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Favorite Asian Dishes

JungMann Apr 24, 2013 08:15 PM

I'm looking for your favorite 3 dishes for each of these cuisines:


Anything in those cuisines you wouldn't want to eat? Anything deserve special mention? The question goes out to non-natives mainly, but I'd be interested to see how these lists compares with native or Asian-Am responders.

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    littlemissmuffin Apr 26, 2013 08:59 PM

    I love red curry chicken and any Thai soup.

    I like so many Chinese dishes, both authentic and Americanized...but my favorite is spicy green beans, cooked they so they are wrinkled and dry looking.

    The only Filipino food I have had is adobo, so chicken adobo it is!

    1. ipsedixit Apr 26, 2013 08:58 PM

      - Pickled daikon
      - Dumplings
      - Egg tarts

      - Nam tok moo
      - Khanom bua loi
      - Som tam

      - Tapa
      - Laing
      - Halo halo

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        tardigrade Apr 26, 2013 07:45 PM

        Chinese is a pretty wide field....

        OK, for Chinese, I like Ma Pa Tofu, Char Siu Bao, dry-braised beans. I don't like gall bladder as an ingredient in tripe soup, which IMHO ruins an otherwise good dish.

        Thai: Tom Yum, Duck Noodle Soup, Panang Curry

        Filipino: not familiar enough with it. The half-grown duck eggs I don't think I'd like to try. Anecdote: I do nature programs for San Francisco primary school kids. Recently, I had a group of 4th grade boys; we came upon a pair of ducks, and one of them remarked that his grandparents ate balut, which of course led to a discussion of the grossest things people eat. I offered up milk, because, well, think about it....

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          Dirtywextraolives Apr 26, 2013 04:04 PM

          Hi JungMann -

          For Thai, we love the curries, but I don't cook them much as my kids can't take the heat my husband & I love... My kids do love the sates though, and the Thai marinated steak. I also love pad Thai and green papaya salad.

          Chinese, well, I grew up on NY Chinese American, and it is very hard to find out here in LA. I love the char Sui ribs, moo shu, Peking duck, egg rolls, lo mein and fried rice.

          Filipino, I have not had much Filipino, but I go to a Filipino market sometimes to pick up fresh fish & veggies. The things I am familiar with are the fried stuff like lumpia. I would love to try some lechon. But I do make pork adobo, which we really like and I got the recipe from a Filipina FB friend.

          As far as what I won't eat, I won't eat most of the super obscure regional Chinese that is prevalent in one area of my city; there are just too many things in it that would squeem me out.

          And there is no way, even on a drunken dare, would I eat Balut. That shit is scary.....

          PS - miss your drool-inducing posts on the WFD thread.... Hope all is well with you!

          1. dave_c Apr 26, 2013 11:39 AM

            Red Curry Chicken

            Dan Dan mein in a peanut sauce

            Bicol Express

            1. linguafood Apr 26, 2013 11:37 AM

              Just 3 each? :-)

              Gua Tiew (dry or wet, the best version of which I had on Kho Phi Phi)
              Tom Yam

              pretty much any Sichuan dish (hot pot, mapo tofu, dry-fried green beans, chicken with hot peppers, etc. etc... the list is truly endless)
              Peking duck
              Cantonese roast pork

              I've only had lumpias which I loved. Not familiar with any other dishes....

              1. LA Buckeye Fan Apr 26, 2013 11:36 AM

                Thai- Prik King (red curry with green beans and protein)
                Chinese-won ton soup
                Filipino- don't know the name but a noodle dish with cellophane noodles and ground pork, I believe.

                1. Paprikaboy Apr 26, 2013 11:33 AM

                  Thai-Miang Pla Tu
                  Chinese- Fish fragrant aubergine with pork
                  Filipino- Palabok

                  1. raytamsgv Apr 26, 2013 11:25 AM

                    For Chinese:

                    Cantonese steamed rock cod with ginger and green onions
                    Beijing duck
                    Stir fried scallops

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                      fourunder Apr 26, 2013 11:16 AM

                      Don't eat much Thai or Filipino.....


                      any kind of homemade clear soup

                      steamed or pan fried whole fish with ginger and scallion

                      roast suckling pig

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