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Recipes

Tofu with Soy-Butter Corn

The combination of flavors in this recipe—sweet late-season corn, soy, and butter—is not unusual. As Hiroko Shimbo writes in her book Hiroko’s American Kitchen, corn and butter are a common pair in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, where both are produced. Here the three come together, along with pan-fried tofu, scallions, mirin, and sesame …

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Chicken Tomato Pulao

A classic yakhni pulao is meticulously prepared by simmering basmati rice in an aromatic chicken, lamb, or goat broth. In this version, chicken thighs are simmered in a spiced tomato base along with rice and whole spices like cinnamon and bay leaf.

Aloo Paratha

If making bread has long intimidated you, start here. Parathas come in many shapes, textures, and flavors across Asia—they are perfect for dipping into dals and stews, or eating alongside assorted condiments. This take, which Priya Krishna learned from her aunt Rachna, is really simple: a basic wheat-based dough stuffed with silky spiced potatoes.

Alguashte

Sprinkle this toasty, salty Salvadoran seasoning on everything from scrambled eggs to vanilla ice cream, or use it as the backbone of your next broth.

Whole Fish Ssam

In Korean, ssam literally means “wrapped”—set the fish in the center of the table and pull the meat off the bones, using chopsticks to fill lettuce wraps along with radish salad, ssamjang, kimchi, and rice. Roasting a whole fish—skin, bones, and all—is surprisingly easy, and the flesh stays moist and flavorful even if you overcook …

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Onigiri Three Ways

Compact and ready to be taken on the go, onigiri—which are sold in convenience stores all over Japan—are great packed into lunches or enjoyed as an easy anytime snack. The balls are stuffed with flavorful and often salty fillings that pair well with the sticky rice: Go classic with Kewpie mayonnaise and tuna or umeboshi …

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Doogh

Doogh, a salty-tangy Persian yogurt drink, is the perfect antidote to a humid summer afternoon. It’s traditionally made with dried mint (and sometimes dried rose petals and/or ground black pepper) but this recipe employs fresh mint for a boost of bright flavor and color. This drink can be made with flat water, but club soda …

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Adobo-Style Eggplant

Adobo—both a style of preparation as well as the name of a dish—is one of the most widely known foods of the Philippines, often referred to as its national dish. To make adobo, which can be wet (very saucy) or dry (crispier and less soupy), pork, chicken, tubers, vegetables, squid, lamb, shrimp, or even duck, …

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