Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dinner Party: Asian Theme

I really enjoy entertaining. Good food, drinks, and friendly company are important aspects of my life. I've hosted my fair share of potlucks over the years but sometimes all I want to do is take control of the menu and feed my friends and family. All they have to do is show up hungry and maybe with some drinks in hand. So Mr. HP Sauce, Mrs. Green M&M, Ms. Pastry Chef, and Ms. Le Cordon Bleu came over to chow down!

So for this particular dinner party, I made it an Asian theme making several different cuisines to share. First the pork belly buns (Chinese) with hoisin sauce, scallions, and pickled cucumbers. This is a great party dish. Small sliders perfect for snacking. Even people who don't eat a lot of pork generally enjoyed this dish. Fatty slices of pork in a sweet sauce with the fresh bite of scallions and the tartness of the pickles. All wrapped nicely in a slightly sweet bread.
Next up, Vietnamese summer rolls with lump crab meat. I normally make these with shrimp but an allergy changed the menu. Mung bean noodles, shredded lettuce, julienned carrots and cucumbers, sweet lump crab meat, Thai basil, and mint wrapped in clear rice paper wrappers. A side of peanut soy sauce brings it in all together. So light and refreshing. A perfect compliment to the heavier dishes that night.
The next dish was individual Korean bibimbap bowls with bulgogi, garlic sauteed spinach, shiitake mushrooms, sauteed bean sprouts, squash, and carrots. The rice underneath was mixed with gochujan for a sweet spicy taste.
Another dish to lighten things up and balance out the meal is Thai green papaya salad. Shredded green papaya marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, fish sauce, and sugar topped with caramelized shallots, cilantro, mint, and Thai basil. A salad that is both fresh but also tangy, spicy, and sweet. Not to mention the great crunch you get from the green papaya.
And the last savory dish of the night was Japanese chicken and chives gyoza. Thin wrappers surrounding seasoned ground chicken and Chinese chives. A pungent green that may cause surprising burps but tasty none the less.
Ms. Pasty Chef helped with dessert. This is a hot fudge sundae ice cream cake (recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen). A cookie crust bottom, followed by homemade chocolate ice cream, another layer of cookie crust, then homemade vanilla ice cream, gooey hot fudge, and whipped cream and sprinkles on top. This was awesome. What a dreamy ice cream cake.
Everyone ate their faces off, drank happily, then watched Sharknado until we all fell asleep on or around the couch. It was a good night.


  1. what a meal! everything looks great.

    1. Thanks! Everything came out pretty good. Just gotta work on timing though. Some things weren't hot enough to my standards.


  3. All of the dishes are fantabulous. I am hopeful to learn every of them but start with a simple food recipe ideas and experiment at home.


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