The best Asian Appetisers for a party, whether it be Christmas, Lunar New Year and Thanksgiving!
You know how many people say they prefer the Thanksgiving side dishes to the turkey main dish? Well, you'll feel the same way about starters after trying these new recipes!
Note: Most of the specialty ingredients required in these Asian appetiser recipes can be found at Asian grocery stores or on Amazon.
👩 Expert Tips
Tip #1: You want to serve a good mix of popular Asian appetisers at your dinner parties, ranging from cold to hot and sweet to savory. That way, you can cater for all tastes!
Tip #2: If you're following these great snacks with a hearty main dish, serve 3-5 appetisers per person. (Note: this is for all the appetisers, and not 3-5 per type of appetiser!) If it's just a cocktail party, make sure everyone can get at least 12-15 pieces. You don't want anyone to leave hungry!
Tip #3: If you don't have time to make a wide range of canapés and starters for the cocktail party, you can prepare a variety of your favorite sauces instead. For example, a spring roll dipped into hoisin sauce tastes very different from 1 dipped into a rice wine vinegar dipping sauce!
This fusion Egg Roll recipe rather interestingly uses pomegranate juice, which I've never seen in a Chinese (or even Chinese fusion) recipe before.
Note: if you can't get the egg roll wrappers, feel free to use phyllo dough instead.
Chinese Chicken Wings
Note: You can also use leftover Peking duck meat!
We're all familiar with the open-faced version served at Dim Sum restaurants.
Thus, today I thought I'd share this shrimp toasts recipe inspired by Chef Lee Yeon Beok, a Korean-Chinese chef, which is more like a fried shrimp sandwich! Crisp outside but soft and juicy inside, it's done in 35 minutes!
Edamame is 1 of the easiest and healthiest authentic Asian appetizers that you can serve.
Simply boil a large pot of water, pour in the frozen edamame and boil for a minute or 2. (Check the back of your packaging for the exact timing.) Carefully strain through a colander and serve!
Don't eat the skin- you're meant to pop the pods out (like peanuts.) The skin is super tough and fibrous and not very tasty I imagine!
Note: add a bit of salt to the pot of water, or sprinkle some garlic powder and chili powder on the cooked beans if you want more flavor. You can also coat with some sesame oil.
These Japanese rice balls can be quite filling so make each 1 mini-sized. You can serve them plain or with filling inside, such as canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise or pickled plums (umeboshi.)
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This authentic Miso Soup recipe only takes 10 minutes to make!
It's very light, consisting of mainly dashi, seaweed and silken tofu, so the perfect appetizer to start a heavy meal with.
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You can fill these Korean pancakes with plain scallions, fancier seafood or kimchi. Or even a mix of all 3!
Note: for sweet Korean pancakes, try my all-time-favourite Korean snack, hotteok!
Green Onion Pancakes
If you're out of scallions, you can use leeks or 1 of these green onion substitutes.
Note: don't for get the dipping sauce!
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Note: If you don't have shaoxing wine, feel free to use dry sherry as a substitute.
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
These come fried (Cha Gio) or fresh.
For fresh spring rolls, the Nuoc Cham dipping sauce is really important as it provides most of the flavor: you will need brown sugar, fish sauce, garlic, lime juice and fresh red chilies (optional.)
Fun fact: did you know that extra rice paper can be rolled to make DIY tteokbokki rice cakes?
This delicious shrimp paste wrapped around sugarcane sticks is 1 of my favorite Asian appetizer recipes.
Note: if you can't get sugarcane, feel free to use lemongrass instead- it'll give the shrimp a most delightful aroma!
These savory bite-sized pancakes come with shrimp and coconut milk. Once you've had 1, you can't stop!
Pok Pok Wings
Well, these are really fusion Thai food not authentic but, either way, they're fingerlicking good! Although baked not fried, the skin is still super crisp!
Abalone Vermicelli Noodle Salad
I've tried several KitchenTigress recipes and enjoyed them very much. You know this peanut sauce recipe is legit as it uses real peanuts and not peanut butter!
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Spicy Canned Tuna Dip
Only requiring 4 ingredients (onion, sambal, coconut milk and canned tuna- I don't include stuff like oil, sugar and salt!), this slightly spicy, slightly sweet, creamy and savory tuna dip is delicious with crackers or even toast!
This traditional samosa recipe only takes 30 minutes to make! Samosas are actually really flavorful on their own but, if you need more flavor, pair it with 1 of the dipping sauces for Indian chaat below.
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These Asian meatballs are made from beef and coated in a thick brown sugar soy sauce glaze.
This Panda Express copycat recipe uses cream cheese and green onions as a filling for the fried wontons. Best of all, it's a 4-ingredient recipe!
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