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Old 10-08-2005, 02:11 AM   #1
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What to serve with this asian pasta dish?

Hi I'm new to the forum. I need an opinion.

I'm cooking an entree for 8 tomorrow (casual, just for friends) -- Sesame Chicken w/ Asparagus Pasta. Basically its a bunch of Linguine with chicken/cucumber/scallions/asparagus tossed in. The sauce is made up of sesame/chili oil, peanut butter, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, garlic, etc.

My question is, what do I serve with it? Bread? Salad? Seems like all the food groups are already represented in the one dish (meat/starch/veggie), and I don't want to be redundant. Thank you in advance

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Old 10-08-2005, 06:56 AM   #2
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Bienvenue, Papa. Plenty of opinions here.

Here's mine - use some mandarin oranges or lychees (if you can find them) as a side dish, perhaps in a salad.
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Old 10-08-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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I hope you enjoy it here!!
I have not tried this, but, it sounds good.



cooking spray
24 wonton wrappers
1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
1/2 purple onion finely diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or more to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pinch cayenne pepper


Preheat oven to 350F
Coat mini-muffin pans with cooking spray and line the molds with wonton sheets.
Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Combine remaining ingredients plus salt and pepper to taste.
Fill each wonton with salsa and serve.
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Old 10-08-2005, 09:34 AM   #4
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You can never have too many veggies, IMO!
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Old 10-08-2005, 10:00 AM   #5
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How about some frozen egg rolls, Papa? There are some very good ones available. Just pop them in the oven and serve with a couple of dipping sauces.
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Old 10-08-2005, 01:41 PM   #6
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All great suggestions guys

I may go with a simple salad and some frozen egg rolls. I'll let you all know how the entree turns out. If it's any good I'll post the recipe .

Thanks again

PS - Allow me to flex my ignorance a little more (I'm out of my element when it comes to asian food). What sort of wine would go well with this? I know it's chicken but are there any reds that would fit?

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Old 10-08-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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A spicy red like zinfandel is good. Also a slightly sweet white like a Johannesburg Riesling would do as well.
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All great suggestions guys

I may go with a simple salad and some frozen egg rolls. I'll let you all know how the entree turns out. If it's any good I'll post the recipe .

Thanks again

PS - Allow me to flex my ignorance a little more (I'm out of my element when it comes to asian food). What sort of wine would go well with this? I know it's chicken but are there any reds that would fit?

Joe
Because of the Asian flavors I would really, really not use a red only because there would be more of a chance that it would be hit or miss. If you really want to do red than I would recommend a Pinot Noir because it's lighter in body. A Zin may work, but a lot of Zins these days (especially coming out of Cali) are leaning more towards the bigger, full bodied type. A white would be better, and you usually can't go wrong with a Riesling like Andy suggested, but try and find a more dry Rielsing. Another good option which goes well with Asian Flavors would be a Pinot Grigio/Gris, Fume Blanc, or Sauvignon Blanc.
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