30 Minutes

Pan-Asia

Take a culinary tour of the Far East with these authentic stir-fry creations
Pan-Asia

Want to get more global flavors into your everyday meals? Stir-fries are an ideal place to start. Recruiting a wok or large skillet and the right combination of ingredients can take your taste buds on a trip to any country on the eastern Pacific Rim. With the following recipes as your passport, let the authentic seasonings and fragrant aromas whisk you away.

July/August 2009 p.36

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Laotian Eggplant with Tomatoes, Onion, and Mint

Laotian Eggplant with Tomatoes, Onion, and Mint

Fresh mint adds a cool, light touch to this hearty eggplant stir-fry.

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Malaysian Tropical Curry with Lemongrass and Shallots

Malaysian Tropical Curry with Lemongrass and Shallots

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Sweet-and-sour combinations are common in Malaysian cuisine, which makes abundant use of the country’s fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Korean Sesame-Crusted Tofu

Serve this dish with steamed rice and kimchee, spicy pickled cabbage found in the refrigerator section of Asian grocery stores and well-stocked supermarkets.

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Indonesian Tempeh with Green Beans and Crushed Peanuts

In Indonesia, tempeh skewers, served with a spicy dipping sauce, are a popular snack food sold by street vendors. Here, we’ve taken the same ingredients and flavors of the snack and turned them into a saucy entrée that is delicious over rice noodles.

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Japanese Fresh Snow Peas with Soybeans, Ginger, and Egg

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This stir-fry abounds with typical Japanese ingredients, including snow peas, edamame, shiitake mushrooms, sake, and mirin. If you can’t find shiso leaves (available at farmers’ markets and in Asian grocery stores), garnish each serving with 1 tablespoon each slivered basil and mint leaves.

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