Asian 'Take-In' Night!

Traditionally, many Asian recipes can be complicated and include quite a few ingredients. But luckily for us, Haylie has simplified some Asian favorites, making Asian take-in night that much easier!

Who says you need to have take-out to have an Asian night in? While it may seem easy to order from your local Chinese restaurant, it can be just as easy (and a whole lot healthier) to make your own Asian take-out right at home!

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Green Papaya Salad Recipe

Papaya Salad - Real Girl's Kitchen


  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 Thai dried red chilies finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of chili oil
  • 12 green beans
  • 2/3 cup of cherry tomatoes halved (can combine red and yellow tomatoes)
  • 1- 1/2 pound green papaya, peeled, halved, seeded
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 green onions, very thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped roasted peanuts


  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Slowly whisk in peanut oil and chili oil. Set dressing aside.
  2. Cook beans in medium saucepan of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Rinse under cold water.
  3. Peel papaya, cut in half and discard the seeds and inner pulp. Shred with a box grater on the largest holes. Place in large bowl.
  4. Add tomatoes, cilantro, green onions, and green beans. Pour dressing over & toss. Sprinkle with peanuts

Simple Thai Iced Tea


  • 8 Cups of Water
  • 4 Black Tea Bags
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 3/4 cup, sweetened condensed milk


  1. Steep 8 cups of hot water with 4 tea bags of black tea and 2 star anise pods for 8 minutes.
  2. Take out the star anise pods and tea bags.
  3. When cool, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and sweetened condensed milk.
  4. Serve over ice & enjoy!

Shrimp Pad Thai with Soba Noodles

Simple Shrimp Pad Thai


  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of ginger roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil can substitute vegetable oil
  • 1 pound peeled large raw shrimp
  • 9 ounces soba (buckwheat) noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 limes, quartered, for serving


  1. In a blender, combine the first eight ingredients and ¼ cup hot water: puree until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat a wok or large skillet on medium high. When it’s hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil and swirl to coat the pan. Then add the shrimp and cook until they just turn pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer them to a plate.
  3. Add another tablespoon of oil to the wok and swirl.
  4. Return the shrimp to the pan along with the peanut sauce, cooked soba. Stir-fry for 1 minute.
  5. Top with peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

We also asked our favorite Asian food bloggers to share their favorite healthy recipes:

Spinach Artichoke Dip with Tofu Fries

SOURCE: Jaden Steamy Kitchen


  • 1 box firm tofu (Try Mori-Nu silken extra-firm,) drained
  • Cooking spray


  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise of your choice
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup silken tofu (Mori-Nu silken) drained
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10-oz) package frozen spinach, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 (8 oz) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained

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Lettuce Wraps

Source: Bee,Rasa Malaysia:

  • 1 lb. boneless and skinless chicken breast (ground)
  • 3 dried shitake mushrooms (soaked in warm water until soft, remove stems and chopped finely)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 2 fresh water chestnuts (chopped finely)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sweet Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 stalk scallion (finely chopped)
  • 3 dashes white pepper powder
  • 1 fresh and cold iceberg lettuce head

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And if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out Haylie cooking up lots of 'pho'nominal treats in this week's latest "Real Girl's Kitchen" episode!

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