Asia is one of the largest continents in the world, renown for its diverse cultures and cuisines. Asian cuisine comes in an enormous variety, and each part of Asia has its own culinary art.
Asian cuisine is not simple, but I do find some dishes are quite easy to make. So, let me ask you a question: Do you like cooking? As for myself, I do enjoy cooking Asian food for my loved ones when I have time, especially Vietnamese food.
Banh Mi – one of the Vietnamese signature dishes
My American boyfriend is obsessed with Vietnamese food since he moved to Vietnam to live with me. I didn’t expect him to like it so much because there are some dishes with ingredients that foreigners would find strange to eat, but he absolutely loves them!
Unfortunately, I’m a busy person, and I don’t always have time to cook. As luck would have it, I coincidentally came through a website called All Asia Recipes the other day when I was surfing the net.
Here they have the easiest yet delicious recipes that will not take up much of the time for people like me. If you love Asian food and cuisine, All Asia Recipes would be a cool site to check out.
Long story short, in this article, I’m going to show you three simple Asian recipes with ingredients you can get from any grocery store near you. Stay tuned!
3 Easy-Peasy Asian Recipes Anyone Can Cook At Home
There is a great deal of easy Asian dishes you can make at home, but I’m only going to show you three of the most basic recipes. These are all my favorite food to cook and eat when I have time.
You can also take a look at All Asia Recipes if you want to challenge yourself with more complicated dishes. Here they have everything you need, ranging from easy recipes for those who have just started cooking to dishes that are in a whole new level.
#1: Korean stir-fried noodles with seaweed
- 100g Korean spicy noodles
- 15g dried seaweed
- ½ tbsp of salt
- 30g ketchup
- 100g pork sausages
- 30g heads of Allium Porum
- 30g chilly sauce
- 1 tbsp of chili powder
- 20g soy sauce
How to make Korean stir-fried noodles with seaweed:
- Step 1: Soak the seaweed in the water, add ½ tablespoon of salt and 200 millimeters of water.
- Step 2: Cut heads of Allium Porum and pork sausages into small pieces then put them in a bowl. You should also start boiling water and make the spicy noodles.
- Step 3: Heat the pan. Put prepared Allium Porum into the pan and start stir-frying it. Next, put both sausages and seaweed into the same pan and stir fry until they’re all cooked.
- Step 4: Put cooked noodles in the pan along with soy sauce and chili powder then stir fry everything for 2-3 more minutes. You can add more spices to the dish depending on your food taste.
- Step 5: Now that everything is cooked, display the dish into a plate, and enjoy!
This is a very simple and easy-to-do dish, and it doesn’t take up much time as well. You only need to spend about 10-15 minutes for the whole process of preparing and making it.
It can be a little spicy for those who can’t eat spicy food. Personally, as someone who can’t eat much spicy food, I think the spiciness of this dish is perfect, and you should give it a try someday.
#2: Japanese Miso Soup
- 100g tofu
- 200g dried seaweed
- 1 tbsp of white miso paste (a fermented mixture of soybeans, rice or sometimes barley)
- 2 tbsp of Mirin
- 500ml chicken broth
- 200g straw mushroom
- 10g chopped green onion
How to make Japanese Miso Soup:
- Step 1: Cut the tofu into smaller pieces. Prepare the mushroom by cutting off the roots and washing them.
- Step 2: Cook the chicken broth in a pot until it boils. Mix the miso paste with some water in a small bowl and pour the mixture in the pot as the chicken broth boils.
- Step 3: Wait for the broth to boil again then add tofu, mushroom, and dried seaweed. Finally, add mirin and turn off the stove when the soup boils with little bubbles on top. Don’t forget to skim the bubbles out if you want to have a stunning, well-made soup.
- Step 4: Pour the soup out in a bowl, add some green onions, and enjoy!
Miso soup is an easy-to-make yet delicious dish you can make with just a few ingredients. Japanese usually eat Miso soup on sick days; it can also help them feel better when they have hangovers after fun parties.
I usually make Miso soup when I feel lazy but still want to eat the food that I make instead of eating out. There are other cool Japanese recipes you can take a look at All Asia Recipes if you know how to make Miso soup already.
#3: Vietnamese Pho (beef noodles soup)
- 500g dried rice noodles
- 200g sirloin beef
- 1kg beef bones
- 100g meatballs (optional)
- 30g sugar
- 35g ginger
- 15g salt
- 2 eschalots
- 1 onion
- 10g mixture of Pho spice (anise, clove, cinnamon, and chanpi)
- Some fresh herbs
How to make Pho:
- Step 1: Prepare the beef broth by stewing the beef bones with 3l of water and some cooking wine (optional) in about 3 hours or more. Add some ginger to enhance the flavor of the broth. Don’t forget to skim the bubbles on top in every 15 minutes so that the broth is clear and tasty. When the broth is cooked, get rid of the bones.
- Step 2: Grill some shallots, gingers, and onions. Heat the mixture of Pho spice in a cloth bag and put the grilled ingredients along with the bag into the broth pot.
- Step 3: After about 15-20 minutes of cooking, remove the cloth bag, and add spices to the broth, depending on your taste.
- Step 4: Boil the rice noodles and put it into a bowl (without water). Add sirloin beef, meatballs along with some onions, pour the beef broth into the bowl and enjoy! You can eat it with some fresh herbs because they will help enhance the flavor even more.
This dish will probably take a little long to make, but I promise the result will be worth your time! If you prepare the beef broth first and store it in the fridge, you will only need to spend about 8-10 minutes to have a delicious bowl of Pho.
There are many Asian recipes that I think you should try making at least once or twice in your life because cooking is so much fun and is also a good habit to have.
Don’t forget to check out All Asia Recipes if you want to be a great home cook because they have all the recipes to make the best Asian dishes.
Are you a big fan of Asian cuisine? What else are you waiting for? Get your apron and start surprising your loved ones with your hidden cooking talent!
Thank you for reading my article.