Asian food

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Travelling is without a doubt an exhilarating experience, you get to visit places you’ve never seen before, meet new people and of course, try out the delectable local cuisine. There is no better to way to understand and fully appreciate appreciate a culture without tasting the food.

It is precisely through the creative ways that each culture shapes its local ingredients that makes discovering new dishes such a wonderful activity to enjoy during a vacation. Noodles are a prime example of a classic Asian staple that has gone through many interpretations, with communities across the region embracing these beloved carbs as their own and creating uniquely local dishes to comfort and excite foodies.

A local food tour while visiting a new destination guarantees an authentic eating experience and insight into how people of different cultures enjoy their meals. Let OZO, a collection of smart hotels in lively locations such as Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and southern Thailand, take you on a noodles feast across Asia.

 

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Hong Kong

wanton noodles

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The hustle and bustle of Hong Kong are nothing new: it is very much a fast-paced life in this major city. That being said, it is not a surprise that the cuisine the locals enjoy reflects the busy environment. Wonton noodles are astonishingly quick to cook, taking one minute or less to boil.

Wonton noodle dishes in Hong Kong are comprised of egg noodles and meaty wonton dumplings, garnished with green vegetables, like chives and garlic. The wontons are filled with shrimp and pork, making each bite a meaty surprise. Hot broth is optional, but most definitely recommended.

OZO Hotels Hong Kong

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Many of Hong Kong’s best wonton noodle shops – including some Michelin Guide recognised establishments such as Wing Wah and Ho Hung Kee Restaurants are a short stroll away from OZO Wesley Hong Kong. Book your next stay to save 15% on room rates starting at 840 HKD ++. Only for stays until 31 December 2018.

 

Sri Lanka

String hoppers

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Who says noodles can only be eaten at lunch or dinner? Sri Lankans have cracked the code and established a delicious breakfast option that utilises noodles. Indi Appa starts off as a thick, rice flour batter that is shaped into light, stringy noodles and then steamed.

Also known locally as string hoppers, these noodles are usually paired with coconut sambal (a tantalising, spicysweet-savoury paste), dhal and curries. However, when it comes to food, innovation is key, so it’s recommended travellers get creative and find a flavour that best suits their tastes.

Ozo Hotels Sri Lanka

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Be sure to try this authentic Sri Lankan dish for breakfast at EAT, located at both OZO Colombo Sri Lanka and OZO Kandy Sri Lanka. Save 15% on advanced bookings, with room rates starting at 68 USD ++. Free room category upgrade for stays until 31 December 2018 (subject to availability).

 

Southern Thailand

Thai food

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Many Asian cultures absolutely love piling on the spices: the hotter, the better! Understandably, that may not be to everyone’s taste, which is why one of Koh Samui’s favourite noodle dishes perfectly balances a rich flavour with a spicy kick of chilli.

Khanom Jeen Nam Ya is very popular and renowned in the south of Thailand. Fresh rice noodles are served with the powerful fish curry, which is made with local ingredients including coconut milk, lemongrass, dried chillies, shrimp paste and basil. The meat used in this dish may vary depending on what is available, but white fish like cod or barracuda, or even crab meat, are some of the tasty options worth trying. Locals on the island recommend Khanom Jeen Pa Maitree by Maenam Beach and Krua Tai Muang Restaurant in Bo Phut for the best Khanom Jeen.

OZO Hotels Southern Thailand

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Find your favourite eatery on Koh Samui during your next stay at OZO Chaweng Samui. Book the Escape Package for complimentary airport transfers, a special set menu dinner crafted by resident chefs, 1,000 THB dining credit at inhouse dining outlets, a stocked minibar and your daily breakfast boost! Rates start at 10,800 THB ++ for a three night stay, only available until 31 December 2018.

Additional reporting by Nurhuda Halim.

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