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    The 25 BEST Asian Side Dishes

    What goes with Asian food? We’re glad you asked!

    There are a wide variety of Asian cuisines, as therefore a variety of different sides. That’s why we’ve compiled this great list of easy Asian Side Dishes for you to try.

    You’ll find all the well know dishes like rice preparations, noodles and various rolls, as well as many unique sides you may not have heard of.

    Go through all of these great Asian sides, you’re in for some great flavors!

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    The Best Asian Side Dishes:

    1. Mayak Eggs (Korean Marinated Eggs)

    These marinated eggs, Mayak Eggs, are a big hit in Korea. Now you can discover these amazingly addictive little morsels! Soft boiled eggs marinated overnight in seasoned soy sauce with Asian aromatics, you would be so eager first thing in the morning to bite into one. If you’re a fan of boiled eggs, this is a MUST TRY for you.

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    2. Asian Cucumber Salad

    How about some refreshing, crisp and crunchy salad loaded with bold, umami flavors? This Asian Cucumber Salad is a perfect side dish for all your Chinese or Thai mains, or just something to munch and cool off on any summer day.

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    3. Hibachi Fried Rice

    Fried rice is such a great use for leftover rice, and makes for a delicious side or light main.

    Made famous by Japanese steakhouses like Benihana, it’s the perfect side dish for any of your favorite stir fry dishes.

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    4. Wonton Soup

    This quick and easy Chinese soup can be an appetizer or main meal. Any of your favorite wontons with delicious Asian flavorings in flavored broth with shitake mushrooms and bok choy… So easy.

    Enjoy this Asian restaurant favorite in just 15 minutes with this simple, weeknight friendly recipe.

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    5. Easy Edamame

    Edamame is a beloved appetizer, and there are two easy ways to make it..The classic Easy Edamame and the zestier Spicy Chili Garlic Edamame.

    Whether you’re looking for a simple, healthy snack or a flavorful side dish to spice up your meal, edamame is an excellent choice. Whether you’re in the mood for the classic salted taste or craving the spicy depth of garlic and chili, these dishes cater to everyone’s taste. They’re one of our favorite Asian appetizers.

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    6. Vietnamese Chicken Salad

    This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is vibrantly fresh from crunchy veggies and loads of herbs. It’s a perfect combination of sweet, savory and tangy!

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    7. Mango Salad

    This cool and refreshing Mango Salad is the perfect summer side dish that will be a big hit at your cookouts and potlucks. It has great Asian tweak with chili oil and soy sauce, inspired by Thai flavors.

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    8. Chinese Fried Rice

    This Fried Rice recipe is easy to make, just like your favorite Chinese restaurant.

    Fried rice is a wonderful way to use leftover rice, and it’s very customizable. Plus, it elevates you Chinese food night so much compared to plain rice.

    Get the Recipe @ gimmesomeoven

    9. Seaweed Salad

    Seaweed salad is a common Japanese side dish, and is really easy to make. All you have to do is rehydrate some dried seaweed and mix with a simple sauce.

    Get the Recipe @ 40aprons

    10. Chinese Spring Roll

    A good spring roll really puts the finishing touch on your Chinese meal. This recipe shows you how to fry them perfectly every time.

    As a bonus, you don’t need to pre-cook the filling.

    Get the Recipe @ redhousespice

    11. Nasi Ulam

    Nasi Ulam is a mixed herb rice from Malaysia. It has a diverse list of ingredients, which help to create a uniquely flavored side dish.

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    12. Kimchi

    Perhaps no Korean food is more well known outside of Korea than kimchi. It’s simply a fermented vegetable (in this case, cabbage) in a mixture of seasonings.

    Get the Recipe @ mykoreankitchen

    13. Filipino Garlic Rice (Sinangag)

    Sinangag is crispy and savory, with distinctive flavor from plenty of caramelized garlic. It’s a great side dish for any of your favorite Filipino mains.

    Get the Recipe @ norecipes

    14. Baby Bok Choy with Warm Garlic Soy Dressing

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Baby Bok Choy with Warm Garlic Soy Dressing, that delivers side dish that goes with so many things!

    It’s a quick and easy way to prepare bok choy, and it belongs in your regular rotation.

    Get the Recipe @ diethood

    15. Easy Lo Mein

    We all love an easy recipe, and this easy lo mein can be made in a mere fifteen minutes. It’s quicker, tastier, and healthier than getting lo mein take out, and you have no reason not to make it! It’s chock full of fresh vegetables and flavors for you to enjoy.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    16. Miso Soup

    Miso is perhaps the most popular of Japanese soups. This recipe shows you just how easy it is to make in your own kitchen… about 25 minutes easy!

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    17. Asian Slaw

    Bring some new flavors to your cookout with this tasty Asian coleslaw. It has a great Asian dressing and tons of fresh herbs, giving a whole new personality to your slaw.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    18. Thai Fresh Spring Rolls

    Now these Thai fresh spring rolls shout summer. Fresh, colorful and light. With a simple peanut sweet chili sauce, say hello to healthy and fresh eating this summer with these exotic flavors.

    Get the Recipe @ tastesbetterfromscratch

    19. Egg Roll Recipe

    Egg rolls are an integral part of the takeout experience, so when cooking your stir fry at home, it makes sense to make your own egg rolls.

    They’re so good when made fresh!

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    20. Kimchi Fried Rice

    Make a little twist on your regular fried rice with a huge flavor! This Kimchi Fried Rice recipe is so amazing with spicy Korean ingredients that will take your leftover rice to another level. Satisfy your Asian craving by making this super simple recipe.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    21. Chow Mein

    Chow mein is one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes. This homemade version comes together in 30 minutes and has all the flavors an textures you love.

    The bok choy give this recipe a great texture and freshness.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    22. Lumpiang Sariwa – Filipino Fresh Spring Rolls

    Lumpiang Sariwa are fresh spring rolls filled with meat, shrimp and fresh vegetables. They come with a sweet and savory sauce for dipping, and taste so good you’ll want them again and again!

    Get the Recipe @ foxyfolksy

    23. Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

    Okonomiyaki are savory Japanese pancakes made with cabbage, scallions, and various meats or seafood. This homemade recipe is a healthy and tasty spin on the Japanese classic.

    You may have never heard of it, but this okonomiyaki may end up being a mainstay on your dinner table.

    Get the Recipe @ loveandlemons

    24. Egg Drop Soup

    Egg Drop Soup is a warm, thickened broth, with rich flavors of chicken and beautiful egg ribbons that add the perfect touch for this bowl of soup. Enjoy this savory, simple to make soup recipe in your home in just minutes. 

    Get the Recipe @ therecipecritic

    25. Lumpia (Filipino Spring Rolls)

    Lumpia, also known as Filipino Spring Rolls, are a great appetizer or side dish. They’re filled with great ingredients like ground pork and mixed veggies, then fried crisp.

    Get the Recipe @ rasamalaysia

    So there you go, twenty five great Asian side dishes. The only question now is, which will you try for your next cookout?

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    25 BEST Asian Side Dishes

    This collection of Asian Side Dishes includes a variety of recipes from all around the continent. We love these marinated Korean eggs:


    • 5 soft boiled eggs
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup honey or sugar
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 3-4 scallions, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp ginger, chopped
    • 1 green chili, chopped
    • 1 red chili, chopped
    • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds


      1. Mix in all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl.
      2. Peel the eggs and put them in a container (that has a lid to cover). Pour the marinade over the eggs. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.

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