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Best ever Asian dinner party recipes

Full of vibrant colours and fragrant flavours, Asian cuisine is the perfect choice for a show-stopping dinner party theme. Impress your guests with our stunning seared tuna tataki, try a Chinese classic with our pork and prawn dumplings or get stuck into our sticky Korean pork shoulder.


Starters

Pork burgers with Thai tomato and coconut relish

Check out these pork burgers with punchy Thai flavours, topped with a cooling zesty coconut relish. These easy pork burgers come from chef Scott Hallsworth’s Asian junk-food restaurant, Freak Scene.

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Pork Mince Burgers with Coconut Relish

Seared tuna tataki

This simple Asian dish is super-healthy and will have your tastebuds singing. It’s only 211 calories, too. Ask your fishmonger for sashimi-grade tuna.


Pork-belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

These pork-belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce make easy but impressive canapés for the festive season


Thai-style fishcakes with sweet and sour cucumber pickle

Thai fishcakes make brilliant party food or a dinner party starter as you can fry them in advance and keep warm in the oven. The easy cucumber pickle adds an authentic Southeast Asian touch.


Beef tataki rolls

An easy version of a classic Japanese dish; seared rare beef fillet is wrapped around crunchy carrot and mooli and served with a soy and sesame dipping sauce. This low-fat party food nibble is a great one to make ahead, just keep in the fridge until needed.


Pork and prawn dumplings 

Small, delicious parcels of succulent meat and fish with a kick of chilli and ginger, pork and prawn dumplings are a dim sum favourite. Learn how to make them with step-by-step help from our test kitchen.

Asian lettuce wraps

A healthy take on an Asian classic – just substitute the floury wrap for carb-free lettuce. Less than 300 calories a roll, this recipe comes from olive reader Sophie Hyam.

Asian lettuce wraps

Mains

Chicken-fried chicken with peanut soy

Check out this flavour-packed crispy chicken with sticky peanut sauce from Scott Hallsworth’s Asian restaurant, Freak Scene in Soho. The team at Freak Scene fry the chicken in rendered chicken fat, but duck fat is easier to get hold of and will give you a similar result.

Chicken-Fried Chicken Recipe with Peanut Soy

Korean slow-roast shoulder of pork

This is a great way to serve a big crowd of people – get all the accompaniments ready and let everyone dig in and make their own lettuce wraps. Cook the pork a day ahead if you like, then glaze and reheat to serve – just make sure it’s piping hot all the way through.


Ginger lemon sole with Chinese greens

Our ginger lemon sole with Chinese greens is a quick and easy Chinese recipe. For the Chinese, fish celebrates prosperity and greens symbolise longevity.


Hot and sour aubergine with sticky rice

Sticky rice with aubergine in a hot and sour sauce, made from very simple ingredients: red chilli, soy sauce, vinegar and a little sugar.


Prawn massaman curry

Massaman curry comes from southern Thailand and is not as fiery as green or red Thai curries. We love the fragrant flavours and the texture that the peanuts add.


Sweet soy aubergine noodles

Ditch the take away menu and grab a pan, these low calorie vegetarian noodles are a quick and easy mid-week meal idea guaranteed to hit the spot.

Sweet Soy Noodle Recipe with Aubergine

Kung pao prawns

This Kung Pao shrimp recipe is a really low calorie stir-fry and is served in a homemade sauce with noodles or rice. The Szechuan peppercorns and chilli flakes add some spice to the prawns while the cashew nuts add a crunchy texture to the dish

king-pao-prawns

Sri Lankan fish curry

This Sri Lankan fish curry recipe is easy to make and on the dinner table in less than an hour. It is less than 500 calories per serving and also suitable for freezing

Sri Lankan Fish curry

Korean steak with pickled cucumber salad

In the mood to try something different? Liven up your steak with a fiery gochujang sauce and serve with a refreshing pickled cucumber salad and steamed rice

korean steak with pickled cucumber salad

Chicken and cashew curry 

An easy chicken curry recipe to spice up your midweek meals. Finish with some fresh coriander leaves and enjoy.

chicken and cashew curry

Sharing dishes

Sesame steak salad with chilli dipping sauce 

Steak always feels like a treat. With this recipe for sesame steak salad with chilli dipping sauce it doesn’t have to be saved for a special occasion. This dish is ready in under 30 minutes and comes in at under 500 calories. The best part? You won’t even notice you’re being good, perfect dinner party supper!

Vietnamese caramel pork 

This Vietnamese-inspired caramel pork recipe is quick and easy but looks so good it feels like a treat. Packed full of fresh Asian flavours, it’s the perfect midweek pick-me-up.


Veggie noodle salad with lime and peanut dressing 

This noodle salad is packed with fresh, crunchy veggies, a tangy, nutty dressing and a zesty kick of lime. It’s ready in just 20 minutes and makes a great lunch or lighter dinner.

Plum and sesame lamb cutlets

Rosie Birkett’s plum and sesame lamb cutlets are so good we put them on our cover. The delicious, sweet, sticky glaze with a kick of spicy sriracha works so well with lamb and the spring onions add a crunch of freshness. They look fantastic, and are sure to be a hit at your next barbecue.


Tumeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

This turmeric chicken broth soup is under 500 calories per serving and is seriously on-trend. It’s detox-friendly and on the table in 30 minutes – plus, it’s really impressive if you’ve got friends round.

Turmeric Broth With Chicken And Ginger Dumplings. Bowl of turmeric broth with chicken and ginger dumplings

Banh mi bowls with lemongrass pork

Like a bánh mì sandwich, but without the bread! Try our lighter take on a Vietnamese classic, packed with pork tenderloin, carrots, mooli and jasmine rice.

Banh mi bowls

Teriyaki beef noodles

To speed things up, use teriyaki stir-fry sauce rather than a marinade. Then it will be piping hot and on the table in no more than 20 minutes! This is such quick and easy side dish to add to your asian inspired dinner party.

Teriyaki beef noodles


Sides

Stir-fried smacked cucumber

Regional Chinese cuisines are slowly spreading across the UK, breaking the hold of Hong Kong style Cantonese cuisine. This recipe for stir-fried smacked cucumber is traditionally a beer snack, so you can serve it with drinks, or use it as a side dish


Steamed pork buns (Hirata buns)

Sweet, pillowy Hirata buns are popping up on menus all over at the moment. Try this on-trend recipe at home with our step-by-step guide. The secret to steamed buns is extra raising agent and double rising, which gives you a pillowy bun to stuff your pork belly into


Smoky miso aubergines

Miso and aubergine is a match made in heaven, and this recipe is perfect for the BBQ this summer. Make sure you check the miso is vegan


Sweet potato miso mash

Sweet potato just got sweeter with this clever addition of miso seasoning and pumpkin seeds. It’s easy to make, vegetarian and the perfect side dish to complete your meal

sweet potato-miso mash

Lychee and mandarin mojito

This beautiful cocktail was created for a Chinese banquet. Mandarins or oranges are eaten at New Year as the colour symbolises gold and wealth. The raspberry adds redness – the luckiest colour according to the Chinese

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Sesame chicken, pickled red cabbage and sushi rice salad

If you love sushi but have never made it, try this easy salad version first. We’ve made it with pickled red cabbage, sesame chicken, soya beans and sushi rice.

Sesame chicken, pickled red cabbage and sushi rice salad