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 […]

Riz des Iles, or curried rice with corn and “fish” (Comoros)

Tweet Comoros is a tiny island nation on the African coast near Madagascar. It consists of four main islands and many smaller ones. One of them, Mayotte, remains an overseas department of France. The rest gained independence from France in 1975, though sadly there have been several coups after that. There are less than 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 […]

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. […]

Sauce pois, or pureed spiced beans (Haiti)

Tweet Most people only know Haiti as the location of the tragic earthquake in early 2010, and that it is a very poor country, the poorest country in the Americas. It is located in the same island of Hispaniola as Dominican republic. It was the first independent country in Latin America and the first black-led […]

Tempeh rendang (Malaysia)

Tweet “If there were a Cuban food & Thai food soft focus, falling-in-love montage, Malaysian food would be that montage. In my mouf.” said @ckwinny on Twitter yesterday. The idea of Cuban cuisine meets Thai cuisine seems a bit weird to me, but living in Asia perhaps she has a better idea of it than […]