The term Asian cuisine might also be used to address the eating establishments that offer a wide array of Asian dishes without rigid cuisine boundaries; such as selling satay, gyoza or lumpia for an appetizer, som tam, rojak or gado-gado for salad, offering chicken teriyaki, nasi goreng or beef rendang as the main course, tom yam and laksa as soup, and cendol or ogura ice for dessert. In modern fusion cuisine, the term Asian cuisine might refer to the culinary exploration of cross-cultural Asian cuisine traditions. For example combining the culinary elements of Vietnamese and Japanese, Thai and Malay, or Indonesian and Chinese.
The styles of Southeast Asian cuisine include a strong emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with a strong aromatic component that features such flavors as citrus and herbs such as mint, coriander (cilantro) and basil. Ingredients in the region contrast with the ones in the Eastern Asian cuisines, substituting fish sauces for soy sauce and the inclusion of ingredients such as galangal, tamarind and lemon grass. Cooking methods include a balance of stir frying, boiling and steaming.