Pairing Wine with 11 Beloved Asian Dishes
The variety of dishes from Asian cultures offers wine and food lovers an array of rich, clean, spicy, tangy, and umami flavors to pair with their favorite wines. Choosing just 11 dishes from these beautiful cultures was quite the task! With much love and respect for these cuisines and traditions, we humbly present a list of Asian dishes that are beloved by the Western world and offer up some delicious wine pairings.
When pairing wines with Asian dishes, it is best to think outside of the more commonly enjoyed wines of the Western world. Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon can actually be some of the most difficult wines to pair with some of the prominent flavors of Asian cuisines, such as soy sauce, fish sauce, and chili. For this reason, we’ve included some less common varietals. Have fun with these pairings!
We begin with one of the most simple and forgiving pairings: the well-known pad thai. Several wines complement this salty, citrusy, sweet, and umami dish: try a palate-cleansing sparkling Rosé or a crisp Pinot Grigio or Pinot Gris. If you’re in the mood for a red wine, try a Pinot Noir that lends itself to acidity.