Are you looking for the best and simplest Asian side dishes? From fried rice to hot and sour soup to chicken wings, these Asian sides will complement your meal perfectly.
14 Simplest Asian Side Dishes

14 Easy Asian Side Dishes

1. Stir-Fried Baby Bok Choy

In this quick and easy meal, tender and nutritious baby bok choy get a boost from soy sauce and minced garlic.

This complete side can be prepared and served in about 10 minutes, thanks to a little olive oil for stir-frying and a crack of fresh black pepper for an aromatic finish.

If you're gluten-free, substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce for a comparable flavor boost.

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2. Chinese Cucumber Salad

Once you taste this sesame and vinegar-dressed cold salad, you'll understand why it's such a popular side dish for home-cooked Chinese dinners.

It's entertaining as well as simple to prepare. It only takes five minutes from start to end. Plus, whacking the cucumbers is a relaxing way to unwind after a long day at work!

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3. Chinese Sausage Fried Rice

Chinese sausage, a seasoned and cured delicacy, is the centerpiece of this easy-to-make meal. It's well worth looking for at your local Asian supermarket or ordering online.

The leftover white rice from the night before is great for this fried rice recipe because it absorbs more of the flavor of the soy sauce, shallots, and garlic.

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4. Stir-Fried Choy Sum

Choy sum, also known as Chinese flowering cabbage, is a tasty Asian green that tastes similar to bok choy and broccoli rabe.

This vegan and gluten-free variation on stir-fried greens add a garlic and ginger flavor punch as well as excellent aromatics.

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5. Hot and Sour Soup

This 15-minute hot and sour soup dish, loaded with mushrooms and tofu, tastes far superior to store-bought pre-made mixes.

Traditionally, chicken stock is used, however, substituting veggie broth makes the recipe vegetarian.

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6. Spinach Ohitashi (Japanese Spinach Salad)

Spinach has never been more soft and flavorful than in this recipe. It's served in a nutrient-dense kombu dashi soup.

The seaweed broth may be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week, making the salad quick and easy to assemble when ready to serve.

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7. Spicy Asian Zucchini

The star of this intensely fragrant veggie side dish is Sriracha hot sauce, which is ideal for using up the fruits of your summer garden.

Honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil cool the heat and round out the flavor of the zucchini.

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8. Soy Sauce Fried Rice

Despite its simple name, this fried rice recipe employs a well-balanced blend of dark and light soy sauces, as well as fish sauce and rice wine, to create an outstanding flavor.

It's extremely umami, and it's well worth a trip to your local Asian shop to pick up the particular soy sauces required for the combo.

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9. Chinese Coleslaw

This innovative salad can easily serve as the main course.

Chicken ramen noodles and coleslaw mix with slivered almonds are called for in this recipe.

There are also numerous substitutions for difficult-to-find Asian goods like sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.

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10. Korean Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes are a Korean restaurant classic that's simple to make at home. They're great as a snack, side dish, or even a light lunch.

The majority of the pancakes are made using flour, eggs, and scallions.

A dipping sauce of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar is flavored with toasted sesame seeds and a pinch of fiery red pepper flakes.

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11. Japanese Potato Salad

If you like mashed potatoes and colorful vegetables, you'll adore this distinctive Japanese potato salad!

The textural foundation is made up of creamy russet potatoes and Japanese mayo, with raw carrots and cucumbers adding a crisp crunch to each bite.

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12. Spicy Bean Sprout Salad

Shichimi togarashi, a Japanese seven-spice blend, is the centerpiece of this nutritious side dish, which also works well as a ramen topping.

It's a sophisticated and wonderful combination of pepper flakes, sesame seeds, toasted nori seaweed, and orange peel.

It has the ability to transform ordinary bean sprouts into a gastronomic treat.

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13. Asian Baked Chicken Wings

Because of a thick glaze of soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, and garlic, oven-baked wings are healthier and tastier than fried wings.

They're ideal as a side dish for a family supper or as a game-day snack.

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14. Egg Drop Soup

This egg drop soup dish is as creamy and delicious as the restaurant version.

The secret ingredient that brings the soup together in a matter of minutes is cornstarch. It offers a rich, velvety texture that pairs well with eggs and white pepper.

Serve over steamed white rice and baked fish for a quick and easy dinner that yet looks beautiful on the table.

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