Asia is a vast continent, covering 48 countries that range from frigid Mongolia in the North to the hot, humid tropical near the equator. The cuisine from Asia is as diverse as its land and its people.
For the newcomer, interested in (and perhaps loving) Asian food. Where should you start? All Asia Recipes is a great online resource for simple, easy-to-follow recipes that will have your mouth watering.
With recipes organized by meal-time and source country, you are just a few clicks away from preparing a delicious meal from any of your favorite countries.
In this article, I will highlight just a few of the signature dishes that any Asian food-lover must not miss. Give these a try, and then start exploring on your own, you will be glad you did.
3 Recipes For A Three Course Meal At Your Own House
1: Japanese Ramen With Quail Eggs
In the west, ramen has a reputation for being cheap, bland noodles best-suited for college dorm rooms. In reality, Japanese ramen is an amazingly flavorful, nutritious, savory dish. This recipe is perfect for lunch or dinner.
- 8og bacon
- 30g cabbage
- 30g corn seeds
- 3g salt
- 200g pork bones
- ⅓ tbsp seasoning
- 100g ramen noodles
- 4 quail eggs
- 5g white alcohol
- 2g white sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Step 1: Wash the bacon and cut it into medium chunks. Cook the corn seeds in a pan and set them aside. Wash the cabbage and cut it into thin strips. Finally, hard-boil the quail eggs and remove their shells.
Step 2: Prepare the broth by boiling 200 milliliters of water. Add white alcohol, salt, white sugar, and pork bones to the boiling water. Stir continuously until the ingredients are cooked and mixed well.
Step 3: Cook the ramen noodles in another pot until the water boils. Add the broth from step 2, bacon, cabbage, and quail eggs and cook for another 30 minutes.
Step 4: Arrange the pork, quail eggs, corn, and cabbage in an attractive pattern over the ramen, and enjoy!
There you have it. In 3 easy steps, you can not only enjoy one of Japan’s signature dishes but redeem the reputation of ramen for any guest lucky enough to come to your house.
#2: Thailands Tom Kha Gai Soup
This is an absolutely irresistible, mouth-watering soup from Thailand. Its main ingredients are chicken cooked in coconut milk. I am warning you: this dish is addictive!
Personally, this is my favorite soup, next to France’s Vichyssoise (but that’s for another article). Follow these instructions and delight in this succulent blend of tropical flavors.
- 1l chicken broth
- 4 lemon leaves
- 10g lemongrass
- 10g galangal
- 400ml coconut milk
- 450g boneless chicken meat
- 100g straw mushroom
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml fish sauce
- 4 chilis
- 20g coriander
Preparation time: 40 minutes
Step 1: Prepare the ingredients. Wash the chicken meat and straw mushrooms, and cut them into medium-sized pieces. Next, wash the lemongrass and cut it into short, bite-sized pieces.
Finally, peel the galangal and slice it. Cook the chicken broth with the coconut milk, galangal, and lemon leaves in a pot until the broth boils. Next, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
Step 2: Add the chicken meat and straw mushrooms to the pot, cook for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Add the lemon juice, chilis, and fish sauce to the pot and stir them in evenly. Turn off the heat and cover the pot for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Pour the soup into bowls for your guests, and add some coriander to each for fragrance. Enjoy!
This soup is not well-known in the west, but it’s sweet, and the succulent flavor will suit any palate. In my opinion, this is a dish that is impossible not to like.
#3: India’s Gulab Jamun – Rose Cakes
For my final entry, I’ve decided to include a dessert dish and not just any dessert dish, but a quick, easy-to-make dessert that everyone, from kids to adults, will love.
These are more akin to a donut than a cake; but their crispy, warm exterior combined with a soft, fragrant interior will leave guests begging for more.
- 300g wheat flour
- 200ml cooking oil
- 5g salt
- 5 black cardamoms
- 140g powdered milk
- 150g yogurt
- 5g baking soda
- 300g white sugar
- 5ml rose syrup
- 15g chestnut
- 10 saffron flowers
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Step 1: Cook the white sugar, rose syrup, chestnut, saffron flowers, and black cardamoms in freshwater until the water boils. Turn the heat down to a simmer and continue to cook for 3 minutes
Step 2: Mix the wheat flour, powdered milk, yogurt, baking soda, and 5 milliliters of cooking oil together in a large bowl until they become a smooth, evenly-mixed batter.
Step 3: Roll the batter into small balls, about the size of a golf ball. Heat the cooking oil in a pan, and fry the balls until they are a golden-yellow color on the outside.
Step 4: Take the fried balls of dough out of the oil and let them cool. Then soak them in the syrup you’ve prepared in Step 1 for two hours.
Step 5: Arrange neatly on a dish and Enjoy!
You will be delighted by this delicate, exotic twist on the classic donut. After trying these, plain, mediocre, chocolate-covered western-style donuts just won’t seem the same anymore.
All of the above recipes, prepared together, will create an eye and taste-bud dazzling experience for you and your guests. These recipes all came from All Asia Recipes, and there are hundreds more waiting for a little bit of your time, and tender loving care, to bring them from the internet, into reality.
Your family and friends will be thrilled at the fresh new flavors coming out of your kitchen. Enjoy.