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21 Wonderful Recipes to Celebrate the Diversity of AAPI Cuisine

From mochi banana bread to pancit bihon with pork, each and every one of these dishes tells a unique and spectacular story.

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    Gomtang (Beef Bone Soup)

    Gomtang (Beef Bone Soup)

    • Prep time 1 hour • Cook time 5 hours • Serves 4 Author Notes My mom learned to make gomtang from her mother, who was taught by her mother. It is a recipe that embodies generations of love and decades of nurture, which fed sick, feverish children and energized fatigued families. And so when my nurse mom, …

    Crispy Tofu Katsu

    Crispy Tofu Katsu

    • Prep time 6 hours 30 minutes • Cook time 5 minutes • makes 2 Author Notes This tofu katsu recipe will change the way you eat tofu. In Japanese, katsu translates to "cutlet." The most popular katsu options are pork (tonkatsu) or chicken, but tofu is an excellent substitute. This recipe works great with firm …

    Massaman Halloumi Curry

    Massaman Halloumi Curry

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 30 minutes • Serves 4 to 6 Author Notes The first episode of our new podcast, Either Side Eaters, is all about halloumi, its complicated history, and why the Brits became obsessed with this unique, high-melting point cheese. We also share yummy ways to eat it, including …

    Fried Chicken Larb From Pepper Teigen

    Fried Chicken Larb From Pepper Teigen

    • Prep time 15 minutes • Cook time 15 minutes • Serves 2 to 4 Author Notes Reprinted from The Pepper Thai Cookbook. Copyright © 2021 by Vilailuck Teigen with Garrett Snyder. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Jenny Huang. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House. —Food52 For the Dressing • 2 …

    Barley "Tofu" With Garlicky Chili Oil

    Barley "Tofu" With Garlicky Chili Oil

    • Prep time 12 hours • Cook time 25 minutes • Serves 2 Author Notes This recipe is a result of some experimenting with shan tofu. And, thinking: "Hm, I think barley flour might do the same thing!" since at the time I had a lot of barley flour at my house, as I was writing a recipe book for Avatar: the Last …

    Injeolmi Toast

    Injeolmi Toast

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 5 minutes • makes 1 sandwich Author Notes I was first introduced to injeolmi toast by my oldest cousin during a summer spent abroad in Seoul. We were strolling outside on one of the city’s notoriously hot days when she led us to a popular dessert-café chain called Sulbing. …

    Steamed “Water Egg” Custard

    Steamed “Water Egg” Custard

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 10 minutes • Serves 1 to 4 Author Notes In Cantonese, we call this dish shui dan, which translates to "water egg." That name aptly encapsulates this simple dish: Eggs are whisked with just the right amount of water so that, once steamed, it transforms into a custard that is …

    Mochi Banana Bread

    Mochi Banana Bread

    • Prep time 25 minutes • Cook time 25 minutes • makes one 8x8-inch cake Author Notes What happens to classic banana bread when you swap in sweet rice flour? The result is neither wholly mochi nor traditional banana bread—it’s a lovely in-between, decidedly familiar with a fun textural twist. Baked in an …

    Scallion Oil Noodles (葱油拌面 / cōng yóu bàn miàn)

    Scallion Oil Noodles (葱油拌面 / cōng yóu bàn miàn)

    • Prep time 5 minutes • Cook time 30 minutes • Serves 2 Author Notes You haven’t experienced Shanghai until you’ve had a bowl of scallion oil noodles. It’s a quintessential old Shanghai dish, a humble, yet extremely satisfying, bowl of noodles. This dish reveals the secret of that complex umami flavor used …

    Hong Shao Rou (Pork Belly Braised in Soy Sauce)

    Hong Shao Rou (Pork Belly Braised in Soy Sauce)

    • Prep time 15 minutes • Cook time 1 hour 30 minutes • Serves 4-6 Author Notes I can’t remember the first time I had braised pork belly (or Hong Shao Rou), but it must have been some time in my early childhood—and since then I’ve eaten it hundreds of times. It’s a dish that’s not only ingrained in my own …

    Lumpia Shanghai

    Lumpia Shanghai

    • Prep time 1 hour • Cook time 30 minutes • Serves A crowd Author Notes Lumpia is a Filipino-style spring roll filled with beef, pork, and vegetables rolled in a thin crepe wrapper. You can find these wrappers at specialty Filipino stores; they are thinner than a traditional spring roll wrapper resulting in …

    Gyeranjjim With Spam

    Gyeranjjim With Spam

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes Spam is a childhood staple in any Asian household—whether you like it or not. Although my family was relatively healthy, Spam was the one thing that we would make an exception for. Whenever we would go to the grocery store, we would buy a …

    "Instant" Dan Dan Noodle Mix

    "Instant" Dan Dan Noodle Mix

    • Prep time 30 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 6 to 8 Author Notes Instant noodles are endlessly convenient, and a pleasure to make and eat. But sometimes I want to change certain flavors and seasonings to suit my personal palate. So let me introduce you to this amazing "instant" dan dan noodle mix, …

    Miso-Braised Kale With Multigrain Rice

    Miso-Braised Kale With Multigrain Rice

    • Prep time 10 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 4 Author Notes The humbling truth about feeding my young children as a trained chef is that they don’t care that I’m a trained chef. It’s a harrowing task: preparing a healthy meal that the entire family, including my persnickety kids, will eat with …

    Har Gow From Nom Wah

    Har Gow From Nom Wah

    • Prep time 3 hours • Cook time 6 minutes • makes 20 dumplings Author Notes Pretty much everyone who walks through the door at Nom Wah orders the har gow—the shrimp dumplings. They’re like the pastrami sandwich at Katz’s. Shrimp dumplings are the quintessential measure of dim sum. When it comes to har gow, a …

    Instant Pot Soto Ayam

    Instant Pot Soto Ayam

    • Prep time 20 minutes • Cook time 1 hour 10 minutes • Serves 6 to 8 Author Notes Everyone has their favorite comfort foods—it may be pop pop’s mac and cheese, bubbe’s kugel, or lola’s lumpiah. But it’s always a dish that transports you to a carefree time in your life when you were swathed in the warmth of …

    Mushi-Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza)

    Mushi-Gyoza (Steamed Gyoza)

    • Prep time 1 hour 30 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Makes Approximately 50 dumplings Author Notes This was my favorite food growing up. My mom learned to make these in Taiwan where they were called shu mai. When we moved to Hawaii they became gyoza and took on a new shape. I usually make these with pork …

    Uyghur Lamb Rice Pilaf

    Uyghur Lamb Rice Pilaf

    • Prep time 40 minutes • Cook time 2 hours 40 minutes • Serves 4 to 6 Author Notes When my Han Chinese parents were growing up in Xinjiang, the inclusive, diverse spirit of the Silk Road was still alive. The Silk Road was a trade route that brought silk, fur, spices, and different religious ideologies to the …

    Filipino Pancit Bihon With Pork

    Filipino Pancit Bihon With Pork

    • Prep time 30 minutes • Cook time 30 minutes • Serves a crowd Author Notes A traditional Filipino dish at parties and special occasions. This recipe makes enough to bring to a potluck and easily cuts in half if you'd like to serve it for dinner. —Amelia Rampe 1 pound boneless pork loin chop, sliced into thin …

    Mochiko Chicken

    Mochiko Chicken

    • Prep time 5 hours 10 minutes • Cook time 20 minutes • Serves 6 to 8 Author Notes There's nothing quite like fried chicken. It's crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and, when done right, packed with flavor. I think it's safe to say that most places have their own version, and Hawaii is no exception. …

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