This Asian Charcuterie Board is a feast on a tray with char siu, spring rolls, dumplings, meat rolls, satay, lettuce wraps and wonton cups.
Like I mentioned in my Christmas Dessert Board post, I experimented with 3 boards for our Christmas gathering two weeks ago. As you can imagine, it was a ton of work but it was well worth it. I have already shared my appetizer Charcuterie Board with you and so today I want to give you inspiration for creating an Asian Charcuterie Board.
The Round Charcuterie Board or Serving Tray
For this board, I found a huge serving tray. This 24 inches Large Round Serving Tray is made of walnut wood with a one piece solid base. I am very glad I found this particular tray/board because it is very dry here in Wyoming and those boards with wood joined together tend to separate or crack. It also has a 2 inch rim to keep all the food and little dishes inside the tray. The serving tray has two handles and is a beauty.
As you can see, this huge tray can hold a lot of food which is perfect for my purpose. Depending on what you are serving, it can easily hold enough food for 12 to 20 people especially if you are serving appetizers. If you are serving food for lunch or dinner, it can hold enough food for 8 to 10 people. I have more or less filled this tray but I can definitely pack in more if I need to.
The art of charcuterie involves preparing meats, not necessarily just cured meats. There is no lack of meaty dishes in Asian cuisine. I chose three kinds of meat – pork, chicken, and beef with three different preparation methods. The first one is this Stove Top Char Siu which uses more of a braising method of preparation.
For this simplified Chicken Satay, I cooked it in the oven without skewers. I only skewered the meat after it was cooked together with cubes of cucumber. I have made this before for a potluck and it was very popular served this way.
The third meat for this board is a quick and easy stir fry beef steak strips in hoisin sauce with bell peppers and carrots as a filling for lettuce wraps. This stir fry can be prepared in minutes.
The Finger Foods on This Asian Charcuterie Board
There are many popular finger foods in Asian cuisine. The first one that came to mind was Lobak (Five Spice Meat Rolls. These tasty meat rolls are very popular in Malaysia. I debated between Siu Mai and Chinese Dumplings and decided on the latter because they can be pan fried which makes them drier and more suitable for the board.
Of course, I had to make everyone’s favorite Spring Rolls. They do look very pretty on the board if you cut them in half diagonally.
Salad and Pickles
Instead of serving a salad on its own, I figured a variation of these Chinese Chicken Salad Cups would be great. For the filling, I omitted the grilled chicken but added green and purple cabbage for color. Char siu on top of the salad in the cups drizzled with a little char siu sauce and topped with kimchi is so, so delicious!
Napa Cabbage Kimchi is good with all kinds of meats. You can serve other kinds of kimchi and I have several on this blog. Do check them out.
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24 inches Large Round Solid Circle Serving Tray, Black Walnut Platter with 4 Coasters
24 inches Large Round Tray with Handle, Black Walnut
Round 24″ Black Walnut Wood Serving Tray with Handle
22 Pieces Charcuterie Board Accessories and Toothpick Flags
Mini Serving Tongs 5-Inch, Stainless Steel, Set of 4
4 Pcs Mini Wooden Spoons with Tied Line on Handle
6 Small Wooden Condiments Spoon
Yeo’s Sweet Chili Sauce
Salad and Pickles
- Cut char siu into thin diagonal slices and arrange them on one section of the board around a small bowl of char siu sauce.
- Transfer chicken satay onto a small dish so that it will not stain your board with the turmeric. Place the dish on the opposite side of the char siu with the peanut satay sauce close by.
- Transfer stir fry beef steak strips onto a small shallow dish. Place the dish in the center of the board. Arrange lettuce leaves around the dish. Fill one or two leaves with the stir fry beef.
- Cut Lobak (Five Spice Meat Rolls) into thin slices diagonally. Also, cut a few Spring Rolls in half diagonally. Arrange Lobak, Spring Rolls, and Pan Fried Chinese Dumplings in clusters on the board. Place dish with sweet chili sauce close by.
- Place small dish with Napa Cabbage Kimchi and another small dish with Chinese Cabbage Salad on opposite sides of the board. Cluster wonton cups around the cabbage salad. Fill a few of the wonton cups with the salad and slices of char siu.
- Fill the gaps on the board with remaining cubes of cucumber and more lettuce leaves.
- Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the cabbage salad and stir fry beef if desired.
Recipes On This Asian Charcuterie Board
Most of the recipes prepared for this board are on this blog except for the Lobak (Five Spice Meat Rolls) which was shared on my other blog. I am listing them here for your convenience. Please do check them out.
Many of the food items on this board can be prepared ahead of time and simply grilled or air fried just before serving. I hope I have given you enough ideas to create your own Asian Charcuterie Board. Yes, I know you are thinking of this for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. 😉 Creating a version of this board for the Reunion Dinner would be awesome!
Christmas Eve Dinner
I made this Asian Charcuterie Board for our Christmas Eve dinner. The 24 inch board sat very nicely on our 21 inch lazy susan. It was perfect! The food on the board will feed eight people if you serve the board together with a carbohydrate. Even though I did not prepare a carb the amount of food was more than enough for the 4 of us with some leftovers.
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Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6