Originally Posted by KatelynRose
I wish I could make Asian dishes.. I need to stock my pantry for that purpose if I want to cook Asian food though.. I dont have any of the correct spices/sauces.. But I've really been craving Asian food. Spicy Asian food.
I love Asian food and cook/eat it every chance I get! That said, Asia is a big place
What are some of your favorite dishes? It helps to narrow it down to a cuisine, then favorites - that will help you stock the right ingredients. I can almost always whip up a Thai vegetable curry because I keep rice, curry paste and coconut milk on hand; same for Indian curry - rice, curry powder/spices or paste and can of chickpeas. Ditto for a Vietnamese rice noodle bowl by keeping noodles, garlic-chili paste, lime juice and fish sauce in the fridge. Korean ingredients are also pretty easy to stock - you need soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, Korean chili paste. And rice, always rice!
It sounds like a lot, but things like a bottle of fish sauce last a long time, and we eat this type of dish probably twice a week.
Sometimes when a spicy Asian food craving hits, I make some rice or noodles, saute up whatever vegetables and tofu/protein I have and mix with this sauce (mix to taste): soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, rice vinegar, extra garlic optional.