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WHY ASIA

Pack your bags and bring your appetite because Dole® is taking you on a fruit-filled adventure through Asia where the exotic flavors of the world's largest continent can be found on every corner. From Chinese street carts to Thailand's massive Isan region to the hearty island flavors of the Ilocos Region in the Philippines, you’ll be headed Around the Globe with Dole.

DESTINATION: AFRICA

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DESTINATION: EUROPE

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FLAVOR INSPIRATIONS FROM CHINA

The Cantonese cuisine of Guangdong on China's Southern border skews sweeter and more mild than other Chinese provinces but it's just as delicious. Dim sum got its start here and the tasty trinity of garlic, ginger and scallions can be found almost everywhere.
Instead of the heavy spicing of its neighbors, Guangdong cuisine is lighter and more subtle with an emphasis on roasting, stir-frying and steaming to bring out the natural flavors of iconic regional dishes like barbecued char sui pork, clay pot rice and roasted goose.

BBQ Blackberry Pork Rice Noodle Roll

A traditional Cantonese rice noodle roll filled with BBQ blackberry Char Siu pork and tossed in a garlic mango soy sauce. Garnished with black sesame seeds, and green onion.

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Pineapple Stuffed Pineapple Bun

Traditional Hong Kong style pineapple bun, bolo bao, is served stuffed with pineapple custard cream.

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Mango Egg Tart

A crisp and buttery tartlet filled with a creamy mango custard and finished with sweet diced mango.

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Peach Hoisin Duck Dim Sum

Sticky sweet peach and hoisin sauce glazed over roasted duck and stuffed into fluffy steamed bao dough with shaved scallions, toasted sesame seeds served with roasted peach soy sauce for dipping.

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FLAVOR INSPIRATIONS FROM THAILAND

The heart of Thai cooking can be found in the Northeastern province of Isan, where tongue-tingling chilis and sticky rice reign supreme. Isan is the most populous region in Thailand and it's filled with a strong and proud culture that has flourished with little outside influence.
Most meals here are eaten family style, tantalizing taste buds with pungent fish sauce and bright, sour pops of flavor. The spicy yet simple cuisine of Isan has been around for centuries, but the rich flavors of the region's cooking will never go out of style.

Thai Steak Waterfall Salad

Diced, grilled skirt steak tossed in a blackberry Thai waterfall dressing with juicy strawberries, shaved red onion, mint, cilantro, Thai bird’s eye chilies, and toasted rice powder.

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Mango Yam Som-O

Mango and pomelo salad with grilled shrimp tossed in a spicy garlic lime fish sauce then topped with toasted peanuts, fried garlic and cilantro.

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Pla Sam Rot with Spicy Mango Tamarind Relish

Juicy diced mangoes are cooked with tamarind, red hot chilies and fish sauce served over a crispy whole fried snapper with fresh herbs, fried shallots and chopped chilies.

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FLAVOR INSPIRATIONS FROM PHILIPPINES

The Ilocos region stretches all along the Northwest coast of the Philippines. Here, hearty comfort food mixes with island flavors using local ingredients. It's all cultivated by the humble Ilocano people, who have worked for generations as farmers and fishermen.
Spanish influence is apparent in Ilocano cuisine, but the most popular dishes are authentically Filipino with stews and deep-fried morsels serving as favorites for the hard-working, austere people of the region who prize homemade specialties over flashy, modern cuisine.

Shrimp & Mango Ukoy Fritters

Crispy sweet potato fritters made with rice flour batter filled with mango, shrimp, bean sprouts, and green onions, deep fried until golden brown served with sinamak, a spicy vinegar-garlic dipping sauce.

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Halo-Halo

Shaved ice and evaporated milk topped with sweetened red and white beans, jelly gulaman, sliced caramelized banana, diced mango, diced pineapple, ube ice cream, shaved coconut, and toasted crunch rice puffs.

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Ilocano Tupig

A classic Ilocan street snack made with glutinous rice “malagkit”, diced mango, fresh coconut milk, and shredded young coconut all wrapped in fresh banana leaves and grilled over hot charcoals.

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Charred Pineapple Dinakdakan

Caramelized and charred pineapple is stirred into crispy chopped pork belly and sautéed with zesty red onions, bagoong, and lime juice, then finished with picked cilantro.

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