May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Join us in celebrating the culture and history of Americans from Asia and the Pacific Islands with this handful of must-try recipes from some of Texas’ top chefs. Blending Asian flavors like curry and miso with local favorites like brisket and chicken wings, these dishes offer a fresh take on regional classics. It’s the perfect inspiration for your next meal.
Curry up, cowboys! In this recipe from Curry Boys BBQ restaurant in San Antonio, Southeast Asian curry meets Texas BBQ with a scrumptious blend of beef brisket and green curry. This bowl is easy to assemble; in fact, you probably have many of these ingredients on hand. This recipe calls for chili crisp, an East Asian condiment made with spicy chile oil, crunchy garlic, and spices. You can make your own or buy a pre-made jar—we like the Fly by Jing brand.
Beyond Keema Curry
If you’re new to Indian cooking, this recipe from Tarka Indian Kitchen is a great place to start! And this dish is flexible. You can use your favorite protein like chicken or beef, or you can make this a vegan dish with plant-based meat or tofu. Plus, it can be served with vegan sweet yeast rolls or any bread or rice you choose. With all of this dish’s warm, yummy spices and flavor, you’ll want to add more Indian dishes like this one to your regular rotation.
Condensed Milk Iced Coffee
Borrowing inspiration from well-known favorites like Thai iced coffee and Vietnamese iced coffee, this recipe from Delicious Shots will leave you wondering why you didn’t try this combination of cardamon and condensed milk sooner! This drink is best made with freshly brewed coffee. Customize with your favorite espresso or coffee blend.
Crispy Umami Chicken Wings
This recipe will take your wings to a whole new level. Straight from the menu of The Peached Tortilla in Austin, this dish is Asian comfort food at its best. The wings are marinated overnight in a fish sauce vinaigrette, then topped with herbs and shallots. You can turn up the heat by adding more sriracha to your wing sauce. And be sure to use rice flour for extra-crispy wings.
Miso Eggplant with Garlic Sushi Rice
Just in time for summer, this fried eggplant masterpiece shows off the elegance and simplicity of Japanese cuisine. This recipe is from Master Sushi Chef Hori Manabu of Kata Robata in Houston, and you can recreate this restaurant-ready dish at home. With just three elements—sushi garlic rice, fried eggplant, and red sweet miso sauce—you can serve it as either an appetizer at your next dinner party or a weeknight meal.
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