Suggestions for sides, veggie or starch, with Asian main dishes?
Any ideas besides broccoli and asparagus for sides for Asian or Asian-influenced main dishes would be much appreciated. Some of the dishes I'd like some interesting new sides for are Thai-style crab cakes, Thai fried chicken, Braised shortribs, Ginger-soy glazed duck, Fish steamed or baked with Asian spices. I always fall back on asparagus, broccoli, or green beans and some kind of rice. What do other CHs serve with these foods and flavors?
Second greens - asian leafy greens with a bit of garlic, or oyster sauce, or ?? I also love spinach with a bit of peanut sauce, ponzu or garlic. I also make zuccinni and mushrooms (and napa cabbage) with Thai spice (steam and sprinkle spice with a bit of butter, or saute with butter and spices if feeling decadent).
i like assertive greens with asian greens too, like spinach, watercress and chinese broccoli (which is more like cabbage) stirfried with garlic and red chili.
baby bok choy with black bean sauce
charred roasted scallions
braised leeks with orange zest
dry fried green beans
edamame -- cold, hot, or mashed with cream & butter
celery & radish salad
green papaya salad
green salad with tom yam dressing
cukes with miso/ginger dressing
chilled spinach with sesame dressing (ohitashi)
fresh veggie spring rolls
soba noodles--alone or as a salad with cukes & carrots, sesame or peanut sauce
sticky rice fried into cakes with fresh herbs like shiso added
Absolutely. Shanghai bok choys steamed and simmered in a good quality Chinese or Thai soy sauce with some chicken broth and a lot of garlic is heavenly. The small bok choys also look wonderful upon completion.
Snow peas or sugar snap peas also lend themselves well to couplings with Asian entrees.
some kind of dumpling?
Trader Joe's mini cilantro/chicken won tons
Trader joes lemon grass or coconut curry chicken stix
I love chinese long beans or spicy eggplant. Instead of broccoli, maybe broccoli rabe. Although not particullarly asian, a simple sautee of colorful bell peppers might be nice.
I love cilantro rice! Also Sam Choy's Ginger Scallion Fried rice...can be made w/basmati or jasmine - Yum!
As for a veggie, my husband likes to really thinly slice a red and a green pepper (as we almost always have these in our kitchen) and then toss them in a sesame, ginger soy dressing that he makes and then sprinkles black sesame seeds on top, it looks pretty and super simple.
Take a trip to your local Asian Market for inspiration!
Simply stir fry common Asian vegetables with a splash of soy, toasted sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, hoisin sauce, bean paste, etc
Daikon sliced thin
Bok Choy, large or small
Onion large or small
Snow Pea pods
Lemoingrass - for Thai dishes
Bell Peppers of any color
Mushrooms of many kinds
Mung Bean Sprouts
Ginger cut into coins
Small eggplant slices (best if brined first)
For starches look at Udon Noodles, Saifun/Maifun/Glass noodles, and a zillion other kinds. Mango-Coconut rice (cooked in coconut water not tap water)