This post was sponsored by Ling Ling and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Let’s talk about weeknight family meals. I’m a busy, working mom with two girls who have various extra curricular activities on any given day of the week. Despite my best abilities to put something healthy and delicious on the table, it’s very easy to fall into a rut of the same meals week after week. Never missing an opportunity to learn and grow and ultimately address my weeknight meal concern, I joined other area bloggers to discover the world of Asian cuisine courtesy of Ling Ling and Parties that Cook.
Parties that Cook is a San Francisco event kitchen that hosts cooking classes and team building activities that provide on hands-on culinary experiences that inspire and empower attendees. Tucked away on a side street in the busy city, Parties that Cook literally had open, inviting doors, and a bright, gorgeous gourmet kitchen full of fresh ingredients and quality materials. It was a lovely place to spend the evening!
You may already be familiar with Ling Ling Potstickers or Spring Rolls, but did you notice they recently introduced Fried Rice entrees into the line up of offerings? Throughout the evening not only did we sample these new entrees, we cooked through whole menu of complimentary meal pairings!
Master Chef Mike Chapter was one of our guides throughout the night. He shared tips and tricks to Asian infusion cooking as well as the kitchen staples you’d want to have for asian dishes. Thankfully he had full faith in all of us that we could create an amazing mealtime experience for ourselves that night, as well as in our own homes.
We split into groups and worked together to create three different side dishes that would accompany Ling Ling Fried Rice main dishes. Bloggers Gayle, Aileen, and Robin cooked with Chef Mike to make a Crispy Kale Salad, using kale, shiitake mushrooms, golden raisins, and almonds. None of the entrees and side dishes took that long to make, and though each called for a unique ingredient or two, by taking away the fear of the unknown (“I’ve never made this before! Am I doing it right?”) Parties that Cook and Ling Ling have now enabled us each to make at home.
My group made Korean Scallion Pancakes made with chili oil and tamari dipping sauce, which were remarkably easy and only looked like they required a lot of cooking skill! One takeaway on these for me was that you can make the dough ahead of time to be ready on demand throughout the week. While these called for thinly sliced scallions, now that I’ve mastered (ha!) how to make them, I’m going to be a little adventurous and try adding other shredded vegetables, such as carrots or zucchini, for a little extra nutrition.
Each of the side dishes were paired with a Ling Ling Fried Rice entree, which can be made in the microwave or cooked over the stove. As you can see, Ashley rocked the stovetop cooking of Ling Ling Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice. The unique thing that sets Ling Ling Fried Rice apart from other frozen rice meals or entrees is that they have a proprietary asian cooking technique that infuses their signature sauces into each grain of rice. The result is rich, flavorful rice that is anything but hard and dry. Each recipe is crafted after after authentic, regional asian recipes that in include special seasonings, complimentary vegetables, and quality meats like beef, chicken, and pork.
The Yakitori Chicken Fried Rice paired well with the Crispy Kale Salad, the Chinese-Style Vegetable Fried Rice with the Scallion Pancakes, and the Bimbimbap Fried Rice with the Asian Cucumber Salad. But really, they were all interchangeable as main dishes and side dishes and as such present a huge opportunity to mimic in my own kitchen and provide several new weeknight meal options for my family!
Looking at the photo of my plate and remember the great meal we had, it’s hard to decide what was my favorite. All three Ling Ling Fried Rice entrees and all three side dishes filled my plate and were delicious, but what I loved the most was all the different flavors and textures working together to fully satisfy my palette and appetite.
Ready to stock up your kitchen for Asian infusion cooking? Use this printable $2 Off coupon to purchase new Ling Ling Fried Rice entrees at stores near you. Discover more about Ling Ling on their website and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Parties that Cook event kitchens can be found San Francisco and Chicago, visit them online at partiesthatcook.com and connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.