Vibrant and Beautiful Asian Dishes to Cook at Home
Asian cuisine is an umbrella term for a diverse set of cooking traditions from China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and other countries of Asia.
When you think of food from Asia, what comes to mind? Most people will be quick to mention ramen, sushi, and dumplings. While these are all great options and definitely worth trying, there is so much more than that! Here are five foods that you should try if you're looking for a new taste. What sets Asian cuisine apart from other types of food is its exotic mix of flavours. With so many spices and seasonings, Asian dishes are anything but boring!
Asian food is one of the most diverse in the world. From China to Japan, to Korea and Vietnam, this area has a huge variety in its dishes. From noodles to rice dishes, there are many flavours for you to try. You could be someone who loves kimchi or soy sauce, or you may not have even heard of them yet. Whatever your flavour preferences are, this blog will give you an overview of some common staples in Pan Asian food recipes that you can find right here on Plate Up.
Everyone forgets the sides when it comes to cooking different cultural foods. Fear not! Here’s a brilliant one. This is a classic Chinese side dish. The cucumbers are bashed before being roughly chopped, which helps them absorb more of the dressing. The sweet, vinegary dressing makes these the perfect pairing to the Asian Beef Bowls, listed under the three times a foodie profile, and pictured above. You’ll get a herby, gingery, salt, and sweet taste. I think it’s fair to say that this salad is the most flavourful salad you’ll ever come across.
A popular Korean stir-fry noodle packed with veggies. If you'd like to add meat, sliced beef goes well in this dish. Just sauté it in a pan and toss it together in the end. Japchae is a savoury and slightly sweet stir-fry dish with glass noodles and vegetables. The glass noodles make it extremely Instagrammable as they look translucent. It’s also a joy to eat. This recipe has peppers, carrots and spinach but you could add a whole lot more if you really wanted.
Try our Vegetable Stir-fried Noodles, packed full of your 5-a-day. Stir-fry is probably the most staple food you could get in pan Asian cuisine. I’m not complaining though, there’s a reason for it being up there and universally loved. Not only is stir-fry super tasty but it’s extremely simple and easy to make. All you do is throw a bunch of things in the wok and boom! You’re done! It’s the perfect food to have for busy workers who don’t have a lot of time to cook. It's really simple to make, it's meat-free, and best of all it tastes so GOOD!
Doesn’t every household get uniformly excited about chicken wings? I know my household does. With ever increasing globalisation you’re going to see a lot more of these fusion dishes and I think this is a brilliant example of one. This recipe by Emma Spitzer in particular mixes american and korean dishes into a traditionally american dish with all korean flavours. The wings are covered with Korean chilli, rice vinegar, sesame seeds, sriracha and is topped with spring onions giving you an intense flavour of both chilli and sweet.
Fish is a huge part when it comes to pan Asian food. Cha Ca La Vong is also known as Vietnamese Turmeric Fish with Dill. It's made of firm white fish that's been marinated in a turmeric and fish sauce paste. It's paired with caramelized onions, fresh dill, and crushed peanuts for a wonderfully fragrant meal. For the best results, it’s marinated for a couple of hours but trust me it’s so worth it! The flavours you get in this are beyond amazing.