My culinary journey through Asia: After

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. I’m going to use my bamboo steamer for more than just dumplings (although I will continue to make soup dumplings).
  5. 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.”
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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