From sticky rice to scrumptious desserts, Northwest Asian Weekly employees members shared what they and their household prefer to eat throughout the holidays. Right here’s a sampling:

Khao piak sen (Photograph by Nina Huang)

Pig trotter (Photograph by Nina Huang)

Khao piak sen or Lao hen noodle soup might be my favourite Lao dish! My husband’s household, who’s from Laos, launched me to this dish years in the past, and I fell in love with it. My mother-in-law makes the noodles from scratch they usually have a sticky, chewy texture because it’s made with tapioca flour, and the broth is made with hen bones (Costco’s rotisserie hen works nice!). It’s the proper consolation meals on a chilly winter day, and we frequently eat it the day after Thanksgiving as a result of everyone knows the turkey bones are one of the best half. Additionally, my dad has made conventional Taiwanese braised pig’s ft since I used to be a child. We might eat it throughout birthday celebrations, particular events, or only a regular day. It’s very flavorful and scrumptious to eat with noodles or rice. It’s undoubtedly the proper consolation meals.

— Nina Huang

Non-spicy Korean BBQ (Photograph by Kai Curry)

We have now a multicultural family and household, so our vacation meals are both Asian or European. Largely, we depend upon the superb cooks in our household to dish up one thing. My husband doesn’t eat spicy meals, which guidelines out a number of each of our favourite Asian meals, and I don’t eat a lot meat, in order that often means a scrumptious vegetable dish, like quiche or samosas, and a yummy dessert, like German kuchen (cake, for us, almond-flavored). We additionally love (a modified) Korean BBQ. Our Chinese language members of the family eat a conventional American vacation dinner, with turkey and potluck. Nonetheless, if it’s a celebratory pals’ evening, then it’s sizzling pot with tofu, meats, taro, and lotus.

— Kai Curry

Retailer purchased pie and selfmade pie (Photograph by Solar Lee Chang)

In the course of the holidays, our dinner desk is roofed with a colourful assortment of meals from Korea, Taiwan, and conventional American fare, resembling turkey and mashed potatoes. Everybody’s favourite, by far, is the custom of getting one store-bought pie and one that’s selfmade. This 12 months, it was berry pie from the shop and apple pie made by my sister-in-law.

— Solar Lee Chang

A sizzling pot unfold (Photograph by Becky Chan)

Day after Thanksgiving meal from sizzling pot (beneath)leftovers (Photograph by Becky Chan)

I spent Thanksgiving in Dallas at my sister’s. My household loves hotpot. Since a number of of the nieces and nephews weren’t round, we had a small gathering to get pleasure from a hotpot dinner with two pots—one for the carnivores and one for the herbivores. On the day after Thanksgiving, my sister, utilizing the leftovers from the hotpot dinner the evening earlier than, made a kimchi tofu pot, stir-fried meat & vegetable, and pan fried fish cake with lotus root. My brother, who not too long ago discovered a brand new love in Chinese language cooking, contributed pork knuckles with fermented beancurd and peanuts. Sure, my household likes to eat.
— Becky Chan

Home made vegetable soup and bread (Photograph by Mahlon Meyer)

In the course of the holidays, my spouse likes to cook dinner selfmade vegetable soup and selfmade bread. When she was cooking this batch, at some point, as I used to be returning dwelling, I might scent the simmering garlic and herbs that wafted out into the road.
— Mahlon Meyer

Turon (Photograph by Rizanino “Riz” Reyes)

Filipino household gatherings over the vacations often means extreme quantities of meals and it’s develop into type of a joke in our household to “convey your Tupperware” as a result of there’s virtually all the time greater than sufficient and hosts will typically insist you’re taking some dwelling. On high of the same old lechon, pancit, hamon, and kaldereta, we often have further parts to take dwelling, there’s virtually all the time no dessert left over. The bibingka and leche flan are very conventional desserts throughout Christmas and are all the time devoured absolutely together with my favourite to convey to events—turon! In fact many anticipate piles of lumpia for any Filipino gathering, however the equally ready dessert composed of ripe saba banana rolled in brown sugar with strips of candy jackfruit, and a dollop of purple ube wrapped in a spring roll wrapper, deep-fried after which rolled in a caramel coating, is straightforward to make forward of time and frozen because the wrapping may be very time consuming. This manner, you’ll be able to pull nonetheless many you need from the freezer, have it thaw heading to the celebration, and kindly ask the host to have a pot of sizzling oil or the air-fryer able to cook dinner with while you arrive!

— Rizanino “Riz” Reyes

Wayne Chan’s spouse’s well-known sticky rice (Photograph by Wayne Chan)

That is my spouse’s well-known “sticky rice.” She makes it yearly to go together with the Thanksgiving turkey, and it disappears earlier than the stuffing and mashed potatoes. We by no means have any leftovers as a result of whereas she makes a number of it, if we don’t end it off for Thanksgiving, all people asks if they’ll take some dwelling with them! It’s our personal twist on Thanksgiving and typically I really feel the pilgrims had been lacking out as a result of they couldn’t savor this particular dish!

— Wayne Chan

A mixture of American and Chinese language meals (Photograph by Juliet Fang)

In the course of the holidays, my household likes to get pleasure from each conventional American and Chinese language meals to have a good time the backgrounds of my brother and I as first-generation Chinese language immigrants. Normally this implies sizzling pot, dumplings, and egg tarts, together with vacation ham, apple pie, and sugar cookies formed like snowflakes. I really like consuming each American and Chinese language meals as a result of it permits me to style one of the best of each worlds!

— Juliet Fang