From sizzling and tempting street food to the vast offerings of Asian 7-Elevens, there's no shortage of amazing food in Asia.
With unique flavor combinations and the ability to delight and surprise initiated palates, Asian snack foods are second to none. If you've never dug into a decadent dish of sticky rice drizzled with coconut milk and served with perfectly ripe mango, you are seriously missing out. The same goes for those who haven't had the joy of biting into a salty and savory sheet of dried seaweed. It might sound a little strange, but don't knock it until you try it.
Asian food is famous for uniting the elements of salty, bitter, sour and sweet in a beautiful marriage that elevates each component and makes us want to come back for more. Even better, each new country you visit brings fresh delights. Each of the snacks in this quiz is popular because it has elevated the idea of snack food to brave new levels. You will never look at boring gas station nachos the same way again!
If you are ready to put your foodie knowledge to the test, step on up and tuck into this quiz that will test the limits of your culinary knowledge and might even expose you to brand new delicious foods.
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Can you name this textured beverage that is popular all over Asia?
Bubble tea is a whimsical beverage that is widely loved in Asia. The tapioca balls are largely tasteless, but they add textural interest to the drink, and people swear that they level up the drink.
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Cookie sticks dipped in a sweet coating? Yes, please! Which Asian fave are we talking about?
Pocky is one of the most popular sweet treats in Asia. It consists of buttery cookie sticks dipped in chocolate, strawberry, Oreo, matcha green tea or other flavors. Get Pocky at any 7-Eleven on the streets of Bangkok. Yum!
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What is this Korean chocolate favorite that delivers big flavor?
In Korea, there's only one snack that you go to when you want your chocolate fix: Choco Pie. This treat offers plenty of chocolate and marshmallow for the ultimate satisfying snack.
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There's only one food that would stop most people in their tracks. Who can name this classic Asian street food?
When it comes to street treats, you can't beat a piping hot bowl of noodle soup. Each vendor is different, infusing the broth with aromatic ingredients for a stick-to-your-ribs meal that will satisfy even picky eaters.
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These balls are the perfect bite. What are they?
Sesame balls, which are filled with sweetened red bean paste, are the perfect bite. Not only are they sweet and satisfying, but they also keep you full during a long day. They are the perfect travel food, and the sesame seeds add a nice crunch too!
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The scent of this street food might not be appealing, but it's a cult favorite. What is it?
Stinky tofu is certainly an acquired taste, but once you get used to it, you love it. The smell comes from fermentation. It's funky, sour, sweet and filling, all at the same time. The streets of Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan are full of stinky tofu.
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This Chinese delicacy is unique and delicious. Can you name it?
Haw flakes are made from the fruit of the hawthorn tree, a species indigenous to China. These pale pink discs are perfect after school favorites for Chinese kids (and for adults too).
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What are these sweet cakes that are adorably fish shaped?
Taiyaki are sweet, fish-shaped Japanese cakes that are almost too cute to eat. They make the ultimate street food and totally hit the spot. Find taiyaki stalls on the streets of major cities in Japan.
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This semi-healthy snack is beloved all over Asia. What is it?
Dried mango is one of those things that you need to try to completely appreciate. The mango is chewy, sweet and separated into bite sized pieces. It is the perfect on-the-go snack.
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This snack might be a little nontraditional for Americans, but don't knock it until you try it. What is it?
Dried seaweed is one of the most popular snacks in Southeast Asia. The combination of fishy seaweed and salt is a truly addictive one, and it is available in convenience stores all across the region.
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Can you name this famous Japanese candy that is both light and crunchy?
Botan Rice Candy is so tasty because it's not overly heavy. This light candy has a hint of citrus and a whole lot of satisfying crunch from the rice. The rice paper layer is part of the edible fun. It's a great treat on a hot day.
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Nepal has no shortage of amazing foods, like these perfect savory dumplings. What are they?
Many Nepalese people consider momos to be the best comfort food in the world. These delicious dumplings are usually steamed, but they can be fried or baked as well. They are delicious any way that they're prepared.
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These crackers might be an acquired taste, but many Asians swear by them. What are they?
Prawn crackers are delightfully light, fluffy crackers that have a powerful punch of shrimp flavor. They are sold in 7-Elevens all over Asia and are a favorite quick and tasty late night snack.
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What refreshing drink pictured here is a sugary and delicious alternative to other juices?
Sugarcane juice is popular in parts of India, and it's easy to see why. This juice is light and sweet; it's the perfect refresher on a hot day. You can see it made in stalls right on the street.
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This straight-from-the-sea favorite is a crowd pleaser. Do you know what it is?
Dried squid is one of the most popular snacks in Southeast Asia. The pungent squid packs a fishy punch, and the crunch is totally infectious. It's one of many fish-themed treats in the region.
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People in the country whose capital is Bangkok have a special way of preparing their tea. What's it called?
Thai tea is a sugary beverage that combines traditional tea with sweetened condensed milk and loads of sugar. It's served over ice and is considered one of the tastiest beverages in Asia.
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Indian dumplings have a special name and a cult following. Do you know what they are?
Indian samosas are on the menu at almost every good Indian restaurant, and these flaky triangular dumplings are certainly second to none. They can be found all over the streets of Delhi.
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Can you identify this refreshing Hong Kong treat that can quench any thirst?
Red beans might seem like a strange thing to put in a dessert, but in Hong Kong, red bean ice is a local favorite. It's not too sweet, which makes it a unique alternative to other icy drinks.
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Do you know the name of this traditional dessert that is used to celebrate a season?
Mooncake, shaped like the full moon, is a traditional Chinese sweet that is eaten during the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, to bring good luck. Filling options include red bean paste, pandan mung bean paste, lotus seed paste and durian. Some even have a duck egg yolk in the center.
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This Singaporean and Malaysian breakfast fave takes things to the next level. What is it?
Kaya toast is popular in both Singapore and Malaysia. It relies on the sweetness of kaya jam for its unique flavor. Kaya jam is made with coconut, egg and caramel, and it is said to be totally addictive.
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This sour Chinese treat has a unique taste that makes it very popular in Asia. What is it?
Preserved plums are alternately very sour, sweet and salty, and they're one of the most popular "leisure food" snacks in China. Their flavor is strong, but once you get used to them, you may like them very much.
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What is the name of the street food on a stick that generally comes with a side of peanut sauce?
Chicken satay is insanely popular in Asia, and you can even find it in many places all over the world. The combination of succulent chicken with peanut sauce is a tried and true winner.
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This snack takes all of the flavors of India and condenses them into a crispy treat. What is it?
Aloo bhujia is one of the most popular snacks in India. IMashed potatoes and chickpea flour are combined with traditional spices, then run through a sieve and fried, for an addictive and satisfying treat that is sold in convenience stores all over the region.
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Do you know the name of the sweet Japanese rice cake that has taken the world by storm?
Mochi are small glutinous Japanese rice cakes, flavored with any number of different things. They are often filled with traditional flavors like matcha and red bean, but they can also contain vanilla, chocolate or caramel.
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These whimsical candies combine chocolate and shortbread into cute shapes. What are they?
Chocolate mushrooms are a cute and whimsical spin on Pocky. The chocolate part tops off a shortbread stick, and this dessert is big in Japan, where it is widely sold. We promise that it doesn't taste like mushrooms.
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It's a common bread that is delicious when served hot, and it can be sweet or savory. What is it?
Roti is originally Indian, but you can find it all over Asia. It's delicious when served piping hot, and generally it is flaky and flavorful. Crown it with ghee, or with sugar and butter for a sweet treat.
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Can you name these spicy morsels from Japan?
Wasabi peas have crossed the pond and are popular all over the world. They combine the addictive taste of wasabi with crunchy dried peas, and they are sold in single serve or family size bags.
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Not your ordinary frozen treat, this Asian dessert elevates an existing favorite. What is it?
Rolled ice cream is a treat that is made right in front of you by combining different flavors into cute rolls with a scraping tool and a special roller plate. It's an Asian favorite and a totally refreshing treat.
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It's a ubiquitous treat that is lighter than air and served all over Asia. What is it?
Rice crackers can be found on the shelves of 7-Elevens all over Asia; they're one of the most popular snack foods in the region. A bag really hits the salt spot as a light and crunchy treat.
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This Vietnamese sandwich takes a little inspiration from French cuisine. What is it?
The banh mi sandwich is a delightful mix of meats and vegetables on a crispy toasted baguette. You can get one on just about any street corner in Vietnam and in some parts of Laos. These days, you can probably find one near you in the U.S. as well.
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What iconic Chinese candy is designed so that you can even eat the wrapper?
White Rabbit Candy is a sweet Chinese treat that incorporates milk and sugar into a chewy candy that even has an edible rice paper wrapper. You can find it in convenience stores all over China.
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Can you name the refreshing fruit and vegetable salad that is a popular snack in Thailand?
Green papaya salad is one of the most popular authentic foods in Thailand. In addition to being extremely healthy, it's also totally delicious, combining salty, sweet, sour and bitter in one beautiful bite.
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What gelatinous dessert is uniquely refreshing and popular all over Asia?
Lychees are a favorite fruit in Asia, so it's no surprise that lychee jelly is a refreshing dessert. Lychee jelly comes in individual plastic pods for easy consumption, and you can easily eat several.
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What popular breakfast beverage incorporates a unique ingredient into the mix?
Egg coffee is big in Vietnam. The frothy whipped egg yolk gives the drink a creamy consistency,and it gets a boost from sweetened condensed milk. It takes regular coffee to the next level.
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This traditional dessert includes an item that we're more familiar with in savory dishes. What is it?
Mango sticky rice is a surprisingly delicious dessert that combines sticky rice with fresh mango and sweetened coconut milk. The result is refreshing and light. Mango sticky rice is sold all over Thailand.
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Can you name the street food treat pictured here?
Roasted chestnuts are a delicious Vietnamese specialty — they taste amazing hot out of the oven. They are sold in most major cities all over Vietnam and make the perfect travel food.
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These yummy cookies are served on special occasions in Asia. What are they?
Almond cookies are very popular all throughout Asia. Every country has its own version, but they are all light and fully flavored. You can pick up a pack in 7-Elevens all across the continent.
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Do you know what Japanese candy hits the spot in the most refreshing way?
Muscat Gummy Candy is refreshing, grape flavored gummies from Japan. They have a huge cult following, and if you can't hop on a transatlantic flight to Japan, you can buy them on Amazon.
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Thailand has some of the tastiest desserts in the world, like this custard served in banana leaves. What is it called?
Khanom tako pheuak is a custard served in banana leaves. It's steamed in the leaf and eaten right away. There are plenty of people making this treat all over the streets of Thailand. Delicious!
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This super yogurt is as good for you as it tastes. What is it?
Yakult is a probiotic beverage designed to aid digestion, and it is a popular snack in Asia. It's sweetened with all sorts of flavors, including apple, grape and orange. This good-for-you treat is super tasty.
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