard seed, deep-fried and served on a buttered white bun with a chutney. It’s an alternate Indian burger version.
Stinky Tofu – Taipei, Taiwan
Yes, as the name suggests, it smells terrible but tastes terrific. The fermented tofu with a strong, pungent aroma that is apparent long before you can see the street cart.
Tonkotsu Ramen – Fukuoka, Japan
The most distinctive, rich form of ramen, due to the combined texture of pork bones and fat, is boiled together for several hours. The broth is served with pickled ginger, garlic, pork belly and straight, thin wheat flour noodles.
After watching this video, you might think: “Ah… I must go to these places to try these dishes”. But let us tell you the good news, if you are in Adelaide or Australia, there is no need to travel far. Asia Street Food Festival is coming to… town in December 2022. Yes, enjoy and taste some of these dishes just right where we are in Adelaide. Don’t forget to follow us to keep up with us on this unique event.