Posts in Asia
Jordan - Mansaf

I was a bit worried going into this that the lamb would not taste like anything or that it would be too tough. Little did I know... little. Did. I. Know. It was actually so flavorful and tender. And went perfectly with the saffron rice. The tip I’ve always read, don’t overdo the saffron. A little goes a long way. The rice tasted so beautifully.

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Mongolia - Guriltai Shul

Guriltai Shul uses far fewer ingredients than most soups I’ve made, but packs a LOT of flavor. The broth is made purely out of simmering lamb, with the addition of root vegetables. Mongolian foods typically don’t rely on a lot of spices because of the economical climate of the country, but the result of relying solely on ingredients makes this a very delicious and light soup.

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Singapore - Chicken Rice

Did not mean to post THREE Asian dishes in a row, especially since I’m playing catch up and doing the dish that speaks out to me at any given time. But I don’t think you guys mind right? It’s chicken rice! Probably THE quintessential dish of Singapore. Every street vendor that serves this is probably top notch and amazing.

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Taiwan - Niu Rou Mian

Out of all the beef flavored soups of the world, that includes Pho, and maybe even goulash, dare I say, Taiwanese niu rou mian (beef noodle soup) is hands down one of my favorites. It’s very easy to adjust the spice levels by omitting some of the ingredients, like the dried chilis, and upping the sugar by a tablespoon or two. It’s good, so rich, maximum flavor. It really soothes the soul (and clears your sinuses).

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Nepal - Dal Bhat

One of my biggest worries when it comes to lentils, as I’m sure everyone has the same concerns, is that they can take a while to cook, and they are normally kind of bland. I've had many friends express this to me. But this was far from it. In fact, even though I’m a fan of lentils (if they are done correctly), this dish will absolutely make a believer out of anyone who has had negative experiences with lentils before. Justin and I both really enjoyed this and thought it was very flavorful.

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