8 Homemade Asian Recipes To Try

Asian recipe ideas

If you’re running out of ideas for what to make for dinner, we’ve got you! With so many cuisines to enjoy in Singapore, we’re sharing 8 of our favourite Asian recipes as inspiration for your next cook. Bookmark this page for recipes from different cuisines, such as Thai, Vietnamese, and Malay cuisines, each coming with its own distinct flavours and signature dishes. 

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1. Tom Yum Goong Nam Sai


With a rich and full flavour, this seafood Tom Yum Goong recipe hits all the right spicy and sour notes. It’s comforting on a rainy day, and fully customisable to your taste. Up the spice factor with Thai red chillies, the tanginess with lime leaves, or even add a touch of evaporated milk for a creamier version (Tom Yum Goong Nam Khon).

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/tom-yum-goong/ 

Serves 3 to 4

2. Nasi Goreng Indonesian Fried Rice


This Nasi Goreng is a quick and hearty meal that can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. Here, we use store-bought belacan, but you can also try our homemade belacan recipe if you’re up for the challenge. Serve with tender chicken thigh and a crispy egg (plus runny centre!) for maximum goodness. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/indonesian-nasi-goreng/ 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes. Serves 2 to 3

3. Homemade Yam Cake


Light and fluffy yam mixed with umami pork belly, this gluten-free Yam Cake works well as a snack or a side dish for any time of the day. The dried shrimp, Chinese sausage and mushrooms add texture and taste, not forgetting the 8 cloves of shallots that give this dish its irresistible aroma. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/yam-cake-recipe/ 

Preparation Time: 1 hour. Serves 3 to 4

4. Easy Vietnamese Beef Pho


It takes 2 hours of simmering to extract the full flavour from beef bones, but every mouthful of the Beef Pho broth is so worth it. The beef flavour, along with toasted cinnamon sticks, coriander seeds, black cardamom and star anise, goes perfectly with rice noodles for a rainy day meal. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/homemade-vietnamese-beef-pho/ 

Preparation Time: 5 hours. Serves 3 to 4

5. Singapore Economic Fried Bee Hoon


For a quick and easy meal, zhng up your fried bee hoon with greens, luncheon meat, fried egg, and a hot dog. Tried and tested, our Economic Fried Bee Hoon recipe makes savoury noodles with the perfect texture — not too clumpy, not too wet. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/singapore-economic-fried-beehoon/ 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Serves 2 to 3

6. BBQ Sambal Stingray


Achieve the same smokey banana leaf aroma, even with no grill or oven. The BBQ Sambal Stingray uses just a pan and foil, with chilli paste, fresh stingray, or any other seafood of your choice. This method of cooking keeps the meat tender and tasty, soaking up all the sambal goodness for a spicy bite.  

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/homemade-bbq-sambal-stingray/ 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Serves 3 to 4

7. Penang Assam Laksa


Your tastebuds will tingle the fiert broth of this Penang Assam Laksa. Served with thick rice noodles and garnished with chunks of Mackerel and fresh herbs, this unique fish-broth laksa will leave you wanting more! Serve with cucumber strips, onions, chopped chillies, sliced pineapples, ginger torch flower and calamansi for the full Penang flavour. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/penang-assam-laksa/ 

Preparation Time: 2 hours. Serves 3 to 4

8. Hot Plate Tofu


This Hot Plate Tofu recipe features crispy, silky smooth egg tofu, paired with flavourful stir-fry minced meat and fresh prawns. A pro tip is to serve this right after cooking, over the creamy egg and with steamed jasmine rice, for a piping hot and delicious meal. 

Recipe: https://themeatmen.sg/chinese-home-style-egg-tofu/ 

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Serves 3 to 4

Asian meal ideas

Living in Singapore, the variety of Asian dishes is simply spectacular. Whether you’re cooking for a large gathering or an intimate family meal, it’s always a good idea to explore different cuisines, recipes and cooking styles. If you’ve tried any of these recipes or have more ideas, share them on our Meatmen FB Group! We can’t wait to see what you’ve got. 


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