We all know the feeling. It’s been a long day and dinnertime is fast approaching. When there are hungry mouths to feed in a hurry, it can be all too tempting to dial your local Thai or Chinese restaurant for takeaway.
But you can step away from the phone, as we show you how to recreate your favourite Asian takeaway dishes at home and share a handy list of pantry essentials for quick and easy Asian cooking, any day of the week.
Cooking oil – sunflower and peanut oils are best for stir-frying as they can withstand high temperatures. Used in marinades and finished dishes, sesame oil adds an instant flavour hit.
Soy sauce – use light soy for sushi and Japanese dishes, and dark soy for stir-fries and marinades.
Noodles – keep a mix of dried rice stick, udon and hokkien noodles handy.
Rice – jasmine and long grain will cover most of your bases.
Fish sauce – use as a seasoning in curries and dipping sauces.
Sugar – to balance out sour, salty and spicy flavours.
Coconut milk – for curries and laksas.
Good-quality curry pastes – choose a selection of red, green and massaman pastes.
Dashi stock – for Japanese soups.
Miso paste – for satisfying soups and marinades.
This authentic recipe for pad Thai with prawns takes less than 15 minutes to prepare.
When you’re dining in a Japanese restaurant, there’s nothing better than piping-hot tempura soba – but those crunchy vegetables don’t travel so well! Instead, make your own tempura ramen at home. No soggy vegetables or noodles for you.
Take some leftover cooked rice and six other simple ingredients and you can have this stir-fried rice with prawns and shrimp paste on the table in 15 minutes flat.
Kids and adults alike will love this Japanese teriyaki chicken recipe, served with a warm soba noodle salad. And just like takeaway, the leftovers make a great lunch the following day.
A staple on any Thai takeaway order, green curry beef is a cinch to make at home – and it’s ready in under 30 minutes. Winning!
Give your local Chinese takeaway a run for its money with this easy recipe for beef with black bean sauce. Team it with steamed rice for a family-friendly dinner in 20 minutes.
You won’t believe this deeply flavoured red duck curry takes less than 30 minutes to make. Buy a pre-roasted duck and you’re ready to roll!
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