1. Take a Bao

Engineer turned cook and food writer Loh Yi Jun, of award-winning food blog Jun & Tonic, has turned his love affair with gastronomy into a delicious podcast.

This Cambridge graduate, who undertook culinary stints in Paris and New York before heading home to his native Malaysia, kicked off Take a Bao in March 2020.

This independently produced podcast is full of flavour, with chefs, anthropologists, farmers and food writers dishing out the goods on Asian cuisines, and their intriguing histories.

2. Asia In The Shadows

Former lawyer Christine Abrigana, renowned for her work on Filipino true crime podcast Lagim, has taken on the role of host for Podcast Network Asia’s Asia In The Shadows.

This true crime podcast that debuted in October 2021 delves into some of Asia’s most shocking and horrific murders over the decades.

Among the most bone-chilling cases featured is that of Si Ouey, the cannibal who hunted children in Thailand in the 1950s, and the Toa Payoh ritual murders in 1980s Singapore.

3. Know Or Not

This enriching Know Or Not podcast, created and hosted by SPLiCE Studios’s Kenn Delbridge, takes listeners on an insightful journey into the lives of the artists and artisans of Singapore.

Since 2019, the narrative-style podcast has featured a fascinating mix of woodcarvers, professional photographers, musicians, spoken word poets and dancers.

The main focus of its current third season is food, featuring some of Singapore’s most celebrated tastemakers, from Ai Ling Syu of boutique cheesemonger The Cheese Ark to Chef Ryan of Hambaobao, known for its ayam buah keluak burger.

4. HERstory

Written, produced and hosted by Manila-based writer Agas Ramirez, HERstory covers the history of Southeast Asia from a female perspective.

The insightful podcast, which first aired in January 2020, explores a range of topics, from life for young girls in colonial Manila to the fascinating traditions of the region’s matriarchal societies.

HERstory is also a great show to tune into if you want to get acquainted with some of Southeast Asia’s historically notable females like Supayalat, Burma’s last queen, and Keumalahayati, the first female admiral of the Aceh Sultanate.

5. Epic Arcade

If you’re a gamer, it doesn’t get better than Epic Arcade. Hosted by gaming geeks and besties Kelvin Tay and Afiq Kamarudin, the show covers anything and everything in the world of gaming.

The dynamic duo are also part of Malaysia’s first independent podcast network Renegade Radio.

In their podcast that launched in June 2019 and airs once a week, they discuss the latest games, gaming must-haves like hybrid keyboards, routers and headphones, as well as industry insights and gaming news.

According to airasia.com