I really want to make him something and we both love Asian food, but I've only ever made Asian (mostly Vietnamese) for him. I want to switch things up a little =) Does anyone know some delicious recipes a novice cook can make? You can recommend other Asian dishes too, but I would prefer something new.
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Well, here' just some ideas:
- Sushi is a great idea. One that I also thought of when I saw this question. Since your boyfriend claims to know how to do it but you've never actually seen him doing it, you could try making them together. Making sushi with another person is more fun anyway. I make them quite often with my Korean girlfriend (there's also a Korean version called Kimbab, usually with meat instead of raw fish).
- Another Japanese dish that is one of my absolute favorite dishes is called Donburi. It's similar to sushi in terms of ingredients but it's arranged differently. First of, you need one bowl for each person. Then, you cook rice. Now, Japanese people usually just put the rice in the bowl and then put the raw fish on top. I personally have my own version that I think is even better: I first treat the rice with rice vinegar. Then I make layers of rice, fish (e. g. Salmon) and avocado. So, like rice - fish+avocado - rice - fish+avocado etc. The top should be a sort of flat space with rice, then you assemble your leftover fish along the edge of the bowl and in the middle you put a raw egg (or you can also make a poached one, that fits well too). Finally, you finish it off with a quick drizzle of soy sauce. Soooo delicious!
- A very easy Korean dish that I love and I was cooking a lot when I was living in Korea with my girlfriend is Kimchi-bacon-rice. It's very simple: you need to buy sliced bacon and a few hundred grams of Kimchi. You cut both of them into small pieces and cook the rice in the meantime. Once the rice is done, you pour it into a frying pan (it works even better if you first put it into the fridge for an hour!). Then, you fry the already cooked rice for another 20-25 minutes on the highest level, so it becomes just a bit crispy. In a separate frying pan you fry first the bacon and then the Kimchi. Once the rice done, you pour the bacon and the kimchi in there too, mix it up well and fry it for just one or two more minutes. Because the bacon and Kimchi are very salty and because the Kimchi is spicy, you don't need to season it :-).
- I'm not very knowledgable about Chinese food but if you feel brave, dim sum would certainly be something very cool to try out. I wanna make them some time. There are a lot of good videos how to make them on youtube :-).1