Asian-Inspired Starters & Sides

Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese inspired recipes are all here: soups, dips, salads, tempura, dumplings, spring rolls, and more.


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Oriental Shrimp Soup
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Oriental Shrimp Soup

    This Asian shrimp soup recipe is flavored with ginger, lemongrass, crushed red pepper, coconut milk, and fresh basil. It's the perfect accompaniment to most Asian dishes.

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Fried Tofu and Watercress Salad

    Tofu with a crispy, crunchy sesame seed coating tops this ginger-spiked watercress and spinach salad.

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Vegetable Spring Rolls

    Instead of a dough wrapper, like Chinese egg rolls, spring rolls encase seasoned radishes, greens, carrots, cucumbers, and other vegetables in thin, translucent rice papers.

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Sweet and Spicy Spring Rolls

    A ginger-lime dressing tossed with broccoli and coconut adds a fresh-tasting twist to this spring roll variation.

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Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    Soy sauce, gingerroot, cabbage, and pea pods add an Asian flair to this version of a classic favorite.

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Lemongrass Chutney

    A classic chutney is given an Asian twist with the addition of lemongrass, ginger, and toasted sesame seeds. Great when served with fish and poultry.

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Spicy Tofu Triangles

    In this meatless recipe, tofu is wrapped into wonton skins with shiitake mushrooms, scallions, water chestnuts, and three Asian sauces: hoisin, soy, and chili sauce with garlic.

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Petite Spring Rolls

    These tender bites of rice noodles, fresh vegetables, and herbs are traditionally served for New Year's, but are great anytime.

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Beef Steamed Dumplings

    For a flavorful appetizer try these ground beef and vegetable bundles. Serve them with a rice vinegar-soy dipping sauce garnished with scallions.

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Ginger-Spiced Cucumbers

    An Asian take on a classic salad. Mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine), ginger, and onion complement the cucumbers.

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Pork-and-Cabbage-Filled Buns

    For a festive party finish, top the Chinese dim sum-style buns with black and white sesame seeds.

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Teriyaki Beef and Lettuce Wraps

    Long before wraps became the rage in America, Asian cooks folded savory fillings within rice-paper wrappers, thin pancakes, and lettuce leaves. The lettuce leaves provide a crisp, fresh contrast to a spicy filling.

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