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Jan 19, 2007 06:14 PM

DESSERT offering for asian-themed dinner?

Hi hounds
I love to bake and always offer to bring the dessert when we have get-togethers with friends. Tomorrow night we are having dinner with some new friends. They are serving an asian themed meal, and I think she said something about peanut sauce. I know this is not very much information to go on, sorry.

Any ideas for what I could bring to keep with their asian theme?
Exotic ingredients (like fresh asian fruits) would probably be tough for me to find up here in northern Vermont. I do have some cans of coconut milk in the cupboard. Nuts are okay, as are all fruits, but he is not a big chocolate fan.

baked coconut custard?
poached pears?
mango ice cream/sorbet?


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  1. Here's a tasty and simple one...

    Che Chuoi (Bananas in Coconut milk)

    It's basically banana slices poached in coconut milk. If you want to get authentic about it, see if your asian supply aisle of your grocery store has palm sugar, if not, sugar in the raw will do nicely. I've also done this with whole baby bananas, which makes for fun presentation :)

    Another silly option is to make your own fortune cookies. I did this once...they were kind of a pain in the neck, but could be worth it if you came up with enough silly fortunes for your friends :
    "You like Chinese food"
    "Your willingness to defy the social conventions of cleanliness and tact is an inspiration to others"

      1. Sticky rice with mango also popped right into my mind. You drizzle coconut milk over it too. Yum!

        If you wanted to fancy it up you could have mango coulis instead. :)

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        1. re: mrbunsrocks

          I'll second this suggestion. There is a recipe for it in Hot Sour Salty Sweet. Seems very simple but oh so good.

        2. Warm red bean soup is great in cold weather:

          You can add coconut milk to it, too.

          1 Reply
          1. re: chowser

            Or a number of similar warm soups: green bean, tapioca & taro, black or white sesame, peanut, cloud ear, dofu faa, etc.

          2. I'd totally go for the mango ice cream or sorbet! She may be making food that already uses coconut milk preparation...