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Dan Dan Mien and Book Launch Party for Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites (Giveaway)

by Jeanette on February 5, 2013 · 87 Comments
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Steamy Kitchen virtual book launch

This week, I am so excited to be participating in a Virtual Book Launch Party for Jaden Hair’s newest cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. I received a review copy several weeks ago and have trying lots of recipes from Jaden’s new cookbook.
Steamy Kitchen's Dan Dan Mien © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I first met Jaden two years ago when I started my blog. She is generous with her knowledge, and I’ve learned so much from her, including how to take better food photos and how to place value on all the hard work that goes into this blog as well as my work outside of this blog. I attended her annual Food Blog Forum event last year, and had the chance to get to know Jaden in a smaller, more intimate setting. I’ve also been lucky enough to attend a few of her parties at BlogHer Food.

Jaden is an energizer bunny and full of fun and laughs – she’s passionate about what she does, she’s generous with her knowledge, she loves her family (her two boys and husband are absolutely adorable), and she loves life – if you ever have the chance to meet her, you’ll see what I mean.

A Healthier Dan Dan Mien © Jeanette's Healthy Living

So enough about Jaden…let’s get onto her newest cookbook, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. Her new cookbook features 100 easy, accessible and quick meals, including healthier renditions of traditionally richer Asian dishes. There are 9 chapters – Soups, Pickles & Sauces (including a recipe for Sriracha Sauce that I want to try), Salads & Dressings, Little Bites, Share (I love the Chinese Hot Pot section), Vegetables, Tofu & Eggs, Meat & Seafood, Noodles & Rice, and Sweet & Libations.

The recipes are straightforward, easy to follow and the ingredients can all be found in the supermarket (Jaden includes substitute ingredients for some Asian ingredients to make it accessible to everyone). Almost all of the recipes are also gluten-free or gluten-free adaptable. There are Chinese recipes as well as a few Thai and Japanese inspired recipes, and several of the recipes are from Jaden’s mom. It’s a family cookbook – recipes that Jaden makes for her own family, and shares with friends.

A Healthier Dan Dan Mien © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I made her Dan Dan Mien for my family for lunch one day – it’s her sons’ favorite dish. My boys loved it, drizzled with a little vinegar and served with a dollop of hot sauce. I’m looking forward to trying her Sriracha Sauce recipe, Thai Larb Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Vegetarian Korean BBQ and more.

Be sure to check out the dishes my talented friends made from Jaden’s  new cookbook to celebrate the launch of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites this week:

Wednesday, February 6: Two Peas and Their Pod – Cauliflower Steaks
Thursday, February 7: Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef – Miso Soup/ Dashi Broth
Friday, February 8: White on Rice Couple – Thai Larb Lettuce Cups
Saturday, February 9: RecipeGirl – Kung Pao Chicken
Sunday, February 10: Katie’s Cucina – Sparkling Vietnamese Limeade
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Healthy Asian Favorites Giveaway!

And now for the fun part – I have one copy of Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites to giveaway. You won’t want to miss out, so be sure to enter!

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Dan Dan Mien
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I almost doubled the amount of cabbage from the original recipe.
Serves: 6-8
  • 12 ounces dried rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces ground chicken or turkey
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1½ teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 pound 4 ounces napa cabbage, julienned
  • 3 tablespoons gluten-free, low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1½ tablespoon Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar (not aged)
  • ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
  • ⅜ cup water
  • 3 teaspoons hot chili-garlic sauce (sambal oelek)
  • ¾ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  1. Cook noodles according to package instructions, rinse with cold water, drain and set aside.
  2. Mix together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  3. Heat wok or large saute pan over high heat. Add oil and when hot, add ground meat. Stir-fry until browned, using spatula to break up pieces, about 2-3 minutes. Add scallions, garlic and ginger and stir-fry 1 minute. Add cabbage and stir-fry another 2 minutes until cabbage loses its raw taste but is still crisp. Add noodles and pour in sauce. Toss well until heated through. Serve with more hot sauce if desired.
Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

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  1. What a great concept for a cookbook! I’ve always wanted to try dan dan mien…definitely need to give this recipe a go!

    My favorite Asian dish…hmm…anything dim sum!

  2. bruce barrett says:

    Just found your site and will be visiting often. General Tso’s chicken.

  3. Alison Li says:

    This new cookbook sounds wonderful! I have one daughter who is gliten free. Having an Asian cookbook focus on gluten free is very exciting!

  4. Favorite Asian dish is clay pot rice

  5. My favorite: sushi!

  6. Vietnamese Bun

  7. Luv Bi Bim Bop!

  8. I’ve been trying more and more to focus on eating more healthily. This book sounds like a winner…

  9. Pad See Ew

  10. This looks amazing and easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

  11. Do I have to pick just one favorite? Pad Thai or Fried Rice, I guess…. although I like most everything :)

  12. We are loving Jaden’s book! Will add this recipe to our list:)

  13. Rochelle P says:

    Looking forward to picking up the new book!

  14. Rochelle P says:

    Oh, and my favourite (filipino) dishes are my uncle’s chicken and pork belly adobo, and my aunt’s oxtail kare kare.

  15. Kathy Wilson says:

    I love anything Asian……I’m a fan of Jaden also, so love all her recipe’s!

  16. Pad Thai!

  17. Yum! We love this type of noodle in our house. I’m excited to see her book – great recipes on her site. 😀

  18. This looks delicious!

  19. favorite asian dish is sczheuan beef

  20. My fav asian food has to be spring rolls, but mind you, I’ve only ever had them at a chinese buffet.

  21. Pad thai!

  22. Savannah G says:

    I cannot wait to get this book! I am excited to try the hot pots as my brother can’t stop talking about them after his year long trip to China – but I personally love wontons & spring rolls, oh and pho!

  23. Oh this looks so delish yet it is so simple. I have all these ingredients right now and I must make this tonight. I hope to win Jaden’s cookbook. I follow her and subscribe to her, too. Her recipes and cooking tips are awesome. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and sharing the recipe, Jeanette!

  24. This sounds wonderful!!!! <3 I am definitely going to try this. :) Also shared it on FB, everyone wants healthy after the Christmas recipes I shared (didn't help with diets at all).

  25. Poopsey Marie says:

    Ooooh!! This sounds yummy. Definitely a must try!

  26. Kathleen Conner says:

    I love chicken and cashews

  27. Lumpia!

  28. Robin Whiting says:

    Pad Thai is an all time favorite but I have so many others and would truly love to win her cookbook. Thanks!

  29. Enjoy any Asian noodle dish like Pad Thai or even Dan Dan Mien. Going to have this for dinner tonight. I am on Weight Watchers and this dish looks very adaptable for the plan! I have Jaden’s first book and use it frequently. It would be a joy to receive this one as well. I agree with Betty Ann that the dish is so simple yet looks so delicious too!

  30. Also, you have a wonderful blog. You have my vote for the Best Health Blog 2012! Good luck.

  31. Jessica B says:

    My favorite dish is Shabu Shabu!

  32. I really like Mongolian beef!

  33. Does pho count as an Asian dish? If so that’s my fav!

  34. steamed chicken and broccoli

  35. Julie in Redmond says:

    beef and snap pea stir fry

  36. My favorite dish Asian dish is Kung Pao- when done right!

  37. I love the freshness of Vietnamese spring rolls

  38. Bethany C. says:

    I like making shrimp with broccoli and teriyaki glazed salmon.

  39. Jaden’s fried rice

  40. Christine Mayfield says:


  41. Great recipe! I love the healthy spin on this book – my favorite Asian dish is Extra Spicy Singapore Rice Noodles with extra vegetables and Shrimp.

  42. My favorite Asian dish? That’s so impossible to decide! Probably either sushi or steamed shrimp dumplings.

  43. I have way too many favorite Asian dishes! But one of them would be Tomato Egg Chicken with Rice.

  44. I love noodle dishes, especially Taiwanese beef noodle soup. Jaden’s Dan Dan mien looks wonderful, too!

  45. oh my…have to choose just ONE Asian dish? Think Pad Thai would be my all time fav :)

  46. Francesca says:

    Noodles and miso. Yum yum. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Congratulations on your new cookbook.

  47. My favorite Asian dish is Pho soup and also Miso coup!

  48. This looks like a terrific dish I will have to make. One of my favorite Asian dishes is a spicy beef stir fry with snow peas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Boiled dumplings, absolutely. I usually ate a couple dozen when my family made them, though I haven’t made them by hand in a long time.

  50. Lately I love chow mein!

  51. I am really looking forward to trying this recipe. We eat ground turkey often and I like it try it in asian dishes. We love cabbage too

  52. Karen Lynch says:

    My favorite is Moo Goo Gai Pan.

  53. I love anything with Sriracha! I am addicted to that stuff

  54. Lately, my favorite Asian meal is vegetable mei fun

  55. Bridget Hendricks says:

    My favorite Asian dish is a well seasoned Beef and Broccoli. I’m always excited to try out new cookbooks, especially ones that focus on healthy dishes :-)

  56. We love Pho

  57. My favorite Asian dish would have to be anything Vietnamese. I can’t get enough of the sweet, sour, spicy flavors.

  58. My favorite dish is Beef chow fun.

  59. I’m Korean so I have to say Korean food, Kimchi jjigae to be exact but I love all Asian foods. . esp with tofu and/or noodles!

  60. I love any kind of miso soup or any recipe that calls for sea veggies of any kind – so healthful – and delicious!

  61. I absolutely love Jaden’s first cookbook and my favorite recipe from that is her delicious butter garlic noodles. Asian comfort food!

  62. My absolute favorite Asian mean is pad thai!!

  63. Sarah Pelletier says:

    Mongolian Beef is my favorite.

  64. My favorite Asian recipe would be my mom’s filling for dumplings and wontons. She uses the same filling and uses ground chicken instead of pork. The filling is then less greasy, but still so juicy. Mmm…

  65. How fantastic to have healthier versions of classics (Asian classics that is). This recipe is so simple and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing her book with us.

  66. my favorite is lo mein!!

  67. It would be so great to learn healthier versions of the food I grew up with! I would definitely have to say my favorite is anything with eggplant in it :)

  68. I love panang curry!

  69. Selima Garris says:

    I love Asian food. But my favorites are potstickers. sweet and sour anything. Miso soup.

  70. Selima Garris says:

    I love asian food. I love potstickers. Miso soup. Sushi

  71. Stephanie says:

    I love miso soup!

  72. Going to go veganize this now!

  73. I just love Asian food so it is hard to say which dish is my favorite, but I don’t get to eat it very often due to the fact that I live in a small rural area. I would love to learn to at least cook different asian foods and a healthy version is a plus. Thank you for this opportunity to have a chance to enter your giveaway for “Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorite”

  74. It looks so tasty!

  75. Hmm.. just one fave? Anything with ginger!

  76. I’ve read about this dish a lot through the blogosphere and finally attempted Jaden’s recipe. My kids love it, I love it…enough said!

    Great photos!

  77. This looks delicious! I’m definitely checking out Jaden’s new cookbook.

    My favorite Asian dish is Pad Kee Mow, but Thai green curry and green papaya salad are close second and third.

  78. Ooh, my fvaorite Asian dish? That’s a hard one… but ever since living in Japan, I have to say ochazuke with natto has become a comfort food of mine. It’s just so warming and stick-to-your-ribs good!

  79. Sheila Best says:

    Love larb! and I can’t wait to try these dan dan noodles. Yumalicious.

  80. My favorite Asian food is Spring Rolls.

  81. My favorite is Beef and Broccoli

  82. A favorite is spring rolls.

  83. this is not Dan Dan Mien. = =. Can you post some right food? ? ? ?

  84. Glad to see this changed… favourite Asian meal is eggplant miso.

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