Asian food is famous for its health benefits but replication of these dishes has affected their nutritional value. Fortunately, a lot of people have now been more conscious of what they eat and healthier and tastier versions of the dishes have been developed. Here are some of the most popular healthy Asian food recipes.
- Low-Fat Crab and Corn Soup
This world-famous soup is known to have originated in the Southern region of China. Made mainly of crab meat, corn, and egg whites, a lot of modifications have already been made to this dish and the following recipe is a creamier but healthier alternative.
Total time: 40 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 (8 ounce.) can corn
1 bay leaf
1 (10.5 ounce) can vegetable broth
4 cups skim milk
1 tsp butter
1 (6 ounce) can premium lump crabmeat
1 cup cubed potato or 2 large pieces
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning to taste
salt and pepper to taste
- In a large stock pot, heat the olive oil. Use medium heat.
- Sauté onion and garlic for a few minutes.
- Add potato, carrot, celery, and red bell pepper. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until slightly soft. If the potatoes stick, add a little oil.
- If you want a slightly thicker soup, you may add 1 tablespoon of flour at this stage and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
- Add milk, broth, corn, and bay leaf and bring to a simmer.
- Over medium-low heat, simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are softened.
- Stir in the can of crabmeat and old bay seasoning.
- Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste.
- Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls
The Vietnamese spring rolls dish, locally called Nem cuốn, has also made it to the hall of fame. Spring rolls are not unknown to other cuisines but the Vietnamese version is especially interesting because of how the locals use herbs to make this dish taste like no other.
This recipe yields about 7 rolls.
Total time: 50 minutes
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
7 ounce cooked shrimps, peeled and sliced
14 edible rice papers (or wrappers)
2 cups cooked rice vermicelli
1 cup mint leaves
3 cups bean sprouts
4 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 crushed garlic clove (optional)
1 cup water
4 tbsp fish sauce
- Soften the rice wrappers by carefully dipping at least 2 pieces in a large bowl of warm water for about a minute. Dipping one piece may cause it to break. Once soft, lay the wrappers on a clean cloth.
- At the bottom of the wrapper, alternately arrange about 4 pieces of mint leaves and 4 shrimp halves. Put lettuce leaves on top of the arrangement, followed by a handful of bean sprouts and vermicelli.
You can see more of this article in our September 2014 issue of ModelsMania