If you're looking for something different from American Turkey and cranberry sauce this year, try 1 of these easy and delicious Asian & Chinese Thanksgiving Recipes!
The perfect Asian and Chinese recipes for Thanksgiving Day are ones that can be made ahead, or involve passive cooking (e.g. cooked in the oven.) Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving meals usually call for cooking lots of dishes, for lots of people, and that can be difficult if you have to stir-fry all that food!
Scroll down for some classic Chinese cuisine dishes, or click here for alternative Thanksgiving meals, including seafood Thanksgiving recipes and options that cater for smaller gatherings of just 1 or 2 people.
Fun fact: the literal Chinese translation of "Happy Thanksgiving" would be 感恩节快乐 (The pronunciation of the Chinese characters is "Gan En Jie Kuai Le.")
Pumpkin Chicken Curry
Note: Curries are often cooked for parties with family friends in South East Asia because they keep well and actually taste better the day after they're cooked!
Hong Kong Poached Chicken
If you are cooking for just 1 or 2 people, a Thanksgiving turkey may be too much meat. (Also, in my opinion, roast turkey breast can be on the dry side!)
Soy Sauce Chicken is 1 of the most popular dishes in Cantonese cuisine and it's not difficult to make a better version than the 1 you can get at Chinese restaurants! The juicy and tender meat make it just right for your Chinese Thanksgiving celebration.
Note: you can add some dried shiitake mushrooms to the stock, but don't go overboard as they have a very strong taste. Extra meat can be used to make leftover chicken congee.
Vietnamese Chicken Wings
Chicken wings, in my opinion, are great for both small and large parties! These Asian style wings are amongst my favourites thanks to the tangy, mouthwatering sauce and crisp texture.
Note: For other Asian chicken wing flavours, click here.
Note: a friend whose family owned a restaurant once told me not to eat chicken wings though, as she said that the wing is where the farmers inject the antibiotics and other nasties into the chicken.
Anyone else know more about this?
12345 Chinese Pork Ribs
This 12345 pork rib recipe is literally life-changing!
It's delicious and the Easiest Meat Dish I've Ever Made. Moreover, it's a braise, so not much work is involved. Allowing you go get to work on the Asian side dishes below!
Note: if you don't have the Shaoxing rice wine, you can use a dry sherry instead.
A tender char siu with charred sides is not just for the spring festival- it's perfect for American Thanksgiving as well!
Note: for something different, why not try Peking duck? Here are some side dishes that would go well with Peking duck.
Chinese Style Braised Ham Hock
Ham is 1 of the most popular Thanksgiving dishes.
This star anise and black pepper spiced version would be perfect for your Asian Thanksgiving Feasts!
🥗 Side Dishes
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Miso Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are 1 of the traditional foods for North Americans at Thanksgiving. For a new take on an old dish, give yours a brush with some miso!
Korean Candied Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Kabocha Squash
Note: For more Asian-inspired Japanese pumpkin recipes, click here.
Alternatively, extra squash can be cooked with Chinese sausage to make pumpkin rice.
Luncheon Meat Fries
Chinese String Beans
Instead of green bean casserole, why not stir fry ground pork and string beans over high heat?
Tandoori Roasted Cauliflower
And since most of the above recipes involve passive cooking, you have the bandwidth to make a salad with all that time on your hands whilst the food is in the oven!
Instead of pumpkin pie and ice cream, try this traditional Chinese pumpkin snack which is easy to make and delicious! Feel free to substitute with kabocha or sweet potatoes for more variety.
Fun fact: Osmanthus jelly is very popular during traditional Chinese holidays such as Chinese New Year.
Black Sesame Soup
If you cook any of these Asian and Chinese Friendsgiving recipes for the national holiday, do tag me in the photos- I'd love to see them. Let me know if I've missed out on your favourite Chinese food!
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