Indo-Asian foods are diverse with a variety of different ingredients and spices used to create unique tastes in each region. Indian foods are known for their spicy tastes, while East Asian foods include a variety of different meats and tangy sauces. Whether it’s Indian or Chinese, Indo-Asian foods always provide a variety of different tastes that satisfy everyone. *In no particular order*
Samosas usually have a potato-curry filling and are wrapped into triangle shaped dough. The outside is crispy and is usually eaten with some sort of sauce- green chutney or chili sauce. This delightful Indian snack is usually around one to two dollars and can typically be found at your nearest Indian grocery store or restaurant.
Gobi Manchurian can have many different variations, but my personal favorite is the one made from cauliflower. Making this delicious appetizer is quite simple too. If you don’t feel like making it, however, usually you can buy it at your nearest Indian restaurant.
3. Chow Mein
Chow Mein is a loved Chinese classic. The noodles mixed with a variety of vegetables create a diverse taste that everyone can’t help but like. You can try making chow mein at home with store-bought noodle cakes, but most people buy it at Panda Express or other more authentic restaurants to get a more Chinese taste.
Kimchi is a fermented vegetable staple food in Korean culture. It is a famous traditional side dish and is filled with a rich variety of vegetables and seasonings. Kimchi isn’t a hard dish to make as its simplicity is what is great about it. Kimchi can be found practically at any Korean restaurant due to its popularity and deliciousness.
Biryani is a beloved Indian classic food, filled with a variety of spices, long biryani rice, and usually a meat, like chicken or goat, or vegetables. Biryani is usually eaten as a full meal, with raita- yoghurt mixed with onions, salt, coriander, and some other vegetables- and some sort of curry. Biryani is one of the most popular Indian foods, so it can be found at any Indian restaurant or you can try making it at home.
6. Orange Chicken
Orange chicken is a beautifully crafted dish featuring bright orange-colored chicken. The crispy chicken is coated in a thick sticky sauce, which encaptures a sweet and tangy taste. Frozen chicken accompanied with this tangy sauce can be found at Costco and can easily be prepared. However, if you prefer a more authentic and fresh taste, Panda Express, as well as many other restaurants, offers orange chicken as an entree.
Thai Fried Rice is a very broad category of different types of fried rice. Usually a type of animal protein, like chicken, beef, ham, or squid, accompanies the rice. The dish mixes together different spices and diverse ingredients, giving it a unique taste. Thai fried rice can usually be found in any thai restaurant or can easily be made at home.
8. Chilli Chicken/Chicken 65
Although these two Indian sides are quite different, they are both equally delicious and tied for eighth place. Chili chicken is made through a variety of dry chicken preparations, is mixed with spices, and then is fried with vegetables. On the other hand, chicken 65 is a deep-fried chicken dish, typically eaten as an entree. Both are very spicy and are great for diverse palettes. Chili chicken and chicken 65 can both be found at any Indian restaurants. However, they do take some preparation, so they are harder to make at home.
‘Dumplings’, originating in East Asia, is a broad category for a dish that consists of dough with filling inside. Usually, the filling is some sort of meat or vegetable, but it can also consist of sweets. Dumplings can be found at basically any East Asian restaurant or can be made relatively easily.
10. Maggi/Top Ramen Noodles
Maggi and Top Ramen Noodles are instant noodles brands. Although they aren’t gourmet style restaurant foods, these two brands of noodles are easy to make at home and taste delicious. College students and kids love these noodles and eat them typically as a snack. They can be found at basically any Asian grocery store, including H-mart.
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