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Underrated Asian dishes you need to try ASAP

Let’s take a break from pancit, dumplings, and spring rolls. These dishes deserve recognition, too

When talking about Asian cuisine, we often mention hotpot from China, pad thai from Thailand, pho from Vietnam, kebab from the Middle East, and samgyupsal from South Korea. And hands down, these dishes deserve the hype they’re currently receiving. Yet we can’t help but think of all the underrated Asian dishes (dare we say, hidden gems) that deserve just as much hype, if not more. Curious? We made a list. And maybe try them out for lunch or dinner, too!

Hot and sour soup

Hot & Sour Soup from Ah Fong Asian Cuisine

If you’re looking for a comfort dish, you should definitely consider this hot and sour soup from Ah Fong Asian Cuisine. The soup originated from China and is known for its heady aroma, thick broth, and distinct (yet balanced) sour and spicy flavor. Order now for only P250 by dialing SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111.

Black garlic ramen

Ajitama Kuro-Ton from Ramen Bari-uma Jr.

Everyone’s familiar with ramen, but have you ever tried anything besides shoyu (soy sauce), tonkotsu (pork bone), and miso (soybean paste) ramen? This Ajitama Kuro-Ton from Ramen Bari-uma Jr. is a pork-flavored black garlic soup with thick-cut chashu (braised pork) and seasoned egg. The garlic used in this dish is slowly heated to caramelize—giving the broth its dark color. Order now for only P270 via SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111.

Ngohiong

Ngohiong (Daku) from Huka

Ngohiong is a popular street food in Cebu that was inspired by the Hokkien dish ngo hiang (crispy meat rolls or kikiam). For better visualization, think fried lumpiang ubod—but blended with some signature Cebuano spices. Get this ngohiong from Hukad for only P175 via the SM Malls Online app or by calling SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111.

Dau phu gion

Dau phu gion (crispy beancurd with sesame soy dressing) from Pho Hoa

Dau phu gion is a Vietnamese crispy fried tofu (or beancurd) dish drizzled with sesame soy dressing. It can either be eaten with rice or as an appetizer, whichever floats your boat. Try it now for only P299.25 via the SM Malls Online app or by dialing SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111. 

Bonus: Chinese classics

Feast Snack for 2: Stir fried noodles, siopao and black gulaman with sago. Available at Golden Bamboo Restaurant

All these dishes and you’re still craving something classic? We can’t blame you. You may avail Golden Bamboo Restaurant’s Feast Snack for 2 promo for only P390 to get two servings of these: stir-fried noodles, asado or bola-bola siopao and black gulaman with sago. You may order now via the SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111.

Siomai Platter from Mandarin Tea Garden

Or get this Siomai Platter from Mandarin Tea Garden for only P185 by calling the SM Customer Care hotline 8876-1111. It includes two of the following varieties: beef, Japanese, chicken, and quail egg.


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