In the mood for Asian food tonight? Put down that takeout menu and opt instead for a quick meal prepared at home from one of these 23 tasty choices.
Ginger-Garlic Shrimp: The trick to succulent shrimp in this recipe is a simple salt "massage" that cleans the shrimp and makes them crisper.
The secret to great Chinese flavor? Warm ginger and a splash of Shaohsing wine. (Don't be intimidated by the name. You can find it at the grocery store.)
Recipe: Ginger-Garlic Shrimp
A takeoff on the cook-it-yourself soup believed to have hailed from Mongolia, this hot pot combines zippy ginger broth, crisp asparagus, and slurpable noodles into a super-quick one-bowl supper.
Recipe: Chinese Pork and Asparagus Soup
Most Chinese markets and take-out restaurants sell some form of cooked Peking or barbecued duck. It's easy to call ahead and pick it up on the way home. Then just serve it with a flavorful homemade broth and fresh noodles.
Recipe: Chinese Roast Duck Noodle Soup
Savor fresh asparagus in this quick stir-fry that pairs juicy shrimp with crispy noodles.
For guilt-free crispiness, bake the "pillows"―actually noodle nests―in the oven while you finish the stir-fry.
A Chinese takeout favorite ― only lighter and quicker when you make it at home. A mere 20 minutes, and you can serve up juicy shrimp flavored by a rainbow of peppercorns.
Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp
Look for Asian rice noodles (also called rice sticks) or bean threads in well-stocked supermarkets or Asian grocery stores. This stir-fry is also good with beef.
Vietnamese spring rolls always make great light-dinner fare, but the assembly can be time-consuming.
Here's our solution: Set out the ingredients and let guests make their own. They'll have fun playing with their food, and the cook won't get stuck with all the prep work.
Recipe: DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls
Pork tenderloin is a very tender cut of meat, perfect for stir-frying. With the addition of a few precut items from the grocery produce section or salad bar, this dish comes together very quickly.
Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pork
This dish requires some multitasking, but the benefits of creating something this delicious in only 30 minutes are well worth the hustle.
If you're entertaining friends, take a more leisurely approach and make the dressing, cook the noodles, and clean the herbs ahead; then at serving time, just cook the steak and combine the ingredients.
Recipe: Vietnamese Steak Noodle Salad
Yuzu, a kind of Japanese citrus, has an ultra-aromatic, floral flavor that makes it a knockout with seafood and mango. A soy-ginger mayo and a sprinkle of minced kaffir lime leaves add more layers of complexity.