Confession: My name is Dave and I love Asian food.

I grew up in Southern California, close to all the delicious asian concentrated cities, ie. Westminister, Garden Grove, Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Hacienda heights, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Irvine, etc.   Therefore, delicious asian food has always been a large part of my life.  Well my grandmother and I also immigrated from Taiwan so I was  only fed Chinese food while growing up.  McDonalds was a rare luxury, something that I treasured when young but later realized that it was neither luxurious or tasty.

I’ve lived in SoCal for most of my life.  Moved to NYC and lived there for 3 years and with a odd stroke of destiny landed in Raleigh, NC.  I’ve been here in Raleigh since 2007. Now I’m back in California! But this time in Northern California.

Taste knowledge:

I’ve been through out Asia and Europe tasting some of the most ethnic and eclectic foods available.   I’ve also tried most of the novel food fair on both US coasts.  With my personal preference for SoCal for Asian and Mexican food and NYC for fine dinning, the Midwest for anything beef, and NC is all about pork, which I love!

Aside from pork and a few other things Raleigh doesn’t really offer too much authentic Asian cuisine.  It’s a simple, supply and demand.  In California I can go to any neighborhood Pho restaurant and get a delicious fresh  #1 large for $6 whereas, I might be able to drive 20 minutes, for a so called #1 samll that might be a little too sweet or salty for $9.  Of course this is just one example but you can insert any other dish ie Korean BBQ, hot pot, Chinese seafood, pad thai, spicy tuna roll, etc.  I hope you get the idea.

Originally I was on a short lived quest to find good Asian food in the area but after spending hundreds of dollars, lots of gas, time, and stomachs aches, I finally gave up :(    So i decided to tackle the problem from a different angle.  Make my own.  With the help of a few Asian food blogs, my friends that cook, memories of watching my grandmother cook, and anyone else that wouldn’t minding giving up their food secrets, I have finally been able to replicate some of the delicious food that I could only dream about or fly 2500 miles to get.

Problem: Want delicious Asian food.  Can’t find any.

Solution: Learn to make my own and share with friends.

That is the basic premise of Asian Enticement.

Yes I know the name kinda sounds like a porn site.  If fact, I originally bought the domain name because it sounded like a porn site and thought dude, why doesn’t a porn site have this awesome name, maybe I can sell it to a porn site!  Yes we all get those brilliant ideas at 3 in the morning.  That just happened to be mine.  Well at the very least I might get some random unsolicited traffic looking for hot Asians and finding nothing but raw pictures of beautiful, fresh, scented cilantro garnished lightly over a bowl of hot and spicy braised pork belly glistening over a soft bed of steaming jasmine white rice.

Hey I guess it is a porn site, food porn!

So here are some of my most authentic recipes, failed attempts, and documented successes.  I’m constantly learning to make new dishes of all cultures.  So if you have a great recipe please send it to me and I’ll try to replicate it(of course credit will go directly to you with a big fat gold star and your name in lights)   And if you don’t have any recipes then shot me an email of things that you would like to eat and learn to eat and I’ll try to search for a recipe and try to duplicate it.

Since I’m a one man show trying to feed my belly, I like to hear your thoughts whenever possible.  So subscribe to my RSS feed even if you never ever use RSS.  (Maybe this can be the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to use it.  It’s actually pretty cool.)  But more importantly leave your comments, send me an email, fly in a plane and write a message in the sky over Raleigh for me to read.  Whatever your method is I’d like to know what you think of the site and how I can make it better.  Suggestions on things to make are nice but recipies on foods I haven’t made yet are even better.

Just write to me so I know that people are reading this.  Good or bad I welcome it all.

dave at asianenticement dot com