Asian cuisine holds a special fascination for the Western visitors. Food in Asia is a true festival of scents and flavors. After all, most spices originated somewhere there. The Western world has always been reasonably acquainted with Middle East food as Middle Eastern cooking has influenced that of all Mediterranean countries. There was awareness of Indian cooking through the love British could not help to feel towards Indian dishes, particularly curries. But to the Western eye, the Far East has always seemed remote and inscrutable. Only recently we have begun to explore their enviable cuisine and we are trying to make up for the lost time. Oriental cooking is a hit with home cooks exploring other cuisines for its simplicity, blend of flavors and easy, quick recipes. Find the Orient in your kitchen. Though rice is used in all cuisines, it is a staple food and essential in oriental cooking and many times other foods are seen as an accompaniment to the rice more than as the main course by themselves. Learn how to prepare a perfect rice with easy step by step instructions to prepare a simple boiled rice. Also tips to prepare it in the microwave, the oven, or steaming it.
Chinese cooking is the product of history and developed consummate skills; it attaches great importance to the combination of beautiful shapes and delicious tastes. Chinese food is in continuously changing to reflect the people's quest for delicacies and the many particulars in the country's history.
Indian food is colorful and vibrant, seasoned with many species. A trip to India made Jonathan realize that many dishes were cooked in yogurt sauce and that lightly fried onions are one of the favorite ingredients in most recipes, for him, India is a country of yogurt and onions.
Thailand, a country where a meal means rice accompanied by other dishes. Flavors of Thailand, a look at the traditional ingredients used in Thai cooking.
The Mediterranean side of Asia has its very distinctive cuisine, vey different in techniques and ingredients to the Oriental side. Turkey is famous for dried fruits and nuts and Turkish confectionery, from which baklava is one of the best known treats, is an example of how to use this fine ingredients in different ways.