Stew has so much going for it – it’s perfect for less tender, more inexpensive cuts of meat, combining the ingredients in one pot means less washing up, and you can leave the kitchen while the stew simmers on the stovetop. From classic Irish Stew to Spanish Cocidos, it seems every cuisine has at least one signature dish featuring meat, fish or poultry that has been paired with vegetables and simmered for hours over a stove. And of course, China is known for its red-cooked stews and braised dishes.
Here are a number of my favorite Chinese and Asian-inspired stew recipes. I've begun with more authentic Chinese red cooked stews with chicken and pork, then moved on to stews enlivened with Chinese seasonings or ingredients. Finally, a few traditional stew recipes from other Asian cuisines. Feel free to play with the recipes and incorporate other ingredients as desired.