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Volume 3 | Issue 07

July 13, 2017

Tropical Asian


SPOTLIGHT

Southeast Asian cuisine has made a huge impact on American menus over the past decade. Now that the dishes of Thailand and Vietnam have achieved mainstream status, the island cuisines of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are moving to the forefront. But their culinary stories are not so easily defined. Cultural demographics, colonial history, trade routes and diverse geography are just some of the factors that play into the differences between foods found in each country, city and even individual islands. That being said, many dishes from the region are characterized by a lightness of preparation—fresh herbs, bright citrus, boiling and steaming. Incorporating distinctly Southeast Asian ingredients into sandwiches, soups and stir-fry dishes is a great way to introduce patrons to a new world of culinary adventure!Southeast Asian cuisine has made a huge impact on American menus over the past decade. Now that the dishes of Thailand and Vietnam have achieved mainstream status, the island cuisines of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines are moving to the forefront. But their culinary stories are not so easily defined. Cultural demographics, colonial history, trade routes and diverse geography are just some of the factors that play into the differences between foods found in each country, city and even individual islands. That being said, many dishes from the region are characterized by a lightness of preparation—fresh herbs, bright citrus, boiling and steaming. Incorporating distinctly Southeast Asian ingredients into sandwiches, soups and stir-fry dishes is a great way to introduce patrons to a new world of culinary adventure!



 

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Thai Roasted Chicken Satay
These tender skewers are served with a creamy peanut dipping sauce. 
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Vietnamese Bánh Mì Chicken Sandwich
The ultimate combination of textures and bright flavors, all in one incredible sandwich! View Recipe

Coconut & Chicken Soup
This bright, citrusy dressing combines fresh fruit juices with savory ingredients to create an exciting Southwestern-inspired flavor profile.
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Bring the popular flavor profiles of Thailand and Vietnam to your offerings with ready-to-use products from Custom Culinary®.

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Chef Talk

Chef Michael Smith recounts his delicious trip to Seoul —from the jaw-dropping grocery stores to BBQ joints to street carts—and share how the memorable dishes he tried can inspire your own menu.

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Sources

Judi Zienchuk,"Tasty Travel: A Guide To Southeast Asian Culture Through Spices," Epicure & Culture, February 11, 2014.
"Laksa: Discovering Malaysia's signature dish," Asian Correspondent, October 24, 2012.
"List of Asian cuisines," Wikipedia, accessed June 2017.