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Mar 4, 2009 04:40 PM

Making Asian Dinner at Home - Suggestions?

I'm making dinner this Friday night for hubby for our date night.

This week I want to make an asian dinner. I will be making steamed pork dumplings, and a Tsao's Chicken. I think I need one more item - and I'm thinking of a noodle dish.

Can you suggest one that you really like? The only thing is - he hates vegetables.


Thank you!


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  1. You have quite a challenge. So many Asian dishes are built around vegetables and, as you already know, because Tsao's Chicken is coated in corn starch and deep fried, you already have a fairly high starch menu.
    Seeing that you have pork and chicken already listed, perhaps a Chinese shrimp/noodle dish would meet your need. There are many recipes for this on the "Net". A peanut and noodle or peanut and rice dish might also be worth considering.

    1. Until I read the vegetable statement, I was going to suggest a spicy green bean side dish. How about scallion pancakes? or a soup with mushrooms, noodles, napa cabbage and shredded carrot?

      1. How about jajangmyun? It's a Koreanized Chinese black bean noodle. This recipe's from My Korean Kitchen:
        You can leave out the vegetables. That's what my mom does for my...11-year-old brother.

        1. Yeah I think this is a challenge for you being that he dont like vegetables. IT depends are you making rice to eat Tsao's Chicken? if so..I say make another stir fry dish. Shaken beef is a winner with guys. Stir fry the cube steak with red onions. served with a salt and pepper lemon sauce. YUM! If no rice...I say go with an udon noodle soup. Very light and good. For broth shitake mushroom, onion, carrots, and water. Let it boil add soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar and salt. He'll be eating all the protiens of the vegetable without knowing it. They have udon packs sold in asian markets. For the meat shrimp tempura or just buy already made fish cakes. garnish with green onions. enjoy!!

          1. How about Singapore Noodles? My recipe has only onion and celery. You could substitute chicken for the pork or use the BBQ pork that Trader Joes carries.

            One package rice noodles
            3 thin cut pork chops, thinly sliced
            1/2 pound large shrimp,
            2 Cloves garlic, crushed
            2 Stalks celery, thinly sliced
            3 tbsp Vegetable oil
            2 tbsp Soy sauce
            3 tbsp Curry powder
            1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
            1/4 Cup water

            Soak rice noodles in hot water for 20 minutes or until soft
            In a deep skillet, heat oil and stir fry pork and garlic on medium-high heat.
            Reduce heat to medium-low and add onion and water.
            Cover and steam it for about 5 minutes.
            Add celery and shrimp, stir well.
            Cover and steam for about two minutes.
            Mix soy sauce and curry powder, add to skillet and stir together till blended and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
            Toss with noodles and serve it.