Imagine wandering through the vibrant streets of Southeast Asia, where every street corner has the potential to reveal new flavours and experiences. That's the adventure we want to bring to you by sharing a list of our favourite Southeast Asian snacks which rank among the best snacks in Asia.
From the chewy sweetness of Filipino dried mangoes to the sweet and rich taste of pandan cake, to Kopiko coffee candies, this list showcases the best of Southeast Asia.
#1 Choco Mucho Cookies (Philippines)
A favourite in the Philippines, Choco Mucho Cookies are a delightful mix of chocolate, caramel, and crispy cookie. Perfect for those who love a sweet and crunchy snack.
#2 Pocky Mango Flavour (Thailand)
This Thai version of the classic Pocky stick is coated in a lush mango flavour to bring an exotic touch to one of the most popular Japanese snacks. It's a tropical treat that vividly brings the flavours of Southeast Asia to life.
#3 Pandan Cake (Malaysia/Singapore/Indonesia)
This light, aromatic cake comes from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Made with the juice of pandan leaves, it offers a unique flavour that's both sweet and fragrant. We enjoy eating it with tea or as a dessert.
#4 Boy Bawang (Philippines)
Boy Bawang is a crunchy, garlic-flavoured corn snack from the Philippines. It is best known for its bold taste and is a popular choice for those who enjoy savoury treats.
#5 Vietnamese Bánh Cam (Vietnam)
These sesame-coated, fried balls with a sweet mung bean filling are a staple in Vietnamese cuisine. We love Bánh Cam because it offers a delightful blend of textures and flavours.
#6 Indonesian Klepon (Indonesia)
These colourful, sweet glutinous rice cakes are filled with liquid palm sugar and coated in grated coconut. Klepon is a traditional Indonesian treat that's as beautiful as it is delicious.
#7 Kopiko Coffee Candy (Indonesia)
From Indonesia, these hard sweets capture the rich flavour of coffee as is available in two delightful flavours: coffee and cappuccino. They are perfect for coffee enthusiasts looking for a quick treat.
#8 Vietnamese Bánh Tiêu (Vietnam)
These hollow, doughnut-like pastrya are light and slightly sweet. Bánh Tiêu is a favourite snack in Vietnam, offering a unique taste and texture.
#9 Salted Egg Chips (Singapore)
A savoury sensation from Singapore, these chips are coated in rich salted egg yolk seasoning. They are the perfect blend of salty and creamy flavours.
#10 Singaporean Kaya Toast (Singapore)
This traditional Singaporean breakfast snack features toast spread with a deliciously sweet coconut and egg jam. It's a delightful combination of sweet and savoury.
#11 Dried Mangoes (Philippines)
Known for their intense sweetness and chewy texture, Philippine dried mangoes are a healthy, fruity snack that's hard to resist.
#12 Turon (Philippines)
Turon is a sweet, crunchy treat from the Philippines. It is a unique snack made of banana and jackfruit wrapped in a spring roll wrapper and fried. We sometimes find the delightful sweet and fried nature reminds us a bit of the sweet Korean snack, Hotteok - although the taste is fruitier.
#13 Durian Puffs (Malaysia)
These Malaysian puffs are filled with creamy durian custard and encased in a light pastry. A must-try for durian lovers and adventurous eaters alike.
#14 Tam Tam (Malaysia)
From Malaysia, Tam Tam crackers are a savoury snacks available in a range of flavours. Our favourite is the original flavour which is perfect for those who enjoy a little heat with each crunch.
#15 SkyFlakes Crackers (Philippines)
A staple in any Filipino pantry, these saltine crackers are simple yet astonishingly satisfying. SkyFlakes are versatile and can be enjoyed on their own or with a variety of toppings.
#16 Silverqueen Chocolate (Indonesia)
Indonesia's beloved chocolate bar, Silverqueen, is creamy and rich, often filled with nuts and fruit. It's a sweet treat that chocolate lovers will adore.
#17 Banh Da Lon (Vietnam)
Banh Da Lon is a Vietnamese steamed layered cake made from pandan and mung bean. It truly is a delightful dessert, offering a refreshing and tasty experience.
#18 Mamee Monster Noodle Snack (Malaysia)
From Malaysia, this uncooked noodle snack is unique and full of flavour. Mamee Monster is a fun and tasty way to enjoy instant noodles without the hassle of cooking.
#19 Taro Fish Snack (Thailand)
Taro Fish Snack is a Thai snack combining fish with taro flavour. Taro Fish Snack is chewy, savoury, and a bit spicy, making it an intriguing and delicious choice.
#20 Hainanese Chicken Rice Balls (Singapore)
These Hainanese Chicken Balls are a snack-sized version of the famous Chinese dish. A unique and tasty Chinese snack from Singapore, these rice balls are flavoured with chicken and spices.
There you have it - 20 sensational Southeast Asian snacks, each with their unique flavour and story. Whether you're craving something sweet, savoury, or a bit of both, this list definitely has something for everyone. Start exploring the diverse tastes of Southeast Asia and find your new favourite snack!