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Agoda reveals most-favored foreign cuisine

Released at: 17:02, 04/06/2019

Agoda reveals most-favored foreign cuisine

Jozankei Daiichi Hotel in Japan (Photo: Agoda)

Latest survey reveals popular foreign food for Vietnamese taste buds.

by Khanh Chi

Tied in first place, Chinese and Korean cuisine have emerged as Vietnam’s favorite international dishes, according to a survey by Agoda - one of the world’s fastest-growing online travel agents.

With diverse flavors, Vietnam’s northern neighbor split the top-slot with the ever-popular Korean cuisine, with Japanese and Thai food next in the rankings.

Interestingly, Vietnam’s love for all things Vietnamese, including their own cuisine, was apparent in the survey, as some respondents opted for “Other, please specify”, with comments such as “Vietnam ngon nhat!” (Vietnamese is the most delicious!), highlighting just how dearly people here hold their native fare.

Enjoying local food is a great way to travel and experience a country’s culture. Agoda also shared destinations Vietnamese travelers can visit for the ultimate foodie holiday experience.

With Vietnamese families filling dim sum restaurants every Sunday, travelers can experience authentic dim sum in southern China, in Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s Tim Ho Wan is often known as “the world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant” and has gone on to franchise its fare around the region. Still, the authentic experience is unchanged at its Sham Shui Po home, accessible from the stylish Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong.

Beijing’s signature dish - Peking Duck - is the house specialty at Siji Minfu Restaurant. For those looking to spice things up a bit on their trip to China, Sichuan cuisine is famed for its heat.

While we can all thank Psy for putting Gangnam on the tips of our tongues, it’s time to get the taste of Korean cuisine on the tips of travelers’ tongues. Korean BBQ outlets such as Saebyukjib, Parkdaegamne, Gombawui, and Nongoljip abound in the upscale district of Seoul. An entirely different experience with Korean cuisine can be found further south in the seaside city of Busan, with its many food markets and access to abundant seafood.

Jiro is not the only one who dreams of sushi - most visitors to Japan take the chance to savor the nation’s signature dish. For those who want Master Jiro to prepare it himself, book well ahead at his eatery in bustling Ginza in Tokyo.

Famed as the home-of-ramen, the Sapporo region in Hokkaido is a must-visit for noodle lovers. Soak in the breathtaking mountainous surrounds at Jozankei Daiichi Gotel Suizantei and take a dip in a private onsen before heading out for that piping hot bowl of ramen. Foodies who are all about the street food experience will find plenty on offer in Osaka, from takoyaki (octopus balls) to kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers).

Thai food delights the palate with its varying sweet, spicy and sour flavors. Feast like a king on contemporary Thai Food at Baan Suriyasai in Silom, Bangkok, where they prepare dishes using techniques handed down from the Thai royal court.

Northern Thai cuisine is an altogether different experience, with dishes that are milder and less spicy than the south. When taking a break from trekking the serene, temple-laden mountains of Chiang Rai, check out the town’s eateries for Khao Soi - egg noodles in coconut-based curry - and Sai Oua, or northern Thai sausages.

The survey was conducted by independent market research firm YouGov Singapore, with 1,018 adults surveyed online in April. Figures have been weighted and are representative of Vietnamese adults (aged 18+).

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