This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
We all like to eat out, and going to an Asian restaurant is always a welcome event for my family. We love Asian food, and Asian American fusion food, and always prefer to eat at a professional kitchen because we generally cook more European and American style cuisine at home, we just don’t have a lot of knowledge of Asian cooking, and are still learning. However, eating out is becoming more and more difficult for us every year, as our family keeps growing, and we just don’t have the finances or the time to go out that much any more.
So, a natural progression for me was creating a dinner at home that would remind me of the best restaurant experience that I can re-create.
This was not a particularly fancy or greatly prepared meal that would take hours to make, practically the whole day. This was just a regular weeknight dinner at home, however, I think I will remember it for a long time, the food was just so good.
I am greatly influenced by Korean culture. I am a complete Korean drama junkie, and can binge watch hours and hours of this stuff. I have become quite a savant in Korean pop culture, and also a great fan of their food, particularly barbecue, and the flavors that they enjoy eating. I also find that the way they prepare beef makes beef very tender and easy to eat without necessarily cooking it for a long time, even for tougher cuts. I decided to marinate beef short ribs in a Korean style marinade. I still used my favorite ingredients in the marinade like brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, but I also added a pear that I had to tenderize the meat properly in the marinade, and add that sweet notes to it. I also used a fairly large amount of soy sauce, lots of garlic and ginger.
Continuing the fruity theme I wanted to create a refreshing salad that would cleanse the palate and add that fresh note to the meal. I made a pear salad with cashews, tomato, cilantro, pickled ginger and red onion.
Together with this meal I served a special Ling Ling Yakiniku Beef Fried Rice dish that I picked up from Walmart a few days ago. I often get frozen entrees at Walmart to make quick and easy meals, and I am never disappointed. However, this particular entree really added that authentic taste to our dinner.
I have to admit that I don’t know a thing about making a proper fried rice dish. My best attempt at it is throwing together a day old rice with a handful of frozen vegetables and soy sauce, and calling it a day. I know this is not even close to the correct flavor. Ling Ling Fried Rice – Yakiniku Beef had so many delicious ingredients, I never have this many on hand, at this perfect flavor benchmark.
I know why some people don’t buy frozen entrees very much. They freeze their own meals when they cook ahead, but those meals defrosted never taste the same. They are flavorless, and are not really there for food enjoyment. The difference between a homemade frozen meal and a meal bought at a store that was frozen is striking, and not in the favor of the homemade variety. Ling Ling uses infusion cooking method where each grain of rice or noodle for noodle meals is infused with the special Ling Ling signature sauce to make the flavor outstanding. When you are cooking a Ling Ling entree at home from frozen, you will never know it was a frozen meal, it tastes so good. The flavor experience feels like you are actually in a restaurant, it is that good.
I think that considering the outstanding quality and the incredibly affordable pricing of Ling Ling dishes, I don’t think I will be spotted in a restaurant again any time soon! Here is an even better offer – there is a $2 off one box of Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles or Dumplings coupon offer available right now – http://goic.io/SJxg9U
I am glad that I can find these Frozen Fried Rice dishes at Walmart where I frequently shop. There are several varieties available there, so I will be trying them with my family often now. So far we have tried Yakiniku Beef, and we are really hooked! Ling Ling actually carries a while line of products including Asian Entrees, Ling Ling Noodles and Dumplings, all based on authentic and Asian inspired recipes. There are two noodle varieties: Chicken Yakisoba, Drunken Noodles with Chicken; and two dumpling varieties: Chicken Dumplings in Chili Sauce, and Pork Dumplings in Chili Sauce. I am already imagining all the dishes I could create with these delicious entrees!
Here is the recipe that I have made below. Please, let me know in comments if you have ever tried Ling Ling Fried Rice or Asian Noodles dishes before, what your favorites are. If you have tried a similar recipe, please, let me know your tips or tricks that you have used in your cooking!
- For marinated ribs:
- 1 pound of short ribs pre-cut suitable for Korean barbecue dish
- 1-2 pears
- 4 cloves of garlic
- salt, pepper
- ½ cup of water
- 2-3 inches of ginger, sliced
- ½ cup to 1 cup of soy sauce - adjust to your liking, I prefer my marinade to be less salty
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- 4 TBSP of balsamic vinegar
- (you may add wine, and substitute your fruit if you like)
- For salad
- 1 pear, sliced into straws or cubes, to your liking
- 1 tomato, cubed
- ¼ of a full red onion, chopped
- 2 TBSP of pickled ginger, minced
- 1 TBSP of cilantro
- 2 TBSP of cashews, chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 TBSP of fish sauce
- Side dish - you favorite choice of Ling Ling entrees, we used Yakiniku Beef Fried Rice
- -2 days ahead of time - prepare your marinade for meat - place all of the ingredients in a plastic bag, add your meat, mix everything up, and store in the fridge until 30 minutes before cooking time.
- Take your marinade out of the fridge, and let the bag rest on the counter while you are preparing your salad.
- Prepare your salad. Cut all of the ingredients, mix in a bowl, add lime juice, and fish sauce for the dressing.
- Heat up your broiler. Broil the meat for about 15 minutes total. You may need to adjust your time depending on how thick your meat is. Don't forget to turn the meat half way through cooking time.
- Prepare your Ling Ling entree as per package directions, we cooked it on the stove.
- Once your rice and meat are ready, serve immediately, with the salad on the side.