Find the Best Markets in Southeast Asia
This latest post is on one of my favorite topics — food in Southeast Asia! Enjoy this list of top markets.
It’s fair to say that the majority of travellers heading to South East Asia will be interested in the region’s fascinating culture, stunning landscape and favourable weather. But another reason why so many people make this journey every year is for the amazing food.
Traditional restaurants in the region can be counted on to serve delicious local dishes, but some of the greatest culinary treats can be found outside the restaurants on the street. Backpackers travelling around Thailand and Vietnam as well as tourists checking-in to hotels in Singapore and Hong Kong must visit these marvellous and very fun food markets.
Some of the city’s best food and fare can be found in Chinatown, known as Yaowarat. From bird’s nest soup to roasted duck, let the overpowering smells take you on an eating adventure.
Kho Jao, Chang Mai
During the day this is a simple Asian wet market, but as the sun falls, food vendors start serving an abundance of different dishes including the ever-popular Som Tam (Green Papaya Salad), which every traveller has to try at least once.
Dinh Cao, Phu Quoc
The largest island in Vietnam is home to a vibrant food market selling fresh seafood, barbecued meat and even the odd vegetarian option. So, Be adventurous and try whatever the locals are going for, it’s bound to be delicious!
Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
Along with clothing and souvenirs, this lively area of the city sells typical Vietnamese fare including meats, vegetables, spices and sweets.
Rather than markets, Singapore has hawker centres, which are essentially open-air food courts. One of the best examples is Maxwell Road on the edge of Chinatown. Although there are over 100 stalls to choose from, find one that sells the flavoursome seafood soup Fish Bee Hoon.
Lau Pa Sat
Dating back to the 1800s, this historical hawker centre plays host to scores of businessmen at lunchtime and casual diners in the evening. Here, vendors sell some of Singapore’s best chicken and prawn satay dishes.
Become one of the locals at this neighbourhood food market, which sells delicious Hainanese chicken rice and fresh seafood, such as stir-fried clams.
The best place to try one of Hong Kong’s signature dishes – Dim Sum. Pick up a bamboo box full of steaming dumplings and enjoy the boisterous atmosphere.
So in order to sample South East Asia’s greatest cuisine, food markets are the only way to go.