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Take a Trip with 30 Authentic Asian Recipes

From Vietnamese pho to Israeli hummus, learn how to make all of your favorite Asian recipes at home.

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Larb Gai

Thailand

Larb gai (Thai chicken salad) is a dish made with ground chicken, chiles, mint and basil. Serve as a main dish or as an appetizer in lettuce cups. For a heartier version, serve with rice. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Find more of our favorite Thai-inspired recipes.

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Pork & Bok Choy Udon Soup

Thailand

While traveling in Thailand, my husband sampled a local version of this tasty soup from street vendors. We have tried many variations, and this comes the closest to his recollection. We double the recipe so we have lots of leftovers. —Donna Noecker, Plano, Texas

Learn how to make udon noodles from scratch.

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Sticky Rice with Mango-Coconut Sauce

Thailand

As a nice contrast to traditional Christmastime desserts, sweet sticky rice is a refreshing Thai treat made even better with a mango-coconut sauce.—Monnie Norasing, Mansfield, Texas
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Coconut Mango Thai Beef Curry

Thailand

My recipe provides a lot of sweet heat. The mango and coconut milk taste tropical while the curry paste adds a little fire. It’s a perfect dish to spice up the traditional offerings of the season. To make a milder dish, just reduce the amount of curry paste. —Terri Lynn Merritts, Nashville, Tennessee
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Chinese Scallion Pancakes

China

Unlike true pancakes, “Cong You Bing” (or Chinese scallion pancakes) are made from a dough instead of a batter. The tasty appetizers are the perfect “sponge” for mopping up extra sauce and can be made ahead of time for convenience. Just wrap a green onion pancake in foil and reheat in the oven. —Jenni Sharp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Learn how to throw a Chinese New Year party (or try this authentic tanghulu recipe)!

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Bulgogi

Korea

A friend raved about Korean recipes for bulgogi—beef cooked in soy sauce and ginger—so I tried it. It’s delicious! Dazzle the table with this tasty version of Korean beef and rice. —Betsy King, Duluth, Minnesota
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Pho

Vietnam

My family always uses this pho recipe. I’ve added a few modern cooking techniques to build upon its already full-bodied flavor. The stock can be made ahead to save time on the day you’d like to serve it. Let’s learn how to make pho. —Terry Nguyen, Lawrenceville, Georgia

Find even more authentic Vietnamese recipes!

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Lemon Mango Kanafeh

Turkey

Several years ago I came upon a little neighborhood restaurant making the most incredible Turkish food I’d ever seen or tasted. I was completely blown away by the dessert and had to learn how to make it. —Jodi Taffel, Altadena, California

Have you tried Turkish coffee?

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Samosas

India

This samosa recipe is one of my family’s absolute favorites. These crispy dough pockets are stuffed with potatoes and peas, then air-fried to give them a healthier twist. In India’s northern and western regions, samosas are a popular street food. They also make a perfect starter or side dish. —Soniya Saluja, The Belly Rules the Mind

Check out these Indian cookbooks, too.

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Chicken Korma

India

Spicy and satisfying, try this chicken korma recipe that is the perfect weeknight meal for the whole family. —Jemima Madhavan, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Mango Lassi

India

Learn how to make mango lassi, the perfect summer drink any mango lover will love. Mango lassi is a sweet and refreshing treat only needs 6 ingredients! —Namrata Telugu, Terre Haute, Indiana
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Malai Kofta

India

Learn how to make malai kofta! This popular Indian recipe consists of delicious potato and cheese balls in a velvety tomato-based curry sauce. The air fryer lightens up the traditionally deep-fried dumplings, while the pressure cooker makes putting together the curry sauce effortless. —Soniya Saluja, The Belly Rules the Mind
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Chapati Breads

India

My daughter and I prepare this Indian flatbread frequently. It is so fun to make and goes well with any spiced dish. We use the extras to make sandwich wraps. —Joyce McCarthy, Sussex, Wisconsin
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Kulfi

India

I grew up near Little India in California, and I loved the desserts from Indian sweets shops. One of them sold kulfi, a spiced and nutty frozen custard in cone molds. Here I use a shortcut method to make kulfi quickly and without any special equipment. The whole milk can be replaced with mango pulp for mango kulfi. —Justine Kmiecik, Crestview, Florida

Still hungry? These Indian desserts are the way to go.

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Perfect Sushi Rice

Japan

There’s a lot more you can do with sushi rice besides making homemade sushi. Use it to create a healthy rice bowl, tuck it into a lettuce wrap topped with grilled meat or use it as a base for your favorite stir-fry. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Tonkatsu

Japan

My dear friend, Junie Obi’s mom owned a food stand and served this traditional Japanese dish known as Tonkatsu. She shared the recipe for these breaded pork cutlets with me years ago. They continue to be a favorite. —Yuko Shibata, Monterey Park, California
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Khmer Pickled Vegetable Salad

Cambodia

I grew up as a missionary kid in Cambodia, and most of my favorite foods have a Southeast Asian background. Locals love eating this pickled salad for breakfast, but I like it as a side for lunch or dinner, especially with chicken satay. —Hannah Heavener, Belton, Texas
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Chickpea Fritters with Sweet-Spicy Sauce

Pakistan

Chickpeas are a common ingredient in many dishes in Pakistan where I grew up. I have combined the light spice of Pakistani foods with the love of deep-fried finger foods that many Americans, including my daughters, enjoy. To eat, dip this chickpea recipe in chilled yogurt. —Shahrin Hasan, York, Pennsylvania
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Rose Water Rice Pudding

Lebanon

Rose water rice pudding is a popular Middle Eastern treat. Pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios add a simple yet elegant touch to this floral Lebanese specialty. —Michael & Mathil Chebat, Layla’s Lebanese Restaurant, Lake Ridge, Virginia
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Feta-Stuffed Kibbeh with Harissa

Lebanon

There are countless versions of kibbeh recipes throughout the Middle East. This is our adaptation of this delicious dish. You can even substitute ground beef for the lamb. —Chris Bugher, Fairview, North Carolina
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Tabouleh

Lebanon

Tabouleh, also known as tabbouleh, is a classic Middle Eastern salad. The fresh veggies and mint leaves make it light and refreshing on a hot day. —Michael & Mathil Chebat, Lake Ridge, Virginia

Add these Middle Eastern spices and ingredients to your pantry ASAP.

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Bola-Bola

Philippines

Bola-bola (Filipino-style meatballs) can be served as an appetizer or stirred into soup. Some versions of this recipe roll the meatballs in flour or bread crumbs before frying for a crisp coating. Serve plain or with a dipping sauce. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Filipino Adobo Aromatic Chicken

Philippines

This saucy chicken packs a wallop of flavor—salty, sweet, sour, slightly spicy and even a little umami. It can be made on the stove, too. Any way I make it,
I think it tastes even better the next day served over warm rice. —Loanne Chiu, Fort Worth, Texas

Next up: Try silvanas, a tasty Filipino cookie.

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Slow-Cooker Malaysian Chicken

Malaysia

Malaysian food has influences from the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Thai, Portuguese and British. In this dish, Asian ingredients combine for maximum flavor, and the sweet potatoes help to thicken the sauce as the dish slowly cooks. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Syrian Green Beans with Fresh Herbs

Syria

This is how my mom always made green beans. She got the recipe from a neighbor when we lived in Turkey. Make a double batch as they make an excellent healthy snack straight from the fridge. Add a thinly sliced onion and red bell pepper if you like. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
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Pork Satay

Indonesia

Cilantro layers on the freshness, while the sesame oil and Thai chili sauce add Asian flavors that pair perfectly with peanut butter. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Israeli Malabi with Pomegranate Syrup

Israel

Malabi is a very famous, easy sweet milk pudding from Israel. For this recipe I learned from a friend, you can use rose syrup instead of pomegranate syrup. —Kanwaljeet Chhabra, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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Shakshuka

Israel

Shakshuka is a dish of poached eggs with tomatoes, onion and cumin. I learned about it while traveling through Southeast Asia, and it’s been my favorite way to eat eggs since. —Ezra Weeks, Calgary, Alberta
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Best Hummus

Israel

Hummus is my go-to appetizer when I need something quick, easy and impressive. Over the years I’ve picked up a number of tricks that make this the best hummus recipe you’ll ever have. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

Serve your hummus with fresh pita bread.

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Israeli Pepper Tomato Salad

Israel

This Israeli salad, which is traditionally eaten at breakfast, lends itself to endless variety…you can add foods like olives, beets or potatoes. —Sandy Long, Lees Summit, Missouri

Up next: This Japanese Milk Bread recipe!

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.