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Asian Aphrodisiacs to Spice Up your Valentine’s Day Dinner

 Get ready to set your Valentine’s Day dinner on fire with these irresistible Asian aphrodisiacs! From spicy curry dishes to a simple cup of coffee, our list will surely make your taste buds tingle and your heart race. So, surprise your loved one with an unforgettable culinary experience and let the magic unfold!

Throughout history, foods like oysters, red fruits, and dark chocolate have been purported to have a powerful effect on boosting potency, libido, and sex drive. Aphrodisiacs are indeed named after Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. But whether they are old wives’ tales born of centuries of lore or backed up by scientific evidence, every culture and culinary tradition has its list of aphrodisiacs.

Spices And Curries

In India, sensuality is celebrated in art and literature, and food is revered for its sacredness and sensuality. As a result, aphrodisiacs are commonly used in Indian cuisine to enhance sexual pleasure and increase fertility.

Known for its delicious vegetarian dishes, Indian cuisine presents with various herbs believed to hold aphrodisiac properties, including garlic, saffron, cinnamon, milk, almonds, pistachios, cumin, pumpkin seeds, figs, star anise, pomegranate seeds, ginger, chilli peppers, and honey. The sensuality of these ingredients evolved from a long-standing history in Indian tradition and has remained vital to contemporary culture. In ancient times, kings enjoyed rich curries bolstered with aphrodisiac ingredients. Today, on wedding nights, known as Suhag Raat, the bride typically serves the groom a glass of warm milk infused with spices like almonds and saffron, which is believed to enhance the sexual stamina of the couple. This tradition is often depicted in Bollywood films.

Modern-day diners can enjoy these flavours at Saigon, where the Butter Chicken is served with a rich curry sauce that is infused with the aromas of almond and fennel.


Red Hot Chillies and Thai Herbs

Thai cuisine has been using aphrodisiacal herbs and spices for centuries, making them an essential part of Thai cooking. Some of the commonly used ingredients in Thai recipes include Thai black ginger, garlic, and chillies. These ingredients are believed to have properties that can help to boost libido and mitigate erectile dysfunction.

Cold-pressed fingerroot, a type of ginger, is believed to stimulate men’s sexual desire, while garlic can aid in blood circulation. These ingredients are often considered the secret weapons of men with younger partners. Fresh chillies can stimulate the release of endorphins, causing the heart to beat faster and blood to flow better. This is why the spiciness of chillies is considered a helpful addition to a romantic meal.

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Did you know that coffee has a deliciously naughty side? Indeed, coffee is an aphrodisiac! For those who love a good rush of adrenaline, the most powerful benefit of coffee is that it works as a stimulant. And by far, coffee could be contested as the world’s most socially acceptable one! Certain cultures consider coffee to be a status symbol because of its stamina-enhancing ability, making it an aphrodisiac drink.

At Saigon, we don’t just serve regular coffee, but we take pride in serving Vietnamese coffee, which is renowned for its strong, bold, and rich flavour. What sets it apart from regular coffee is the meticulous brewing process that involves selecting the finest quality beans, roasting them to perfection, grinding them to the exact size, brewing them for the right duration, and serving them in a unique way. And since we’re talking aphrodisiacs, we cannot help not mentioning that the strong and bold taste of Vietnamese coffee is also believed to yield a positive effect on one’s sexual energy and desire, making it a perfect pick-me-up for those looking to boost their libido.

Throughout history, people have sought to enhance their desires through special foods and drinks. Various schools of thought have emerged, advocating for different aphrodisiac ingredients. In this article, we provide a summary of some Asian ingredients that are believed to have aphrodisiac properties. However, we believe that desire originates and ends in the brain, which is the centre of all sensation. If one believes that adding a few chilies or dashes of Sriracha to a Valentine’s Day dinner can stimulate desire, it probably can through the power of suggestion. In sex, as in all aspects of life, the brain is the most powerful organ.

Therefore, we encourage you to use it, and use it well. Enjoy a meal alone or together, be kind to yourself and others, and if you feel like it, have sex or make love. All credits to you.