What proper table etiquette looks like in East and Southeast Asia…

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Mashable (by Chelsea Frisbie):

Whether you’re planning an international trip or you’re headed to a local cultural experience, it’s important to learn about the eating habits of the folks you’ll be dining with. What might seem silly to you could be incredibly important to someone else, so don’t judge.

Langford’s silverware shop has compiled a collection of the dining “Do’s” and “Don’ts”…

Here is an excerpt of East Asian and Southeast Asian countries’ dining etiquette.

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Five delicious dishes to introduce you to Indonesian food

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Audrey Magazine:

So what is Indonesian food?”

This is the most frequent question I hear from friends whenever I bring up Indonesian food. And while it irks me, it’s a reasonably fair question to ask. Most people in America, even Asian Americans living in Southern California where Asian food is abundant, know nothing about Indonesian food. It’s not anyone’s fault, the truth of the matter is that Indonesian food is incredibly rare and hard to find, except for certain cities in the San Gabriel Valley (West Covina, I’m looking at you).

Therefore, I decided to write a list of the five Indonesian dishes I usually suggest when introducing anyone to Indonesian food. This may not contain the same dishes another Indonesian person may choose, and I don’t claim to be an expert on Indonesian food or culture by any means, but these dishes are definitely some of my personal favorites and are great “starter foods” to Indonesian cuisine.

 


 

1. Nasi bungkus

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A fast food of sorts, nasi bungkus is, in it’s simplest form, rice and meat wrapped in a banana leaf. While the contents inside can vary, nasi bungkus usually consists of coconut-flavored chicken, rice, a stewy beef rendang, a variety of incredibly spicy vegetables and fruits such as jackfruit, and a boiled egg topped with sambal (spicy sauce). It’s all very messy and often blends together, which only makes it more delicious.

 


 

2. Gado gado

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Gado gado is technically Indonesian salad but it is probably not very healthy. In essence, gado gado is a mix of steamed vegetables such as string beans, cabbage and bean sprouts with tofu, tempeh, a sliced boiled egg and Indonesian chips called krepek that are all doused heavily with fatty and sweet peanut butter sauce. It’s also a very filling dish and not for the faint of stomach or possibly heart. But for those who can make it to the end, it will be worth every bite.

 


 

3. Lemper

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As a child, I wasn’t very fond of non-American food, but lemper was one of two Indonesian dishes I enjoyed. Lemper is usually served as a snack or appetizer. Simply put, it’s sticky rice with a meat filling wrapped in a banana leaf. However, its deliciousness is in its simplicity and I often find myself craving a lemper when stressed out or writing (like right now, for instance).

 


 

4. Bakmi Ayam

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Bakmi ayam is a hearty, simple noodle soup with bok choy, chicken, and mushrooms that is somehow equal parts addictive and comforting. It can be eaten with or without the broth, so the soup is good all year long!

 


 

5. Pastel

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So here’s the second Indonesian dish I could eat as a kid, most likely because it’s fried. Pastels, which have nothing to do with colors, are fried meat pastries filled with glass noodles, peas, carrots, meat filling and eggs. Just like lempers, they are usually served as appetizers and/or snacks. And just like lempers, they bring the comfort that even the pickiest of children can enjoy.

 

Heinz’s Ketchup is now available in a Sriracha flavor!

Heinz has announced this week that it is launching a sriracha-flavored version of its world-renowned ketchup:

The new offering adds a new kick to your favorite foods and recipes, pairing well with cheeseburgers, French fries and hot dogs, and is the perfect flavor boost for chicken and eggs,” said Heinz brand manager Joseph Giallenella on its launch.

The Pittsburgh-based company announced that the sauce — blended with the popular Thai hot sauce made from chili pepper paste, garlic and vinegar — will join its traditional ketchup, Tabasco and jalapeño pepper sauces on shelves soon.

To see how srircha is made, watch the HYPEBEAST Process video here.

10 Asian soups to keep you warm over the holidays

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 Audrey Magazine:

On a blistering cold night, a steaming hot bowl of soup is the tastiest cure to the shivers and well, almost everything else right? Now that winter is full steam (sorry) ahead, here are ten different Asian soups, from the popular to the underrated, that you should try eating and possibly try making this winter!

1. Kuy Teav

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A Cambodian delicacy, kuy teav is a Camobidan Chinese pork noodle soup made from a clear broth and flat rice noodles. Kuy teav is usually enjoyed as a breakfast dish from street vendors, but we feel that it’s comforts will last throughout the day!

2. Soba

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Unlike the popular ramen, soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. Soba can be a year round dish and is typically served either hot and in a soup for winter or chilled with a dipping sauce for summer. Also, soba differs from udon in that soba noodles are thin while udon noodles are genuinely thicker.

 3. Laksa

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A spicy MalayasianChinese fusion dish. There are three main types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa and sarawak laksa. Curry laksa has a coconut curry base, while asam laksa has a sourfish soup base, and sarawak has a sambal belacan base. No matter which type of laksa you choose, it’s sure to give you a kick!

4. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

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There are many different types of beef noodle soups out there. However, the red-braised beef noodle soup was invented by Chinese refugees in Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. Today, Taiwan considers this red-braised beef noodle soup a national dish. With it’s tender beef and spicy broth, it is sure to be a comfort during those chilly months.

5. Tong Sui

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Tong Sui literally means “sugar water” in Cantonese and is a soup dessert that is a Cantonese delicacy.

6. Bakmi Ayam

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Bakmi ayam, or often shortened to mei ayam, is an Indonesian noodle soup that is very simple but delicious. The main ingredients are wheat noodles, chinese bok choy (cabbage), and slices of chicken and mushroom. Eaten separately or together with the broth, the soup is delicious either way!

7. Sinigang

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Sinigiang is a Filipino dish. A tamarind-based soup, Sinigiang is usually sour because of ingredients such as guava and ripe mango.

8. Soondobu Jjigae

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Soondubu jjigae is a spicy Korean tofu soup. It’s typically served in a hot stone pot with other dishes such as rice, meat, or banchan on the side.

9. Milagu Rasam

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Milagu Rasam is a pepper tamarind-based South Indian soup. Supposedly, both the black pepper and tamarind are natural heat-inducing ingredients for the body. Either way, milagu rasam is a tasty method to staying warm!

10. Bun Mang Vit

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Pho is probably the most famous Vietnamese soups, but Bun Mang Vit, a duck and noodle soup, is also another tasty option! The main ingredients here are duck, bamboo shoots and vermicelli noodles, but the lemongrass, ginger and chili give this soup a nice kick.