While many of the ingredients used in cooking are the same or similar throughout, the method and style of preparation varies widely. The Japanese favour simple and delicate dishes, whereas Koreans prefer the fiery punch of chillies. The Vietnamese keep their cooking clean and light, while in Malaysia, rich and full-flavoured curries rule the day.
Almond cake is a type of Chinese pastry. In Macau, the snack has been one of the most popular specialty products. The biscuit is one of the most standard pastries in Canton, and can also be found in some Chinatown bakery shops overseas.
Anmitsu is a Japanese dessert that has been popular for many decades. It is made of small cubes of agar jelly, a white translucent jelly made from red algae or seaweed. The agar is dissolved with water (or fruit juice such as apple juice) to make the jelly. It is served in a bowl with sweet azuki bean paste or anko (the an part of anmitsu), boiled peas, often gyūhi and a variety of fruits such as peach slices, mikan, pieces of pineapples, and cherries.
Anpan (あんパン ) is a Japanese sweet roll most commonly filled with red bean paste. Anpan can also be prepared with other fillings, including white beans (shiro-an), sesame (goma-an) and chestnut (kuri-an).
The sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese ingredients, such as coriander, hot peppers, and pickled carrots.
Sukiyaki is a Japanese dish, of the soup or stew type, prepared and served in the nabemono (Japanese hot pot) style. It consists of meat (usually thinly sliced beef) which is slowly cooked or simmered at the table, alongside vegetables and other ingredients, in a shallow iron pot in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and mirin. Before being eaten, the ingredients are usually dipped in a small bowl of raw, beaten eggs.
Ginger is an important Asian food, prized for its many culinary, medicinal and health benefits. That fact, along with the love of anything pickled, naturally led to beni shoga or the red pickled ginger slivers served on many Japanese dishes from okonomiyaki to yaki soba.
Traditionally comprising vermicelli rice noodles, chargrilled pork patties, an assortment of fresh herbs and vegetables such as mint, coriander, basil, and a sweet, salty, sour and spicy dressing, this Vietnamese favourite from Hanoi is a classic example of this cuisine’s distinct herbaceous, fragrant flavours.
Char siu (char siew) is of Cantonese origin where pork is marinated in a honey hoisin sauce, and then roast in the oven to charred, savoury, and sticky sweet perfection. If there is a pork recipe that defines Chinese cooking, char siu (char siew) would be it.
Measurements can differ from country to country, so below we have outlined the measurements that we use at Aussie Taste. There is a dropdown selector you can use to have the recipe converted between metric and imperial. Most recipes have temperatures converted also.
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20°C.
Australian spoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 dessertspoon equals 15 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml.
All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed.
All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified.