Southeast Asia: Flavour capital of the world!

Living in Southeast Asia, we are truly fortunate to be a part of the ASEAN heritage which includes so much culture, history and, lucky for us, tasty cuisine! A region also well-known for its spices, if you searched online for which countries have the spiciest foods, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia alone rank in the top 10 on multiple travel and food lists!

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With our locally-grown ingredients and unique mix of spice pastes, Southeast Asian cuisine does have a distinct quality to it, despite the way dishes and flavour profiles vary from country to country. From Vietnamese to Indonesian, there is a certain characteristic to ASEAN food that makes it universally appealing not just to fellow Southeast Asians, but also to be a global export as exotic cuisine.

Craving some regional flavours for your meal today? Check out some of the restaurants on the GemSpot app offering authentic ASEAN food and give your senses – a notably your tastebuds – a treat!


Green curry chicken rice and pad thai from Chai Thai

You want that mix of hot and sour, while also giving your spicy threshold a challenge? You’ll never go wrong with Thai food!

Our border neighbours to the north definitely know a thing or two about creating dishes that are somehow able to explore all corners of your palate. And with certain signature dishes like the Thai green curry, it’s a feast for the eyes as much as for the stomach!

Located in Sri Petaling, Chai Thai serves up a wide range of Thai dishes including salads and finger foods, rice and noodle dishes, soups and curries, and veggie and meat main courses. Our recommendation? Order a few dishes and share – ASEAN style!


Rendang and Nasi Ambeng platter from Congkak

Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Sultan Ismail, this Malay restaurant serves its own spin on a number of Indonesian dishes. Describing its cuisine as “Nusantara” – an old Javanese word to mean “outer islands” – this restaurant combines elevated with traditional.

A few classics on the menu include rendang and soto ayam, while special servings like the epic Nasi Ambeng sharing platter THAT features over 15 items including fish, veggie dishes, sambal and more.

Enjoy meals with everything you love about the savoury flavours that are clearly and uniquely of Indonesian origins.


Nasi kerabu ayam percik from Rasa Wau | Beef rendang nasi kunyit from Wondermama

Offering you the flavours of the Peninsula are a number of Malaysian restaurants on the GemSpot app.

Wondermama Restaurant & Café located in 1Utama is a creative foodie joint that puts a contemporary twist on classic Malaysian dishes. Some of the inventive dishes you might find here (and are also available in combo orders for sharing) include Pasta Mamak with Ayam Goreng Penyet, Chicken Chop with Nasi Kunyit, and Salted Egg Ketam with Nasi Biru.

And if it’s convenient, solo portions you’re looking to order, Rasa Wau in Sunway Giza serves all your favourite east coast meals such as nasi kerabu, gulai and a wide range of seafood dishes – with lots to choose from for those who like it spicy!

In addition to home delivery orders, for days you prefer to eat out, use the ‘Table Booking’ function to secure your seats at your favourite eateries around town. Or use the ‘Search’ function to find the specific dish you crave – from Vietnamese, to Peranakan or Nyonya, Malay and even fusion cuisine, be sure to check out the GemSpot app for other Malaysian and ASEAN eateries.

Check for the promocode GEM20 to enjoy 20% off with selected restaurants! Conditions such as ‘only applicable on weekdays’ and ‘only for orders placed within certain hours of the day’ may apply.

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