Asian Appetite

On average, Asian people are some of the healthiest and longest-living people in the world. They are famous for their slim figure and their simple and traditional plant-based diet, which is high in fiber and low in fats and animal products. In contrast with the American and European cultures, eastern nations such as China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and India rarely experience cases of obesity–in areas with low or no western influence.

The China-Cornell-Oxford Project or “the China Study” launched in 1983 (conducted by Cornell University in the United States, Oxford University in England, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine) found that the plant-based diet of people in rural Chinese areas had basically remained the same for thousands of years, and that the rates of obesity, heart disease, breast and prostate cancer, and osteoporosis were many times lower than in Western societies. As for the Chinese populations living in urban areas the story was much different. Due to globalization, the diet in many urban areas of China had become much more westernized, meaning more meat and dairy products, and less rice and vegetables. In these urban Westernized areas, obesity, heart disease, and certain types of cancer -rarely seen in rural Chinese populations- were very common.

The China Study results show that meats and animal products in general are not only unnecessary for a healthy and balanced diet, but they can be harmful for our health.

In this section of Green Cuisine, Asian Apetite, you will find many easy and flavorful Asian dishes that you can prepare at home using common ingredients easily found at your local grocery store, for example, rice, noodles, tofu, soy sauce, and all kinds of vegetables. In order to reach a more traditional oriental flavor, these Asian recipes will also include specific ingredients and spices, like garlic, cilantro, ginger, green onions, red chili, and curry, and sauces like Sriracha, vegetarian mushroom flavored stir-fry sauce, sweet and sour, or vegetarian hoisin sauce.

Thai Curry with Steamed Rice

Keep in mind that you can always accompany any Asian dish with a good cold blonde beer or a hot comforting green tea. For a quick and easy appetizer, add some pan fried or steamed vegetable pot-stickers; these can be easily found at most stores or at Asian markets.

Pick your favorite item from the menu, pick up your chopsticks and get ready to indulge in a delicious Asian meal!


Also try the delicious Vietnamese style GSU’s Style Bánh mì in the Green Cuisine‘s Sandwiches menu.