These Asian-Inspired Dishes Are Perfect for Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner

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Whether you are a fan of Chinese, Japanese, or Vietnamese dishes you may have noticed a common thread appearing across these unique cuisines. Basting, glazing, or caramelizing meats, veggies, and other ingredients is a great way to increase the depth of flavor and bring the mouthwatering combinations of sweet and savory to the forefront. We partnered with Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ to share our favorite recipe ideas for Asian-inspired dishes that take all kinds of caramel to the next level.

Yes, Everything Is Better with Pork Belly

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Heami Lee

There’s nothing better than the treacly flavor of sticky and slightly sweet ribs. Switch in a trend-forward ingredient and use the same candied technique to make caramelized pork belly. The pork gets cooked with sugar until the fat has rendered and the burnt-sugar caramel base has formed. Then the caramelized pork gets a coat of toasted and coarsely ground aromatic spices like fennel, coriander, and cumin. It’s perfect with a side of rice to soak into the sauce, or even on a bao bun for the ultimate handheld snack.

A Rice Porridge by Any Other Name Would Taste as Sweet

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Heami Lee

A breakfast staple all over Asia, congee (or rice porridge) is having a moment. Whether you prefer yours sweet or savory, it’s always a good idea to play with textures to make each spoonful unique. For a seriously delicious mix of both flavor profiles, top a delicate congee with freshly cracked pieces of sweet and salty caramelized nut brittle that’s spiked with a little Sichuan pepper. The spicy nut caramel adds the perfect crunch, while a sprinkle of green onions or fresh herbs will amp up the umami and create a truly memorable breakfast at home.

The Secret-Weapon Side Dish You’ll Want to Bring to Every Dinner Party

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Heami Lee

Caramel doesn’t always have to sit in the “sweet” category. Mixed with soy and sesame, it takes on a beautiful depth that’s perfect for glazing a variety of root vegetables. For a standout side dish next time you’re whipping up an Asian recipe at home, toss roasted Japanese sweet potatoes in the savory, sticky caramel sauce and then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. The menagerie of flavors strikes a perfect balance with a cup of rich and buttery Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Natural Caramel Coffee.

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