May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time for us to celebrate the great contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our country. One way to learn about a different culture is by trying different delicious foods. Listed below are a few Asian fusion creations that you’ll enjoy this May.
- Hawaiian fried rice. This recipe from Simply Stacie is similar to Chinese fried rice, but with a few Hawaiian flavors. The recipe calls for onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, chunks of ham (or meat substitute), pineapple chunks, white rice, soy sauce, garlic, eggs, and lemon. The rice is then topped with a sauce made from ketchup, malt vinegar, sugar, and pineapple juice. You can find the recipe here.
- Pad Thai spring rolls. In America, we are used to Chinese spring rolls, but this recipe has Thai flavors, including a red curry peanut sauce. The spring rolls are stuffed with carrots, green scallions, eggs, sprouts, cilantro, and rice paper wrappers. The sauce is made with coconut milk, red curry paste, peanut butter, rice vinegar, and sriracha. For more information, try this recipe from With Food and Love.
- Korean sushi. Are you a big fan of sushi? Are you a big fan of Korean flavors? If you mix the two together you would get gimbap, a Korean dish that may remind you of sushi rolls. This recipe from Tastemade is made with nori, kimchee, seasoned beef, and rice (mixed with pickled radish, spinach, kimchee juice, and sesame seed/soy sauce). For a vegetarian option, you can skip the beef or add a meat substitute. You can find the recipe here.
- Vietnamese bahn mi pizza. This pizza is a twist on a traditional Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwich. The pizza dough is topped with carrots, radishes, cucumbers, seasoned ground pork, and a spicy sauce made from mayo, sriracha, sesame oil, and rice vinegar. Feeling hungry yet? This recipe from Cooking for Keeps may interest you. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option you can use a meat substitute instead of the pork.
- Japanese mochi ice cream. Mochi ice cream is a delicious twist on a Japanese classic. Mochi is a Japanese rice cake with a chewy texture. With Mochi ice cream balls, cooks wrap the homemade mochi around balls of ice cream for a sweet and chewy treat. You can find a recipe for mochi ice cream balls at Kirbie’s Cravings.