Kitchen Tips

Fresh Picnic Ideas for Lazy Summer Days

Now that the sun is shining, we’re taking our Asian feasts outdoors. Picnics are all about portability, so pack your hamper with robust Vietnamese sandwiches, easy-to-eat rolls, and Asian salads that will toss themselves on the way to the park.

Roast chicken bahn mi

Pick up a roast chicken from your local supermarket, then shred the meat and pile it into crusty baguettes, along with pickled carrot, cucumber, coriander, sliced chilli and Kewpie mayonnaise for a crowd-pleasing take on these ma ling rolls.


Rice paper rolls with pan-fried pork patties

We love the fact that Vietnamese rice paper rolls pack your carbs, protein and vegetables into one hand-held package! Make a batch of this pan-fried pork patty rolls for your next sojourn in the sun.

Pan-fried Pork Patty in Vietnamese Rice Paper Roll Recipe

Nasi ulam rice salad

This zesty nasi ulam rice salad is a breeze to make – and you don’t even have to toss it before you leave home. Simply place all the ingredients in a lidded plastic container, then toss just before serving.

Nasi Ulam


Equally delicious hot or cold, Korean japchae is another surefire winner for summer barbecues, packed with colourful vegetables and a sesame dressing.

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For more ways to keep your cool this summer, read our guide to the top 10 ingredients with cooling properties or try our favourite cool noodle dishes.

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