The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure Cookbook Review

Book Reviews | April 27, 2015 | By

Like a lot of people, Neil and I first experienced Asian food at the local take away. Every Saturday night was basically Chinese night. Then we decided that we needed to budget better by cutting out the non-essentials, and one casualty of this was the every weekend takeaway. Our love of Asian food didn’t just end there though. When I spotted The Hairy Biker’s Asian Adventures cookbook, I knew it would be a good opportunity to delve into and expand our knowledge of Asian cuisine. 

The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure Cookbook

At first you might expect the recipes to be complicated to make, but a lot of the ingredients you will find within are probably already familiar to you. Beef, Chicken, Pork and Fish are all pleasingly accounted for. As for the rest, many of the big supermarkets stock Asian ingredients. The Hairy Bikers are aware that not all ingredients will be available in the supermarket, so they have included a guide of where to purchase these specialised ingredients in shops, as well as online options. The guide also contains small descriptions of ingredients you might not be familiar with at all. For example, I learnt that Yuzu juice comes from a citrus fruit, which looks similar to grapefruit and has a refreshing taste somewhere between a lemon and a mandarin orange…only less acidic.

The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure Cookbook

This book covers food from China, Japan, Thailand and Korea. It has starters, mains and desserts, including hearty meals and healthy meals. The recipes themselves are very easy to follow, with simple step by step instructions and each accompanied by a beautiful colour image.  And the good news is, you don’t need any specialised equipment for your kitchen. You are encouraged to “rock your wok” but we used a frying pan and our meals came out tasting superb. A wok is something we very much want to invest in now though, as I know we will be cooking meals from this book more regularly. Many of the meals are very quick to cook as well, even though you will need to do some work beforehand – shopping for ingredients and preparing the food (peeling, chopping and sometimes a little marinating). But when it comes to the actual cooking time it’s very quick, and I must say my love for the frying pan continues to grow. The recipes are easy to adapt too, if you can’t find certain ingredients (or they aren’t in season).

The Hairy Bikers' Asian Adventure Cookbook Review

This has been a really enjoyable book to create meals with, get inspiration from, and simply admire for the high quality, wonderfully-staged photography of food and places in Asia they visited. (Now I want to visit Japan!).

If you are new to Asian cuisine and want to get started, I thoroughly recommend this cookbook. Most of the recipes are straight forward with perhaps only the sushi ones being on the more difficult side.

Our favourite recipes we’ve enjoyed from the book (so far) have been:

Classy Crispy Beef and Black Beans
Tonkatsu Pork
Beef Sukiyaki
Tofu, Aubergine and Lotus Root Stew
Five-spice poached plums
Iced coffee puddings

Are you a fan of The Hairy Bikers? Have you seen their Asian adventures on TV?

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    Foodie Quine
    April 28, 2015

    I picked a copy of this up a couple of weeks ago in a Charity shop. I didn’t see much of the series but my son absolutely loved it and is keen to make some of the recipes. We will start with your recommendations.

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    Que Sera Sera
    April 28, 2015

    I haven’t watched them or have any of their books BUT you might have just started something here…. looking to try something different in the kitchen and so bored of the same old same old so will definitely look into them a bit more!

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    Emma (SitS)
    April 27, 2015

    I looove the Hairy Bikers! I already have a few of their cookbooks this looks great!

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    Naturally Bee
    April 27, 2015

    Are there many vegan recipes in there for main meals? Or vegetarian even? 🙂 I see there is a tofu, aubergine & lotus root stew, any others? 😀

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