If you need some last minute ideas what to cook for a festive occasion, I’ve put together a Roundup of Festive Dishes, the Wok Star Way. It’s what being a Wok Star is all about! Do things differently and out of tradition with your own twist!
Let’s start with a few appetizers that are sure to please…
This wok frittata or tortilla can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. It’s so versatile, good as an appetizer, for breakfast when you have a lot of people or a perfect tapas or brunch dish.
Rainbow Lettuce Wrap is always a BIG HIT and will WOW your guests. As the name says, it’s a “rainbow” of colors and beautiful presentation with flavors and textures that explode in every bite.
Next course, and going the Wok Star Way, an Asian 5 Spice Roast Pork joint so there’s enough for several meals. It’s so simple, helps save time and most important, it’s delicious!
OR, you could go with Grilled Korean Style Kalbi Short Ribs, who doesn’t love beef ribs?
OR CHEAT and purchase a whole Roast Duck from Whole Foods, then reheat and crisp up!
OR CHEAT again and purchase ready cooked Maple Leaf Farm duck, grilling it and stir fry some Brussels Sprouts. This combination immediately conjurs up a Festive Dinner.
Sides are EASY, there’s so much to choose from…
This Stuffed Squash a la Wok Star Style is festive, colorful and tasty. Use whatever colorful veggies you have, add quinoa, or rice and voila!
When we were growing up, we didn’t celebrate Christmas as much as Chinese New Year, so no festive dish sprang to mind. These vegetables were all holiday colors with crispy textures to complement any bird or surf and turf, a lovely Festive Side.
For the following day, if you have any leftover duck, throw some into a noodle soup. It is so quick and easy to put together. If you don’t have any Asian green vegetables, throw some romaine lettuce leaves in the soup last minute. A great Duck Noodle Soup using leftovers.
Now, for an Asian dessert that will round out your Christmas festivities…my mom’s Malaysian Banana Fritters with ice cream of your choice but I think vanilla complements instead of overpowers the fritters.
My Roundup of Festive Dishes has something for everyone! With the Wok Star Way, you’ll be introducing your family and friends to new flavors and spark some interesting conversations around the dining table.
If you’re lounging with family and friends, head over to my Youtube channel and catch me sharing my mom’s Malaysian Chicken Curry and Cucumber Pickles so you’re ready to try some exotic dishes next year.
ENJOY, see you in 2021.