Pretty much every Asian cuisine is known for its variety of small side dishes that accompany each course. They may seem elaborate and hard to prepare but most of them aren’t like that at all and don’t require a lot of ingredients. So if you want to spice up your Asian-inspired dishes or simple want to try out something new and exciting, these recipes are for you.
Chinese beef dumplings are a popular side dish or even a main meal at different Asian restaurants. With their amazing flavorful filling, crispy outside and juicy inside, they’re irresistible. If you’re using store-bought dumpling wrappers, they can make for a quick and easy meal. And you can freeze them too! Serve these delicious meaty snacks with either a classic dumpling sauce or use enchilada sauce for an interesting mix of cultures. To make this Mexican staple mix oil, chili powder and flour in a sauce pan. While whisking the mix pour in chicken broth, tomato paste and spices. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve after cooling.
Easy Chinese broccoli recipe is a great vegetable option. And you only need a few ingredients to make it. The only required step is steaming the broccoli stalks and then you can let your imagination run riot! The original recipe calls for a mix of mushrooms, garlic and soy sauce to put on top of the green vegetables. However, you can simply add the broccoli to something like spaghetti sauce. It’s a delicious and satiating mix of ground beef, Italian sausage and various kinds of tomatoes. Add some oriental seasonings for an Asian spiciness and flavor and enjoy with your favorite type of noodles!
While soy sauce fried rice can be a main course meal, it’s a great addition to any vegetable stir fry as well. It has the rich flavors and aromas of animal fat, eggs and a ton of green onions. Use leftover or even day-old rice for the best texture and mix both light and dark soy sauce for the ultimate saltiness. Serve hot to get the most out of this dish.
For a quick and comforting soup recipe try this Chinese egg drop soup. It’s a classic dish on any Asian take out menu but it actually takes less time to make it at home than wait for a delivery. You can also experiment with ingredients and add different vegetables, corn and even shrimp for a stronger umami flavor. Find out what works best for you!
Cheesy shrimp baked spring rolls definitely deviate from the authentic Chinese cuisine but the flavor and saved time is worth it. It’s much easier to bake these delicious wraps than to deep fry them all individually. Serve them with a Sriracha honey mixture for a spicy kick or cook a stir fry sauce for an exciting combination. Both would complement the taste of shrimp in the filling very well.