Chicken Salad with Rice Stick Noodles

Fusion with Japanese and Chinese Notes
Crisp and Crunchy

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

This Asian Fusion version of Chicken salad is quick and easy to make, has crisp and crunchy textures and is good for Continue reading

Crystallized Ginger and Yam Salad

A Fusion Take on a Winter Vegetable
Ginger Meets Soy Meets Vinegar

Crystallized ginger

Crystallized Ginger

This Fusion dish using Ginger may be made with either Yams or Sweet Potatoes.  For those concerned about the sugars in these root Continue reading

Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Green Beans Meet Sesame Seeds

How to make Nepalese Green Bean and Sesame Salad

This Nepalese vegetarian dish will serve 4.  Recipe adapted from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Green Bean and Sesame Salad

Nepalese

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Gado Gado

Indonesia’s National Salad
Shrimp Crackers Meet Peanut Sauce

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Kroepek, Indonesian shrimp crackers

Gado Gado is probably the most representative type of Indonesian salad, and there are a number of regional variations.  It can be eaten as a side dish, can appear at picnics, or can function as the main dish of a meal. Here is a good basic recipe for a Gado Gado which reflects he culinary style of the Java region. Continue reading

Ginger-Miso Dressing

A Grown-Up Taste
Ginger Meets Miso and Carrots

“The carrot has long been a favorite of rabbits and also of mind, provided it is the tender, young vegetable.” — James Beard

Cooking with fresh ginger

Fresh Ginger

Japanese cuisine, too, has a special place for Carrots, shredded in salads and elsewhere,, as does Thai cooking.  Here’s a salad dressing that combines Carrots with Miso and Ginger.

You can find some very nice versions of this Japanese dressing already bottled for sale in Asian and other supermarkets.  It’s also easy to make at home for very low cost and without any chemicals or preservatives. Continue reading

Thai Papaya Salad

Salad from Shangri-La
Green Papayas Meet Crushed Shrimp

Using green papayas in Thai cuisine

Green Papayas

This is a Thai salad, originally intended for Green Papayas. It’s also good made with Carrots, if Green Papayas are not available at the moment.  The recipe comes from a chef at Bangbkok’s Shangri-La Hotel.

The Crushed Peanuts and Crushed Dried Shrimp, plus the Lime Juice and wedges, are what make this salad special, along with the accent added by the Fish Sauce.

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