Asia Dish is an online community where members share and discover authentic and creative Asian recipes. We’re on a mission to curate the best collection of Asian recipes in the world. We connect each recipe to a person, a culture, a memory, or a meaning. We believe recipes tell stories, and a shared love of food can bring together individuals to form a community.
Our recipe collection is curated slowly and purposefully – we connect online with bloggers, offline with cooks, and in the restaurants of chefs. At the heart of Asia Dish are our wonderful members.
The social goal of Asia Dish is to document, preserve, and bring awareness to endangered cultures by sharing their recipes online. We believe in curbing culture loss, as thousands of languages and cultures (an estimated 3,300 to 6,000 of the 6,700 languages spoken) are expected to disappear in our lifetime. This extremely fast rate of loss means that entire ways of thinking, being, and knowing are disappearing, and local knowledge, identity, and diverse intellectual wealth are being erased. Many indigenous cultures struggle to retain their language and culture in the face of growing economic development and globalization. We think there’s hope in retaining and passing on culture through food.
Our vision looks something like this:
A woman from the Akha tribe, Lisu, searches for a traditional Akha pork dish in Google. She clicks on a link to Asia Dish. She finds the recipe she’s looking for, complete with photos and a how-to video. Lisu is surprised to find other Akha women from all over the globe contributing recipes to the website, and engaging with each other. Lisu decides to add her recipes to Asia Dish and promptly tells her friends about the website.
Meanwhile, an American woman, Mary, searches for Phad Thai noodles in Google and happens upon Asia Dish. She finds the Phad Thai recipe she’s looking for, then sees suggestions for other noodle dishes she might like. She recognizes a few but there are many she hasn’t heard of before. She clicks on an “Akha” noodle dish, then clicks on another link to learn more about the Akha. Her curiosity is piqued and she decides to add an Akha noodle recipe to her Asia Dish recipe box. She sends a thank-you message to the woman who posted the recipe, Lisu. Mary cannot wait to tell her cooking group about this new recipe and share her newfound knowledge.
Fahm Saeteurn – Food has always played an important role in Fahm’s life. Growing up, her family didn’t have much but her parents made sure to put dinner on the table every night and eat together as a family. Food, cooking and eating became a symbol for togetherness, connection and hope.
Today, Fahm passes down family stories and cultural traditions to her nieces and nephews by baking and cooking together. In her spare time, she likes making desserts with her husband, an avid cook, and photographing their food adventures.
Muey Saetern – Muey grew up in a family that loves food. Her parents farmed and processed strawberries throughout her childhood and later opened a Thai restaurant of their own. Muey spent three years operating the restaurant alongside her parents and siblings, playing multiple roles including hostess and chef. Today, she pursues cooking as a hobby and loves to dine out with friends and family.
Tom Huynh – Tom associates many of his best memories to the times when his mom cooked elaborate family meals. Today, his sister is the cook of the family; she re-creates their mom’s most famous dishes and comes up with her own versions of traditional favorites. Throughout it all, Tom captures these memories with his camera and turns them into beautiful and meaningful works of art.