Booked your airline tickets to Asia? If so, you’ve probably already figured out where you’re going to stay and what you’re going to do. But have you considered the top 10 things to eat in Asia?
Asia is a wonderful continent filled with magical, exotic fruits, which can be very difficult to find in the Western world. Even if you do, you won’t be able to beat the deal you’ll find in Asia, where they are all locally grown. Consider some of these new and tasty fruits.
Top 10 things to Eat in Asia
Mangosteens – In the states these will generally cost you about $10 a kg. In South East Asia it’s generally $1. While an individual Mangosteen is very small, they are notoriously high in antioxidants, which makes them extremely healthy for cleansing the body and protecting against some nasty illnesses such as cancer. Thailand is the world’s leading producer.
Dragon Fruit – Perhaps one of the most interesting looking fruits, on the inside and out, is dragon fruit. With a tough bright pink skin you’ll need to cut this off in order to get to the edible white with spotted black center. Great in smoothie! Thailand is also the world’s leading producer of dragon fruit.
Durian – This fruit is infamous for it’s horrible scent, but don’t let that completely turn you off. Sometimes called the King of Fruits because of its enormous size (about 1 foot long), heavy weight, and the amount of fruit it contains, every year falling durians kill a number of people. Thailand is the leading exporter.
Jackfruit – Thefruit itself is huge and you need to cut it in half in order to pop out the individual jackfruit edible segments. In fact, it is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, reaching 80 pounds in weight and up to 36 inches long and 20 inches in diameter. You can plop the whole segment into your mouth and eat around the large pit. Not too sweet or overpowering this one is a must try.
Longans – The Chinese dubbed it “Dragon’s eye” because of its white eye-shaped mark on the pit.These are also similar to lycheese and are in the shape of beige brown balls clustered around a stem. Just split these open with your nails to get to the juicy fruit inside.
Rambutans - This bright and hairy looking fruit is similar in taste to the lychee though less sweet and juicy. In parts of the South of Thailand the Rambutan is so vital to the farmers’ income there is evena week long festival to celebrate it!
Using your fingernails just crack into the tough exterior to get to the fruit itself, which has a small pit. Perfect for taking on the go.
Pineapple – These are abundant in Asia and the vendors have mastered a way to cut them for you with the stem serving as the handle. These make for a perfect afternoon refreshing snack. look out for the mini pineapples which are even sweeter than the bigger ones.
Banana – Unlike the gigantic foot long bananas in the US, in South East Asia the locally grown bananas are mini, and 1/3 in size. Frequently you’ll seem them sold with the whole stem cut directly off the tree.
Mango – Legend has it that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree. Why not do the same when you’re in Asia? Mangoes provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber – not a bad deal for something you can buy on the street!
Coconut – coconut water is all the craze right now, but in the west, it is often in a plastic bottle, not in a real coconut. Not the case in Asia, where you can buy your very own coconut and sip the water straight from it for a straw. Oh, and did we mention it costs less than $1.
What are your Top 10 things to eat in Asia?
About The Author: Vicky has been traveling around Asia for four months with her boyfriend Dave. On their two year journey through Asia and Europe they have nearly 50 countries planned to visit. They blog about their travels as well as the delicious foods they eat on ACoupleTravelers, AvocadoPesto, and TravelingThroughFood.