Asian cuisine, which comes together quicker than you can say moo goo gai pan
, is easy to get picture perfect on Oscar night.
- Re-dish everything. Dump the disposable containers and
pull out pretty serving bowls and platters. Foods that come with sauces, like
satay and dumplings, beg for little serving vessels picked up for a song at
- Go hot and cold. To cut down on at-home prep time,
split ordering among hot and cold dishes. Vietnamese salads featuring green
papaya or squid can go directly to the plate, leaving you free to focus on
- Garnish with color. Maybe the pad thai smells great but looks gloppy, or the chicken curry is monochromatic. Slivered cucumbers or carrots add color and crunch, whether topping off the takeout or served alongside.
Lacquered red square tray and plate (Takashimaya); Hermès Balcon du Guadalquivir redand- white bread-and-butter plate, Jean-Louis Coquet Hemisphere matte-gold sugar bowl, and Salviati Abaco vases (all Michael C. Fina).