Over the last 16 weeks, I’ve blogged every week about Asian food. I’ve discovered new recipes, culture, traditions and even a few things about my family that didn’t know before. So, what have I learned? I’ve learned that there’s so much more to learn about Asian cuisine.
- There’s a lot more to Asia that I haven’t even begun to look into. I’m excited to figure out how to make dishes originating from the Indian sub-continent and learn how Indian curry is prepared differently than Asian curry.
- I’m interested to see how Asian markets are different than in my little Midwest town. (More on this next week after I visit Southern California’s 99 Ranch market.)
- I will learn to make proper bulgogi. I’m currently lacking the right tools, which I have found online and now fully understand how to use.
- I’m going to use my bamboo steamer for more than just dumplings (although I will continue to make soup dumplings).
- I will get more of my mom’s recipes and share them with you. I will perhaps also transcribe a full conversation with mom. In order to get these recipes, I talk on the phone with her… sometimes for hours because every recipe comes with a story of how to make it, how she used to make, how she thinks I will mess it up, or how to “make it for Americans.”
- I will incorporate more dietary options. Now that summer has arrived in the Midwest, I expect you’ll also see a lot more grilled recipes.
- I’ll explore cooking tools and methods. After realizing my mom’s camping prowess came from her years cooking in outdoor kitchens, I’ve realized I’ve been pampered. While I still will resort to the lazy-woman’s method for some things – like soup gelatin – I think I will track down my own mortar and pestle.
So, while my compulsory portion of this blog has come to a close, I hope to continue on with the parts I feel haven’t been discussed. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing (and eating) the food. Come back often for more recipes and stories.