Southeast Asian Food & Ingredients



Southeast Asian Food & Ingredients

Buy the same ingredient brands you’d find in a southeast Asian supermarket. Southeast Asian food covers a diverse range of cuisines. Vietnamese food, Thai food, Malaysian food, Indonesian food and Filipino food all have different characteristics, though there is some overlap.

Classic Thai ingredients include coconut milk, tamarind, kaffir lime, lemon grass – and of course chilli. Although all those ingredients are present in Malaysian cooking, Malaysian food can be richer, and more heavily spiced – think Chicken satay, curry laksa soup – taking influences from India and China. Black pepper is an important South Malaysian ingredient.

Indonesian ingredients such as sambal oelek have a similar chilli heat to Malaysian sambal sauce, and belachan – pressed shrimp paste – is a favourite salty base in both Malaysian and Indonesian food. Vietnamese food is about light clean flavours. Vietnamese ingredients such as fish sauce, palm sugar, rice paper, yellow bean sauce, and rice noodles are shared across the region, but French influences and an abundance of fresh herbs sets Vietnamese food apart. Start cooking your own southeast Asian food with our free recipes.

Recipes to Try

  • Nasi Goreng - Balinese-style Fried Rice
  • The Ultimate Guide To Hot Sauce

    The Ultimate Guide To Hot Sauce

  • Our Perfect Pad Thai Recipe
  • What To Have In Your Indonesian Kitchen by Lara Lee

    What To Have In Your Indonesian Kitchen by Lara Lee

  • Tomato And Crunchy Peanut Salad

    The Rangoon Sisters' Tomato And Crunchy Peanut Salad (Khayan Jin Thee Thoke)

    • Easy

  • Rempapa Easy Vegetable Coconut Curry