19 Southeast Asian Recipes

Filipino Beef Shank Soup
Photo: Greg DuPree

These incredible Southeast Asian recipes include soothing Cambodian chicken-and-rice soup, spicy Vietnamese sandwiches, tender Penang beef curry and more.

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Filipino Grilled Chicken

Filipino Grilled Chicken

Filipino food is having a moment, thanks to flavors like adobo, a salty-tangy soy-vinegar blend that's excellent with chicken.

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Fried Forbidden Rice

Fried Forbidden Rice

For a robust take on the Indonesian fried rice dish nasi goreng, chef Sang Yoon stir-fries black rice, sometimes called forbidden rice, with bacon and roasted garlic. "You can make it with short-grain brown rice, but you'd miss a lot of the fun," Yoon says.

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Cambodian Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Shrimp

Cambodian Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Shrimp
© Kana Okada

For this spicy, soothing and restorative chicken-and-rice soup, Ratha Chau prepares his own delectable chicken stock and roasts a chicken, which is then cut into large pieces and added to it. Using prepared stock and preroasted chicken significantly cuts back on prep time.

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Southeast Asian Rib Eye Steaks

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The anchovies and dry mustard in the marinade for these steaks add a salty, almost umami-like flavor to the meat.

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Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham

Vermicelli with Chicken Skewers and Nuoc Cham
© Dana Gallagher

In this version of a Vietnamese dish, individual piles of cucumber, fresh herbs, and grilled chicken are arranged on a platter of vermicelli and bean sprouts. Tangy nuoc cham sauce is poured over all. As each diner takes a portion, the components intermingle.

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Penang Beef Curry

Penang Beef Curry

Hanger steak gets braised in an aromatic broth until melt-in-your-mouth tender, then simmered in spicy coconut curry sauce.

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Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

Spicy Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

The Vietnamese accents here come from Sriracha (Southeast Asian chile sauce) and sweet-salty pickled onions.

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Stir-Fried Red Rice with Sliced Sirloin Steak and Peas

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"Red rice is slightly sweet and packed with nutrients that both nurture the body and calm the mind," Su-Mei Yu says. Rice is also considered perfectly balanced among all the elements. Here, Yu stir-fries it with thin slices of lean steak, dark leafy greens and zingy cilantro. The dish is also good with salmon or shrimp in place of the steak.

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Drunken Noodles

Drunken Noodles

This fast (and almost vegetarian) Thai rice noodle dish is dressed with a deliciously savory, spicy sauce and tossed with crispy tofu.

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Joyce's Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

Joyce's Vietnamese Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Wraps

Small Bites by Jennifer Joyce takes the popular restaurant trend of small plates and turns it into a fresh style of entertaining. Joyce's party recipes are clever but extremely doable: She gives chicken meatballs a heavenly sticky glaze, for instance, by rolling them in sugar before baking.

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Thai One-Pot

Thai One-Pot

Ground pork, rice, bell peppers, and shiitake mushrooms are cooked in a single pan and flavored with soy sauce, lime juice, and cayenne. Quick, delicious, and easy to clean up after—what more could you want in a dish?

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Butter-Braised Corn with Dried Shrimp

Butter-Braised Corn with Dried Shrimp

This Asian take on buttered summer corn gets marvelous flavor from dried shrimp, Thai chile, scallions and fish sauce.

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Lemongrass Chicken

Lemongrass Chicken

Eric and Sophie Banh marinate the chicken in a mixture of curry and fish sauce for up to 2 hours before stir-frying. A five-minute marinade allows the curry flavor to develop quickly.

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Spiced Beef Pho with Sesame-Chile Oil

Spiced Beef Pho with Sesame-Chile Oil
© Earl Carter

The rice vermicelli soup pho is a staple all over Vietnam and this spicy beef version is the specialty of Hanoi. At home in Connecticut, Marcia Kiesel often eats it for breakfast, as the Vietnamese do. "It's a perfect meal and an invigorating way to start the day," she says. She's tried innumerable phos but considers the recipe from Binh Duong, her co-author on Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking, to be the best. Inspired by the pho served at Ana Mandara and the Hideaway, she tweaks Duong's recipe by adding an escarole garnish.

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Sweet Sticky Rice with Mangoes and Sesame Seeds

Sweet Sticky Rice with Mangoes and Sesame Seeds

Most Thai dishes are best served at room temperature, including this creamy dessert: "If you chill it, it becomes rock-hard, but if you heat it up, it turns to mush," Andy Ricker explains. Many traditional recipes for sticky rice require steaming the grains for up to an hour, but for the supereasy adaptation here, Ricker cleverly suggests microwaving the rice for only about 15 minutes instead.

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Balinese Grilled Chicken

Balinese Grilled Chicken. Photo © Anson Smart
© Anson Smart

On a surfing trip to Indonesia, Pete Evans tried a version of this chicken roasted over an open fire. The turmeric, chiles and ginger in the marinade are popular flavors in Indonesian cooking.

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Asian Noodles with Roast Pork

Asian Noodles with Roast Pork

This traditional Singaporean dish is a savory mix of tasty noodles, Chinese broccoli and pork.

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Crispy Pork, Shrimp and Cabbage Imperial Rolls

Crispy Pork, Shrimp and Cabbage Imperial Rolls

To make the perfect roll, Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan cook the filling ahead of time and wet the rice paper with their palms. The results: "Crispy, chewy and snowy white rolls!"

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Filipino Beef Shank Soup

Filipino Beef Shank Soup
Greg DuPree

Bulalo, a brothy stew from the Philippines, is enriched by the marrow and collagen from meaty beef shanks. Corn, green beans, and cabbage added near the end of cooking deliver a contrasting fresh crunch.

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