No trip is complete without a gastronomic experience. A place's food says a lot about its culture, and there's no denying that food is something that everyone loves. But while we can't scurry the entire country we're in to taste every single dish they have to offer, there's a surefire way to maximise our food tripping experience without blowing our budget or wasting a huge amount of time transferring from one hub to the next. Have any guesses?
If you answered food streets and markets, then we're on the same page! We lined up these top-tier Asian food destinations you can visit on your next trip. They sure serve up each of their culture's best cuisines.
Kuromon Ichiba (Osaka, Japan)
Osaka's nickname 'The Nation's Kitchen' originally didn't root from their rich cuisine, but rather from the fact that they used to be the epicentre of trade and commerce during the Edo Period. But it seems like they embraced this label superbly by being the modern-day home of some of the best dishes the country has to offer — most of which are known for tickling the global palate. But where is the best place to taste some of these authentic Japanese treats? Kuromon Ichiba is the place to be.
Stretching 580 meters along Chuo Ward, this market is lined with street after street of local sellers taking pride in each of their specialities. From fresh seafood and sushi to ramen, okonomiyaki, karaage and even plump and juicy homegrown fruits and veggies, not only is it Osaka's main source for local produce but it's also a place you wouldn't run out of things to try and shop for.
Soi Rambuttri (Bangkok,Thailand)
Away from the skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of central Bangkok lies Soi Rambuttri. Entering this horseshoe-shaped road is like being transported to old Bangkok, with its laid-back feel and its exterior filled with Banyan trees. Through the years, it has been developed from side-street stalls to an actual cool-hipster locale, with a mix of inns, bars, souvenir shops, and of course, delectable eats.
You can take your pick from themed restaurants lined up on the streets offering both Thai and fusion dishes or be a little more adventurous by feasting from the array of street food and street bar stalls all over the stretch of Rambuttri.