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In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, UW Medicine hospital cafeterias are highlighting dishes and flavors from Asian and Pacific Islander cuisines throughout the month of May.

“We want to celebrate and honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,” says Jason Chamberlin, the manager of program operations at UW Medical Center – Northwest, who has helped research and plan the meals that will be served throughout May. “Food can be a really big part of the day. I want this to be a good, memorable experience for people. A good meal can change how you feel.”

Chamberlin hopes the dishes will encourage people to try flavors they haven’t before or remind them of a dish they ate growing up.

Keep an eye out for some of the dishes at the hospitals — or cook the meals for yourself with the recipes below.

Chicken adobo with jasmine rice

Chicken Adobo

Photo Courtesy of Jordan Andino

Vietnamese omelettes 

Vietnamese Omelettes

Photo Courtesy of Balance With Jess

Longevity noodles with spicy pork and vegetables 

Longevity Noodles

Photo Courtesy of Christine Han

Hawaiian meatballs

Hawaiian Meatballs

Photo Courtesy of Samantha Skaggs

Moa Fa’Asaina

Samoan Chicken

Photo Courtesy of International Cuisine

Learn (and cook!) more

Check out these chef-recommend cookbooks for additional recipes:

  • “Mister Jiu’s in Chinatown” by Brandon Jew and Tienlon Ho
  • “Lemongrass and Lime” by Leah Cohen and Stephanie Banyas
  • “Filipinix” by Angela Dimayuga and Ligaya Mishan
  • “Cook Real Hawai’i” by Sheldon Simeon and Garrett Snyder
  • “Xi’an Famous Foods” by Jason Wang and Jessica Chou
  • “The Flavor Equation” by Nik Sharma
  • “My Shanghai” by Betty Liu
  • “The Honeysuckle Cookbook” by Dzung Lewis
  • “Chaat” by Maneet Chauhan and Jody Eddy
  • “Trader Vic’s Pacific Island Cookbook” by Victor Bergeron Jr.