7 Delicious Pan Asian Dishes You May Not Have Heard Of

By Liv, DMT Collaborator on 25th March 2022 (updated: 28th March 2022) in Blog

We all love sushi, robata, noodles, rice, and a whole host of other famous Pan Asian dishes. In fact, in the past few years, the UK has embraced Pan Asian cuisine with a fervour, thrusting many previously unknown dishes into the spotlight thanks to food bloggers, TV chefs, and Pinterest home cooks alike.

However, there are still a few dishes from across the Asian continent that British foodies know relatively little about. Luckily, some of those dishes are on INTOKU’s menus, meaning you could be one of the first diners to hop on board with the next Pan Asian food trend!

Read on to discover 7 less well-known Pan Asian dishes that are just as delicious as the classics.

Chicken Inasal

This Filipino grilled chicken is marinated with a mixture of calamansi, pepper, coconut vinegar and annatto, then grilled over hot coals. 

Little known in the UK, it is a prevalent dish in the Philippines, with restaurants serving all you can eat Inasal and rice the norm. Restaurant chains that specialise entirely in the dish also exist.

Chicken Inasal, also simply known as Inasal, is usually served with steamed rice and a dipping sauce that consists of soy sauce and vinegar.

Next time you order from INTOKU Windsor, mix up your main with this delicious meaty Pan Asian option.

One of Intoku's Pan Asian dishes, chicken inasal, served with rice, a salad garnish and fresh lime

Intoku’s Chicken Inasal.

Tofu Agé Firecracker Rice 

While you may be familiar with the spicy rice dish known as firecracker rice, agé, or agedashi tofu is less well-known. This soft tofu is coated with potato starch and deep-fried so that the outer shell is crispy. 

It pairs perfectly with spicy rice, enriched with vegetables like peppers and edamame.

This plant-based Pan Asian main deserves way more appreciation from vegans and meat-eaters alike.

Book your table at INTOKU Chelsea to sample this taste sensation.


Takoyaki, which translates as ‘octopus balls’, are ball-shaped Japanese snacks made of batter with diced octopus and vegetables cooked with butter in a specially moulded pan. Tempura scraps, pickled ginger and spring onions are often included in the batter.

Originating in Osaka, this unusual dish is quintessential Japanese street food, commonly served on the roadside at summer festivals.

Takoyaki is often served in cute paper boat-shaped dishes in Japan. It’s piping hot, so be careful not to burn your mouth!

Take your meal up a notch next time you visit INTOKU Windsor or Chelsea with this authentic Japanese seafood side dish.

Pumpkin Korokke

Potato croquettes are so yesterday. These pumpkin versions pack in both the veggies and the flavour!

Crunchy panko breadcrumb batter gives Japanese pumpkin korokke its signature crisp, while tonkatsu sauce makes the perfect complement. 

Winter pumpkin or squash is a staple seasonal vegetable in Japan. The croquettes can be enjoyed alone or as a side dish and make the ideal vegan or vegetarian snack. Add some to your next order from INTOKU Windsor.

Adobo Tebasaki

A fusion food, tebasaki translates to wings of chicken in Japanese, while adobo refers to the immersion of cooked food in a sauce composed of paprika, oregano, salt, garlic, and vinegar to preserve and enhance its flavor, a method that is the Philippines unofficial national dish.

Basically, this chicken dish takes the best of both worlds, resulting in a flavourful fried wing that will rock your world.

Treat yourself; head to INTOKU Chelsea to try this innovative Pan Asian fusion dish.

One of Intoku's Pan Asian dishes, adobo tebasaki, served with a garnish of red and yellow peppers and fresh grilled lime.

Intoku’s Adobo Tebasaki.

Furikake Fries 

You’ve had salt and pepper chips from the Chinese takeaway; now try their Japanese counterpart: Furikake fries. We’d even go so far as to argue that these are better than the Asian-seasoned potato side you know and love. Let us persuade you.

These ultra-thin and crispy matchstick fries are tossed and coated in an unrivalled sweet and salty coating made up of nori seaweed, garlic, chilli, sesame, honey, fish sauce and oyster sauce. The rich sweet and umami flavours come together in perfect harmony.

You’ll fall in love with furikake seasoning for its versatility, too; it can be used in rice and on vegetables in other dishes. We think its effect on the humble potato is the most delicious place to start. Pan Asian dishes don’t get much more flavourful than this.

Fancy a light lunch snack? Pop into INTOKU Windsor to sample these.

Kani Salad

Fancy something fresh to accompany your main? How about a salad, Pan Asian style. 

Don’t expect any boring lettuce leaves here. The Japanese do salad better.

Kani salad is a Japanese crab salad made from crabsticks, mango, bristo leaves

Mango, crabsticks, bistro leaves and sometimes vegetables like cucumber and carrot. This is all dressed with a spicy mayonnaise-based dressing. Think of it as a slaw with an Asian flavour twist and fresher flavour profile, plus the addition of crab. 

Panko breadcrumbs and sesame seeds are often added for extra textural crunch, and sriracha for a spicier kick.

This is one flavourful vegetable side, ideal for accompanying most other Pan Asian dishes, especially when sharing. Come down to INTOKU Chelsea to give it a try.


So, what new Pan Asian dishes will you try next time you dine-in or take away from an INTOKU restaurant? We can’t wait to hear your order!

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