Category Archives: asian

Spicy Stirfry

I have a hard time justifying posting stirfry recipes. I’ve been making stirfries since I began cooking for myself and usually my sauces consist of whatever I throw together to match what I want in my head. There’s no measuring, no tasting, I rely on scent to tell me if I’ve gotten it right. It works for me.

Sometimes I actually read stirfry recipes, but usually avoid any that are hardcore on veggies or protein – you can quite easily throw half the fridge at a stirfry and be happy with the results. It, with its sister fried rice…

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Peanut-Curry Noodles

After making some Red Curry Paste, I wanted to try it out. I didn’t feel like making my favorite panaeng-style curry, so I tried this recipe from a recent issue of Food Network Magazine. I really like this one – it’s easy and delicious. Plus, as an added bonus, the leftover sauce goes great with naan or pita chips!

Now, the original asks that the dish be served cold – good for these hot summer months – but I found it works great either hot or cold. I like mine with rice stick noodles, though you can substitute…

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Red Curry Paste

In the last post, I alluded to some good news we were celebrating. Here’s the scoop: During the last month, I’ve been working on my senior project for my bachelor’s degree. Last week, I turned it in and on Saturday, I received my evaluation notice. I passed with flying colors! As of now, I have my Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting!

It’s really good to be able to get back to writing about food and recipes now that the project is done. I have a bunch of recipes set by to share with you!

The little jars of…

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Mung Bean Pancakes

Mung Bean Pancakes

We’ve been having a lot of fun trying out new vegetarian and legume-based recipes. This one is from Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. We had problems initially sourcing the dried mung beans but finally came across the right variety at one of the downtown Asian markets.

It is possible to do this recipe with whole, unskinned mung beans, as we did initially, but the skins leave a gritty texture on the tongue, so I don’t recommend it. Look for…

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Chicken Satay with Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay

Earlier this week, I talked about making your own coconut milk from scratch. Here’s what we did with ours: chicken satay marinated in coconut milk and a spicy sauce over coconut rice. Definitely a keeper!

The coconut rice uses some of the leftover coconut bits from squeezing out the milk, they add a subtle coconut flavor on their own but are best with a bit of coconut milk also replacing some of the cooking water. As for a side dish, we made some tangy pickled cucumber slices (recipe still needs some work, it was good but not right yet).

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From Scratch: Coconut Milk

Yes, you can buy coconut milk in cans. Most of the year, this is the cheapest way to acquire good coconut milk. Personally, I prefer the Thai Kitchen brand because it has coconut cream (solidified coconut milk), no additives and good taste where many of the other brands can be watery and bland. However, when coconuts are available, why not make your own? The two Thai coconuts we bought resulted in about 16 ounces of coconut milk plus tasty coconut fluffies to add to pancakes and smoothies for less than the price of 1 can.

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Hoisin-Peanut Dipping Sauce

I wish I had pictures to show you but it was late and I was tired.

These spring rolls are awfully good all out of proportion to their size. Also, they will fill you up fast, so plan accordingly – no more than one or two per person for an appetizer. And don’t skip the sauce – it really goes well with the rolls, though you could drizzle a bit on the filling instead.

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