Looking back at 2021 to see what reader's favourite Asian recipes on Greedygourmet were, as well as a list of my favourites from other bloggers and chefs
Recipes from Greedygirlgourmet
My #1 recipe is this yuzu konnyaku jelly post- I love konnyaku jelly (a Japanese jelly also known as konjac) because it has a very nice, chewy and bouncy texture that we call "qq" in Asia. Also it's pretty much zero calories (if you don't add sugar etc) and high in fiber, so great for when I need to recover from over-eating!
Salted egg popcorn
Considering how niche salted egg is, I was surprised by how well this post performed, although maybe I shouldn't be given how crazy Singaporeans are about this flavour- there used to be HUGE queues for salted egg snacks in the malls!
If you want to try this but don't like popcorn, you can also make crunchy salted egg cornflakes and if you can't buy salted ducks eggs in store, here is a beginner's guide to making your own salted egg yolks at home- it is SUPER easy.
Leftover Chicken porridge
I hate wasting food which is why I have a whole section on this blog about using leftovers and scraps when cooking i.e. basically living (or cooking?) more sustainably.
Gui Hua Gao (Osmanthus jelly)
Osmanthus is popular with Chinese people, as we believe it gives you better skin- it used to be served in the Royal Palaces in China! Click here to learn how to make osmanthus sugar and osmanthus tea (decaf- great for those who have problems sleeping.)
Mee siam kuah
This mee siam kuah recipe was so popular, I was inspired to share a version for dry mee siam goreng (i.e. a stir-fry) in Jan 2022 as I actually prefer the latter. The taste is much more intense when fried and, as you know, my blog is all about saying bye to bland food!
Coconut agar agar
What with COVID weight gain, in addition to the agar agar below, I decided to share other no sugar dessert recipes such as this Japanese jelly with fruit salad.
Pretty pandan mantou
To make pandan mantou, you can use store bought pandan paste (usually artificial and results in fluorescent green food) or make your own pandan juice with only 2 ingredients (click the link for the recipe). If you're not a fan of pandan, matcha mantou is great too! (The post includes tips on how to steam for those who don't have a Chinese bamboo steamer, like myself.)
Korean plum syrup
If you're wondering why people make this, you can use it in cooking or to make plum tea.
Fun fact: if you're a food blogger, you may be interested to note that my peanut cookie recipes are not on the Top 10 2021 list, but they're the 2nd most popular recipe to date in 2022, thanks to the updates I made using what I learnt from the Cooking with Keywords course, a food blog SEO keyword research online class. (Click the link for my long and impartial review of it! In fact, 7 of 2022's top 10 posts were created with what I learnt from this class!)
From Other Sites
Besides coming up with my own recipes, I also try a lot of other chefs' and blogger's recipes, and these were some of my favourites in 2021.
- Chinese whole chicken soup (Click here for a recipe round-up of more Asian recipes that involve a whole bird and here for what to do with leftover poultry meat.)
- I actually made this soup for my Chinese New Year family gathering and it was a big hit (maybe because I added a HUGE tin of abalone- Chinese people love abalone!)
- Ottolenghi's chicken with olives, capers and dates
- I used Chinese honey dates instead of Medjoul and still delish
- When testing different recipes for my "Ultimate Soya Sauce Chicken that is better than takeout recipe", 1 of the recipes I referenced in the post is from SCMP and it made for super tender meat!
- Leslie Tay's char siew recipe that he took 9 years to perfect!- 1 of the next "Best xx Recipe" posts I am working on is for char siew and this is 1 of the recipes that I am referencing. It is great but a LOT of work- I made it when a friend who is a keen cook came over and she asked for the recipe- once she heard the steps involved, she said "Never Mind." lol.
- Korean soft tofu soup is the "Ultimate" recipe I'm posting in February 2022, and this vegan version by Future Dish is 1 recipe I tried and loved- only thing is it's crazy spicy!
What were some of your favourite recipes that you tried in 2021? I'd love to hear more in the comments below!
Before you leave, here are some other Asian recipes that you may like: