Microwave ovens have become increasingly popular over the last few years, not only with time-concious housewives, but with people who enjoy cooking and are attracted to the versatility of this oven as well. While microwave recipes on western cooking are readily available, people who are interested in using their microwave ovens for cooking Oriental food have generally had to experiment on their own. It was in order to meet this demand that we decided to put together this recipes of Oriental food – including Thai food – as well as Western too. Each of these recipes which have been successfully tested in the kitchen, have been set out in simple, easy to follow steps. They may be attempted with complete confidence, even by people who are completely unfamiliar with these dishes.
Oriental food (including Thai food) differs significantly from Western food, with the differences ranging from the ingredients and spices used to the method of preparation and the way the dishes are served. Where the preparation of Oriental food is concerned, this involves more time and effort than Western food. However, the actually cooking time involved is much less. Unlike Western food, Oriental food does not involve the serving of an appetiser and one main dish. A minimum of three to four “main” dishes (including one soup or curry) are served simultaenously for a family dinner. These dishes are then eaten with plain boiled rice. You may find however, that some of these dishes can be successfully used a one dish meal or as the main course in a western style dinner. Of the Oriental food listed in this website, the Chinese and Japanese dishes are relatively bland and conform more to Western tastes. Thai food however, is spicier, but it is possible to adjust the quantity of spices used to give you the desired taste. Most of the ingredients used in the recipes for Oriental food are to be found in Chinese or Oriental supermarkets in major cities in the world. It is possible however, to substitute some ingredients for others. The attached glossary gives details of these ingredients as well as possible substitutes if these ingredients are unavailable.