Side dishes are always an afterthought when it comes to a meal, but it doesn't need to be! Here are some insanely delicious underrated Asian side dish recipes that are so flavorful they will probably be a bigger hit than the main course itself!
Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry)
Korean glass noodle stir fry (Japchae) is known for its deliciously chewy noodles which is tossed with veggies and a sesame sweet and savory soy sauce. Make a big batch because it will disappears fast!
Get the Japchae recipe here.
Kani Salad (Japanese Crab Salad)
A quick and easy 10-minute Japanese kani salad recipe made with shredded crab sticks, cucumbers, and a creamy sesame mayonnaise dressing.
Get this Kani Salad recipe here.
Pan Fried Honey Soy Brussels Sprouts
Quick and easy pan-fried brussel sprouts tossed in a sweet honey soy sauce glaze made on a stovetop! No need for ovens or a roasting pan for this one!
You can get the Pan Fried Honey Soy Brussels Sprouts recipe here.
This rice dish made with vermicelli pasta (which you can substitute with angel hair pasta broken into small pieces) that is toasted in butter and added to white rice before it is steamed together. A buttery, salty and a fantastic way to switch up your usual plain white rice!
Get the Vermicelli Rice recipe here.
If you love garlic, you should try this garlic noodle dish which is made by stir-frying spaghettini with a garlic and black garlic sauce.
Get the Garlic Noodles recipe here.
Cumin Beef Fried Rice
A quick and easy beef fried rice recipe made with ground beef, eggs, leftover rice and seasoned with cumin that can be made as a side or a meal
Get the Cumin Beef Rice recipe here.
Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)
This easy Korean cucumber salad (oi muchim) is great as a side dish especially when you want something quick, sweet, tangy, and refreshing.
Get the Korean Cucumber Salad recipe here.
Thai Basil Turkey Fried Rice
This quick and easy aromatic, Thai Basil Turkey Fried Rice recipe is a mashup on the traditional Thai Basil Beef combined with Fried Rice! Perfect for an easy weeknight dinner and ready in just 30 minutes!
Get the Thai Basil Turkey Fried Rice recipe here.
Chinese Stir-Fried Cabbage with Ginger Soy
A simple quick and easy Chinese stir-fried cabbage side dish made by caramelizing cabbage on high heat to give it a bit of char but still retains a crisp texture and then tossed with a sweet ginger soy sauce.
Get the Chinese Stir-Fried Cabbage recipe here
Yum Woon Sen (Thai Glass Noodle Salad)
A delicious and easy yum woon sen recipe (Thai glass noodle salad) made with glass noodles, garlic shrimp, fresh vegetables and tossed in a simple garlicky fish sauce dressing with perfectly balanced sweet, savory, and tart flavors.
Get the Yum Woon Sen recipe here.
A quick & easy roasted okra recipe, charred on a grill or hot skillet and brushed with an umami glaze & sprinkled with a Xinjiang spice mix. This recipe can be made with a BBQ or a very hot cast iron skillet pan.
Get the Roasted Okra recipe here.
Spicy Black Garlic Miso Couscous
This garlicky, sweet and nutty pearl couscous with a hint of spiciness is simple to make can be made in less than 15 minutes. Fantastic as a side to any meat dishes, on top of salads or on its own!
Get the Spicy Miso Israeli Couscous recipe here.
Honey Miso Garlic Roasted Potatoes
A crispy garlic roasted potatoes recipe with a light honey miso garlic drizzle caramelized at the end to give it a layer of umami ness! Great as a side dish or snack!
Get the Honey Miso Garlic Roasted Potatoes recipe here.
Crispy Garlic Couscous
An deliciously nutty and flavourful Israeli couscous recipe with a bit of a chew, generously topped with crispy garlic anchovy bread crumbs. Works great as a quick and easy side dish or a one bowl meal!
Get the Crispy Garlic Couscous recipe here.
Lemon Garlic Edamame
Easy and quick to make charred garlic edamame recipe loaded with natural umami and tossed with garlicky lemon butter. A healthy edamame snack that only takes 15 minutes to make!
Get the Lemon Garlic Edamame recipe here.
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