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Asian Inspired meal makes entertaining affordable!

Posted on February 16, 2011 by in Chicken

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Asian Inspired meal

Asian Inspired meal. “We cannot afford to entertain friends anymore!” This is a comment I hear often from my friends and family. Many of them  feel too intimidated to invite me(as a foodie) for a meal, I don’t know if they think I am going to rate or scrutinize their meals, but I am actually the easiest guest you will ever have.
Maybe they just use the “expensive argument” as a cop out, but I do realize that the cost of living and entertaining  have become a stumbling block for many. I want to show you how wrong you are…….
Asian Inspired meal. Clever planning and cooking is all it takes. I also think that if you can pack your meal with flavors and textures, you have a winning plan. Asian food delivers on flavor and texture every time but most people are reluctant to try it at home. So next time you invite a few friends, treat them to this fragrant Asian inspired meal and they will think they went to some Chinese or Asian  Take-out! I made two course. The first being the Vietnamese Spring rolls that you can serve with drinks as your guests arrive and later you can invite them to your kitchen and show them how to make this easy Five Spice Chicken and Stir Fry.

Asian Inspired meal

Vietnamese Spring rolls
Serves 4 people

Ingredients
12 round rice paper sheets – buy from Chinese supermarket
spring onions – one bunch
1 red pepper – sliced very thinly
1 green pepper -slice very thinly
1 yellow pepper – sliced very thinly
1 small cucumber – sliced in thin strips
1 big piece of fresh ginger – sliced in thin strips
fresh coriander
125ml good quality soy sauce
1 tbs brown sugar
1 red chili – sliced

Asian Inspired meal

Pour the soy sauce, a little piece of ginger, the sugar and the chili in a little pot on the stove and bring to the boil and boil for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. This can be ahead of time.
Place the rice paper sheets in water and allow to soften – about 5 minutes.Drain
Now place some of the sliced vegetables and gingers trips in the middle of the rice paper sheets and fold in the sides and then roll up to make little parcels. Serve with the soy dipping sauce.

Five Spice Chicken and Stir Fry Noodles 

Ingredients
4 chicken Thighs
2 heaped tbsp flour
2 tsp five spice powder

salt
1  big pack of egg noodles or 500gr spaghetti – cooked
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
2 cloves of garlic
1 thumb size piece of ginger- sliced in thin strips
1 medium onion – sliced in strips
1 cup of soy sauce
1 – 2 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar
about 1 tbsp fish sauce
fresh coriander
black and white sesame seeds
vegetable oil – 100ml
sesame oil(optional)
juice of 1 lime

Asian Inspired meal

The chicken can be done an hour before guests arrive, which leaves you only with the stir fry. Preheat oven to 180C. Clean the chicken pieces and season lightly with salt. Toss flour and five spice in a ziploc bag and mix. Now add the chicken pieces to the bag and toss until they are all evenly coated. Place in a ovenproof dish and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.Keep warm in some foil. Slice your vegetables, garlic and ginger in thin strips(can also be done ahead of time). Heat your wok and the oil. When the oil is hot, add all the vegetables, ginger and garlic and stir fry until cooked but still firm. Add the soy sauce and sugar and allow to cook for 1-2 minutes. Add fish sauce and taste. Adjust seasoning by adding more fish sauce(saltiness) or more sugar(sweetness).Add the noodles or spaghetti and  toss lightly until all the noodles are coated with the sauce. Serve with fresh coriander, a squirt of lime and some sesame seeds for crunch.

And there you have it a fresh, affordable and Delicious Asian inspired meal!

 Cook’s Notes

* Use whatever vegetables you have available in your springrolls or stir fries. You can make it as cheap or as  expensive as you wish. You can add baby corn, sprouts, cooked prawns, chicken etc.

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13 Responses to “Asian Inspired meal makes entertaining affordable!”

  1. peachkins 16 February 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Those are such elegant dishes!

  2. PinkPolkDot 16 February 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow, Nina – stunning Pics!

  3. Marisa 16 February 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    Great minds really DO think alike Nina. Not only did we both post Asian dishes on the same day, but I'm organising an Asian dinner party next month. 🙂

    Those springrolls are perennial favourites in our house – love how quick they are to put together.

  4. Katerina 16 February 2011 at 6:17 pm #

    Nina, those spring rolls look amazing, I have never seen them like that before.

  5. That Girl 16 February 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    I picked up some Thai spring rolls for lunch this week and I realized the ones I make at home are just never as good.

  6. thea 17 February 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Pleeeeeeeze can you recommend a chinese shop in CT area/S Suburbs?? tks a mil

  7. Junglefrog 17 February 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I love the look of those springrolls and the other dish looks amazing too!

  8. SavoringTime in the Kitchen 17 February 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Those are some of the most beautiful spring rolls I've seen! Great entertaining ideas, Nina!

  9. Joanna 18 February 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Congrats on being chosen a featured blogger by Foodie Blogroll!

  10. Lori Lynn 19 February 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Two great entertaining dishes Nina! the noodles look especially good with the chicken.
    LL

  11. Food Frenzy 20 February 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    That looks amazing…great job!

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  12. Sushi restaurants 23 February 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Great dishes Nina. That Spring roll looks amazing.I think im gonna try both of them sometime this week and I will let you guys know what I think.This should be a great eat can't wait till tomorrow night.

  13. chudexs 25 February 2011 at 10:04 am #

    A fascinating paper.
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    thanks and encouragement to keep writing.


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