Chopsticks may have originated in Asia, but they’ve gained popularity all across the world. Today, there are plenty of chopstick-worthy dishes that are enjoyed in the UK. Here’s a look at some of them.
Stir-Fry with Rice
There’s something just so comforting about stir-fries. That’s probably why you’ll find dozens of stir-fry options all across the UK, whether you’re at a Michelin Star restaurant or trying out street foods.
Beef stir-fry with veggies is amongst the most popular options. The dish is prepared using thin strips of lean meat that are lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and soy sauce and stir-fried in a wok. Topped with sesame seeds, the beef strips are usually served fresh green beans, bell peppers, and scallions, along with a side of rice. While most recipes call for a sticky sauce, you can also enjoy the meal without the extra coating.
Anything with noodles is automatically a chopsticks-worthy dish, and Pad Thai happens to be a classic. The dish is prepared using dried rice noodles which are stir fried alongside bean sprouts, green onion, garlic, red chillies, and your choice of protein (chicken, shrimp, fish, tofu, etc.). The dish also contains peanuts, fish sauce, and fried or boiled egg, and is served with lime wedges.
The authentic flavours of this noodle dish make it a favourite amongst people who enjoy Pan Asian cuisine. Devouring the meal with chopsticks makes the experience even more memorable.
We can’t talk about Pan Asian food without mentioning dumplings! Available in several variations, these are delicately prepared using intricate folding techniques.
Enjoyed with soup, noodles, rice, and as a stand-alone meal, dumplings are made from fresh dough that’s filled generously with a meat or vegetable filling. They’re folded into a particular shape and then steamed or pan-fried as desired. While most people prefer having dumplings as an appetizer, you can also enjoy these delicacies as an entrée.
Finally, let’s not forget about sushi! Also available in several variations, sushi is prepared using thinly sliced raw fish. Depending on the type of sushi or sashimi you order (or prepare yourself), you can taste ingredients such as sticky rice, seaweed, and vegetables.
The dish is often served with wasabi or dipping sauce. All you need is a pair of chopsticks to dive right in!
Ready to devour these delicious meals? Make sure to invest in a pair of bamboo chopsticks! These are sustainable and eco-friendly utensils that can be reused. Take them to your favourite restaurant or use them when you get a take-out meal.
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