As the temperatures soar across Australia, beat the heat with some of Asia’s best cold recipes, including cool noodle dishes from Japan, and refreshing salads from Thailand and Vietnam.
Japanese cuisine is always in keeping with the seasons, so it comes as no surprise to find a wealth of cool Japanese dishes for the warm summer months. Choose a refreshing bowl of Cold Cha Soba with Spicy Sauce, delicate California Crab Maki Rolls with avocado and cucumber, or Tangy Soba Salad with a light citrus dressing to sate your summer appetite.
With their love for fiery gochujang chilli pasty and piquant kimchi, Koreans have mastered the art of pairing spicy ingredients with cooling foods. Serve a dish of Oi-sobagi alongside your favourite Korean meal – the refreshing nature of the cucumber and pear plays off the warmth of the chilli and spring onion.
Temperatures sizzle during Thailand’s hot season, so take a leaf out of their culinary book by embracing cooling salads loaded with citrus and fresh herbs, such as this light and bright salad of Poached Chicken in Coconut Juice with Fresh Pomelo. Serve it with a Thai Mango Coconut Smoothie for a tropical taste of summer.
Draw inspiration from the street stalls of Vietnam for cool recipes this summer. Served chilled, this Vietnamese Squid Salad is a vibrant combination of tender squid, tantalising herbs and fresh tomato. Or, try these no-cook fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls packed with prawns, salad, and noodles.
If you like Thai som tum salad, then you’ll love the Malaysian Kerabu Bok Kua. The secret to this refreshing recipe is the use of green papaya (make sure you don’t buy a ripe orange one!). With its spicy sambal belachan, lime juice, and dried shrimp, this raw recipe packs a serious punch of flavour.
Don’t let the lengthy ingredients list put you off; this Classic Gado Gado is an easy, breezy blend of blanched and raw vegetables, fried tofu, hard-boiled eggs and a rich peanut dressing. Make the dressing in advance, then, assemble the ingredients on a platter for a picnic or barbecue.
For more cooling cooking ideas, try cool Japanese dinners for hot summer nights, or discover 10 of the best summer ingredients to help you keep cool.
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