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Old 04-22-2014, 09:04 PM
 
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An obvious one is rice, staple to Southeast Asia, India, China, the Middle East alike, although less so in the drier, colder parts of Asia.

Another one is tea probably too. Sesame is probably a big one too.

What else?
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:12 PM
 
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Chicken, maybe? Chilli peppers, even if they're from the Americas. It's not an ingredient but every Asian country seems to have its own curries too.
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:15 PM
 
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Mung beans, bean sprouts and red beans are pretty common in most of Asia.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:49 PM
 
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Dumplings?
Biiiiig prawns?
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Dumplings?
Biiiiig prawns?
Dumplings, of which Chinese dumplings are the best known example, are found in many countries including from Korea to Afghanistan, where in both they are known as mandu. Pierogis from Slavic countries are also basically the same, as is Japanese gyoza. Dumplings are less prominent in warmer parts of Asia where wheat is not grown.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:17 AM
 
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sesame is mostly associated with only the EA countries

I say ginger, almost all asian countries use it
it's a medical herb that you use for making tea, stir frying, curries, stews, soups, cleaning your palate (for sushi) etc
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Old 04-23-2014, 02:51 AM
 
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sesame is mostly associated with only the EA countries

I say ginger, almost all asian countries use it
it's a medical herb that you use for making tea, stir frying, curries, stews, soups, cleaning your palate (for sushi) etc
Garlic is also pretty ubiquitous throughout Asia.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:12 AM
 
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Middle east and Central Asian, Mongolia included do not have a rice diet.
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An obvious one is rice, staple to Southeast Asia, India, China, the Middle East alike, although less so in the drier, colder parts of Asia.

Another one is tea probably too. Sesame is probably a big one too.

What else?
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:38 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Middle east and Central Asian, Mongolia included do not have a rice diet.
Actually, rice is quite often eaten in Persian, Afghan, Saudi, Lebanese and Turkish cuisine. It's not uncommon in Central Asia too. One time a Uzbek family we met in Malaysia who were staying with another friend cooked us 'pilov' (pilaf), Uzbek style, a bit stickier/more glutinous ilke Xinjiang-style. Northern Chinese eat less rice, but still a bit. I dunno if Mongolians eat rice, but would not be surprised if they eat at least a bit.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:38 AM
 
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I don't think there is one for ALL of Asia but rice probably comes closest, it is found in nearly every Asian cuisine I can think of. If you were to split it in half or thirds you could find many common in those regions. Its like asking whats the common food representative of all the Americas. Too diverse.
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