Taking whisky to the streets of Asia
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May 29, 2021
26 November 2020
Asia is known for its colorful and intoxicating street food culture. There’s just something about being able to savor fresh, authentic, and delicious local food with your friends. And whether you decide to dine under the stars or take your food home, there are no worries about extravagant dining bills and dress codes.
When it comes to street food, there’s a mind-boggling variety of dishes to suit different tastes – from sweet to savory and smoky to spicy — which makes it ideal to pair with good single malt whisky. Here are some all-time favorites from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand that you may want to try with a good Scotch like The Glenlivet, perhaps.
Pinoy comfort food Kare Kare (or oxtail stew), which can be found in almost any carinderia and is a staple in most Filipino restaurants, and can be ordered to-go, is best enjoyed indoors and beautifully matched with The Glenlivet 12 its grassy nose and nutty palate pair well with the meaty flavors in the stew; while toffee notes complement the ground nuts that are mixed in with tender beef stew cuts and pork tripe, cooked to tender-perfection over many hours.
While traditionally reserved for special occasions, lechon, or roast pig, is a popular Pinoy full-flavored dish best enjoyed with the smell of barbecued meat wafting in the air, that anyone can now buy anywhere from food courts to specialty restaurants. This decadent dining experience is best enhanced with The Glenlivet 15, featuring a wonderful palate of cinnamon and cloves with a hint of pepper at the finish to complement the char-flavors in every mouth-watering bite of crispy pork-skin drenched in melted fat. Pro tip: save room for the rib parts, they’re exquisite!
If you’re hankering for lighter fare, you might wanna turn your attention to Satay, a perennial favorite in Malaysia, made of succulent slivers of marinated chicken, beef and lamb skewered on bamboo sticks and grilled over a charcoal fire. The meat’s smoky flavor is accompanied by a sweet peanut sauce that’s perfectly paired with The Glenlivet’s 15 year old , which does a great job highlighting the earthy-charcoal flavors of Satay, while the nutty palate complements the peanut dip perfectly for a mildly spicy finish. Super Sedap (tasty in Malay)!
And who says whisky can’t be paired with dessert? Enjoy something light and refreshing in the comfort of your home by trying Malaysian Rojak with The Glenlivet’s Founder’s Reserve. This uniquely Asian fruit salad with sweet pineapple chunks pairs beautifully with the whiskey’s fruity notes of apple, pear and orange.
The Glenlivet 12 also goes great with an all-time favourite Thai dish: Poo Aob Woonsen – Crab cooked in a rich seafood broth, served with springy rice vermicelli. Best enjoyed with a squeeze of lime and the 12’s zesty notes of lemon and grapefruit that linger and accentuate each spoonful of this extraordinary dish.
Finally, if you’re in the mood to DIY things, look no further than the Thai Mookata. You can enhance the whole DIY barbecue experience with your own DIY lemongrass whisky cocktail. The clean and fresh notes of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve paired with fragrant lemongrass provides a refreshing respite between mouthfuls of grilled meats sizzling in a rich spicy broth. Best enjoyed with friends — the more the merrier!
The Glenlivet Lemongrass Cocktail
1oz lemongrass simple syrup
1oz freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/2 of an orange)
Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until the shaker is frosty.
Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh lemongrass.
So the next time you’re in the mood for street food, don’t be afraid to try something different with a few drams of whisky. An evening of new tastes and adventure awaits. Want more ideas for food to pair with Whisky? Read Asian Snacks You Never Knew You Could Pair With Whisky.