Nhorm troyong chek, or banana flower salad (Cambodia)

Tweet Cambodia is a Buddhist nation located in Southeast Asia, a former colony of France. Most of the people are of Khmer origin and speak Khmer. Cambodia is a poor country but the economy is rapidly growing. Textiles form the majority of Cambodian exports. Cambodia is probably best known for the beautiful temple of Angkor […]

Cold tofu salad (Taiwan)

Tweet The official name of Taiwan is “Republic of China”, which may be confusing as the official name of China is “People’s Republic of China”. Taiwan has been ruled by the Japanese and the Chinese and the current existence of the state is a bit muddled, as China (PRC) – and as a result a […]

Jeow mak keua, or spicy eggplant dip (Laos)

Tweet Laos is the only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, much less known in the West than many of its neighbours like China, Thailand and Vietnam. Its population is only about six million, very little in the Asian scale. It used to be a colony of France and gained independence in 1953. Laos is now […]

Borani kadu, or roasted butternut squash with spices and yoghurt (Afghanistan)

Tweet Afghanistan is a large landlocked country in Central Asia, unfortunately one that nowadays most would first associate with war or terrorism. Many also know the Afghan hounds, which originated from Afghanistan. It is a dry, mountainous country which gets quite a few earthquakes. The area has been inhabited by humans for up to 50,000 […]

Nigvziani badrijani, or eggplant rolls with walnuts and cilantro (Georgia)

Tweet Georgia (not to be confused with the U.S. state with the same name) is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, and a former part of the Soviet Union. It also considers Abkhazia and South Ossetia parts of the country. The character of the country is highly defined by the mountainous location. The deepest […]

Curried baked “beef” with yoghurt and fruit (Kyrgyzstan)

Tweet Kyrgyzstan is a country in Central asia, a former member of the USSR. It is landlocked and farther from a sea than any other country in the world. 80 % of the country is made up by a mountainous area. Historically the Kyrgyz have been mostly semi-nomadic herders living in yurts. Horse riding remains […]

Lentil sauce with herbs (Kazakhstan)

Tweet Kazakhstan is the world’s ninth largest country and the largest landlocked country (though it borders the Caspian Sea), located in Central Asia/Eastern Europe. The former Soviet state is ethnically very diverse, though over half of the people are Kazakhs. Religious diversity and tolerance is also very big, though 2/3 of the people practice Islam. […]

Choy sum Macau, or vegetable stir-fry (Macau)

Tweet Macau is one of the two “special administrative regions of China” together with Hong Kong, which is about 60 km away. It is a former colony of Portugal and nowadays partially governed by China. Both Portuguese and Chinese are still official languages. Peculiarly the traffic is on the left-side, unlike both China and Portugal. […]

Stir fried kang kong (water spinach) with spices (East Timor)

Tweet East Timor (or Timor-Leste) is a small country located in Southeast Asia, formerly a part of Indonesia, which consists of several small islands, the Eastern half of the Timor island and a small enclave on the Western side, which belongs to Indonesia. It gained independence in May 2002, after a bloody conflict with Indonesia […]

Gobi panch phoran, or spicy cauliflower (Bangladesh)

Tweet Bangladesh is a relatively small country to the East from India. Even though it houses about 150 million people, most people in the West know very little about it. It gained independence (from Pakistan) in 1971. Unlike India and many other South/Southeast Asian countries, it is ethnically quite homogenous. 98 % of people are […]