Southeast Asian curry puffs are descended from Portuguese empadas, which arrived in the region in the 1500s, brought by spice traders. Photo: Getty Images
Southeast Asian curry puffs are descended from Portuguese empadas, which arrived in the region in the 1500s, brought by spice traders. Photo: Getty Images

Curry puffs: how a Portuguese snack arrived in Southeast Asia in the 1500s and became a hit across the region

  • Portuguese spice traders introduced the empada – a kind of pie – to Southeast Asia in the 1500s
  • It spread along the trading routes, and most countries in the region now have their own version, with names like karipap, epok-epok, pastel, panada and banh xep

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Southeast Asian curry puffs are descended from Portuguese empadas, which arrived in the region in the 1500s, brought by spice traders. Photo: Getty Images
Southeast Asian curry puffs are descended from Portuguese empadas, which arrived in the region in the 1500s, brought by spice traders. Photo: Getty Images
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