4 East-meets-West ways to fire up dinnertime — and the perfect drinks for each
Tofu holds up beautifully on the grill as long as you use the firm nigari kind. You’ll need 4 metal skewers (10 to 12 in.
each) or wooden skewers soaked in water to prevent burning.
Pair with a spicy, loamy Pinot Noir like Blackstone Sonoma Reserve 2007 (Sonoma County; $20).
Recipe: Japanese Tofu Skewers on Soba
Like a cross between a noodle bowl and a salad, this dish is low in fat and has a kick—thanks to the zesty salad dressing
based on a Vietnamese dipping sauce.
Pair with a barely off-dry Riesling like Poet’s Leap 2008 (Columbia Valley; $20).
Recipe: Five-Spice Chicken Noodle Salad
Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store. Pair the burgers
with a beer with balanced malt and hops like Saigon Export.
Recipe: Korean Kimchi Burgers
You can find jars of Thai green curry at most supermarkets—the potent paste adds instant authentic flavor.
Pair this dish with a crisp, aromatic Viognier like Jorian Hill 2007 (Santa Ynez Valley; $30).
Recipe: Mahimahi with Thai Green Curry
For authentic Asian flair, stock up on these pantry staples (pictured left to right) from your market’s international aisle.