Saturday, June 6, 2015

Friday Night Dinner Project: Asian Dinner

Well May has turned into June but alas, here we are.

This week I am posting the Asian Dinner from Friday Night Dinners. 

The menu starts off with a beverage -
Sparkling Green Tea and Lychee Sangria
As usual, this is a cool and refreshing drink.  To make a non-alcoholic version, I used ginger ale instead of sparkling wine and no liquor.  I also used white cranberry juice (as recommended) because I could not find lychee juice.  If you are looking for an "iced tea" that is not overly sweet, this is a nice option.  Here is a link to several of Bonnie Stern's sangria recipes - including one very similar to this recipe but with added berries.

Chicken Dumplings with Thai Peanut Sauce
The sauce, the sauce.  The sauce!  This recipe is all about the fabulous Thai Peanut sauce.  The sauce calls for Thai Curry Paste, I used Patak's Red Curry Paste and it was perfect.  The dumpling are alright, but I just found them soft (texture wise, and I know they are supposed to be) and I like crispy.  However, I have made this Thai Peanut Sauce about three times in the past several weeks.  Most recently, I served it with tofu and vegetables over rice.  It is a quick, no cooking required sauce.  Perfect for putting together a fast meal and proof that you can make delicious food from scratch even when you're in a hurry.

Roasted Halibut with Green Curry Coconut Sauce
For some reason I anticipated that this Green Curry Coconut Sauce would be thick and creamy - I don't know why.  Anyway, it is not - but it is good (I also used Red Curry Paste).  This is a mild curry sauce and Bonnie Stern suggests using it with lamb, chicken or shrimp as well as with the roasted fish in the recipe.  I used tilapia instead of halibut and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spiced Basmati Rice
This recipe is similar to the basmati rice recipe from a previous menu, but with different spices.  It was just as good this time as it was with the other spices.
Stir-fried Baby Bok Choy
This was the first and probably the last time I will eat Bok Choy.  I just did not like it.  Neither did my husband.  Maybe it's an acquired taste.

Coconut Rice Pudding
I just have not gotten around to making this yet (sadly).  I promise to post an update as soon as I do - all the ingredients are sitting on my will happen soon....

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