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Curries cool enough to eat in the summer

Curries cool enough to eat in the summer

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Summer is coming to Asia. This means heat, humidity and rain. The change in season will also bring a slight change to what people are eating. Although hot and spicy food is notoriously linked to hot climate countries, like most of Asia, you will find that people will still eat these types of dishes even in the middle of summer.

Curry is a common style of dish that is made and eaten across many Asian countries. There is a large spectrum of different types and ingredients added to a curry dish. Many countries have created versions of a curry where the flavours have been 'cooled down' to produce a refreshing and tasty dish that can be enjoyed in summer. Here are our top 5 curries that should keep you nice and cool in summer. 


1. Malaysian Chicken Curry Laksa


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This milky chicken and noodle laksa is quick and delicious. It's pact full of fresh ingredients like bean sprouts, spring onions, coriander and fried shallots. The curry offers a soup-like consistency and is the perfect comfort food to slurp up in summer. 


2. Lauki Aloo Sabzi (Potato Vegetable Curry)

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Lauki Aloo Sabzi is an Indian one pot dish that can be made in a pressure cooker. The potato vegetable curry is lightly spiced but very filling. The curry can be served with fluffy white rice or accompanied with a meat dish.  


3. Massaman Beef Curry

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This rich and fragrant, but relatively mild Thai curry combines coconut cream and coconut milk with potatoes, tender beef chunks and onions. The dish also includes a creamy peanut or cashew sauce that is best accompanied with a bowl of coconut rice to soak up all the flavour.


4. Japanese Curry

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Japanese curry is a very popular dish in Japan and very different from Indian curries. It's generally thicker and sweeter than other curries you would normally find throughout Asia, but it's just as delicious. The curry acts more like a gravy that generously covers crumbed chicken and rice. 


5. Creamy Indonesian Curry with Fish

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This Indonesian curry combines creamy coconut and tangy lemongrass with tender fish to create a vibrant, yellow curry sauce. Using fish as the protein makes the curry light and adds a natural saltiness to the dish. 


Enjoy delicious curries any time of the year by using Asian Home Gourmet's range of spice pastes to easily create the authentic flavours of Indian, Indonesian and Singaporean cooking. You can check out the full range of products and recipes at Asian Home Gourmet.  

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

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Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. It usually occurs between June 20 and 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. This first day of summer is celebrated all around the globe, and is done so differently in each country.


China

In ancient China, the summer solstice is celebrated in honour of the earth, femininity and the force known as 'yin'. Which lies in harmony with the celebration of the winter solstice, which masculinity and 'yang' is praised. Tribes traditionally participate in a ritual in which couples would jump through the fames of a fire pit, to predict how high the crops would grow that year.


 

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Japan

The summer solstice in Japan is a time of purification of soul and body. The ritual "Geshisai" is an annual event at Futami Okitami shrine, where hundreds of people in white step into the sea to purify their body and soul as the sun rises between a pair of sacred rocks. These two rocks are called Meotoiwa or Wedded Rocks, as the bigger (male) rock and the smaller (female) rock are tied with five sacred straw ropes.


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India

In India the summer solstice coincides with the international day of yoga, which is widely participated throughout the country through mass yoga sessions. Adiyogi, who is known to be the first yogi, is believed to have met his disciplines on the summer solstice. Celebrants of both events honour the day by practicing body-mind discipline.

If you can't visit these Asian countries during summer solstice, celebrate the day in the comfort of your own home! Check out our website and see how you can replicate the authentic experience of Asian cuisine here.


5 delicious Eid-al Fitr dishes

5 delicious Eid-al Fitr dishes

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Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the Ramadan; a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims world-wide. It is an important religious celebration that marks the end of the fasting period, and is enjoyed by prayer and food with family and friends. These festivities traditionally last for three days, depending on what day it lands on the calendar. Stuck on what to cook for the three-day celebration and in need inspiration? Here are our 5 must have dishes to have during your Eid-al-Fitr party!


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1. Rendang

Rendang is a Malaysian spicy coconut curry, that is filled with rich and traditional flavours, usually served with white rice. This dish has become a crowd favourite during the holy month and has spread throughout Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. 


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2. Butter Cookies

For a quick and easy dessert that both the adults and children will love, butter cookies are your best bet! Originating in Palestine, these are called 'Graybeh' are a dessert made from pine nuts or almonds. Extra ingredients can be added for extra flavour, such as walnuts and dates.


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3. Lapis Legit

No party is complete without a cake! Lapis Legit is an Indonesian thousand-layer cake, where each layer is made from poured and broiled batter, before being assembled into the finished product. It is a tedious dessert to make but it is well worth it in the end. 


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 4.       Raan

Raan is an Indian inspired dish which consists of a spiced and seasoned roast leg of lamb. Paired with a salad, it is an easy dish to cook. If this dish isn't demolished by your guests, the leftovers are still sensational and can be made into a salad or sandwiches for the next day!


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5. Spiced Potatoes

This North Indian dish is a great pair for all your hearty stews and curries. It is usually seasoned with chaat masala and served with hari and tamarind chutney but can be altered to your own taste. It is also a great vegetarian option!

Marking the end of Ramadan with a feast with friends and family is a joyous celebration but can often be quite stressful in regard to the preparation for the event. Take the stress out of cooking by checking out the range at Asian Home Gourmet. Bringing traditional and authentic dishes to you in the most convenient way. 


5 things to do on Jeju Island

5 things to do on Jeju Island


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Looking to escape the city? Jeju Island is located just an hour from South Korea's capital city of Seoul, and offers breathtaking natural wonders and unique tourist attractions. To make the most of your time in Jeju Island, we have compiled a bucket list of the best things you need to do and see during your stay!


Go hiking

Known for its natural wonders, Jeju Island has a variety of walking tracks which are easily accessible and are completely free! Seongsan Ilchulbong (otherwise known as Sunrise Peak) is an architectural tuff cone formed by hydrovolcanic eruptions over 5,000 years ago. This UNESCO World Heritage site is completely safe to visit, and offers scenic views of the East China Sea.


Visit the museum

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Want to see how Koreans lived in Jeju during the 19th century? The Jeju Folk Village Museum has preserved over 100 traditional houses, and thousands of artifacts including wood carvings. There are four villages in the museum which include the Mountain Village, Hill-Country Village, Fishing Village and Shamanism Village amongst the various exhibition halls.


Chasing waterfalls

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Need to cool off in the summer heat? Jeongbang Falls are the only waterfalls in Asia to fall directly into the ocean. The wall of the waterfall is scribed with the word 'Seobulgwacha' which refers to Seobul, a servant to the Chinese Emperor Jin, who passed by this landmark.


Waterworld

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A trip to Jeju isn't complete without a visit to WaterWorld, the largest water and leisure park on the island. This is a great place for families to get together and relax next to the pool and enjoy the other on-site activities such as mini golf, and work out at the fitness centre. Free admission is granted for children aged 3 and under!


Enjoy the fine dining

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It's no surprise that Jeju is filled with many trendy beachfront cafes with beautiful views of the oceanside. Will Be A Whale Café offers prime views of the crashing waves, and is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day in the sun.

We hope this list provides you with a variety of travel inspiration while you're in Jeju. But if you're not planning to visit South Korea any time soon, you can still experience the authentic flavours from your own kitchen with Asian Home Gourmet. To find more recipes and inspiration about Korean culture and cuisine feel free to check out our page.

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