Viet-Thai Meatballs | Swirls and Spice

Viet-Thai Sweet and Sour Meatballs {Gluten Free}

These are no ordinary meatballs.  Glazed in a zingy sauce made from Thai sweet chili sauce and lemongrass, the intermingling of Asian flavors is lively and intense.I appreciate the expert way the Vietnamese use lemongrass to season meats and seafood. Since leaving Viêtnam a decade ago, I’ve missed tasting those dishes on a regular basis.  Sweet and spicy flavors dominate southern Vietnamese cuisine, which has quite a bit of … Continue reading Viet-Thai Sweet and Sour Meatballs {Gluten Free}

Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame

Asian salads, with their tangy, light dressings and refreshing vegetables are nearly impossible for me to resist. I could eat one every day.  Here on Swirls and Spice I’ve shared several of my favourite salads, including Sesame Orange Napa Cabbage Salad and last week’s Sesame Black Bean Salad. This latest recipe is ultra light, thanks to the potato starch noodles which are filling but low in calories and carbohydrates. … Continue reading Glass Noodle Salad with Cucumber and Sesame

10 Asian Lunar New Year Dishes!

Pin to Party: Celebrating the Lunar New Year!

In Canada and the U.S., thoughts are already turning towards Valentine’s Day, but there’s another special holiday coming even sooner, and it is one of Asia’s biggest celebrations: Lunar New Year!  This week, China, Vietnam, Singapore, and Korea are all gearing up to ring in the year of the horse, which starts on January 31st this year. I’ve experienced the lunar New Year fireworks, food, … Continue reading Pin to Party: Celebrating the Lunar New Year!