So… My brother and his wife were over this year during Christmas holidays. She is from Thailand and I love many Asian foods so we decided to have an Asian themed Christmas dinner – and it was fantastic! This meal is actually really great for lunches in the summer as well because it is refreshing and invigorating.
Strawberry cake mix
Cream Cheese frosting
Prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Let cool after baking for at least 30 minutes. Mix together thawed whipped topping and frosting. Spread 1/2 of frosting mixture over the top of the cake. Scoop the rest into a plastic bag. Squeeze frosting to one side of bag and cut a small hole in the bottom corner. Place sliced strawberries on cake. Squeeze remaining frosting mixture over cake. Yum, yum!
Korean-style Potatoes Braised in Soy sauce
Cubed potatoes (approx 3-4 cups)
Chopped half onion
Minced garlic (2-3 cloves)
1/3 c. Soy sauce
1 Tbsp sugar
Saute onions and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add potatoes and sauté 10-15 minutes. Add in 1-2 cups of water (not quite covering potatoes in pan). Stir in remaining ingredients. Cook on med-high heat till potatoes are tender. Salt to taste.
Note: This recipe is “korean-style” not Korean. I have never had the opportunity to try authentic Korean braised potatoes, though I would love to. This recipe is the result of scanning over various recipes and watching Kdramas, such as Healer and looking at photos.
Cooked white rice
Carrots, julienned or thinly sliced sliced longways
Onions, sliced into thin rings
Vegetarian meat or tuna
1) Saute/lightly fry and salt each ingredient separately excluding cucumbers and avocado. Sprinkle sesame seeds on to spinach after cooking. Season cooked tofu with salt, garlic powder and onion powder.
2) Lay seaweed on sushi roller or wet cloth. Spread rice evenly over one third of the seaweed. Place vegetables longways over rice and roll. Slice into bite sized rounds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. (Sesame oil is also a great way to give this a more authentic flavor if you have some on hand).
For a tutorial on rolling kimbap see this Youtube video by Amy Kim
Finely diced carrots, garlic and green onion
Salt to taste
Cayenne to taste
Whisk together all ingredients. Pour a tbsp of oil into a pan on med heat. When hot, pour in 1/2 of egg mixture. Do not stir. Fold egg over, and over leaving last bit flat. Pour 1/2 of remaining egg mixture onto pan and over the egg still touching the pan. Cook a few minutes. Roll egg again and repeat process once more. Place on plate or serving dishes and slice. For a tutorial click here.
Growing up we celebrated holidays differently from most of our American friends and relatives, so I have never actually eaten a traditional Christmas meal. I just recently figured out many Americans eat ham at Christmas – we were vegetarian growing up as well so that may be the reason I didn’t know about the ham. That being said, please comment your traditional Christmas dinner below. I would love to see what other people usually eat for the holidays!