Whenever I eat at Betelnut, a popular Asian restaurant here in San Francisco, I always order the lettuce wraps. However, I had never made them at home — until I recently found this simple and quick recipe. Chunks of chicken breast are seared in a pan before being tossed with a flavorful mixture of honey and soy sauce. Ginger, garlic, water chestnuts, and scallions further season the chicken. The lettuce leaves and cashews are essential to providing a satisfying crunch. For a more complete meal, serve with rice or sautéed veggies. To make this dish for your loved ones, get the recipe when you read more
Soy sauce-flavored Kit Kat isn't a new concept — it's just one of many other flavors, like green tea, melon, and pineapple, that have been readily available in Japan.
But apparently, the novelty flavor also happens to be the nation's current bestselling Kit Kat variety.
I've come across several recipes that call for kecap manis in the past, but have never tried the sauce for myself. So when I came across it at the Fancy Foods Show, I was eager to learn more about it.
Kecap manis (pronounced KEH-chup MAH-nees and also spelled ketjap manis) is an Indonesian sweet soy sauce with a molasses consistency and a dark brown color. Flavored with garlic, star anise, soybeans, and palm sugar, the sauce is more syrupy and complex than commonplace soy sauce. It is one of five main varieties of kecap (which means "sauce").
Typically sold in Asian markets, kecap manis can be used as a condiment or marinade for satays and grilled meats. It is also a staple ingredient in many traditional dishes of Indonesia.
Chances are you've spent the past week trying to eat healthy. To encourage you to continue down this path, I thought I'd share my favorite tofu recipe. It's a simple pan-fried tofu with a rich, flavorful, Asian-inspired sauce. Sliced green onions and sesame seeds finish off the dish, while providing a much-needed crunch. Even if you've never made tofu, give this recipe a try; it's totally uncomplicated. Tofu is like chicken in the sense that it takes on the flavor of the surrounding ingredients. Thus, the sauce, a mixture of peanut butter, soy sauce, and rice vinegar, is key. Serve with brown rice, broccoli, or noodles. Get the recipe to this vegetarian dinner option, after the break.
As much as I love talking and thinking about Thanksgiving, sometimes it's nice to take a quick break from the all-American feast and enjoy a simple Asian-inspired meal.
In this recipe, shrimp is combined with a gingery soy sauce, chunks of red pepper, and slivers of green onions. Served on a bed of rice, it makes for a light and flavorful alternative to the season's plethora of comfort foods.
Remember a recipe is merely a guide, and many vegetables, from red onions to broccolini, can be used in place of the ones listed in the ingredients. To learn the method, read more
Summer is not Summer without enjoying a finger-licking good rib dinner where you go through numerous napkins. Although I'm a sucker for traditional ribs covered with barbecue sauce, after seeing the cover of a recent Bon Appetit, I was dying to try their Cambodian rib variation. Rather than the traditional tomato-based sauce, this recipe uses a combination of fish sauce, soy sauce, honey, and a lot of fresh ginger!
The marinade is quick to make, especially if you employ a food processor. I marinated my ribs for six hours, but overnight would be even better. Fresh off the grill and covered with lime juice, the ribs burst with sweet and sour flavor. The ginger glaze is much lighter and more refreshing than a typical barbecue sauce. If you want to sink your teeth into these ginger-glazed ribs, keep reading.
Get your grill on this weekend with Korean-style beef skewers. This recipe flash marinades strips of tender meat in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil. Don't despair vegetarians: this blend would be great for tofu; simply slide the tofu on in place of the beef.
Scallions and rice cake sticks round out the menu, but feel free to get creative. Mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, or red onions would be equally scrumptious. To make this tonight, get the recipe now
Looking for an original new salad recipe? Head east and make this pot sticker salad with snap peas, carrots, bean sprouts, and green onions. It's both a mixture of flavors and textures: Soy sauce adds a salty tang and peanuts provide a welcoming crunch.
Select pot stickers that coincide with your culinary needs — if you're a vegetarian, use veggie pot stickers. For a more substantial meal, pork or chicken pot stickers are ideal. To check out the interesting recipe please read more
Last time I went out for sushi, I debated over whether to use regular or reduced-sodium soy sauce. Reduced-sodium soy sauce is the condiment of choice for those who are watching sodium intake, as too much sodium can result in high blood pressure. Regular soy sauce, while definitely saltier, has more flavor, in my opinion. Ultimately, I opted for regular, but this prompted me to wonder what most people tend to use in their kitchens.
Use the Olympics to teach your kids about the cuisines of other cultures. In this case, explain how the games are taking place in Beijing, and that lo mein is a typical Chinese noodle dish with stir-fried add-ins.
This variation incorporates regular pasta with soy and hoisin sauces. Although the recipe calls for mushrooms and carrots, choose the vegetables that meet your family's needs. To learn how to make this colorful, kid-friendly recipe, read more