Yummy Asian Hors D’oeuvres Ideas

January 27, 2016


pork and kimchi dumpling

What are great ideas for yummy Asian Hors D’oeuvres to choose from?

  1. Thai Green Curry Hot Wings
  2. Snow Peas with Toasted Sesame Seeds
  3. Pork and Kimchi Dumplings
  4. Baked Crab Rangoon
  5. Bacon Wrapped Rice Cakes with Jalapeno Ponzu
  6. Butternut-Squash and Sage Wontons
  7. Vietnamese Meatballs
  8. Asian-style Baby Back Ribs
  9. Pork Egg Rolls
  10. Japanese-style Chilled Tofu
  11. Adobo Chicken Wings
  12. Korean Rice Cakes
  13. Padang-style Mashed Potato Fritters
  14. Nori Maki

It can take a lot to pull off great events and grand celebrations. Especially for high-tier events, catering is usually hired for convenience. This is because these services offer wide selections of dishes they can choose from. When it comes to catering in Manila, the rich culture of The Philippines is definitely an advantage. This is because it’s one of the countries in Asia with a vast range of dishes. Not only that, but also their chefs are talented in being able to cook international cuisines.

For sure, adding new recipes to your event will be no problem for your caterer. They will surely be open to suggestions because they’d want the best for you, your event and most importantly, your guests.

You definitely have to be able to entice the guests to have a great meal. To create a good first impression, make sure the hors d’oeuvres are delicious. Here are some yummy suggestions from around Asia that you can have your caterer make:

Thai Green Curry Hot Wings

Everybody loves hot wings. Add that Asian flare to your everyday chicken wings by adding some Thai green curry. Though these are little bit spicy, these wings will surely be a hit at your party.

Snow Peas with Toasted Sesame Seeds

Peas aren’t exactly what you’d call party material because not a lot of people go gaga over this particular vegetable. However, with the help of sesame seeds, you can turn this underrated veggie to be a party favorite. The light crunch of the snow peas along with the added tastiness of toasted sesame seeds make this snack a must-have for any party.

Pork and Kimchi Dumplings

A good dumpling is enjoyed by anyone, but the Pork and Kimchi types are a special variant that you can expect your guests to receive with a warm welcome. Stuffed with ground pork and kimchi, this Hors d’oeuvres is meaty, slightly spicy, and definitely delicious

Baked Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon is a staple in many Chinese restaurants, and most would prefer it as an appetizer. Instead of going for the basic crab Rangoon, change it up a little by baking it rather than frying to make it lighter and healthier for you and your guests’ tummy.

Bacon Wrapped Rice Cakes with Jalapeno Ponzu

Rice cakes and bacon is perhaps the best fusion ever. Chewy rice cakes are a famous Korean snack that blends perfectly well with the smoky and crispy texture of bacon. Adding a fiery kick to this dish is the jalapeno-ponzu. This dish is one of the easiest to prepare so don’t hesitate to add this to your menu. You can even try making it on your own for a good home snack.

Butternut-Squash and Sage Wontons

Stuffed wontons are perfect for cold, windy seasons and any winter event. Whether steamed or fried, depending on your personal taste, you will surely enjoy it as a Hors d’oeuvre.

Vietnamese Meatballs

If you want a different take on the usual pasta and meatballs combination, then the Vietnamese meatballs recipe is the perfect choice for you. A mix of ginger, scallions, cilantro, and ground chicken brought this recipe to a whole new level, especially when paired with a rich, nut dipping sauce.

Asian-Style Baby Back Ribs

With the many versions of back ribs recipes out there, it’s surprising that only a few have that true pork flavor. In this regard, this recipe is your saving grace. You will definitely you’ll leave the guests in awe with this perfect blend of lemongrass, chile, ginger in braising liquid, and the faint spice on the hoisin sauce.

Pork Egg Rolls

Hors d’oeuvres don’t have to be that complicated. A simple but delicious option is the pork egg roll. This certainly no problem for your caterer because of how easy it is to make. In fact, you can do this on your own. Just stuff aplenty of ground pork and vegetables, and you’re good to go. Plus, if you’re not comfortable with frying them, then bake it. Either way, it’s just the same.

Japanese-Style Chilled Tofu

If you want to star tofu on the event’s menu, then opt for this recipe. You can serve it with various savory condiments that your guests can freely choose from and enjoy. But control yourself and have only five variants so you don’t end up having a whole table of condiments.

Adobo Chicken Wings

Adobo’s the most popular Filipino cuisine that it is usually served as a main dish by catering. But in case you want it as an appetizer, then you can use this recipe. Using chicken wings as the staple ingredient, this is marinated in soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and bay leaves which makes it a bite size version of the Filipino classic. For better results, you can pair it with a creamy, ginger-based dipping sauce, and chile-dusted apple cuttings.

Korean Rice Cakes

As mentioned before, rice cakes are delicious. Also, Korean culture, it is widely embraced around the world. With these in mind, the Korean rice cakes can play an interesting part in your event’s menu. It has sweet, tasty fillings that include chestnuts, sweet potatoes, and red beans and is best served with honey. When all the ingredients are together, it just needs to be steamed.

Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters

Surely, this potato recipe will definitely make your guests’ day. Originating from the city of Padang, Indonesia, nasi padang meals are commonly served with these crispy mashed potato fritters. To make this recipe, you’ll need to blend mashed potatoes with freshly grated nutmeg and pan-fried shallots then dip them in beaten egg and fry.

Nori Maki

A Japanese-style appetizer that’s perfect for special events, this Nori Maki recipe is a game changer. This makes an even tastier version of the usual maki. It is stuffed with sweet Japanese omelet, flaky fish, plump shiitake mushrooms, blanched carrots, dried squash or tender kampyo, and mizuna.

Key Takeaway

Don’t forget to discuss the choices with your caterer, because they will gladly help you make the right choices. Special events need to have special dishes and everything should be unique to the last detail. When in doubt, join taste-testing sessions to make sure you don’t miss out on any good food that is new to your palate. When it comes to food, being open to new, well-made dishes never hurt anyone.


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