Asian Dinner Menu For 6

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Lovely meal with friends

Lovely meal with friends

Food and Friends…..it’s always a perfect match. Food always brings people together and it never fails to bring smiles onto faces.

Preparing A Meal Can Be Stressful

But preparing a meal for friends can be quite a stressful event if you don’t know how to cook well. I remember in my early days when I didn’t really know how to cook, I would be so anxious and stressed up for days before the day arrived. Then when the event is over, I would heave a big sigh of relief that finally it was over!

Hard Work Pays Off. Blogging Helps Further

All through the years, I worked hard learning how to cook well. I am happy to say I had improved a lot and I’m still learning more. Inviting friends for a meal doesn’t frighten me as much anymore. It takes a little organization and planning. Now that I blog about food that I cook at home, it has become much easier inviting friends for a meal. I just pick and choose from my blog!

A Meal For 4 Scottish Friends

I am sharing here with you a lovely dinner that I cooked for 4 wonderful Scottish friends. Including my husband and I, it’s a dinner for 6. There are 8 dishes including fried noodles and plain rice. The fried noodles and the rice pictures are not here because they were at a side table and I forgot to take the pictures.

All the recipes can be found in the recipe section or you can just click on the red wordings to take you to the specific pages. I find them a good combination not only in taste but simple to prepare and cook.

Menu

Baked Teriyaki Salmon (marinate and bake)
You only need about 30 minutes to marinate the salmon. Bake the salmon for about 12 minutes before the dinner starts. Don’t forget to heat up the oven before that.

Baked teriyaki salmon

Baked teriyaki salmon

Chinese Roasted Chicken (marinate and bake)
Marinate at least one hour, best overnight. Bake an hour before the guests arrive. This dish is good whether hot or cold. You can also use this chicken to make wraps like what I did in Peking Chicken Wrap.

Chinese roasted chicken

Chinese roasted chicken

Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables
You can fry any vegetables. The common combination that I always go for are cauliflower, broccoli, red, green and yellow peppers. It gives a very nice combination of colours. You can add your favourite seasonings. I usually just use garlic or shallots and some sea salt. You can also use some oyster sauce if you like. It tastes good but gives a darker colour to the vegetables like the picture here.

Stir fried mixed vegetables

Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir Fried Brandy Beef With Celery (marinate and fry)
Marinate the beef for at least an hour. Then stir fry it before the guests arrive.

Brandy beef with celery

Brandy Beef With Celery

Butternut Squash Curry
This curry is very easy and simple to make. You can cook it in the morning and heat up before the guests arrive.

Butternut squash curry

Butternut Squash Curry

Lemon Cake With Ice Cream And Raspberry Coulis.
Make the cake and the raspberry coulis the day before. My daughter made this. It’s one of my favourite desserts. The combination of tangy lemon cake, raspberries, the coulis and ice cream is just awesome.

Lovely lemon cake with ice cream and raspberry coulis

Lemon cake with ice cream and raspberry coulis

Fried Noodles is simple and easy to cook. Click here for recipe.

So, to put together an Asian meal can be quite easy if you bake some and stir fry some. That’s what I often do.

Do you often invite friends over for a meal? What do you cook? How many dishes do you prepare? Do you get stressed up if you have to invite friends over for a meal? Is there any easy menu that you can recommend? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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11 Comments

penny aka jeroxie  on September 24th, 2009

You are so good! What a beautiful spread. I wish I was there as well :)

Divina  on September 24th, 2009

That’s a feast. That’s how we eat at home when we have family dinners. I wish I was there too with Penny. I haven’t cooked for friends unfortunately. It’s all for the family. It’s good to be prepared when cooking for a crowd. Tested recipes that you have made is a must. I would love to cook for other people other than my family.

Blackswan  on September 24th, 2009

I love hosting too. What a great meal! Thks for sharing :)

kristy  on September 24th, 2009

I used to have friends over for dinner during festive season. I don’t cook in dish but pot..ha ha ha…! Yes, so many of them and they have to come in batch! Juz imagine.

Mary  on September 24th, 2009

Penny, come & I will cook nice meals for you.

Divina, thanks for sharing. You have been cooking lovely, healthy food for your family. Awesome.

Balckswan, thanks for your compliments. I see so many lovely recipes on your blog.

Kristy, thanks for sharing. I used to serve in pots too especially during festive seasons like u do. But I have not been doing that for a long time. Not practical over here right now. But it is fun and save you from running in and out of the kitchen.

yasmeen  on September 24th, 2009

Fabulous meal,bet your friends had fun:)

Olive  on September 24th, 2009

Mary, you did well, what a great meal.. I love that stir-fried beef ;0

Eleanor Hoh (WokStar)  on September 24th, 2009

Nice spread, Mary. I totally agree with a mix of cooking methods. You did a great job of that. Quite often, I’ll cheat and buy roast meats from the Asian market so I don’t have to cook all the dishes. My hubby and I feel having friends over is about spending time with them and not be stuck in the kitchen cooking or clearing up.

It’s not the cooking that stresses me, it’s the sprucing up. I tend to make something ahead that just needs reheating and limit to one quick stir fry.

Mary  on September 24th, 2009

Yasmeen, thanks for compliments. Yes, my friends enjoyed the meal. We had fun chatting.

Olive, thanks for your compliments. The beef is one of my favourites. Hope you try it . It’s very easy to cook.

Eleanor, thanks for compliments and sharing. Very good suggestions. Lovely to be able to cheat…haha….but where I stay, there are only 2 small Chinese supermarkets. I wish there’s a Chinatown here! Totally agree with you that we should not stuck up in the kitchen cooking and cleaning. I’m still learning to make my cooking easier. I must learn from you to cook ahead & just reheat. Very good idea. Thanks. So far I have only done that for curry. Should try out more dishes.

lululu  on September 24th, 2009

wow, it’s wonderful!
i’d absolutely like to come for dinner!

zainab & meedo  on September 25th, 2009

Amazing dinner,your friends are so lucky.

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