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Southeast Asian delights

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:

  • 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
  • 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).

    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.)

    Comments

    Thanks for the menu and the links to your recipes. Yum!

    On your parenthetical remark "(yeah, too many)" I might be inclined to point out that hosts providing five dishes plus rice for a potluck dinner is, shall we say, overkill....

    Tasty, tasty overkill.

    Well, you should notice that I placed absolutely no blame at all on the *guests* for the overkill. In fact, it's my fault.

    On the other hand, the little plate of munchies was a last-minute addition (because we had too many shrimp, so might as well cook 'em all up).

    I have all of the ingredients for a nice shrimp curry for later in the week, more of the Chinese broccoli, and leftover rice. :-) Wednesday or Friday...

    "I have all of the ingredients for a nice shrimp curry for later in the week, more of the Chinese broccoli, and leftover rice. :-) Wednesday or Friday..."

    Yum...

    Might there be enough for 3, especially if I bring a few more shrimp to add to the pot? Wednesday or Friday are good candidates for Somebody Else's Suitcase to make its way from your basement to my car and home.

    Just sayin'

    But of course. :-) Why else would I mention it?

    Probably best Friday, but I'll let you know.

    Sounds like a plan. A tasty plan.

    both the mango salad and the thai salad sound very yummy!