Weird Asian Food and why you should try them
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6 Weird Asian Food & Why You Should Try Them in Your Breakfast ?

This post was recently updated on May 20th, 2021

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It could very well be argued that Asia is home to the finest cooking in the world, and with such an eclectic kitchen you wouldn’t like to bet against it. But mixed in with the traditional and well-known favorites, this part of the world also has its fair share of wonderful and weird Asian food when it comes to pleasing the palette.

Globetrotting duo Agness and Cez from eTramping have much experience living in and traveling Asia.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, let them show you some of the strangest bites you can try the first thing in the morning.

From the delicious grills of Turkey and Iran to the mouth-watering spices of India. With the fresh seafood of Japan and Vietnam, the melting pot that is Malaysia, the popularity of China, and everything in between, you can find something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Real foodies will find it almost impossible to settle on a favorite.

Food combinations are seemingly immeasurable - Weird Asian Food
Asian food combinations are seemingly immeasurable

List of 6 Weird Asian Food to Try in Your Breakfast

1. China

Like many famous cuisines from around the world. The breakfast dishes are rarely the first thing you think of, and China is no exception.

That’s because they’re not exactly famous for it! Would you ever consider eating dumplings first thing in the morning?! Baozi is a steamed bun filled with meat (usual pork) and vegetables that you’ll see the Chinese devouring early doors.

Baozi is an unusual Chinese food & the first in our list of weird Asian food.

Weird Asian Food is served in the breakfast – China style
Weird Asian Food is served in the breakfast – China style

And how about the very unappealingly named “bean juice” to wash it down? Similar to soy milk, it’s been made from mungo beans and served hot. Mmmm…delicious…?!

Why you should try it – It’ll certainly keep your hunger at bay and comes with a variety of fillings. Bean juice is very healthy too.

2. Thailand

The Thai’s are world-famous for their lunch and dinner dishes, with the likes of Thai green or red curries and Pad Thai is among the most popular and beloved eats in this country.

But why is it in the weird Asian food in the Asia list? Well, you might be surprised (and overjoyed – depending on how much you love Thai food) to learn that breakfast doesn’t differ a great deal from the rest of the day.

Thai green curry for breakfast anyone? - Weirdest Breakfasts
Thai green curry for breakfast anyone?

Arguably the most common purely breakfast food is a rice congee called chok mu sap. It’s sort of like a porridge style rice dish with pork and maybe a raw egg. It’s as close to a bowl of cereal as you’ll find in these parts!

Why you should try it – It’s usually offered with loads of extras like shredded pork, spring onions, garlic, ginger…you name it! Variety is the spice of life!

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3. Japan

Japan is the home of the finest sushi on the planet, and as well as having a fantastic selection of delicious and healthy cuisine.

It’s little wonder that the oldest living person in the world is regularly Japanese. And not only is the lunch and dinner menu incredibly good for you, but their breakfast plates are stacked with vitamins and minerals too. That doesn’t mean you’ll want to eat it!

Enjoying the sites in Japan – most likely before a big feed! Japan makes the list too in weirdest breakfasts in asia
Enjoying the sites in Japan – most likely before a big feed! Japan makes the list too in weird Asian food

Natto is a traditional Japanese food regularly consumed in the morning, but it won’t sound at all appealing to anyone who isn’t from there.

It’s fermented soybeans on rice and although it’s meant to be healthy, it stinks to high heaven with a slimy consistency. I think we’ll stick to a Japanese omelet, thanks.

Why you should try it – You’ll certainly obtain a badge of honor if you can get past the stench.

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4. Iran

More and more visitors are discovering just why Iran is one of the finest countries on earth to visit, with stunning architecture, beautiful nature, and countryside while boasting famed hospitality to boot. But they also offer some of the most delicious cuisines you’re ever likely to taste.

The sites (as well as the food) make a visit to Iran really special
The sites (as well as the food) visit Iran special

Nobody makes bread better than the Iranians, and while a traditional loaf served with cheese and sweet tea might not be the weird Asian food to most people, Kalleh Pacheh almost certainly will be.

Boiled sheep or cows’ hooves and head, maybe with a dash of lime. It’s a far cry from a bacon and egg McMuffin, that’s for sure.

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Why you should try it – It’ll get you out of bed in the morning. They start preparing it at 3 am and you won’t find it after 9.

5. Kyrgyzstan

This central Asian country has been steadily attracting a cult following in recent years. Largely thanks to its unspoiled outdoor scene, including some world-class hiking, climbing, and biking.

Food-wise, the country isn’t ever going to threaten eastern cuisine, generally being plain fare that’s heavy on the carbs. You’ll be lucky to find a vegetarian option that isn’t just tomato and lettuce.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Kyrgyzstan
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Kyrgyzstan

Horses are idolized here and it seems no part of them goes to waste. Kumis is the national drink, popular throughout the day but very much enjoyed first thing in the morning.

It’s fermented mare’s milk – and is most definitely an acquired taste. The Kyrgyz swear by it though – claiming it can cure whatever ails you. Perhaps not if it makes you sick in the first place.

Why you should try it – They say you’ve never been to Kyrgyzstan until you’ve stayed in a yurt, ridden a horse, and drank Kumis. Good luck to you and your stomach.

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6. Vietnam

In a country that is often shamefully overlooked in favor of Thailand, Vietnam more than holds its own when it comes to Southeast Asian cooking. The sights smell and taste you’ll enjoy here put it firmly on the world’s culinary map. It has a wondrous variety too. If you don’t like the look of this weird Asian food (and you won’t) you can always find something to taste.


Perhaps more than most, the Vietnamese are really “out there” when it comes to different types of breakfast. Pho is the most popular and well-known breakfast (a noodle soup) but as far as the weird Asian food goes you’ll have to travel a long way to beat balut. It’s a developing bird embryo that’s boiled and consumed from the shell. I think we’ll give it a pass.

Why you should try it – Perhaps you shouldn’t. It’s frowned upon in many circles, not least animal welfare and human health.

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Agness and Cez - eTramping

When best friends Agness and Cez are not devouring their favorite Portuguese deserts, exploring East Asia or on the hunt for their next adventure, they’re to be found busily writing their travel blog eTramping. The Polish pair has been bringing the world awesome travel advice since 2011 when they decided to flee the daily grind and explore the planet. Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to find out what they might be eating next!


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