More Than Just Korean Garlic Cheesy Bread: All The Asian Breads To Try

There are other things just as delicious as sliced bread.

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Bread is a food that has been eaten for centuries. You can discover any number of bread if you travel across Asia but what's wonderful is that you don't need to leave your homes to experience and taste a few of the different kinds of bread available.  

Here are Asian-inspired bread recipes to try if you're getting tired of the same kind of bread at home: 

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1 Filipino Pandesal Recipe 

There are classic bread recipes and there is the pandesal. It's a basic bread recipe that was held up to be the standard of home-baked bread. It's actually an enriched bread recipe, which just means that apart from the most basic of bread ingredients, it has more. In addition to flour, water, salt for flavor, and yeast, it also contains butter, milk, and sugar.   

From the basic pandesal emerged the flavored and stuffed pandesal recipes which include the malunggay pandesal and the quarantine favorite combo, ube and cheese.  

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2 Japanese Hokkaido-style Bread Recipe 

This Japanese bread is known for its super soft texture and milky taste. It's thanks to two special ingredients: the fresh milk from Hokkaido and the tangzhong.   

The milk is from Hokkaido, Japan, and Hokkaido, Japan claims to have super creamy and rich milk which is responsible in part to its creaminess. However, this ingredient isn't responsible for the soft texture. 

The soft texture is all thanks to an Asian bread technique that allegedly prolongs its shelf life despite not using bread improvers. This technique is the Tangzhong method. The method incorporates a flour pudding, also known as a water roux, into the bread dough, which results in the softness of the bread when baked. 

To make a simple tangzhong recipe, combine 1 cup flour, a little salt, and 1/2 cup boiling water in a saucepan until thickened. Cover, pressing the plastic wrap against the surface of the pudding, and chill until ready to mix into the bread dough. 


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3 Korean Garlic Bread Recipe With Cream Cheese  

This Korean bread also uses the tangzhong method, but apart from having a soft texture, the cream cheese filling and the garlic coating is really what sets this apart from other garlic bread of its kind.

This garlic bread definitely doesn't disappoint with its irresistible combination of salty, sweet, and tangy flavors and its creamy and incredibly soft texture.


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4 Indian Flatbread Recipes

There are many kinds of Indian bread. The most famous of India's bread is a yeast-leavened bread called the naan. This simple flatbread is rolled out flat and baked against the walls of a tandoor, a kind of Asian oven.

India also has a number of unleavened bread, too. It is common since these are delicious bread are usually made in minutes instead of hours which is necessary for yeast-leavened bread like the naan. One such bread is the paratha. This bread is a thin but flaky flatbread. The layers are created by brushing the paper-thin dough with ghee, or clarified butter, and then rolling it, twisting it into a spiral, and then flattening the dough creating numerous flaky layers before being fried in even more ghee.  


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5 Malaysian and Singapore Roti Recipe 

There's another kind of unleaved flatbread from Indian called the parotta. It looks like paratha but has subtle differences, including the main ingredient which is a different kind of flour than that used for paratha. The parrota might be Indian in origin, but these are called other named in different Asian countries: in Malaysia, this flaky flatbread is called the roti canai while in Singapore, it's called the roti prata. 


Both kinds of roti are usually eaten with curries and stews, but what makes these two different from the Indian recipe is the way it's made. While it still has crispy and flakey layers, how these layers are made is different. It can either be rolled out or stretching the dough until paper-thin. Then it's either folded or rolled to create the layers that it, too, has. 


Thinking about what to cook next? Join our Facebook group, Yummy Pinoy Cooking Club, to get more recipe ideas, share your own dishes, and find out what the rest of the community are making and eating!

Got your own version of the classic dishes? Pa-share naman! Get your recipe published on by submitting your recipe here!

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