Are you a fan of Asian food or would you like to learn how to cook but don’t know where to look?
Do you have friends coming over to try your Peking duck or are you just sick of the restaurants in your town?
There are plenty of blogs around the internet where you can learn to make chicken curry, sushi, crispy prawns, caramelised pork, or even Vietnamese bo bun like a professional chef.
We’ve chosen some of our favourite blogs for you. While some deal with Asian cooking in general, others are more specialised and deal with the food from a given country in Asia. There’s a large selection of recipes as well as tips and tricks for how to cook better Asian food.
After you’ve read a few of these blogs, you should be able to prepare a few Asian dishes to impress your friends. Whether you want to eat shrimp with a bit of spice, crunchy spring rolls, pad Thai, sticky rice, green curry, sweet and sour pork, or just some noodle soup, whatever the dish, you're bound to find something in these blogs.
China Sichuan Food
While this is a blog on Chinese food and eating culture, there’s a particular focus on the Sichuan province (also known as Szechuan), which is famous for its spicy food. Don't worry if you don't like the taste of spice, there are plenty of other delicious recipes, too.
You can also find out more about the techniques used to cook, how to make a hot pot broth or vegetable noodle soup, or just the herbs you should be using.
In addition to all the recipes available on the site, you can also check out the “pantry” to learn more about the ingredients used in the dishes you’ll be making. Whether you’re using coconut milk, sesame oil, soy sauce, crab, bamboo shoots, fish sauce, oyster sauce, spring onion, hoisin sauce, nuts, honey, or caramel, you can learn about what you should be picking up at your local Asian supermarket.
There are also videos available. These are great for watching on a tablet on your kitchen bench while you’re making something. They’re all available on the blog’s YouTube channel, which you can get to via the blog or just by searching on YouTube itself. With each video you watch and meal you make, you’ll get a little closer to mastering Chinese cooking.
The Woks of Life
Aside from a brilliant name, this blog includes post from a family talking about travelling and cooking.
There are so many recipes on the site that they’ve had to separate them into different categories including:
- Chinese New Year Recipes
- Chinese Bakery Recipes
- Chinese Dim Sum Recipes
- Chinese Vegetarian Recipes
You’ll find stuff like:
Plenty of Chinese recipes as well as western dishes with a Chinese twist. If this sounds beyond your skill level, don’t worry, there are also plenty of “quick and easy recipes” for those needing to gain a bit of confidence in their cooking before moving on to fusion cuisine. They’ve also got a whole section dedicated to recipes for vegetarians.
Fancy an eggplant string bean stir-fry? Who wouldn’t?
There are plenty of “how to” articles, too. These cover techniques for preparing food that you’ll need to master if you want to fully benefit from all their great recipes. There’s an article on how to make chili oil, which is great for those who enjoy the spicier side of Chinese cooking, especially Sichuan dishes.
There are articles on the ingredients you’ll be using for your dishes and how to get the most out of them.
Got a load of beef and garlic in the house? Have look and see if there's anything that takes your fancy!
If the prospect of eating delicious international dishes has you yearning to travel, don’t forget that this site also includes articles on travelling (often while also cooking!).
We’re recommending this blog because it’s one of the more heartfelt sites on the internet. You can tell the whole family enjoys contributing to the site and their approach is more personal than some of the flashier websites you’ll come across during your search for Asian cuisine.
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My Korean Kitchen
Interested in cooking Korean food rather than Chinese?
Then this is the blog for you. Love meat? Even better!
In addition to Korean cuisine, there’s also plenty of recipes fusing Korean techniques and ingredients with western dishes. There’s bound to be something for even the pickiest eaters.
The recipes come with step-by-step photos that make each step easier to follow. If this isn’t enough, then don’t worry! There’s also a YouTube channel with video recipes for you to follow. No more takeout for you!
The blog’s author, Sue, started the blog to help people living in Korea learn more about the country’s food and culture. However, most of her readers turned to be living outside of Korea and she had to shift her focus. It’s a good thing she did as now you can access this fantastic award-winning blog!
The site’s easy to navigate and recipes are organised into useful groups such as appetizers, side dishes, desserts, drinks, and by main ingredient.
Just One Cookbook
This Japanese blog and cookbook is great for anyone interested in the food from the Land of the Rising Sun. There’s far more to Japanese food than sushi, after all. The blog’s author, Nami, started the blog to make a record of and share her favourite Japanese recipes with her friends and help them cook Japanese food. The goal was that by the end, she’d have one cookbook to pass on to her children. Since then, Just One Cookbook has turned into more than just a simple cookbook.
One of the best things about the site is how the recipes are organised. You can pick a recipe based on how much time you have to cook it, whether you want a starter, main course, or dessert, or the main ingredients used. Additionally, you can find meals based on dietary requirements and sections with healthy, gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan recipes.
Like the other blogs on this list, Just One Cookbook also has a YouTube channel where you can watch video recipes.
If you’re really feeling adventurous, why not give the “Surprise Me!” button a click and see what it suggests?
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Despite what the name suggests, this is a great site for those looking for recipes. No Recipes was founded by Marc Matsumoto to help people of all levels create amazing Japanese dishes. However, Marc prefers to cook without using recipes and hopes his readers will do the same.
So how does he do this?
By educating readers on different techniques and ingredients used so that they can cook instinctively without the need for instructions. Don’t leave just yet, though. The site actually includes over 1,000 different recipes.
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The more recipes you follow, the less you’ll need them, though. The recipes on the site are not only excellently explained, the accompanying photography is bound to whet your appetite long before you’ve finished preparing it.
Since Marc is a TV chef, you won’t be surprised that his blog also has a YouTube channel with a few videos. However, there aren’t as many videos on his channel as you can find on some of the other blogs we’ve mentioned.
Of course, this isn't an exhaustive list and there are plenty more great Asian cooking blogs around the web for almost every style of food.
- Asian food is rich and varied. In terms of finding information about it, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to blogs on it. In any case, whether you’re making a simple chicken noodle soup, tasty stir-fry noodles, or caramelised pork, it shouldn’t be hard to find useful recipes and tips and tricks on how to correctly prepare the food. We could be on for days with all the great blogs (we didn't include any about Thailand, for one!) so if none of these are for you, don't give up!
- There are plenty of blogs by people of Asian heritage who speak English and English speakers living in Asian countries so you’ll not have to worry about the language barrier. If you’re looking for information about cooking Japanese food, look for a blog by a Japanese person living in the UK or another English-speaking country, for example.
- Since food and culture go together, you can learn a lot about a country by learning about its food. The more you learn about Asian food, the better you'll understand the menu at the next restaurant you go to.
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