No need to grab the passports, pack the suitcases, or stand in long airport lines to savor the flavors of Asia. Simple recipes, great ingredients, and a bit of confidence are all that's needed to create traditional Asian dishes in your kitchen.
Korean Chicken Lettuce WrapsThink of gochujang as Korean steak sauce, adding savory depth to the chicken. You can find it at many supermarkets, or substitute equal parts Sriracha and white/yellow miso (soybean paste).
Almost Classic Pork Fried RiceWhy go out to a restaurant when you can make this Asian favorite at home? Almost Classic Pork-Fried Rice is fresh and tasty, plus a healthy alternative to the original.
Shanghai Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili SauceThese Asian-inspired spring rolls make great appetizers, and they are sure to impress guests at your next party. Serve with homemade chili sauce over a bed of fresh lettuce.
Pan-Steamed Asian Greens with Shiitake SauceCook these pan-steamed greens and then spoon homemade shiitake mushroom sauce right over the top for an authentic Asian meal at home.
Hand-Hacked Pot StickersShallow-fried dumplings are popular during the Chinese New Year, but these festive dinner pockets are great for main dishes or fun sides all year long.
Deconstructed Egg RollsA lumpia is a Filipino-style egg roll often filled with a gingery mixture of pork and carrots. We've skipped the rolling to make the dish speedier, added rice to make it heartier, and ended up with something very tasty--call it a Filipino tostada.
Hot and Sour SoupThis vegetable-filled, flavor-packed vegetarian soup is a great dish with a side of wonton crackers. . The heat from the black pepper, cilantro and chili oil is delicately balanced with ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
Sichuan-Style Stir-Fried Chicken With PeanutsAlso known as kung pao chicken, this 5-Star Sichuan classic boasts multidimensional hot-sweet and salty-sour flavors. As one user review put it, "It is, hands-down, the best stir-fry chicken recipe I've ever tried."
Shang Kimchi (Summer, or Raw, Kimchi)You can buy kimchi from an Asian market or make your own. Most kimchi is fermented for days or weeks to develop a pungent flavor. Although this recipe skips the fermentation step, it tastes authentic.
Chicken Fried RiceTransform your favorite take-out menu item to your new favorite homemade meal with classic Chicken Fried Rice.
Avocado and Shrimp SushiUsing mashed avocado makes this California-style sushi easy to roll. Use precooked shrimp for an easy shortcut. Serve sushi with the typical accompaniments of wasabi, low-sodium soy sauce, and pickled ginger.
Vietnamese Beef-Noodle BowlMarinating the beef for 4 to 24 hours ahead can save preparation time later and add extra flavor, if desired. Whole star anise imparts a licoricelike aroma and flavor to the broth, but the soup is very good without it.
Spicy Asian Chicken and Noodle SoupThis broth packs a lot of flavor in just a little time. If you don't have the Sriracha on hand, thin slices of jalapeño pepper make a good substitute for this soup recipe.
Chinese Almond CookiesWith a buttery shortbread-like texture, these almond-flavored cookies are guaranteed to be family favorites. Let kids help by "painting" glaze on the dough and putting almond "eyes" in the cookie's center.
Green Tea Ice CreamThe healing powers of green tea have long been coveted by ancient cultures. Researches link this antioxidant-rich tea to longer lives and healthier hearts. Green Tea Ice-Cream may sound like a stretch, but even non-tea-drinkers raved about this dessert's sweet taste and soft texture.