Asian food isn’t only limited to sushi and sweet and sour chicken; there is a lot more to discover. Asian cuisine has a countless variety of options that can please everyone. Have you ever wondered how the food in the Japanese anime or Korean series tastes like? Here’s a glimpse of what Asian food is like, so read on for finger-licking good recipes.
Spicy Orange Chicken (Chinese)
1 cup orange juice
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp crushed hot pepper flakes
1 kilo boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into cubes
A handful of green onions (separate white and green parts)
1 jalapeno pepper cut into rings
1 red bell pepper
½ cup of peas
4 minced garlic cloves
2 tbsp of orange zest
A handful of fresh cilantro for garnish
-In a large bowl, combine orange juice, rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, fish sauce, and crushed red pepper flakes and whisk.
-Put the chicken into the bowl and mix well to coat evenly. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour.
-Drain the chicken and reserve the marinade for later.
-In a large skillet, cook the chicken on high heat without oil and remove excess liquid. Cook for 6-7 minutes until chicken caramelizes.
-Add the white green onions, garlic, and orange zest to the chicken and stir for 2-3 minutes.
-Pour half of the marinade in the skillet and let it simmer for 4 minutes until thickened.
-Add the jalapeno, peas, and bell pepper and cook for two minutes.
-Add the rest of the green onion and stir for one minute.
-Remove from heat and add cilantro leaves. Enjoy!
Cream Cheese and Crab Sushi Rolls (Japanese)
1 cup of white rice
2 cups of water
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp salt
2 nori seaweed sheets
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise
2 crab sticks
85g cream cheese (half package)
1 tsp sliced ginger
-Boil the rice for 20-25 minutes then add rice vinegar and salt and let it cool.
-On a seaweed sheet, spread the rice with damp fingers leaving a 2-centimeter gap. Add two cucumber slices, 1 crab stick, and cream cheese in a straight line. Roll the sushi carefully towards the gap and secure it with a touch of water.
-Use a sharp wet knife to cut the roll into 5-6 pieces. Serve with ginger slices.
Korean Bulgogi Bowl
½ kilo lean ground beef
1 tbsp sesame oil
¼ brown sugar
¼ cup light soy sauce
¼ cup water
½ grated pear
5-6 minced garlic cloves
1 ginger slice, diced
1 tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp black pepper
1 cup cooked rice
1 small chopped lettuce head
1 diced cucumber
1 red bell pepper and sesame seeds to taste (optional)
-Cook the beef in a heated skillet over medium-high heat. Wait until it’s brown then drain the excess grease.
-Blend the brown sugar, water, soy sauce, pear, ginger, garlic, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a food mixer. The mixture should be chunky. Pour into the skillet and stir it with the beef for 7-9 minutes over medium heat.
-Place the cooked rice in a bowl and add the beef mixture on top. Add lettuce, cucumber, sesame seeds, and bell pepper for an extra yummy flavor.
Gulab Jamun (Indian Dessert)
2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
½ tsp ground cardamom
2 drops of rose water
1 pinch saffron (optional)
½ cup milk powder
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tbsp plain yogurt
2 cups vegetable oil
-In a saucepan, add water, sugar, rose water, cardamom, and saffron and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer on low heat until a syrup is formed for 5 to 10 minutes.
-In a bowl, mix milk powder, flour, and baking soda. Add the butter and yogurt slowly until the dough is formed. Let Gulab dough sit for 5 minutes. Shape into small balls.
-In a large saucepan, heat oil to 175 degrees C. Drop a small piece of dough to test the oil. Know that the oil is ready when the dough sits at the bottom of the pan for 1 minute before coming to the surface.
-Fry Gulab balls and stir carefully until dark golden brown on all sides for about 2 minutes. place on a paper towel on a plate.
-Heat the syrup again and drop in fried Gulab. Turn off the heat, cover, and let them soak in the syrup for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
These dishes are game-changers that will make you fall in love with Asian cuisine. All the ingredients can be found in big supermarkets, so have fun shopping.