9 Asian Recipes Everyone Should Master

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  • Caramelized Pork Bánh Mì. The caramelized pork could be a recipe all its own, but we sure do like it in this sandwich, as well. Most bánh mì are made with a rich and fatty ground pork—this seasoned pork tenderloin gives the sandwich character. Make sure you use a light airy roll with a crisp crust—bánh mì is all about the interior.
  • Shredded Pork and Chinese Celery Lo Mein. In this take-out classic made at home, pork and celery might seem like an unlikely combination, but they go together like bread and butter.
  • Black Bean Orange Peel Edamame. These are salty, sweet, fragrant, and finger-licking good. You can either make them in the pods, slurping the sauce clinging to the outside while stripping out the beans with your teeth or use shelled beans in a saucy side dish.
  • Bacon & Egg Ramen. This soup is a pantry meal, but it tastes like anything but. The combination of ginger, lemongrass, and black vinegar gives it enormous flavor that holds its own against the studs of smoky bacon and punchy mustard greens.
  • Korean Kalbi. Fans of Korean barbecue, get psyched. This recipe produces the real deal without much sweat. The two-stage marinade is delightfully simple, and after an overnight soak, the thinly sliced short ribs cook in no time on the grill or under the broiler. The flavor is sweet, salty, and a little boozy—who could ask for more?
  • Gong Bao (a.k.a. Kung Pao) Chicken. Tender morsels of chicken eagerly soak up the fragrant, velvety sauce in what is a remarkably quick and forgiving recipe. If you can't find Sichuan peppercorns, don't sweat it (you'll just miss out on their mysteriously addictive numbing quality). Use any small, dried red chiles that suit you.
  • Shrimp Pad Thai. Tangy tamarind is the secret ingredient to great pad thai, but other than that lesser-known ingredient (note: Whole Foods sells it) everything else you’ll need is totally familiar. We love the touch of using honey roasted peanuts instead of the standard plain sort that’s often austerely called for.
  • Asian Garlic Green Beans. If you make this, your kitchen will smell like Chinese take out, and we mean that in the best possible way. Just watch your hand as you sprinkle the red pepper flakes. A little distraction will lead to a rather hot mouth.
  • Take Out Orange Chicken. The kick in this recipe comes from the red chili flakes and a healthy scoop of freshly grated ginger, an ingredient we’re willing to bet doesn’t make an appearance at the mall food court.


Making Asian food at home doesn’t need to require an excursion to a specialty grocer. These nine recipes are not only within reach, but are also just as easy as that backpocket pasta dish you were planning on making for dinner tonight (for the second week in a row). As the sinus-clearing scent of ginger reaches your nose and the heat of sriracha perks up your taste buds, you’ll know you made the right decision.

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