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Asian-Themed Restaurants

December 16, 2015

Asian-Themed Restaurants

One recognized trait of Filipinos is that we love to eat. Some few years ago, fast food chains were usually the major option when dining out with family and friends. Since these are relatively cheaper and more accessible as compared to restaurants, people opt to hold simple celebrations and gatherings in fast food chains.


However, due to the growth in the number of restaurants serving a variety of menu or catering to a particular type of cuisine, competition sparked among these establishments. And because of the increased competition and the heightened curiosity of Filipinos to explore various cuisines, dining out in restaurants slowly became a trend.


Below are some of the Asian-themed restaurants usually explored by families and group of friends nowadays:

1. Japanese

Well-known Japanese food includes sushi1 such as california rolls, donburi2like katsudon3, sashimi4 such as salmon and tuna, or noodles like ramen5 and soba6. Whichever you prefer, rest assured that there is an existing restaurant that specializes in a particular type of dish and could definitely satisfy your Japanese cravings.


2. Korean

Korean cuisine is known for its spicy flavors including kimchi7 and jjamppong8. But if you are not a fan of spicy food and would want to avoid bloating yourself with cold drinks while eating, there is also a wide variety of Korean food to choose from. Meat dishes like bulgogi9, noodles like japchae10, or rice meals like bibimbap11 are just a few to name.


3. Chinese

Dim sum such as hakao12 and siomai13 or various types of noodle are usually the staple orders when one eats in a Chinese restaurant. But aside from these, other famous dishes include peking roasted duck, spring rolls, and siopao14. Also, you could match your meals with hot house tea which is usually served for free in Chinese restos.


4. Indian

Indian cuisine is known for its variety of breads and curries. Famous Indian breads include roti15, chapatti15 and naan16 which are often partnered with curry dishes such as chicken do pyaaza17 and murg rezala17. Aside from these, other well-known Indian dishes include kebabs18 and biryani19. If you are a fan of food with strong-tasting spices, Indian restaurants could be your choice of cuisine.


There are still a number of Asian cuisines that Filipinos could explore such as Vietnamese and Thai to name a few. But at the end of the day, Filipino families still choose to serve our own cuisine at the tables in our own homes.



1 a dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, or egg

2 a rice bowl dish consisting of fish, meat, vegetables or other ingredients simmered together and served over rice

3 a donburi topped with tonkatsu (deep-fried pork cutlet)

4 a dish of bite-sized pieces of raw fish eaten with soy sauce and wasabi paste

5 quick-cooking noodles, typically served in a broth with meat and vegetables

6 noodles made from buckwheat flour

7 the national dish of Korea made up of spicy pickled cabbage

8 a spicy noodle soup flavoured with onions and chili oil

9 a dish of thin beef slices marinated and grilled on a barbecue

10 a dish made from sweet potato noodles stir fried in sesame oil with vegetables flavoured with soy sauce

11 a dish consisting of rice topped with sautéed vegetables, chili paste, and beef or other meat, sometimes with the addition of a raw or fried egg

12 shrimp dumplings

13 pork dumplings

14 steamed buns

15 Roti is an unleavened bread made from whole meal flour. Chapatti is similar to a roti with the main differences being that chapatti is thinner and is made from whole wheat flour

16 a type of leavened bread, typically of teardrop shape and traditionally cooked in a clay oven

17 types of chicken curries

18 a dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit

19 a dish made with highly seasoned rice and meat, fish, or vegetables