Thai Ground Pork Salad
This sweet and tangy appetizer consists of ground meat spiked with chiles, lime juice and fish sauce, served with lettuce leaves for wrapping.
Pairing: 2008 Poet's Leap Riesling
Spicy Udon and Clam Soup
This dish is based on the classic Korean noodle soup kal gooksu (or "knife noodles," so named because the handmade dough is cut with a knife). In the traditional version, any spicy seasoning would be served on the side, but Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee opts to mix hers right into the bracing soup, adding spinach for extra flavor.
Pairing: 2007 Sigalas Santorini
Thai Ceviche with Coconut
A refreshing starter or light main course, Sang Yoon's Thai take on a Latin American classic is a perfect balance of crunchy, tender, sweet, hot and tart.
Pairing: Brouwerij Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet
Korean Sizzling Beef
This succulent recipe is based on bulgogi, a classic Korean dish of sliced beef that's marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and garlic, then grilled. In this version, a bit of crushed red pepper is added to the marinade for heat.
Pairing: 2005 Château Boutisse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Miso Soup with Shrimp and Tofu
No soup is quicker to prepare than miso; just whisk miso paste into water. By adding shrimp, tofu and greens, it can double as a complete and light meal. Feel free to use leftover chicken or roast pork (or whatever else is at hand) in place of the shrimp.
Pairing: Momokawa Silver Sake
Crispy Shrimp with Noodle and Bean Sprout Salad
"Lime, mint, peanuts, panko, noodles, shrimp—lots of textures collide in this dish, screaming for a white wine with some acidity," says restaurateur Peter Kasperski.
Pairing: 2007 Glatzer Grüner Veltliner
Braised Short Ribs with Daikon and Glass Noodles
These tender short ribs are served in an intense broth made sweet with mirin and brown sugar and dark with soy sauce and sherry. "This is a variation of a Korean dish called kalbi tang," Sang Yoon says.
Pairing: Westmalle Dubbel
Thai Grilled Beef Salad
Pino Maffeo adorns this vibrant grilled beef salad with different types of micro mint.
Pairing: 2007 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Fish Teriyaki with Sweet-and-Sour Cucumbers
This is a fairly classic take on teriyaki—broiled or grilled slices of marinated meat or fish. The small amount of sugar in the soy-based sauce caramelizes in the heat, creating a deliciously sticky glaze.
Pairing: Chiyomusubi Tokubetsu Junmai Sake
Thai Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Dipping Sauce
Cilantro stems get in the act in this recipe; they're pureed with the leaves, jalapeños, garlic, fish sauce, and sesame oil to make a flavorful coating for grilled chicken. The dipping sauce, which also contains cilantro, is a classic Thai sweet-and-sour sauce.
Pairing: 2007 Hugel & Fils Hugel Gewürztraminer