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    14 Asian Dishes Everyone Needs To Try At Least Once In Their Life

    BRB, literally about to go make all of these dishes.

    Hi, I'm Jessica, a Filipino and Vietnamese American woman, and I LOVE food.

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    There's nothing quite like digging into your food after a long day of work, or having dessert to round out a great meal. Or having a nice snack before a big meal. Or generally just, you know, eating something. Regardless, food is awesome.

    And there's no argument that other people are also very enthusiastic about food.

    Even Spam, an interesting-looking canned meat, is loved by many. You can find many spam enthusiasts all around, especially on the internet.

    So this got me thinking, what are cultural foods that Asians love?

    Asian food has become more popular and trendy on the internet, which is great! It's truly wonderful to see dishes and ingredients get the recognition they deserve, but when it's your own culture's food, it's less of a trend and more of a wholesome comfort that might remind you of your family. I'm talking less boba tea and more rice porridge. And I wonder what Asians love to eat or what their favorite dish is. Is there a memory tied to a dish or is it just a food they find super comforting?  

    All my favorite foods are Asian dishes. And while I am Filipino and Vietnamese, my favorites span across more than just those two countries.

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    While my favorite dishes from the Philippines and Vietnam are arroz caldo (chicken rice porridge) and bún bò huế (spicy beef noodle soup), I do have other dishes I enjoy just as much. While these cultural foods bring me immense comfort, foods like sushi, sundubu-jjigae, and many Asian baked goods are also on my list of favs.  

    Within Asia, there are many countries that not only bring different flavors and textures to the table, but also have their own recipes.

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    Whether it's your family recipe for rice porridge or a dish that you don't see often at restaurants, each person has their own spin on cultural dishes.

    So I reached out to our community on A*Pop, BuzzFeed's Asian and Pacific Islander identity brand, to ask the community what cultural foods they love.

    THIS MONTH ON A*POP: What is a cultural food that you love? It can be something common/comforting or a dish not many people know about. Or a food that you just really enjoy. Anything goes! Comment in the thread or tweet at @jessicakuma_ to be featured in an article on site ✍️

    Twitter: @apopbf

    We asked our A*Pop Instagram and Twitter audience for their favorite cultural dishes that were either comforting or just a dish they really liked.

    Here are some of the responses:

    1. Thit Kho with Rice (Vietnamese Braised Pork with Eggs)

    @apopbf @jessicakuma_ Thit Kho with rice!! It’s Vietnamese Braised Pork with eggs and it’s so comforting to eat 😌

    Twitter: @brittneytrinh

    2. Sundubu Jjigae (South Korean Spicy Soft Tofu Stew)

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    "Sundubu jjigae with a side of rice or duk mandu guk. Just the thought of these soups makes my stomach growl and my mouth water 🤤"

    jencute

    3. Massaman Curry (Thai Curry)

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    "Massaman curry is my favorite food. I grew up eating a lot of Thai curry, and Massaman was always the most comforting with its warmth and deep coconut and peanut flavor."

    sj.azn

    4. Bubur Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Rice Porridge)

    5. Kalguksu (South Korean Knife-Cut Noodles) and Mul Naengmyeon (South Korean Cold Noodle Soup)

    @apopbf @jessicakuma_ I think I could eat either kalguksu or mul naengmyeon every day of my life bc kalguksu is perfect fall/winter food and mul naengmyeon is perfect spring/ summer food 🤤🍜

    Twitter: @joelleolol_

    6. Biryani (Indian Spiced Meat and Rice)

    7. Seaweed Tofu Soup and Jook (Rice Porridge)

    8. Taiwanese Hand-Pulled Noodles

    @apopbf @jessicakuma_ my 婆婆 would always make Taiwanese handpulled noodles in chicken and shittake mushroom soup as my first meal off the plane. Now when I crave her warmth i always find myself making those noodles

    9. Duk Mandu Guk (South Korean Rice Cake and Dumpling Soup) and Kimchi (South Korean Spicy Fermented Vegetables)

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    "Duk Mandu Guk is a really big one for me. Every year, my grandmother and great aunt make a big pot of it for New Year since it is a significant cultural holiday. It’s the only time I ever eat it, since they live really far away and there isn’t any Korean food near where I live or any way for my family to make it. Also, Kimchi is another big one!"

    rando_muser23

    10. Sinigang (Filipino Sour Tamarind Stew)

    11. Chawanmushi (Japanese Steamed Egg Custard)

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    "Chawanmushi! My grandmother would make it from scratch. I don’t often see the dish on menus, but when I do, I always have to order one in honor of her."

    mllekristi

    12. Champorado with Tuyo (Filipino Chocolate Porridge with Salted Dried Fish)

    @apopbf @jessicakuma_ CHAMPORADO WITH TUYO it's my favorite breakfast item. my now husband and I had our first "date" getting champorado

    Twitter: @lazycheskie

    13. Naga Pork Curry (Indian Pork Cooked with Bamboo and Naga King Chili)

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    "Pork cooked in bamboo shoot and Naga King Chilli. It's a traditional cuisine from Nagaland, India, where I come from."

    _imalwayskamm_

    14. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

    @apopbf @jessicakuma_ My favorite all-time food is Taiwanese beef noodle soup. It’s just not the same in the US.

    Twitter: @SzuJoycen

    What is your favorite cultural food? Share with us in the comments below!

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