Hidden Foodie Gems

South and South East Asia is a paradise for food enthusiasts, offering a delightful array of vibrant, spicy, aromatic flavours to excite the taste buds. Four standout countries in the region – Thailand, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam – stand as culinary meccas around the world, each boasting a unique tapestry of dishes that reflect their rich cultural heritage. And of course, all of them are Karma destinations!

Thailand While Pad Thai and Tom Yum are familiar stars, explore Som Tum, a zesty green papaya salad that combines sweet, sour, and spicy flavours. For a comforting delight, try Khao Soi, a Northern Thai curry soup featuring tender noodles and a rich coconut base – all discoverable in Phuket close to Karma Royal Boat Lagoon!

India – Move beyond the better-known curries and sample Pani Puri, a street food sensation comprising hollow crispy balls filled with tangy tamarind water and chickpeas. Kothu Parotta, meanwhile, is a South Indian dish, combining shredded parotta bread with spices and meat, creating an irresistible medley of textures and flavours – easily discoverable in Karma destinations in Kerala and Goa!

Indonesia  Dive into Rendang Sapi, a tantalisingly tender beef dish cooked with coconut milk and a blend of spices. Gudeg meanwhile is a specialty from Yogyakarta, featuring young jackfruit stewed in palm sugar and coconut milk, providing a unique sweet-savoury experience. And don’t miss the classic Padang cuisine of Sumatra – a medley of dishes that heavily feature spices, coconut milk and indulgent fried delights. You’ll find them near our resorts in Bali.

Vietnam  While Pho is celebrated the world over, try Bún Bò Huế, a spicy beef noodle soup hailing from the city of Hue. Cao Lầu, exclusive to Hoi An – home to our very own Karma Song Hoai – offers thick rice noodles with pork and herbs, showcasing the region’s culinary heritage.

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