Lomo Saltado with Tostones

This popular Peruvian dish comes together fast, but delicious. Typically it features French fries, but the substitution of plantains seemed fitting and lends the dish an extra layer of texture and flavor.

Costillas con Chimichurri: Argentinian-Style Beef Ribs with Chimichurri Sauce

These Argentinian-style beef ribs are tender and juicy, their robustness mouthwateringly complimented by the bright, complex acidity of the chimichurri. It’s an unapologetically indelicate dish—it’s carnal, demanding that you pick up the bones and tear every last bite off with your teeth, licking the chimichurri from your fingers.

Crispy Dirty Fried Rice with Shrimp, Two Ways

This crispy dirty fried rice is an irresistible fusion of spicy Cajun and umami rich, salty Asian flavors. In one version, the liver is the star, while the shrimp add some extra textural interest, while in the second version the shrimp take center stage while the liver blends with the other ingredients for subtle richness.

Thai Basil Eggplant and Pork Stir Fry

This pork and eggplant stir fry is easy and absolutely delicious—perfect for a hearty lunch or a weeknight meal. The sauce is a take on hoisin, with just the right amount of salt, sweet, and heat. Much yummier and healthier than takeout!

Sichuan Twice-Cooked Pork (or Tripe)

While this recipe is amazing with pork belly—spicy, nuanced, with tender meat and vegetables—and my new favorite way to eat it is with tripe. Regardless of the protein you choose, this makes for a fabulous and authentic taste of Sichuan.

Jjukumi Gui (Korean Barbecued Octopus)

Jjukumi Gui (Korean barbecued octopus) is an enticing bite of Korea, and yet oddly familiar in the way that it checks all the boxes of successful Western barbecue: a little sweet, a little spicy, a little tangy, a little smoky.

Chicken Cheese Katsu

One of my favorite Japanese dishes (washoku), chicken-cheese katsu has a crispy fried panko exterior encasing a juicy chicken interior that’s filled with rich, gooey cheese.

Menudo

Menudo is a comforting Mexican soup with melt-in-your-mouth tripe and hominy in a lightly spicy broth. Even if you’re not a devoted tripe-lover, this dish will make a convert of you.