Ideas for an Asian-Inspired Thanksgiving
i have made turkey with a tandoori rub before. it turned out fabulous and everyone ate it up - we had no leftovers!
for desert - my mom ususally makes one indian dish - homemade gulab jamans or kher (rice pudding).
and mix up the sides a bit. throw in a few indian style sides. maybe this mashed roasted eggplant dish w/ indian spices. or maybe another veggie dish instead of plain old green beans and mashed potatoes.
we also do grilled corn w/ indian spices.
and make samosas as appetizers. or chat masala.
Well being Asian in America, I'm pretty familiar with the fobby Thanksgivings of years past. We still have our own interpretations of certain Thanksgiving foods, though others take a little more creativity:
Red-curry roast turkey with apples
Green beans and eggplants (in red curry-miso sauce)
Sweet potato tempura with ponzu
Fresh spring rolls
Rice stuffing with Chinese sausage, chicken, and egg
Purple yam cake
I just cooked some rice with Chinese sausage, duck gizzards, mushrooms in a clay pot (the cheap wire cage type), topped with a egg per person.
I got to thinking that the clay pot would be an interesting serving dish for a Thanksgiving side. While this rice is a possibility, I wonder if a more traditional side would work well in such a pot. A very gingery sweet potato dish might work.
my mom used to stuff our turkey with chinese sticky rice, shitake mushrooms and chinese sausage ( lopcheung) or bbq pork (char sui)...
you could rub your turkey with 5-spice powder and soy and glaze it with plum sauce or an orange-soy type glaze.
as for veg you could do a stirfry or miso eggplant (nasu dengaku)
a nice starter could be a japanese savoury steamed egg custard (chawan mushi)
dessert could be some kind of sweet pumpkin/cheese fried wonton with caramel or a springroll with banana and chocolate rolled in sesame seeds?
Wow - I want this menu, minus the turkey and sausage. I'd do the rice with chestnuts and mushrooms; the broiled eggplant with miso; sautéed greens with garlic; and the egg custard, either plain or with squash.
For dessert, I say avocado cheesecake. Or red bean paste ice cream with sesame wafers.
Oh my gosh, my aunt stuffs her turkey with sticky rice too. It's so delicious and while stuffing may not be safe or whatever, I've never gotten sick. I highly recommend stuffing it with sticky rice. You can also fry sweet potatoes tempura style; in Vietnam we have this dish that's sweet potatoes that are sliced up and bound with shrimp and deep fried. It's served with nuoc cham and is one of my favorite dishes. Also, just a side note, my parents always made congee out of the leftover turkey bones.