If your looking for something different yet sure to be hit at your Purim seudah, try these Asian favorites. Making Chinese food at home can seem intimidating, but it really is very simple once everything is chopped. These two recipes are iconic Asian dishes that you can easily create at home. Try them out and impress your guest!
Vegetable Lo Mein
This dish is very healthy, tasty, and easy to make. The best part is that you can incorporate your favorite vegetables or protein to this recipe and it’ll be a sure winner!
1 lb. fresh egg noodles (or regular pasta)
1 large carrot, sliced julienne
2 cups green cabbage, shredded
6 cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 small yellow onion, halved and sliced
3 tbs. oil
For the sauce:
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tbs. rice vinegar
2 tbs. sugar
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbs. sesame seeds
CHEF’S TIP: ZOODLE OPTION
Spiralize the zucchini and make sure the rest of the vegetables and tofu are cut. Follow the same instructions for noodles; do not add water to the sauce. Add the zucchini last so that it doesn’t release too much water into the sauce.
This is one of my favorite Asian dishes to make! The chewy outside with the contrasting, flavorful meaty filling makes this the perfect bite size appetizer. Feel free to customize this one with your favorite ingredients!
1 pack round wonton dough
1 lb. ground beef
5 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 tbs. sugar
2 tbs. rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tbs. toasted sesame oil
1 tbs. fresh ginger, grated
3 tbs. cornstarch/tapioca starch
For the pan-fried option: Heat up a wide nonstick pan with 2 tablespoons of oil. Place the wontons in the pan flat side down, about 1/2 inch apart, and cook for 2 minutes until golden browned. Pour in 1 cup of water and cover the pan for 2-3 minutes allowing the dough to steam and fully cook the filling. This step can be done with fresh or frozen wontons.
For the boiled option: Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop in the wontons. Boil for 5-7 minutes until the center is cooked. This is a great option for cooking in a large quantity, and can be prepared with fresh or frozen wontons.
4. Serve hot or warm alongside soy/teriyaki sauce.
Chef’s Tip: How to cook authentic Chinese food:
The reason we find Chinese food so addictive is because of the attention to detail and incredible flavors. The key to cooking take out at home is to make sure to always have a proper balance of the four S’s: sweet, sour, salty, and spicy.
Before marinating or seasoning any Asian dish, make sure to taste your flavor bases and adjust your four S’s. Feel free to play around with different acids (vinegars and citrus juice) and sweeteners (syrups and sugars) to achieve this balance. By doing this, your dishes are guaranteed to come out super satisfying and will keep everyone coming back for seconds!