With its passion for soy and coconut products, it’s oh so easy to live a dairy-free life in Asia. Here we’ve chosen eight of our favourite dairy-free recipes for allergy-friendly dining that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out, including two decadent dairy-free desserts.
If you’re out to impress your dairy-free guests, whip up this indulgent Chinese dish of Hong Kong-style stir-fried crabs with ginger and spring onions. Be sure to serve with finger bowls – things are going to get messy!
Another delectable dinner party dish, this Chinese-style slow-braised lamb with rice wine is redolent with star anise, cinnamon and tangerine, with nary a hint of lactose in sight.
Thai cuisine are also largely dairy-free, switching out cow’s milk for creamy coconut milk in dishes such as this red curry with prawns and pineapple.
Even dessert gets a dairy-free makeover in Thailand, where you can treat yourself to this creamy coconut sorbet. Made with coconut milk, coconut cream and sweetened coconut flakes, it’s perfect for those on a vegan diet.
Nuts are another genius way to achieve a creamy texture minus the dairy. This twist on Japanese yakitori uses macadamia nuts and Kewpie mayonnaise for a novel take on satay. Try the recipe here.
Burgers don’t have to be brimming with cheese and naughty sauces. These satisfying Japanese salmon burgers are sure to hit the spot – just be sure to make your own dairy-free mashed potato using soy or nut milk.
For a bowl full of wholesome, dairy-free goodness, whip up a Korean bibimbap. We love the colourful, crunchy vegetables, the tender beef and the gooey fried egg – dairy-free dining at its flavour-packed best.
Think mousse is on the banned list if you’re following a dairy-free diet? Think again. This luscious Malaysian-style mango and coconut mousse is sure to rock your world.
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