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International Recipes

International Recipes

Tour the fantastic world of Food with Global Recipe Favorites including Mexican, Caribbean, Portuguese, Indian, Southern, Thai, Chinese, Sushi & More.

Get around the globe inspiration with our best of the best favorite international fare.

  • Complexity: medium

Asian Chicken Slaw

Part chicken salad, part coleslaw, this unique dish features a prepared mix, so it comes together quickly -- especially if you buy a roasted chicken. Serve it as a salad, as shown here, or in a sandwich wrap.

  • Complexity: advanced

California Sushi Wrap

Introduce your kids to the art of sushi rolling with these easy sandwiches. The tortilla does double duty as a rolling mat and a tasty wrapper.

  • Complexity: easy

Chinese Checkers Cake

Familyfun reader Jane Gurr's sons have an ongoing Chinese checker tournament with their grandparents in Lewiston, New York. To celebrate their game, Jane developed this creative cake with gumball checkers.

  • Complexity: medium

Chinese Chicken Salad

This Asian-style chicken salad, made with a delicious peanutty vinaigrette, is provided by In the Night Kitchen of San Francisco and is popular with adults and kids alike.

  • Complexity: easy

Chinese Peanut-Sesame Noodles

As a child in the early 1970s, I couldn't get enough of the cold peanut-sesame noodles I first tried at the famous Uncle Tai's Hunan Yuan restaurant in New York City. The dish is now one of Noah's favorites. I've found that kids adore its peanut butter goodness, while parents are pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to make.

  • Complexity: medium

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

Here's a variation on chicken salad that has a bit of a kick, and a couple surprises, too -- grapes for a sweet accent and cashews for crunch.

  • Complexity: easy

Easy Egg Rolls

Almost everyone likes egg rolls, everyone can make them as well.

  • Complexity: easy

Egg-fried Rice

Not only is this dish delicious, but your child will think it's cool to cook scrambled eggs right in the middle of the other ingredients. For the best results, refrigerate the rice for several hours beforehand to keep it from turning mushy when you make the finished dish.

  • Complexity: medium

Fajita Chop-Chop Salad

My kids love chop-chop salads, and this one -- a mix of familiar mild Mexican spices and additions, such as corn and black beans -- is a particular favorite. On nights when I need a shortcut, I substitute store-bought rotisserie chicken for the steak.

  • Complexity: medium

Japanese Chilled Tofu

Try this delicious Japanese Chilled Tofu recipe.

  • Complexity: medium

Japanese-Style Fried Chicken

Fried chicken gets a burst of Asian-inspired flavor in this easy-to-make recipe.

  • Complexity: medium

Mexican Sushi Bites

Get the party started with these mouthwatering appetizers. Salsafied cream cheese, silky avocado, and crisp bell pepper are rolled in a tortilla and sliced for a fun sushi-like presentation.

  • Complexity: medium

Pad Thai

Even when their flavors are complex, Asian dishes don't have to be difficult to make. Preparations for the simpler stir-fries that Thai families enjoy, such as Pad Thai, can be streamlined so that busy stateside families can enjoy them any night of the week.

  • Complexity: medium

Sake-Steamed Shrimp

Try this delicious Sake-Steamed Shrimp Sushi Recipe.

  • Complexity: advanced

Shiitake Nori Rolls

This vegetarian take on sushi is bursting with shiitakes and soba noodles. Shredded cabbage brings cancer-fighting beta-carotene on board, while the nori -- sheets of dried seaweed -- supplies calcium, magnesium, and iron.

  • Complexity: advanced

Sushi Cake

Serve this sushi cake as a precursor to a light Asian-style meal, or alone with hot or cold sake. Since no raw fish is used -- only cooked shrimp and lump crabmeat -- the cake can be made ahead of time and chilled until ready to serve.

  • Complexity: easy

Taco Salad

A honey-lime dressing distinguishes this Southwestern creation, which is served in edible bowls that are easily made from baked tortillas. If you're in a hurry, simply serve the salad with tortilla chips.

  • Complexity: medium

Teriyaki Chicken with Roasted Scallions

Sweet and sticky, this chicken mixes kid-friendliness with sophistication. Scallions, a go-to ingredient in Japanese cooking, mellow when roasted.

  • Complexity: medium

Thai Chicken, Mango & Pineapple Salad

Grilled chicken and tropical fruits seasoned with a citrusy curry sauce give this colorful salad plenty of kid appeal. It makes a great lunch or a light dinner as is, or you can create a heartier meal by serving the meat and fruit with steamed rice and side salads.

  • Complexity: advanced

Vegetable Sushi

There's nothing tricky about rolling sushi, but you'll need an inexpensive bamboo sushi roller to make these.

  • Complexity: easy

Wonderful Wonton Soup

Any Chinese restaurant worth its soy sauce can make a good wonton soup. But once you and your child try our version, you might never go back. Our tender dumplings are filled with pork and spices and then cooked and served in a flavorful broth. Thanks to easy-to-use wrappers, filling and folding the wontons goes quickly, especially when two people work together.

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