Korean Bugogi

Korean Bulgogi

 

Korean Bugogi

Korean Bulgogi Recipe

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The aroma of Korean BBQ is mouthwatering. This seasoning includes shitake mushroom powder. Shitake is full of natural umami. Umami is the fifth taste, joining sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Korean chili pepper differs from the conventional chili pepper. It has a complex flavor and natural sweetness. We selected a milder version. The optional Kimchi adds additional heat.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lb beef* sirloin thinly sliced against the grain

Fresh Produce

  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 pear grated**
  • 2 shallots grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp sugar optional
  • oil***

Bulgogi Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Shitake mushroom, black pepper
  • [2] Korean chili flakes, salt

Suggested Sides & Toppings

  • ▪ cooked jasmine rice or glass noodles
  • ▪ kimchi or pickles of your choice sliced
  • ▪ lettuce leaves of your choice
  • ▪ carrots, cucumber, daikon, radish, or cabbage (all thinly cut); mung bean sprouts
  • ▪ shallots or leek thinly sliced

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a CONTAINER, mix garlic, ginger, pear, shallots, Bulgogi [1] spices, soy sauce, 1 tbsp oil, sugar (opt.) and Bulgogi [2] spices to taste.
  • Add meat slices. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let it marinate in the fridge for 1 to 24 hours.
  • Take the beef out 30 minutes before frying.

Fry

  • Heat a PAN over high heat.
  • Add meat slices and stir fry for a couple of minutes until the meat is just cooked.

Serve Option 1

  • Place bulgogi, lettuce leaves, and your preferred sides on separate plates in the middle of the table.
  • Fill a large lettuce leaf with meat and your selected sides & toppings. Close it to form a bite-sized wrap. Enjoy!

Serve Option 2

  • Mix bulgogi and 1 cup vegetables of your choice.
  • Serve it with your selected sides. Enjoy!

Notes

* Substitute beef with pork, chicken, or tofu.
** An Asian pear is best if available.
*** Sesame oil is recommended but not required.
 
 
Sichuan Beef

Chinese Sichuan Beef

 

Sichuan Beef

Chinese Sichuan Beef

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Sichuan, also known as Szechuan, is a province in China. It's the origin of Panda bears and Sichuan pepper. This spice is very common in Asian cuisine. It is not related to pepper and has a very special taste with a citrus note. Notably, Sichuan pepper creates a numbing sensation in your mouth. Try it sprinkled over your dish or use the remainder in a dish with beans or mushrooms.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb sirloin beef cut into thin strips
  • 12 oz vegetables see below, cut into thin slices
  • 6-8 oz noodles see below, cooked
  • 2 tbsp cooking sherry or wine
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp corn starch or arrowroot
  • vegetable oil or sesame oil
  • salt

Sichuan Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Ginger, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cloves
  • [2] Sichuan pepper

Suggested Vegetables

  • Broccoli, carrots, mushrooms

Suggested Noodles

  • Lo mein or any long thick noodles

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • In a BOWL, mix beef with 1/4 cup soy sauce, Sichuan [1] spices, and up to half of the Sichuan [2] spices.
  • Let marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.

Cook

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat.
  • Stir-fry beef (keep the marinade for later) for about 1 minute until it changes color.
  • Take the beef out and set aside.
  • In the same PAN, add 2 tbsp oil. Stir-fry vegetables over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp soy sauce and sherry halfway.
  • Add 1 cup of water, the marinade, and salt to taste.
  • Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes until the vegetables are just cooked.
  • Dissolve starch in 1 tbsp water. Add the slurry to the PAN. Mix well. 
  • Stir in the noodles. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Return the beef and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes until it's just cooked.
  • Sprinkle some Sichuan [2] spices on the plated meal (optional).
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken breast.
  • Substitute beef with tofu (see below).
Sichuan Tofu
  • Cut tofu into 1/2-inch cubes.
  • Mix the marinade without the tofu.
  • Drain the tofu for 30 minutes in a large strainer.
  • In cooking step 1), bake the tofu in the OVEN at 350°F until it turns brown. Set aside.
  • Continue with steps 2) to 4) without changes.
  • In step 5) substitute beef for tofu.
Cambodian Samlar machu

Cambodian Samlar Machu

 

Cambodian Samlar machu

Cambodian Samlar Machu

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Samlar Machu is a popular Cambodian dish, both as a stew and a soup. The flavor base is the traditional Cambodian kroeung spice blend that includes lemongrass, galangal, and makrut lime leaves. The addition of tamarind and lime in combination with fish sauce creates a slightly sour-salt note. Adapt the recipe to your taste with chicken, fish, or tofu, and vegetables of your choice.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cambodian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Protein

  • 1 lbs chicken breast or thighs cut into 1/2-inch pieces (see notes)

Fresh Produce

  • 4 cups chopped vegetables Bok choy, mushrooms, eggplant, bamboo shoots, baby kale, and/ or bell peppers
  • 2 shallots finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 1 lime or lemon for juice

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • 2-4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Samlar Machu Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, tamarind, galangal, turmeric, chili, makrut lime

Optional

  • fish sauce or anchovy paste to taste
  • fresh chili pepper thinly sliced

Suggested Sides

  • 3 cups steamed or boiled rice

Instructions
 

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Stir fry shallots until translucent.
  • Add garlic, chicken, and Samlar Machu spices. Stir for about 3 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of broth, soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
  • If you prefer a soup, add the remaining broth as well.
  • Optionally, add fresh chili, and fish sauce or anchovy paste.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Turn heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add vegetables.
  • Continue to cook for about 10 minutes until all ingredients are tender.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste with lime juice and salt and pepper.
  • Serve soup and rice in separate bowls.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Instead of chicken, add cubed firm tofu or fish fillets (e. g. snapper, cod, or tilapia, cut into 1-inch strips) together with the vegetables.
Filipino Chicken Inasal

Filipino Chicken Inasal

 

Chicken Inasal

Filipino Chicken Inasal

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Chicken Inasal from the Filipino City of Bacolod has an earthy-peppery taste with a hint of nutmeg and a slight citrus flavor. The key ingredient is annatto or achiote powder. This spice from the "lipstick tree" colors the chicken orange-red and is very popular in Latin and Filipino cooking.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.25 lb chicken tenders, thighs, or breast cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2-3 lime or lemon for juice
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

For the Marinade

  • 2 cloves garlic peeled, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar brown or white
  • 3 tbsp vinegar white
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

For the Salad

  • 2 mango ripe but firm, diced
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced

Suggested Sides

  • Jasmine rice ,
  • chili vinegar dipping sauce see notes
  • pickled vegetables see notes

Inasal Culinary Spice Kit

  • Annatto, lemongrass, ginger, lime peel 

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Season chicken with salt & pepper to taste.
  • In a BOWL, mix Inasal spices with the ingredients for the marinade and 2 tbsp lime juice.
  • Add chicken. Mix well. Cover.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 3-24 hours.

Frying

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.
  • Fry the chicken pieces on both sides until they are cooked.
  • Take chicken out. Cover. Let rest 5 minutes.

Salad*

  • In a BOWL, mix 1 tbsp lime juice, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 1 tbsp oil.
  • Add mango and tomatoes. Mix well.
  • Season with salt & pepper and sugar (opt.) to taste.

Serve

  • Serve the chicken with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute chicken with sirloin beef or pork tenderloin or cutlets.
  • Optional:  Add a chili vinegar dipping sauce or pickled vegetables (go to recipes).
Laotian Larb

Laotian Larb

 

Larb dipping

Laotian Larb

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This simple fresh dish is a specialty from Laos and one of our summer favorites. Larb or laap is an aromatic sour-salty salad with raw or cooked ground meat. We go with the latter and an exotic blend of lemongrass, amchoor (green mango), and dried herbs. We recommend adding fresh herbs for an extra burst of flavor. It's best with rice and unseasoned salad.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Laotian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground meat beef, pork, or poultry
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 lettuce sliced
  • 1 English cucumber sliced
  • 2-4 limes or lemons for juice
  • 4 cups rice cooked; recommended: jasmine rice
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari

Optional

  • 1 tbsp jasmine rice uncooked
  • 1-3 tsp sugar palm or brown
  • 1-3 tbsp chopped herbs (mint, cilantro, and/or Thai basil)
  • 1-3 fresh red chilies sliced
  • 4 oz mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup cashew or peanuts chopped

Larb Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, amchoor, garlic, lemon peel, chili, coriander, ginger, star anise, cilantro, onion, basil, cumin, mint, white peppercorn, cinnamon, lemon oil

Instructions
 

Optional preparation

  • In a PAN, toast 1 tbsp uncooked rice over medium heat until it turns golden brown.
  • Transfer to a spice grinder and grind until fine. Set aside.

Cook meat

  • In a PAN, cook ground meat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until it’s crumbled and fully cooked.
  • Turn heat off.

Season

  • Add Larb spices and onions. Mix well.
  • Add to taste: 1-3 tbsp lime juice and
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce. Mix well.

Optionally

  • Optionally, add chopped herbs (recommended), 1-3 tsp sugar, toasted ground rice, and/or chilies to taste. Mix well.

Serve

  • Transfer larb salad to a SERVING BOWL.
  • Serve with rice, lettuce, cucumber slices, and optional mung bean sprouts.

Optionally

  • Optionally, sprinkle with chopped nuts.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

▪ Substitute 2 green onions with 1/2 red onion.
▪ Substitute soy sauce with 1-3 tsp fish sauce or add 1-3 tbsp anchovy paste.

Vegetarian Versions

Substitute meat and the 'cook meat'-step in the instructions as follows:
1) Cauliflower Larb
  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, chop 1 head raw cauliflower into rice-size pieces.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry cauliflower until cooked but still a bit crisp.
  • Turn heat off.
2) Mushroom Larb
  • Chop 1 lb of your favorite mushrooms into about pea-size pieces.
  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Cook mushrooms until they are cooked.
  • Turn heat off.
Buddha Bowl

Asian Buddha Bowl

 

Buddha Bowl

Asian Buddha Bowl

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This trending 'Buddha Bowl' is a colorful and contemporary vegetarian one-bowl meal. Healthy nigella in protein-rich quinoa balls fit in just right. If you are new to quinoa or short in time, you can simply add quinoa to your bowl and sprinkle the spice blend on top. For your convenience, find a meatball version and more options on our website.
 
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

Shopping list

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup panko or any fine breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup chives finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange jam
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper
  • Your selection of vegetables for the salad

Culinary Spice Kit

  • Coarse brown mustard, nigella seeds

Instructions
 

Cook

  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions.

Salad dressing

  • In a small POT, heat orange jam with 1/2 cup of water, half of the ginger, and salt to taste.
  • Cook over slow heat for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice. Set aside to cool.

Prepare balls

  • In a BOWL, combine onions, garlic, half of the ginger, chives, and Buddha Spices.
  • Add quinoa, salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Add 2 or more tbsp panko as needed to absorb most of the liquid.
  • Form little balls in the size of 1-inch diameter.
  • On a PLATE, roll the balls in the remaining panko until they are coated on all sides.

Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 4 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry quinoa balls on all sides until they turn brown and crisp.

Serve

  • Distribute salad in bowls.
  • Add quinoa balls and pour the dressing on top.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
  • Make meatballs from poultry, pork, or veal instead of quinoa balls.
  • For the coating, add 2 tbsp or more sesame seeds to the panko.
  • Substitute chives with parsley or cilantro.