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What are some good appetizers for an Oriental themed cocktail party?

I am planning to serve a few kinds of sushi rolls (California, spicy tuna, Philidelphia) but am open to new recipes, veggie & shrimp tempura, fresh spring rolls (if I can get the rolling part down!), Asian snack mixes and/or spiced nuts & wasabi peas, and a crudite platter. I would like a couple more ideas to play with as this seems too simple, plus, I need a back-up plan in case the sushi and spring rolls are a disaster! I also need something sweet as well. Also, seafood is the only meat I prepare and eat. Please help! The party is Saturday!
Thanks for your answers! I need to specify that I need meatless recipes, unless it’s sea food.

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8 Responses to “What are some good appetizers for an Oriental themed cocktail party?”

  1. depps_lover said :



    1/4 c. gluten rice flour
    2/3 c. wheat flour
    3/4 c. hot water
    1/4 c. lard
    1 c. cold water


    1/2 lb. ground pork
    1/4 lb. dried shrimp, chopped
    1/2 c. water chestnuts, chopped
    2-3 green onions, sliced thin
    1 tbsp. white pepper
    1 tbsp. soy sauce
    1 tbsp. sherry
    1 tbsp. sesame oil
    Oil for deep frying

    Mix dough. Shape into small ball then roll into circles. Set aside.
    Prepare Filling: Heat pan and oil it. Stir in 1/2 pound pork, the dried shrimp, water chestnuts, stir quickly, until pork is grey. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well.

    Remove from pan and cool. Place filling in center of dough. Shape into turnover. Deep fry until golden.

  2. jetmad1 said :

    spicy garlic pot stickers are my favorite, then any tempura, fried rice, steamed bean sprouts. Don’t forget the Saki

  3. dizzy r said :

    umm it takes like a whole day to make eggrolls….i would get a caterer or just order out a lot of those things you’re planning on using from a local asian restaurant you frequent.

  4. happybidz2003 said :

    Small shrimp k-bobs, won-tons, small egg rolls.

  5. ballfam5 said :

    You should have pot stickers, fried won tons, orange chicken (frozen at Costco) place a tooth picks in the center of the plate. Have Fun!

  6. myview said :

    this might not be as sophisticated as you would like, but hands down is crowd favorite. I have yet to miss with this one…

    Asian beef skewers

    3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
    3 tablespoons sherry
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1 teaspoon barbeque sauce
    2 green onions, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
    1 1/2 pounds flank steak
    In a small bowl, mix together hoisin sauce, sherry, soy sauce, barbeque sauce, green onions, garlic, and ginger.
    Cut flank steak across grain on a diagonal into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices in a 1 gallon resealable plastic bag. Pour hoisin sauce mixture over slices, and mix well. Refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
    Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Discard marinade, and thread steak on skewers.
    Oil the grill grate. Grill skewers 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.

  7. Liz said :

    Of the Japanese variety, a nice appetizer for sushi is dumplings with cream cheese and chives. A good snack before dinner while people are mingling is eddame (you can either get it out of the pod and frozen from a grocery store or you can cook them yourself in salted boiling water). Tempura is also very simple to prepare, and you can use a variety of different foods such as sweet potatoes, peppers or shrimp. (Note: To make a good tempura you can get panko bread crumbs to the premade batter mixes available at oriental grocery stores– the bread crumbs help keep it light and crispy). A different idea that is Thai based is fried rice with pineapple. Chinese ideas would include foods that you might find at a dim sum, like crispy rice rolls, Chinese broccoli and oyster sauce (just steam and add sauce), shrimp dumpling (great backup option, you can get premade ones and just boil them in water; these go great with a dumping sauce with ginger grated in), seasame balls, etc.

  8. EDWARD H K said :



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