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Southeast Asian Menu Guide

Looking to explore Southeast Asian cuisine? Here's a quick rundown of the region's dishes.

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A Regional Foods Glossary

A great way to explore the regional cuisines of Southeast Asia starts with the basics — the most-common foods in each culture. Here are some of the region's celebrated dishes, plus a few pantry staples you'll want to have on hand to replicate these dishes at home.



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Banh Mi

A take on the French casse-croûte (meaning "break crust," or sandwich), this Vietnamese lunch favorite is made with a small baguette, split open lengthwise and filled with pickled carrots and daikon, fresh lettuce, cilantro, chili sauce and Vietnamese bologna, pâté and/or grilled lemongrass-flavored sliced pork.

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Basic Marinade

The delicious, authentic combination of equal parts palm sugar and fish sauce with grated garlic and lemongrass is used as a marinade for all sorts of proteins. Pork chops or chicken thighs, for example, are marinated for about 20 minutes, and then grilled and served with lime or lemon wedges on the side.

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Cabbage Salad

Popularly referred to as "Asian coleslaw," this refreshing shredded green cabbage salad is seasoned with fish sauce, sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice, and garnished with crushed peanuts and cilantro, mint or Thai basil leaves. Add leftover shredded or sliced roast chicken or pork, or steamed shrimp for a more filing version of the recipe.

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