Healthy Asian food to start your New Year off right

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Audrey Magazine:

It’s that time of year again. January means everyone is excited and determined to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. We’re going to go ahead and guess that one of your 2015 resolutions is to eat healthier. Well have no fear! We’re here to help you tackle that goal while still eating yummy Asian food. Here are five flavorful and healthy Asian foods that can be incorporated into anyone’s diet.

 

1. Japchae

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Love noodles but want to eliminate carbs from your diet? Try japchae, which is made from Korean sweet potato noodles called dangmyeon. Topped with healthy veggies and occasionally fried eggs, japchae is usually served as “banchan” or an appetizer to a meal. Eat up!

 

2. Bok Choy

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Bok choy is essentially Chinese cabbage. With only nine calories per serving and 0.1 grams of fat, bok choy is great for when you are ready to eat lots of tasty, flavorful greens veggies.

 

3. Kimchi

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Now, it’s time for Korean cabbage. If you can handle the spiciness, load up on the kimchi. Low in calories but high in fiber and antioxidants, kimchi helps regulate the cardiovascular and digestive system while providing vitamins that help reduce aging effects and blood sugar levels. Like japchae, kimchi is a quintessential Korean banchan dish.

 

4. Dal

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Dal is quite simply spiced Indian lentils. Lentils themselves are one of the healthiest foods out there: lentils help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and have a lot of protein without a lot of the fat. There are many different ways to make dal but all add flavor and comfort to the superfood that is lentils.

 

5. Sriracha

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Yes, really. The cult of sriracha has practically taken a life on it’s own and it’s all for the better. The red pepper chili sauce boosts metabolism and endorphins (which make you feel happier) while lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Pour it up!

How school lunch in America compares to Japan, Philippines, India and Korea 

 

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Audrey Magazine: 

In the Buzzfeed video called “School Lunches Around The World” which (as the title suggests) shows the average school lunch of children from various countries.  Most interesting of all was the difference in size, nutritional value and of course, content.

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According to the video, a typical school lunch in the United States consists of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some chips, a Go-gurt, an apple and some milk. Although many comments argued that a more typical American school lunch consists of a slice of pizza instead of a PB&J, we have to admit that this combination pretty much hits the mark when it comes to average lunches.

 

But does the video accurately show the average school lunch in Asian countries?

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Although the image shows Japan’s lunch consisting of rice, mackerel and pickled spinach, it’s safe to assume that the vegetables and fish can be substituted with other ingredients. The main essence of a Japanese lunch is clear: food is made from scratch and made to be healthy. In fact, Japan’s child obesity rate, which is always among the world’s lowest, has declined for each of the past six years.

 

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For the Philippines, the video shows rice and lechon kawali (pork) on a banana leaf rather than a plate. Admittedly, the banana leaf gave quite a few people a chuckle. Viewers recognized this as the tradition in many rural areas of the Philippines. The main issue some had with this image is that it did not feature seafood, a staple of Philippine cuisine. That aside, this simple combination is more than common. Unfortunately, a diet rich in meats like Lechon may be the reason for high rates of hypertension.

 

 

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India’s school lunch consists of rice and saag paneer (a classic Indian dish consisting of cooked spinach and fried paneer cheese with thickened cream or coconut milk) and dal makhani (another Indian staple consisting of whole black lentil and red kidney beans). The meal has become an average school lunch thanks to a massive school feeding program which aims to improve nutritional levels among children.

 

 

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Korea’s average school lunch consists of purple rice, soup, kimchi, radish and bulgogi (grilled, marinated beef). While some viewers commented that this plate is inaccurate because it should be flipped to have the rice closer to us, we can go ahead and agree with the plate. Anyone who has dined at a Korean restaurant is accustomed to the colorful meal and the numerous side dishes.

As viewers watched this video, they couldn’t help but notice that the American meal lacked vegetables and more importantly, it contained quite a large amount of processed and sugary foods. Many have linked this

10 Asian soups to keep you warm over the holidays

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 Audrey Magazine:

On a blistering cold night, a steaming hot bowl of soup is the tastiest cure to the shivers and well, almost everything else right? Now that winter is full steam (sorry) ahead, here are ten different Asian soups, from the popular to the underrated, that you should try eating and possibly try making this winter!

1. Kuy Teav

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A Cambodian delicacy, kuy teav is a Camobidan Chinese pork noodle soup made from a clear broth and flat rice noodles. Kuy teav is usually enjoyed as a breakfast dish from street vendors, but we feel that it’s comforts will last throughout the day!

2. Soba

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Unlike the popular ramen, soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour. Soba can be a year round dish and is typically served either hot and in a soup for winter or chilled with a dipping sauce for summer. Also, soba differs from udon in that soba noodles are thin while udon noodles are genuinely thicker.

 3. Laksa

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A spicy MalayasianChinese fusion dish. There are three main types of laksa: curry laksa, asam laksa and sarawak laksa. Curry laksa has a coconut curry base, while asam laksa has a sourfish soup base, and sarawak has a sambal belacan base. No matter which type of laksa you choose, it’s sure to give you a kick!

4. Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

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There are many different types of beef noodle soups out there. However, the red-braised beef noodle soup was invented by Chinese refugees in Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. Today, Taiwan considers this red-braised beef noodle soup a national dish. With it’s tender beef and spicy broth, it is sure to be a comfort during those chilly months.

5. Tong Sui

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Tong Sui literally means “sugar water” in Cantonese and is a soup dessert that is a Cantonese delicacy.

6. Bakmi Ayam

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Bakmi ayam, or often shortened to mei ayam, is an Indonesian noodle soup that is very simple but delicious. The main ingredients are wheat noodles, chinese bok choy (cabbage), and slices of chicken and mushroom. Eaten separately or together with the broth, the soup is delicious either way!

7. Sinigang

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Sinigiang is a Filipino dish. A tamarind-based soup, Sinigiang is usually sour because of ingredients such as guava and ripe mango.

8. Soondobu Jjigae

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Soondubu jjigae is a spicy Korean tofu soup. It’s typically served in a hot stone pot with other dishes such as rice, meat, or banchan on the side.

9. Milagu Rasam

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Milagu Rasam is a pepper tamarind-based South Indian soup. Supposedly, both the black pepper and tamarind are natural heat-inducing ingredients for the body. Either way, milagu rasam is a tasty method to staying warm!

10. Bun Mang Vit

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Pho is probably the most famous Vietnamese soups, but Bun Mang Vit, a duck and noodle soup, is also another tasty option! The main ingredients here are duck, bamboo shoots and vermicelli noodles, but the lemongrass, ginger and chili give this soup a nice kick.

HYPEBEAST Eats: Badmaash Is Not Your Average Indian Restaurant

 

Forgoing intricate tapestries, buffet tables and the soft mood lighting many have come to associate with Indian restaurants, Badmaash serves up Indian cuisine with a whole new attitude that is at once approachable and badass. Launched by Pawan Mahendro and his sons Nakul and Arjun, the LA-based Indian gastropub serves up traditional flavors with a bit of modern foodie innovation. Visitors can look forward to original signatures like a lamb burger with paprika mayo washed down with bottles of Thums Up — India’s answer to Coca Cola.

Having grown up in Toronto, the Badmaash boys show some special love for their cross-cultural upbringing with their special Chicken Tikka Poutine, which combines crispy fries tossed in paprika masala and chicken tikka cooked in a clay tandoor oven. On the decor side, Badmaash keeps its interior simple and industrial, though vintage Bollywood posters and a pop-art Ghandi mural add just a touch of East Indian flair.

To learn more about Badmaash and plan your visit, head over to the restaurant website.

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29 Awkward and confusing facts about every American Desi’s life

1. You have two names: the correct pronunciation for your Indian family and friends, and the Americanized pronunciation for everyone else.

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You every time someone turns an Ajay into an “A.J.” or an Anamika into an Anna-Meeka.

2. You get made fun of for your American accent when you go to India…

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

3. And you’re self-conscious about your parents’ Indian accents when your American friends come over.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

4. You have spice-craving Indian taste in a bland American culinary landscape.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

Where nobody makes anything as spicy or delicious as your mom does.

5. The downside: bringing elaborate Indian meals to school for lunch while all your friends had PB&Js.

The downside: bringing elaborate Indian meals to school for lunch while all your friends had PB&Js.

6. Constantly being asked this awful question: “But where are you really from?”

7. And: “What was it like growing up in the third world?”

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Hey, now, don’t say that about New Jersey.

8. The most difficult decision you made in college was whether to join a dance team, and which one.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

9. You’ve been called a coconut at least once in your life.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

10. Every time you misbehaved growing up, your parents threatened to send you to India.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

11. And their attempts to keep you connected to your roots meant you spent your childhood in and out of Bharatnatyam and Carnatic singing lessons.

And their attempts to keep you connected to your roots meant you spent your childhood in and out of Bharatnatyam and Carnatic singing lessons.

12. Going to the one Bollywood theater in your town meant running into all of your family friends.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

13. Your biggest secret is the hardcore Bollywood playlists on your iPod and Spotify.

Your biggest secret is the hardcore Bollywood playlists on your iPod and Spotify.

14. Every time you go back to India to visit your relatives, they’re constantly calling you healthy*.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

*Healthy (noun): Aunty code for fat. Just say it like it is, Aunty. All those American McBurgers have made me a McFatty.

15. But at the same time, they’ll feed you relentlessly until “Eat, beta!” sounds like a threat.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

16. Another well-meaning threat: “Don’t worry, we’ll find you a nice Indian husband/wife.”

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

Even though they’re usually kidding when they say this, you can’t help but get suspicious that someday they’ll actually follow through.

17. Which makes bringing home a non-brown significant other extremely awkward.

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18. When people ask you why your English is so good:

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19. Or if you speak Hindu:

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

20. You grew up confused between “Indian-American” and “American Indian.”

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

When you’ve been asked enough times whether you’re a “dot Indian” or a “feather Indian,” everything begins to lose meaning.

21. Your parents constantly make you download and test various free international calling apps.

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To stay in touch with their parents.

22. Every time someone you know goes to India, you send a shopping list.

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23. And every time you go, you in turn become a delivery service for laddoos and sari blouses.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

24. You know cricket is in your blood and all, but you truly understand baseball better. Oops.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

25. Being repped in popular culture by characters that are math nerds or otherwise caricatured stereotypes.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

26. Everyone congratulated you when a brown Miss America was crowned even though you did literally nothing.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

27. When your Indian-from-India friends reminisce about their craaazy childhoods, you just listen quietly…

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

28. Knowing that you had a crazy and wonderful childhood too, as a permanent citizen of chaos and madness.

29 Awkward And Confusing Facts About Every American Desi's Life

29. And you wouldn’t trade your insane, baffling, incredible American Desi life for anything in the world.

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KFC India Creates Thick, Deep-Fried Cheese Patty

 

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FoodBeast:

Cheese lovers across the US are probably weeping hysterically knowing that KFC’s new Paneer Zinger sandwich is made with a deep-fried cheese patty and only served at KFC India. Who’s down for a last-minute transcontinental plane ride?

The Paneer Zinger features two slices of paneer cheese between a spicy cream sauce, which adds a welcome kick to the sandwich. The cheese is double-breaded and deep-fried into a thick, cheesy patty. Paneer, a popular cheese in India, is known for not melting in high temperatures. The rest of the sandwich keeps it simple and tops the patty with lettuce and a thousand island-type sauce. Excuse us while we wipe the drool from our chins.

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19 Unexpected Benefits Of Having An Indian Best Friend

1. First things first: You regularly get to eat some of the best foods in the world.

Because you know that Indian food is so much more than just chicken tikka masala and naan.

2. You watch more insane Bollywood movies than you ordinarily would.

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Because a live translator is a lot more fun than poorly translated subtitles.

3. You’ve been made aware of some truly mindblowing pieces of eye-candy.

Brown gets down, man.

4. And all your playlists are a lot more exciting because of your brown BFF’s song recommendations.

And all your playlists are a lot more exciting because of your brown BFF's song recommendations.

5. You get to borrow the coolest clothes and accessories.

#SariNotSorry

6. You can understand – and therefore appreciate – the classiest sport of all.

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7. You get to participate fully and authentically in some of the world’s coolest holiday traditions.

8. You have the best dance moves at any party you attend.

9. Having been raised on your Bollywood, this friend is hopelessly romantic, which is good to have around.

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10. Occasionally sharing foods with your BFF means your spice tolerance has skyrocketed.

19 Unexpected Benefits Of Having An Indian Best Friend

11. If you ever happen to meet your best friend’s extended family, you’re in for some uniquely entertaining chaos.

19 Unexpected Benefits Of Having An Indian Best Friend

12. Like any good Indian, your friend uses some pretty ridiculous slang and obviously you’ve picked it up.

Like any good Indian, your friend uses some pretty ridiculous slang and obviously you've picked it up.

13. And your vocabulary is now littered with some of the most expressive curse words in the world.

14. Going shopping with your BFF is good for you because they come from a long line of expert bargainers.

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15. You know that chai can be so, so, so much more than Starbucks would have you believe.

You know that chai can be so, so, so much more than Starbucks would have you believe.

16. You can ask them all of your dumb* questions about India without fear of being judged.

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*And borderline racist.

17. You probably never have to pay for hookah because your BFF makes it at home, pro-status.

19 Unexpected Benefits Of Having An Indian Best Friend

18. Someday in the future, you’ll get to attend a baller week-long wedding involving fire and animals.

19. And, duh, if you ever decide to visit the most vibrant country on earth, you’ll do it with the most legit tour-guide possible.

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26 Traditional Indian Foods That Will Change Your Life Forever

1. Biryani

What It Is: An aromatic rice dish cooked with several spices, notably saffron, and a protein (typically chicken or mutton) that’s been marinated.

2. Momos

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What It Is: A variation on the traditional dimsum, native to the North Eastern states that border Nepal (where the dish originated), eaten with a fiery red chutney.

3. Idli

What It Is: A heavy South Indian breakfast food. A fermented batter of ground rice and lentils, steamed in little circular moulds.

4. Gulab jaamun

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What It Is: Small balls of dried milk, slow cooked and boiled in a sugar syrup.

5. Chole bhature

Chole bhature

What It Is: A spiced, curried chickpea dish served with a fried flour bread.

6. Nethili varuval

Nethili varuval

What It Is: Anchovies dipped in a paste of turmeric and red chilies and fried, native to the South Indian region Chettinad.

7. Kati roll

What It Is: A traditional street food popular across India (and abroad). A wrap of kebabs, eggs, vegetables, and spices rolled into paratha (a type of flat bread).

8. Rajma

What It Is: Kidney beans in a thick gravy popular across North India.

9. Pani puri

What It Is: A small crisp hollow round bread filled with spiced water, tamarind paste, potato, onion, and chickpeas.

10. Jalebi

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What It Is: A wheat flour batter deep fried in coil-shapes and soaked in sugar syrup, served hot.

11. Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken

What It Is: Chicken marinated for hours in a paste of yogurt and spices, and then roasted (traditionally) in a clay oven called a tandoor.

12. Banana chips

What It Is: Thin slices of banana deep fried in savory spices.

13. Baingan bharta

Baingan bharta

What It Is: Roasted eggplant mashed together with a variety of other vegetables and spices, served with flatbread.

14. Dosa

Dosa

What It Is: A crispy, flat bread (similar to a crepe or pancake) made of rice batter, served with a lentil sauce (sambar) and a variety of chutneys.

15. Bhelpuri

Bhelpuri

What It Is: Puffed rice fried with vegetables, in a spicy and tangy tamarind sauce.

16. Vada

What It Is: A South Indian snack staple made of a lentil or flour batter fried into a doughnut shape.

17. Bhindi masala fry

What It Is: Okra stuffed with spices, fried.

18. Rogan josh

Rogan josh

What It Is: A lamb curry of Persian origin, now popular in the Kashmir area. In India, rogan josh is often made using goat meat instead of lamb.

19. Dhokla

Dhokla

What It Is: A snack/breakfast food from the state of Gujurat, made of fermented rice and chickpea batter.

20. Gaajar halwa

What It Is: An extremely popular dessert, made by cooking grated carrot with milk, sugar, and dried fruits.

21. Pakora

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What It Is: A fritter native to the Indian state Uttar Pradesh – one or more basic ingredients (onion, eggplant, potato, cauliflower, and chili peppers are all options) are dipped in gram flour and deep fried.

22. Rumali roti

What It Is: The word “rumal” is Hindi for handkerchief, and this bread resembles one; it is large, as thin as cloth, and served folded like a napkin.

23. Papri chaat

Papri chaat

What It Is: Crispy, fried dough wafers served with boiled potatoes, boiled chick peas, chilis, yogurt, tamarind chutney, and several spices.

24. Kulfi

Kulfi

What It Is: An iced preparation made from thickened milk, almonds and pistachios.

25. Recheado masala fish

Recheado masala fish

What It Is: A spicy paste made of chilies, tamarind, and garlic (amongst other spices) is rubbed onto whole fish which are then fried.

26. Samosas

And, finally, samosas.

What It Is: A fried or baked triangular snackfood made of a potato stuffing, usually also containing onions and peas, served with a mint chutney.

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