ASEAN sporting heroes live to eat too, and FOX Sports Asia brings you the best of what is on their plate.
If there is one thing that we Asians cannot resist, it will have to be food.
In fact, you can say that we love our food as much as we love our sports!
So, we thought why not combine both for your viewing pleasure?
Therefore, we scoured our beloved Asian sporting heroes‘ social media channels to see what they are eating.
Singapore national swimmer Joseph Schooling made history last year by becoming his country’s first Olympic gold medallist.
With swimming taking the 22-year-old around the world, he is not afraid to try the local cuisine. No matter how super-sized it is.
Based in Texas, Schooling, who recently won four Southeast Asian (SEA) Games golds, is well versed in the language of American waffles and ice cream.
Sam “Little Frog” Tharoth
A pioneering female MMA fighter from Cambodia; Sam “Little Frog” Tharoth is skilled in the local marital arts called Bokator.
She has a 4-2 fight record – with all her four victories coming via submissions.
The 27-year-old certainly is a fan of ice cream – particularly Turkish ice cream.
And she believes sharing (food) is caring; distributing local rice bowls comprising of rice, omelette and sausages for charity!
As the youngest captain that his football club has ever had, Malaysian Matthew Davies is a rising right-back who ply his trade with Pahang FA.
Being half-Australian, he knows a thing or two about coffee.
The Australian-born Malaysian footballer, and former Perth Glory academy product, is crazy about everything brunch and poached eggs.
And some sweet ice cream and churros to finish a meal off.
But he can’t turn down his favourite local dessert – ice kacang!
And the Asian in him just can’t turn down sipping on fresh fruit juice around Asia.
Or tucking into some fried Japanese yakisoba.
But he still falls back on trusty satay (meat skewers)!
After clinching a gold at this year’s SEA Games, Singapore athlete Michelle Sng became her nation’s first female high jumper in 52 years to do so.
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Clearly the 30-year-old misses local food when aboard and joins her national team mates often for dinners featuring curry and soy chicken wings!
Despite being away for the Chinese New Year, Sng couldn’t resist making her own yu sheng (raw fish salad)!
She also have a soft spot for Nutella…
Operating mainly as a forward and winger, Dutch-born Indonesian footballer Irfan Bachdim turns out for club Bali United.
The 28-year-old former Ajax academy product, having had a stint with Consadole Sapporo, is no doubt a fan of Japanese food – particularly donburi (rice bowls).
And sushi. Duh.
A bona fide movie star; Bachdim is also a fan of Japanese ramen.
And the Tendangan Dari Langit star wouldn’t say no to dim sum.
Fighting for Evolve MMA gym, ONE Championship Women’s Atomweight champion Angela Lee is the youngest person to hold a MMA world title.
Moving to Hawaii when she was just eight, the 21-year-old has a firm grasp of the local food there.
She has no problems playing food guide to her “babe” – fellow Evolve MMA gym teammate Bruno Pucci.
And the foodie couple also enjoys eating as they travel.
But we are sure that Asian cuisine has a special place in her heart. Particularly Korean!
But when she is back in Singapore, she enjoys Mod-Sin cuisine like coconut salmon with cinnamon pumpkin at Smor.
But who can turn down our now-famous hawker fare? Not Lee of course.
And she falls back on old school local sweet treats to satisfy her sweet tooth.
Hailing from Myanmar, 21-year-old Chin United striker Than Paing is THE Burmese footballer to watch!
Paing, who scored the goal that sent his country to their first FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2014, loves his local noodles.
But he and his team mates just can’t resist some KFC fried chicken once in a while.
Or why not both?
Despite her two SEA Games bronze medals, Singapore track star Veronica Pereira will have every reason to be upset at losing her 200m final SEA Games crown.
But clearly even a 20-year-old sprinter need a cuppa to get going in the morning.
Like in most other Asian countries, nothing hits the spot like a steamboat dinner.
And she adores her local wanton dumpling noodles.
Pereira, ever the foodie, is open to trying other Asian cuisines on her travels.
When in Bangkok…
She might be a coffee type of girl, but she does tea as well – teh botol!
Thierry Chantha Bin
Born in Paris to Cambodian parents, Thierry Chantha Bin is a footballer who is on loan at Electricite du Cambodge, from parent Thai League 2 club Krabi FC.
The 26-year-old midfielder, who scored on his national team debut against Macau, loves going on food outings with his colleagues.
Whether be it for Thai food with his Krabi FC team mates…
Or Cambodian food with his national team mates.
It seems to be his time-honored tradition that stretches back to his Phnom Penh Crown days.
In any case, he wouldn’t say no to comfort Cambodian food.
He loves his fresh fruit juices…
And absolutely adores poutine.
Soh Rui Yong
As the most prominent Singapore marathoner, Soh Rui Yong is the pride and joy of Team Singapore’s track and field team.
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The 27-year-old two-time SEA Games gold medallist is partial to the local breakfast staple fried carrot cake!
Clearly, he likes it black (dark soy sauced).
Despite being based in the US, the man is Singaporean through and through, and clearly appreciates his cai png (mixed dish rice).
Clearly, you can take the Singaporean out of Singapore.
But you can’t take the bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) out of the Singaporean.
The current national 10000m national record holder also have a soft spot for Peranakan (Straits Chinese) food.
And though he is training to become Singapore’s first Olympic marathoner, he cannot resist the local supper fare, roti prata (fried Indian shortbread).
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Tristan Somachai Do
Turning out for Muangthong United, Thai-French footballer Tristan Somachai Do was actually eligible to play for three national teams (Thailand, Vietnam and France).
Being French on his mother’s side, the 24-year-old right-back is familiar with French bistro fare.
As well as homely French Christmas treats.
Like all good French folks, he knows his way in the kitchen.
Luong Xuan Truong
As the first Vietnamese to play in the K-League Classic, it should be no surprise to learn that footballer Luong Xuan Truong is also the national side captain!
In his spare time, the 22-year-old midfielder, who is currently on loan at Gangwon FC, kicks back with his friends over a traditional Vietnamese BBQ – complete with salad and cold ones.
And the former Arsenal JMG Academy product wouldn’t turn down some freshly braised chicken feet.
Like all his countrymen, he enjoys a good cuppa. Anywhere in the world.
And the legendary local street treats as well.
Not forgetting the iconic pho.
Or just a hearty local soup like how mama would make it.
Though known for vision, passing and free-kick abilities, Luong probably also knows how to cook as well as his mama.
But his Korean stint has given him a new appreciation for the food.
Easily the most recognisable footballer in the Philippines, Phil Younghusband is a English-born Filipino forward with Davao Aguilas FC.
Splashing the cash, the 30-year-old former Chelsea trainee brought his Filipino-Spanish model girlfriend to the world class restaurant Indigo!
And with family, the right-footed footballer opts for good old English comfort food.
But the self-professed Titanic movie fan knows how to indulge his Filipino tastebuds as well.