Asian-inspired recipes are some of the most popular and it seems to be growing like a cancer. There are so many ways you can cook, so many variations of the same theme and so many ways you can make it that every week there is another cookbook popping up with new recipes. In this article I will explore a few simple recipes, for starters. For these I will not recommend any particular preparation or cooking method but merely share some Asian-inspired ideas. My hope is to spark your imagination and lead you to cooking once more!
The first Asian-inspired dish I will share is one of my favorites, and that is sweet potato pie! For this delectable dish you will need; a sweet potato, a can of whole milk, an egg, oil, herbs such as Rosemary and garlic, ginger, chopped scallions, a half of a teaspoon of Cayenne pepper, and a quarter teaspoon of salt. All of these ingredients should be grated very finely. You will also want to have an oven that has a warming drawer.
The Sweet Potatoes
To make the sweet potato pie you will first prepare the sweet potatoes. You can choose to buy them from a supermarket or store the ones that you grow yourself. Then you will chop them into medium pieces. Next, you will add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan to prevent the insides from burning. Place the sweet potato on top of the oiled surface of the frying pan and then place in the lid for an hour to cook them.
The next recipe I am going to share with you is called wonton soup. This recipe is great for parties, day-of-passage, or whenever you are in a hurry. For this recipe you will need: a pound of fresh noodles, three small cans of whole beans (which can be used on chicken or beef), a tablespoon of ginger, and a quarter teaspoon of garlic. All of these items can be bought at an Asian food store. Put all of these items in the pot and boil for two minutes. Once the noodles are done boiling, drain them and set aside.
Green Bean Stir-Fry
The third recipe I am going to share with you is called green bean stir-fry. This recipe is a great way to use Asian ingredients around your house without having to always go out to eat. For this recipe you will need: a pound of boneless, skinless chicken, a quarter pound of carrot, and two cups of red beans.
The first step in this Chinese inspired recipe is to get all of your ingredients together. Put all of your green bean stir-fry ingredients in one pan, and then add in your chicken and carrots. When this is done, throw in the cucumber salad and any other side dish that you want to go along with it. Bring this to a boil and cover until it is done.
The second part of this Chinese inspired meal is to take a pair of tongs and put your chicken and carrots into one mouthful of sauce. Then in a separate bowl, mix up your spicy cucumber salad with some lime juice and honey. Drink up and enjoy this delicious meal, which uses healthy spin on an old Chinese favorite.
Finally, another great recipe for your Chinese newbie is this easy Chinese side dish called Slow Cooker Chicken. If you do not have a slow cooker, this dish is perfect for you because it only takes thirty minutes to make and can be cooked using your favorite recipes. For this recipe you will need chicken breasts, onions, carrots, ginger, bell pepper, and garlic. You just mix up all these ingredients, toss in the ginger and cover for three to four hours, and then take it out of the slow cooker and add soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper to make this dish a healthy spin on traditional Chinese chicken.