3 Foods of Asian Cuisine You Must Know

Asian Cuisine

Asian cuisine is as diverse as the continent it originates from. From spicy dishes in Thailand to seafood in Japan, there’s a lot of variety when it comes to Asian food.

However, as you might expect with such a large and varied region, there are also some similarities between different types of Asian cuisine. These three foods are found in most Asian countries and should be staples on any Asian-inspired menu:


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Biryani is a type of rice dish originating in the Indian subcontinent. The word biryani comes from the Persian language as “birinj” (برينج). It is a mixed rice dish with spices and meat or vegetables.

Biryani has been influenced by Central Asian cooking as well as Western, Arabic, Turkish and Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many varieties of biryani due to its popularity among different ethnic groups in India as well as other countries which have had historical connections with India such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

The word biriyani entered English through Urdu from Hindi बिरायानी. A beef version of biryani is often called as “kachche gosht ki biryani” (कच्चे गोश्त की बिरायानी) in Marathi whereas the chicken version is known as “murgh biryani” (मुर्गी बिरायानी).

Biryani has been mentioned in a poem written by Amir Khusrow. It was eaten as early as the fifth century, as suggested from a Rajatarangini description as well as by the 11th century Persian traveler Al Biruni.


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Ramen is a dish that originated as Chinese noodles, and as the dish spread to other countries, it became tailored to each country’s tastes. In Japan, ramen has become a national food and is considered one of the most popular dishes in the world. Ramen usually consists of wheat-based noodles served in a meat or fish-based broth with toppings such as sliced pork (chasu), dried seaweed (nori), boiled eggs, green onions, kamaboko fish cake or menma bamboo shoots. It can also be served as miso soup with added soy sauce for flavor. Ramen can be eaten at any time of day as breakfast, lunch or dinner– but it does have something for everyone!

Ramen is very popular as a midnight snack as it is cheap and easy to purchase. There are also many different varieties of ramen to choose from such as miso, salt flavored, shio (salt)etc…as well as limited edition variants such as curry flavor!


Sushi is a Japanese dish consisting of cooked vinegared rice combined with other ingredients, traditionally raw fish or seafood. The term sushi comes from an archaic grammatical form no longer found in standard Japanese as well as the way how “sus” are pronounced in old Tokyo dialect – “sushi.” Sushi can be eaten as a full meal, as nigiri sushi (with just rice and topping), as maki sushi (rice rolled up inside seaweed) or as sashimi (just thinly sliced raw fish).

Sushi became popular outside Japan after World War II when American soldiers introduced it to their families back home. Most people think that all types of sushi are made out of raw ingredients but there are some which are not as popular as sushi (and sashimi). One of the examples is oshi sushi. It’s made out of seasoned rice that’s wrapped using a bamboo leaf or oshibako as it’s called in Japanese. This type of sushi is Omakase, which means ‘chef’s choice,’ as it gives control for your meal to the sushi chef as they prepare your omakase. Another type is Chirashi, which means scattered and consists of savory ingredients like tuna and octopus sprinkled on top of a bowl of rice.

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