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Cook, Snap & Win: 10 Inspiring Ideas From Our Cooking Competition

We’ve been inundated with hundreds of impressive recipes in our Cook, Snap & Win competition. There are only two weeks left in the contest, so if you want to be in with a chance to win a trip for four to Thailand, it’s time to get cooking!

To kickstart your culinary creativity, we’ve rounded up 10 inspiring ideas from the first six weeks of Cook, Snap & Win. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Eye-catching styling

At Asian Inspirations, we believe that good food tastes even better when it’s well presented. This year, we’ve been blown away by some of your styling talents. Right in time for Chinese New Year, Michael came to the party with The Emperor’s Wish, a lavishly styled banquet complete with baked oysters, ginger steamed fish and a tapioca and grass jelly dessert. We love Michael’s use of the lucky colours of red and gold, red envelopes and oolong tea.

The Emperor’s Wish

Mel also celebrated Lunar New Year with this beautifully decorated dish of Double Happiness longevity noodles, styled with a lucky cat, red envelopes, calendar and fortune cookies. To brush up on your own food styling skills, read our handy guide to plating like a professional.

Double Happiness Longevity Noodles

Authentic creations

As the leading guide to authentic Asian cuisine in Australia, we’re always on the hunt for recipes that are true to tradition. One of 2016’s weekly winners, this year Lisa Fudge looked to the kitchens of Indonesia to create this beef rendang with nasi kuning and sambal terasi.

Beef Rendang with Nasi Kuning – Spiced Beef with Yellow Rice

Tassie George set his sights on the authentic regional food of China with this faithful rendition of spicy Szechuan pork and beans. We can’t wait to see more of this fiery cuisine on Australian tables this year. Take a peek at 7 authentic Szechuan dishes for heat-loving home cooks.

Spicy Szechuan Pork and Beans

Twist on a classic

While we’re sticklers for tradition, we also appreciate a modern twist on Asian classics. Muppysylvester’s recipe for crispy coconut prawns with soy caramel macadamias mixes Japanese and Southeast Asian sensibilities with Australian ingredients such as macadamia nuts. 2016 standout Melinda Savage gives Vietnamese meatballs a modern makeover with this recipe, for Vietnamese meatball trio, complete with a refreshing aloe vera sorbet on the side.

Crispy Coconut Prawns with Soy Caramel Macadamias

Awesome Asian breakfasts

Our mornings are looking up thanks to the inventive breakfasts our entrants have created. Try these tropical breakfast jars by Teagan Manger or these fruity chia coconut & lime pancakes by Zibby.

Chia Coconut & Lime Pancakes

Clean eating

And if you’ve had to loosen your belt thanks to all this fabulous food, never fear: there’s a host of healthy recipes in the gallery. Enjoy the cleansing benefits of Meryem’s Vietnamese pho ga, or get a health kick from Porcupine Baby’s Japanese soba noodles with mushroom and beans.

Buckwheat Soba noodles with mushroons5 and beans

Think you’ve got what it takes to make the leaderboard? Share your Asian recipe in our Chinese New Year Cooking Contest, Cook, Snap & Win, for your chance to win a trip for four to Thailand valued at up to $29,000!

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