Making the same ol’ Kraft Mac and Cheese and frozen Lean Cuisines night after night can start to get a little dull, so why not avoid the takeout by making your own exotic Asian dishes from your own comfort. Test out your amateur chef chops with these Eastern recipes.
1. Easy Thai Shrimp Soup
Perfect for getting cozy at home on the days which are now cooling down. Ingredients like red curry paste and coconut milk are delicious but aren’t hard to find. The protein can easily be swapped out for pork, tofu, and chicken. Don’t spend extra bucks on Thai takeout – instead, freeze big batches of this at home and enjoy.
2. Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce
This is an upgraded take on sesame noodles – soba noodles are coated in a sweet scallion and ginger sauce. The cook was inspired by David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook and utilizes his famous sauce. They’re oh so simple to make and way better than another boring spaghetti night.
3. Slow Cooker Honey-Garlic Chicken
Anything made in a slow cooker is infinitely better tasting, period. And what its shredded, honeyed garlic chicken with tons of sweet and zesty sauce, the taste bud explosion that ensues is way better than the soggy, cold takeout that you’re used to.
4. Noodle Salad
Combine the best of both worlds: noodles and salads! It’s plant-based but filling and completely satisfying. Packed with bright, ribboned veggies, lime sesame soy sauce, and crunchy, savory peanuts. This will titillate your taste buds like no other.
5. Noodles with Sweet Soy Sauce
Pad Se Ew is always so addictive when we order it at restaurants, so why shouldn’t we be able to have it from the comfort of our couch? Doused in sweet soy sauce with chicken and Chinese broccoli, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
6. Glazed Salmon
Salmon is a very versatile fish to cook, and when flavored with zesty Asian sauces and spices, it’s really irresistible. Kept moist and delicious with cilantro, sesame and ginger, this moist and delectable entree are perfect with peanut sauce noodles.
7. General Tso’s Chicken
This is an almost constantly popular choice at restaurants worldwide. How can you go wrong with breaded, fried chicken in hot chili and a sticky, sweet, tangy sauce? However, you can make your own version of this famous dish at home. Not the easiest recipe on the list, but it’s worth it!
8. Garlic-Sesame Green Beans
These green beans make a healthy yet flavorful side dish or main if you’re on a diet or going strictly vegan. Filled with garlicky sesame, these crisp and golden green beans make a fantastic veggie to last you through the week.
9. Edamame Fried Rice
Instead of going to your local Panda Express for some greasy fried rice with mystery meat, try this version with brown rice, veggies, and protein loaded edamame beans. Way more flavorful and nutritious than the restaurant version. A great side dish or main.
10. Kimchi Bulgogi Panini
This is an Asian fusion recipe of sorts. Blending Korean and Italian, this bulgogi and kimchi panini is bursting with juicy flavors and pressed between a fluffy Kaiser roll, creating a flaky, crunchy and soft texture that really works in harmony.