August 16, 2023

Top 8 Most Popular Asian Meat Dishes

Zohar Sessler
R&D Chef

Asian meat dishes are incredibly diverse, hailing from various countries and cities with different access to produce, spice preferences, and cooking techniques. However, one thing they nearly always have in common is: incredible emphasis on flavor.

If Asian cuisine is one of your favorites and you’re after some at-home meal inspiration, then we’ve got you covered with recipes for some of the most popular Asian meat dishes enjoyed around the world. Here’s a twist: all of these meat dishes can also be made with new-meat.


1. Beef Ramen

Coming in at first place on our list is a classic Japanese beef ramen. Who doesn’t love a warming bowl of aromatic broth laden with crunchy vegetables, soft noodles, and tender beef? Carrot and nori stock provides an umami depth of flavor while Redefine Beef Flank brings the final elevated touch. It’s the ultimate comfort food in a bowl – noodles, broth and beef, what’s not to love?

Beef Ramen

2. Bao Buns

Steamed bao buns epitomize Asian comfort food. Think fluffy bread clouds stuffed with a delectable meat filling. The steamed buns are surprisingly easy to make at home, and a delicious take on bread making that is exciting for those more familiar with baked bread buns. 

This recipe’s pillowy bao buns are filled with Redefine Beef, aromatic herbs such as basil and mint, a subtle hint of chili heat, and the delicious sweet, salty and sour combination of brown sugar, soy sauce, and lime juice. 

Bao Buns

3. Phat Kaphrao 

There’s few more classic combinations than a steaming bowl of meat, rice and sauce. Asian meals with ground beef and rice are found in different variations across the entire continent, but this particular rendition hails from Thailand. It is traditionally (but optionally) topped with a crispy fried egg. Ginger, scallions, garlic, and basil form the base of the flavor that in this recipe is infused with Redefine Ground Beef. It may come together quickly, but there’s no compromising on flavor or a delicious meaty kick.

Phat Kaphrao

4. Massaman Curry 

Massaman curry is an internationally adored Thai curry that fuses flavors from Thailand, India, and Malaysia. An authentic massaman curry paste is only mildly spicy but rich in flavor from ginger, lemongrass, cardamom, cinnamon, and coconut milk to name just a few of its aromatic ingredients. It’s a true labor of love to cook from scratch, but once you’ve reaped the rewards of the dazzling flavor explosion you won’t regret it.

Massaman Curry

5. Beef Lettuce Cups

There are so many ways to cook healthily at home without an emphasis on salads. Beef lettuce cups are the perfect example of how to combine taste, texture and nutrition into totally moreish bites of food. The crisp lettuce “shells” filled with subtly firm Redefine Ground Beef taken up a notch by tamarind, mint, coriander and spicy chili, make an irresistible combination that won’t hit your waistline too hard. 

Beef lettuce cups are ideal as canapes, a quick lunch, or a healthy dinner idea.

Beef Lettuce Cups

6. Pad Thai 

Thai street food has an internationally renowned reputation and Pad Thai is up there with the most popular of them all. It’s a stir-fried rice noodle dish that takes on different variations, although nearly always features peanuts, egg, bean sprouts, and lime juice. If you’re after a delicious but quick dinner, look no further. Pad Thai can be made with your protein of choice, and with the addition of the traditional scrambled egg and peanuts, it’s guaranteed to be a protein-heavy meal. The protein is balanced with satisfying rice noodles for a carb-hit and an assortment of vegetables that all come together in a wok. 

Pad Thai

7. Teriyaki Flank Steak 

Steak is loved the world over, from its classic French renditions to its high status in grill-at-the-table popular Korean meat dishes. This particular Japanese inspired steak recipe brings the sweetness of teriyaki to tender, savory steak as it is broiled in the teriyaki marinade. If you love the decadence of a satisfyingly sticky meat dish, then this one’s for you. 

Flank Steak for Teriyaki Flank Steak

8. Kalbi

One of the best Korean meat dishes, Kalbi is a Korean barbecue dish where beef cuts are marinated in a sweet sauce of sugar, rice wine, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic. Korean barbecue is famous for its deliciously tender grilled meats oozing with strong flavors, and this recipe is no exception.



What is the most popular meat in Asia?

The answer is entirely subjective, with different types of meat more popular in certain regions than others. While pork is often favored in China, beef is often favored in central Asian countries and chicken in Asian countries where Hindu’s preside (they cannot eat beef) or Muslims preside (they cannot eat pork). Pork, beef, and chicken are all popular in many South-East Asian countries. 


What is the most common meat eaten in Korea?

Pork or beef. Beef is often used in Korean barbecue dishes like Kalbi, with a sweet marinade.  


What is the most popular Asian dish? 

It’s impossible to list just one, but a list of some of the most popular Asian dishes include Pad Thai, ramen, massaman curry, bao buns, and more. 

Zohar Sessler
R&D Chef
Zohar is the R&D Chef at Redefine Meat, where she leads all culinary aspects of product development together with our scientists and food engineers. She’s a pastry chef that holds a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Food Science. When she’s not in the kitchen, she can be usually be found doing ceramic art.