Gastronomy is an opportunity to get to know other cultures on the palate and to introduce new flavours into children’s diets.
Some of the Asian dishes that we offer you below have a spicy note that you can reduce or eliminate on a whim to suit your taste or that of your children. With each, you can enjoy delicious delicacies just like in a restaurant, without having to leave the house.
1. Crab wontons
This recipe is a starter that is served in many Chinese restaurants in the United States. They are delicious and straightforward to make. Square wonton dough sheets, which can be found on large surfaces and in oriental food supermarkets, are used for preparation.
20 sheets of wonton batter
200 g white cheese spread
80g crab sticks
1 spoon of sugar
1 pinch of salt
Sweet and sour sauce
Chop the crab sticks and mix in a bowl with the cheese, salt, and sugar. Stir well until everything is well integrated.
Put about a tablespoon of the prepared filling on each wonton sheet. Brush the edges with some water and fold two of the ends of the wrap inwards. Fold the other two ends and join them all at the ends. Squeeze these together so they are well sealed and the filling doesn’t come out.
Heat a large pan with plenty of oil and fry the wontons in batches, without adding many at once, until golden brown.
Remove them with a slotted spoon and leave them on a plate covered with kitchen paper to soak up the excess fat. Let them sit for a while before serving so the filling doesn’t get too hot. Present them with sweet and sour sauce, which is served in a separate bowl.
2. Lo Mein noodles
A quick and healthy Cantonese recipe. The nutritional properties of vegetables are preserved to the maximum as they are fried in a wok quickly. It has sriracha, a typical spicy sauce of this cuisine.
225 g pasta pasta
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 chopped garlic cloves
300 g sliced mushrooms
1 red pepper
150 g green peas or snow peas
200 g baby spinach
for the sauce
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (optional)
Mix the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, and sriracha in a small bowl. Reservation.
Cook the pasta in a saucepan with salted water according to the instructions on the package. Then drain well.
Heat some oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add the garlic, mushrooms, and paprika, and carrot.
Fry the vegetables, frequently stirring, for about three to four minutes, until they are soft but al dente. Add the peas or snow peas and spinach and continue cooking for two to three minutes.
Stir in the mixture of pasta and soy sauce. Let them taste for a minute and serve immediately.
3. Kung Pao Prawns
Kung Pao, sometimes written as Kung Pow, is the name of some Chinese dishes that are sautéed and served with a spicy sauce. The most popular are chicken or shrimp. They are usually accompanied by steamed rice.
8 tablespoons of oil
A piece of ginger
1/2 onion cut into pieces
1 green pepper cut into pieces
500 g large prawns
1/2 cup peanuts, peeled
For the kung pao sauce
4 tablespoons of soy sauce
4 tablespoons of sweet soy sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
6 white peppercorns
1 teaspoon rice or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of sugar
Mix the ingredients for the kung pao sauce with eight tablespoons of water and reserve. Peel the prawns. Also, peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices.
Heat a wok and add the oil. When it is very hot but without smoking, add the ginger and stir for a few moments. Add onion, green pepper, and chili. Sauté until you smell the tangy flavors of the chili pepper. Add the prawns and peanuts and sauté for a minute, stirring frequently.
Add the kung pao sauce, stir well, and after a minute or two, when the prawns are done, remove the pan from the heat. Spread the chives cut into rings and serve hot.
4. Pork Gyozas
This is one of the main recipes for Asian food. And for a good reason, because they are delicious. The dough for making Gyozas can be found in oriental supermarkets. Although it’s not the same, you can replace it if you want our dumpling waffles.
450 grams of minced lean pork
1 cup of shredded kale
100 g shiitake mushrooms, diced
1 carrot, peeled and grated
2 cloves of garlic pressed
1 shallot, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of ground white pepper
40 won ton slices of dough
Put the minced meat, cabbage, mushrooms, carrots, garlic, chives, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and white pepper in a large bowl.
Arrange the wonton discs on your work surface. Put 1 tablespoon of each meat mixture in the centre. Moisten the edges of the dough with a finger dipped in water or a kitchen brush. Fold it over the filling like a pie and pinch the edges together to seal them.
Heat some oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the gyozas in a single layer without overcrowding and cook until golden brown and lightly crispy on each side for 2-3 minutes.
Serve immediately, sprinkled with sesame seeds, and a separate soy sauce.
Asian recipes are great for friends, and family time. These recipes discussed here are one of the best treats you can give your family. We have covered them extensively to make you understand the entire cooking process.