Cooking Asian in North TX

So, this is LateWeight’s first blog post.

Let’s make it about Asian cuisine. Why? It’s delicious, it’s healthy, and there’s so much more to it than just sushi, orange chicken, and instant ramen.

I’ve lived in north central Texas for my entire life, and it’s rare that a place with an authentic, healthy Asian menu will pop up. Not to say that there’s nothing to cater to those tastes. As you get closer to cities like Dallas and Austin, you’ll find a greater range of cultural diversity and from there the food just follows. Food is an essential, defining part of any culture.

But our culture is that of the rural Texan. Up before the sun rises, and in bed after the last star twinkles in the sky. Working long, hard hours raising fence and driving cattle, sweat dripping from our brows, and boots crunching in the dust as the waves of heat distort the horizon line. We come from a line of hard workers in a landlocked area. There were no oceans nearby to catch fresh tuna or octopus from. Seaweed wasn’t washing up in abundance to include in our soups. We ate meat, potatoes, and cornbread because it was what we had at our disposal. We ate what we had, just like any other culture.

Times have changed. We have a new wild west, now: The internet. A wild west full of people from all over the world sharing their opinions, ideas, and recipes. There always seems to be a new recipe, or a new cooking technique, or a new legend explaining the origins of some ingredient. We are living in an era that is woven with cultural diversity. We have options now that previous eras wouldn’t have imagined possible.

You’re probably still asking yourself: Why? Why Asian cuisine? Why not Mediterranean, or Indian, or heck, Russian?

It’s a really simple answer. I like Asian food. I like the cooking methods, I like the way that it’s prepared, and I love the flavors. In terms of health, yes, it isn’t the only healthy cuisine out there. And no, not all authentic Asian foods are healthy. But I have two criteria when it comes to my food: Does it taste good, and is it good for my health? So far, I’ve found a lot of Asian food that fits these two simple requirements.

Over the course of this blog, I’m going to be talking about cooking Asian foods in north Texas, what tools and ingredients are available to you, and how to work with them. Yes, this is a health blog, but food and nutrition is an essential part of wellbeing. If you don’t put effort into your diet, you will not be healthy.

Now, it’s okay to indulge yourself from time to time. I’m guilty as hell of liking my treats, just like anyone else. My two favorite foods include pizza and rare ribeye steak. The only food that would be worse for me is instant ramen, where a recent Harvard study revealed just how much harm those noodles can do. So if you’re trying to lose weight and get healthy, you should consider these foods as occasional treats instead of making them a part of your every day diet. Just be mindful of what you put into your body, and if you have any restricting illnesses or allergies you should talk to your doctor or primary caretaker before attempting any of my recipes, or anyone else’s for that matter.

There’s a healthy recipe coming later this week, working with Japanese soba noodles. I look forward to sharing it with you.

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