10 Simple Asian Appetisers For Easy Eating

10 Simple Asian Appetisers For Easy Eating

It's quick, appetite-opening, and not overwhelming. Grab a crunchy satay lettuce wrap, a two-bite smoked duck crepe, or eight other simple finger-food before the main meal

1. Din Tai Fung Inspired Chilled Cucumber Salad

Featuring cold crunchy cucumber marinated in a tasty concoction of Asian sauces, we promise that our Ding Tai Fung Inspired Chilled Cucumber Salad will have you (and any fussy-eater at home) hankering for more. If you need further convincing, this snack is not just incredibly easy to make but healthy too!

2. Soy Sauce Eggs

Aptly named the "Drug Egg", Mayak Gyeran makes you come back for more and it is really easy to prepare. The egg may be the main ingredient but the hero is the soy sauce mixture -a delicate balance of soy sauce, water, sugar, minced garlic and sesame seeds. Easy, right? Serve it over rice for a hearty meal or eat it on its own as a snack.

3. Lady's Finger with Crispy Silver Bait

Lady's Finger with Silver Bait is a crispy addictive appetiser that leaves enough room for your main dish. It's a perfect starter that whets your appetite for the big meal. Healthy, simple and easy prepare, you can even eat it with porridge and plain rice.  

4. Bite-Sized Satay Lettuce Wraps

Get a pack of frozen satay from your neighbourhood supermarket and fry it up to hot. Or, you can put in the oven as well. That's actually most of the job done. Then, pull apart into finger length pieces and wrap in chilled romaine lettuce, juicy onions slices and cucumber for a lovely light snack of Bite-Sized Satay Lettuce Wraps

5. Sambal Tempeh, Kacang & Ikan Bilis

In just over half an hour, make a devilishly addictive Sambal Tempeh, Kacang and Ikan Bilis. Grab a handful of dried anchovies, peanuts, block of tempeh and a smatter of sharp garlic, ginger, juicy onions and sweet tamarind paste to make a magical dish. You’ll blend the herby-licious ones up, and toss everything into the hot oiled pan and watch them all transform into golden and caramelisy. A simple but umami-packed dish that can be eaten with mains for a satisfying breakfast, or anytime of the day. PS, we’re having it on the first day of Ramadan with a bowl of warm coconutty Lontong.

6. Two-Bite Smoked Duck Crepes

An easy to prepare and delicious snack or starter for a meal. The smoked duck breast meat provides an alternative to Peking Duck and in two bites, crunch into cucumber, sweet hoisin sauce and juicy smoked duck in this Two-Bite Smoked Duck Crepe

7. Popiah Goreng

Another crowd pleaser, Ili Sulaiman's late grandmother used to make these so she didn't realise she was eating vegetables as children. Sheets of spring roll wrappers are filled with an array of vegetables wrapped tightly into rolls. These Popiah Goreng are the perfect snack to make in advance because you can freeze them and then deep fry them frozen just before serving. Another simple recipe for you to enjoy. 

8. Coconut Noodle Salad (Pansit Buko Guisado)

Add a splash of colour and wonder onto your dining table with a Filipino favorite -the Pancit Buko Guisado! While the name directly translates to “sautéed coconut noodles”, this dish does not contain any noodles but rather thin strips of coconut flesh, which well, looks like noodles! Prepare your taste buds for a big bang because this dish is a delicious hodge-podge of meat, prawns, and vegetables!

9. Kimchi

Perfect with everything from fried rice to dumplings (or even straight out of the jar!), kimchi is a dish found all Korean restaurants and homes. This crunchy bright red side dish is made of salted and fermented vegetables, steeped in a delicious seasoning of chili pepper, garlic, ginger, fish sauce and dashima. And if you have always wondered why Koreans have such wonderful skin, kimchi is an excellent source of antioxidants.

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10. Gado-Gado

A local salad using fresh local vegetables, tofu and tempeh, served up with a quick and creamy spicy peanut sauce. Here's a tip- for best enjoyment, warm peanut sauce and pour over before eating, you'll never get enough of the Gado-Gado

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