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There's amazing diversity to be found in Asian dishes. We all know the classics—egg rolls, sweet and sour pork, and cashew chicken. But as we become more adventurous eaters, recipes such as pad Thai, spring rolls, and tempura are moving to the mainstream. Indulge in these delicious meals at home with this collection of Asian recipes. If you don't know much about this cuisine, see our guides to the basics. Learn about the different styles of Asian cuisines, the common ingredients, and what kitchen tools to use for the best results. Then it's time to get cooking. Appetizers are a good introduction; try chicken wings, always-popular egg rolls, or trendy spring rolls. Move on to classic noodle dishes and stir-fries, such as lo mein and pad Thai, which are great crowd-pleasers. If you're serving a picky eater, blend bold Asian flavors with common ingredients to create fusions that will gradually introduce new ingredients to less adventurous eaters.

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Ginger Date Cooler
Muddling a Medjool date adds natural sweetness, while fresh lime adds tartness and balance. Cumin, pepper, and ginger beer give this cocktail (or mocktail) a spicy kick.
Pumpkin and Chicken Curry with Rice
Make the pumpkin curry ahead and warm it just before dinner to give the flavors and aromas a chance to meld.
Pad Mama
Rating: Unrated 1
You've no doubt heard of pad Thai, but in Thailand kids love pad Mama, which is made with the Mama brand of instant noodles.
Japchae (Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)
Japchae is a Korean stir-fry dish. The key to japchae is using cellophane noodles made from sweet potato starch. Cellophane noodles can be made from different starches, such as mung bean, but are all called glass noodles because they are translucent when cooked. Versions of japchae (like this one) are simple to prepare and can be customized with different sautéed veggies or by adding meat.
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Coconut "Laksa" Noodles
Influenced by curry laksa, a Malaysian coconut-curry noodle soup, our stir-fry version calls for purchased laksa paste to create a harmonious blend of flavors.
Spicy Basil Noodles with Crispy Fried Eggs
Inspired by the Thai version of pad kra pao, a stir-fry made with holy basil, this recipe makes use of fresh basil almost like a green vegetable. Crispy fried eggs add richness and another layer of flavor to this colorful and aromatic dish.
Mooncakes with Red Bean Paste

One traditional way to celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is with a mooncake recipe. Mooncake fillings can be sweet or savory and traditional or nontraditional. Here, we opted for a red bean paste filling without the salted egg yolks found in other traditional mooncake recipes, to keep recipe prep simplified.