Asian recipes

Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu

Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu

Spicy Chilli French Bean Mapo Tofu, Asian Green: Everyday plant-based recipes inspired by the East by Ching-He Huang. Photography by Tamin Jones.

Asian Green
Asian food has always included a variety of meat and dairy-free recipes. Focusing entirely on these plant-based dishes, Ching-He Huang draws inspiration from across Asia to create simple, everyday, healthy home cooking that features protein-rich ingredients such as tofu, seitan, pulses, beans and grains.
The inspiration behind the book is Ching’s husband, Jamie. From birth, he suffered from asthma and eczema but three and a half years ago, three months after adopting a vegan diet, he was cured. Ching has always believed in the age-old Chinese maxim that “food is medicine”, and having experienced first-hand the transformation of her husband’s health, she firmly believes in the healing power of plants to reduce inflammation, to restore, nourish and replenish.
This book is full of inspiring, quick and simple recipes, perfect for vegetarians, vegans and people looking to reduce the amount of meat in their diets.

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Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Chicken

Taiwanese Fried Chicken, The Double Happiness Cookbook by Trevor Lui. Photography by Suech + Beck.

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories

Toronto is a renowned food mecca, born out of a cultural identity defined by the unified culinary tradition of a vibrant multicultural community. It is a city that has shaped and defined one passionate chef who abandoned his corporate job to throw on an apron and to get into the kitchen, behind the bar, and in front of diners.

Almost immediately, his Taiwanese fried chicken was voted best in the city, fans queued for his notorious ramen burger, and his sensational Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich brought in the masses.

The Double Happiness Cookbook is a riveting exploration of Trevor Lui’s tireless culinary journey that began in the kitchen of a family restaurant with sweet and sour chicken balls and chow mein and eventually drew inspiration from the streets of Toronto, LA, New York, and Taiwan.

Featuring feel-good, Asian-inspired recipes with a big-city attitude—think BBQ pork on rice, bulgogi beef tostadas, sweet chili cauliflower wings, and ramen with L.A. Kalbi—this heartening cookbook is an authentic celebration of heritage, community, street culture, and food philosophy. It is eighty-eight recipes, eight compelling stories, and one man’s dream.

The Double Happiness Cookbook: 88 Feel-Good Recipes and Food Stories is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.   (more…)

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry

Garlic and Paprika Chicken Curry, The Curry Guy Light by Dan Toombs. Photography by Kris Kirkham.

The Curry Light by Dan Toombs

In Curry Guy Light, Dan Toombs, aka the Curry Guy, showcases over 100 recipes that are:

Lower in carbs and calories than most other Indian recipes
Lower in fat and salt without lacking flavour
Delicious and fresh-tasting

Dan has spent many years researching the food of Kerala and Goa, as well as learning the secrets of Indian restaurants. In Curry Guy Light he shows that you can make your favourite curry house meals but at the same time know that it”s really good for you—you’d never know it when the food works its magic!

He’s developed a new, lighter version of his classic base sauce, and created lower-cal versions of curry house classics, including starters like onion bhajis and spicy hot chicken wings, indulgent Goan shrimp curry, chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, your favourite sides such as tarka dhal and coconut rice, plus chutneys and snacks. All the recipes have clear, step-by-step instructions, and are guaranteed 100% delectable. It”s the curry cookbook you’ve been waiting for!

The Curry Guy Light: Over 100 lighter, fresher Indian curry classics is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca (more…)

Creamy coconut noodles

Creamy coconut noodles

Creamy coconut noodles, Easy Vegan Bible: 200 easiest ever plant-based recipes by Katy Beskow. Photography by Luke Albert.

Easy Vegan Bible: 200 easiest ever plant-based recipes

Simple, straightforward and delicious—Easy Vegan Bible is the ultimate guide for plant-based mealtimes, bringing you 200 new recipes from bestselling author Katy Beskow.

Easy to prepare, quick to cook and using readily available ingredients, this book is not only the go-to cookbook for new and established vegans, but also for home cooks looking for effortless ways to bring plant-based meals into their kitchen.

The modern world of vegan cooking can often be confusing, but with a list of easy-to source store-cupboard essentials, useful kitchen equipment, details on common vegan substitutions and demystifying explanations of increasingly popular vegan ingredients (such as jackfruit and silken tofu) you’ll be able to produce delicious food, every time hunger calls.

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Sun House Chile Eggs

Sun House Chile Eggs

Sun House Chile Eggs, excerpted from East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha © 2020 Reproduced by permission of Flatiron Books. All rights reserved.

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha.

Modern, vibrant, fuss-free food made from easy-to-find ingredients, East is a must-have whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat more delicious meat-free food.

Meera Sodha‘s stunning new collection features brand-new recipes from a wide range of Asian cuisines. This cookbook is a collaboration between Sodha and the East Asian and South East Asian home cooks and gourmet chefs who inspired her along the way. There are noodles, curries, rice dishes, tofu, salads, sides, and sweets, all easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours.

Taking you from India to Indonesia, Singapore, and Japan, by way of China, Thailand, and Vietnam, East will show you how to whip up a root vegetable laksa and a chard, potato, and coconut curry; how to make kimchi pancakes, delicious dairy-free black dal and chili tofu. There are sweet potato momos for snacks and unexpected desserts like salted miso brownies and a no-churn Vietnamese coffee ice cream.

East: 120 Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Sticky Beef Short Rib With Chilli

Sticky Beef Short Rib With Chilli

Sticky Beef Short Rib With Chilli, Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen by Lara Lee. Photography © Louise Hagger.

Coconut & Sambal reveals the secrets behind authentic Indonesian cookery. With more than 80 traditional and vibrant recipes that have been passed down through the generations, you will discover dishes such as Nasi goreng, Beef rendang, Chilli prawn satay and Pandan cake, alongside a variety of recipes for sambals: fragrant, spicy relishes that are undoubtedly the heart and soul of every meal.

Lara Lee uses simple techniques and easily accessible ingredients throughout Coconut and Sambal, interweaving the recipes with beguiling tales of island life and gorgeous travel photography that shines a light on the magnificent, little-known cuisine of Indonesia.

What are you waiting for? Travel the beautiful islands of Indonesia and taste the different regions through these recipes.

Coconut & Sambal: Recipes from my Indonesian Kitchen is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca

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Hong Shao “Red Braised” Spareribs

Hong Shao “Red Braised” Spareribs

Hong Shao “Red Braised” Spareribs, Xi’an Famous Foods by Jason Wang. Photography by Jenny Huang.

Xi’an Famous FoodsSince its humble opening in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods has expanded from one stall in Flushing to 14 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. CEO Jason Wang divulges the untold story of how this empire came to be, alongside the never-before-published recipes that helped create this New York City icon.

From heavenly ribbons of liang pi doused in a bright vinegar sauce to flatbread filled with caramelized pork to cumin lamb over hand-pulled Biang Biang noodles, this cookbook helps home cooks make the dishes that fans of Xi’an Famous Foods line up for while also exploring the vibrant cuisine and culture of Xi’an.

Transporting readers to the streets of Xi’an and the kitchens of New York’s Chinatown, Xi’an Famous Foods is the cookbook that fans of Xi’an Famous Foods have been waiting for.

Xi’an Famous Foods: The Cuisine of Western China, from New York’s Favorite Noodle Shop is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp

Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp with Ginger Peanut Noodles

Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp with Ginger Peanut Noodles, Rustic Joyful Food: Meant to Share by Danielle Kartes. Photography by Michael Kartes.

Rustic Joyful Food: Meant to Share by Danielle Kartes

If your idea of love is home-baked goodies set on a rustic table, welcome home. This is eating made simple with real food and real ingredients. It is a connection made simple through wonderful recipes and rustic cooking. Make something good today… make memories with the people you love.

Rustic Joyful Food: Meant To Share is one of the best family cookbooks, developed by self-taught home chef Danielle Kartes and kid-tested and approved by her family in Washington state in the Pacific Northwest. Kartes serves up heartfelt stories along with simple, delicious recipes like:

-Creamy Tomato Baked Ziti
-Pistachio-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
-Chimichurri Chicken Meatballs
-Flaky Cream Biscuits
-Tender Gingerbread Cake
-Cherry Pie Bars
-Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
Crispy Sweet Chili and Sesame Shrimp

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Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad

Warm Chicken Teriyaki Salad, Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold. Photography © 2006 wagamama limited.

Wagamama Ways With Noodles by Hugo Arnold

Hugo Arnold turns his attention to wagamama’s core expertise—noodles: how to cook, serve and eat them. The distinctive wagamama flavour originates from traditional Japanese ramen stalls that guaranteed nourishment with ingredients to cleanse and nurture the mind and body. Hugely versatile, noodles can be used in side dishes and dressed for salads, poached in a heady broth for soups, form a nest for meat, fish and vegetable stir-fries or used as a bed for curry. They are healthy too: high in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, and mostly served with fresh vegetables, lean meat or fish and aromatic herbs and spices.
Brush up on your noodle knowledge and get to know your soba from your somen. Try mouthwatering recipes including wide-noodle hot-pot with seven vegetables, warm chicken teriyaki salad, chargrilled chicken, soba and miso soup, and marinated salmon ramen. Look no further for delicious noodle recipes for every occasion; minimum fuss and maximum enjoyment are what wagamama noodles are all about.

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Rough Night Rice

Believe it or not, Japanese cuisine, in general, is actually quite vegan-friendly, and many dishes can be made vegan with just a simple substitution or two. You can enjoy the same big, bold, salty-sweet-spicy-rich-umami recipes of modern Japanese soul food without so much as glancing down the meat and dairy aisles. And best of all, it’s super-easy to make!

In Vegan Japaneasy, Tim Anderson taps into Japan’s rich culture of cookery that’s already vegan or very nearly vegan, so there are no sad substitutes and zero shortcomings on taste. From classics like Vegetable Tempura, Onigiri, Mushroom Gyoza and Agedashi Tofu, to clever vegan conversions including Cauliflower Katsu Curry, Rough Night Rice, French Onion Ramen and Mapo Tofu with Ancient Grains, you don’t need to be vegan to enjoy these tasty recipes. Add to that some outrageously good drinks and desserts, like the Watermelon Mojito and Soy Sauce Butterscotch Brownies, and you’ll be spoilt for choice!

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