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Feb 11, 2009 06:37 AM

Asian recipes

I'm wondering where do people find authentic asian recipes? Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian. I find epicurious and food newtwork to have watered down recipes, and substitute ingredients. Any other websites, or cookbook recomendations?

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  1.,, and have some decent Asian recipes. has a bunch of recipes from Hawaii for Asian and Hawaiian style foods. Some of them are quite good.

    Epicurious does have a good recipe for lamb shanks with 5 spice. I've made it several times, along with the baby bok choy recipe that accompanies it, and it always gets rave reviews from my dinner guests. It's delicious provided you reduce the number of star anise by about half. Otherwise the licorice flavor is too strong.

    Have fun!

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    1. re: KailuaGirl

      KG, I tried looking for that lamb shank recipe at epi and all I found was lamb shanks with ginger and five-spice (which ALSO looks good, made with garlic black bean sauce, too)...can you please post the link to it? Sounds so good!

      1. re: Val

        I haven't figured out how to post links, but did look it up in my epi "recipe box." It's called "Twice Cooked Five-Spice Lamb with Red Chiles" from the Feb. 2007 Bon Appetit. I made it again the other day because lamb shanks were on sale and the weather was cold and rainy. Perfect for a cold night's dinner and the apartment smelled wonderful. One of my neighbors actually came over to ask what that marvelous smell was that was coming from my place.

        1. re: KailuaGirl

          I believe it after looking at that recipe...thank you for coming back to tell me the exact title of it!

    2. Charmaine Solomon's The Complete Asian Cookbook. It has all of those cuisines, plus some others. Good, clear recipes, and nice pictures and background information of the different cuisines. The only thing to take note of is that it was first published in the 1970's so occasionally I will find a term for an ingredient that I've never heard before, but if look it up online it is something that I can find easily. I bought my copy new last year and love it.

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      1. re: corneygirl

        I picked up a cheap copy of this book in a second-hand bookshop yesterday and it does look good. Any favourite recipes?

        1. re: greedygirl

          does it have sri lankan plain "hoppers" with sambals? delicious!

          1. re: alkapal

            alkapal: It does have a recipe for hoppers, and several samals. I'll have to try those.
            greedygirl: I've made the various thai curry pastes and different curries with them, malaysian cauliflower, and some noodle dishes. I have enjoyed everything, and find the book easy to work with. So many things look and sound good it's hard to choose sometimes.

        2. re: corneygirl

          I just got The complete Asian in the mail today. Bought it used from Amazon. Looks great, thanks for the tip.

          1. re: corneygirl

            I agree. Sufficiently authentic that shopping can require an extra side trip or two, but with delicious results.

          2. My Asian recipe collection is primarily hand written so I can't help you with a commercial source for recipes. But I would like to add one comment that might help you (or someone else) who is developing an increased interest in Asian cooking. Many years ago, I found that my Asian cooking results fell just a little short of the quality I felt I should be getting. I found a local program, sponsored oddly enough by the city recreation department, instructing on Asian cooking "techniques". It was a two day "hands on" course and relatively inexpensive. Best two days I ever invested for sharpening my Asian cooking skills. Proper ingredients, proper equipment and proper preparation/cooking methods are all important to Asian cooking.

              1. I have a terrific Thai cookbook by David Thompson, Thai Food. The recipes are very authentic, although somewhat involved. It's a great book, though, with lots of history and many recipes from street food to full menus!! I would highly recommend it!