Yesterday, some friends came over for a very tasty potluck. Dinner consisted of many (yeah, too many) tasty things...including three-meat (chicken, beef, shrimp) satay, Vietnamese lettuce wraps with beef, an Asian chicken and cabbage salad, a Balinese pork curry, and an excellent dessert course of three ice creams (green tea, red bean, and ginger), spiced oranges, and "cigarette" cookies.
Our part of dinner included:
Of the new-to-us dishes we made, the only one that was sort of a bust was the prawns and green tea soba noodles. We *would* make it again, but skipping the soba noodles and adding in other salad components. The flavor profile is amazing, but the pasta adds nothing and actually detracts from the prawns and hearts of palm (the stars of the show).
Steamed Jasmine rice Appetizer plate of lychee, shrimp, grape tomatoes, and fresh pineapple Spicy mango salad Vietnamese style prawns and hearts of palm with green tea soba noodles Thai salad with cashews Thai stir-fried greens with oyster sauce
The ones we'll make again? All of the rest. The Thai "greens" involved Chinese broccoli and were particularly nice and balanced.
Everyone who joined us cooked quite wonderful foods. There are even some leftovers for tomorrow. (Tonight we had soupe l'oignon and crusty French rolls.)