The spicy-sour Thai staple, tom yum, is a takeout favorite during the colder months. You can have this version on the table even faster than delivery. Stirring in peanut butter at the end rounds out the spiciness and adds body, but fish sauce is the real secret here, used for its savory-salty punch.
In Chinese cultures, lemongrass and cilantro are considered yin ingredients -- cooling elements that are ideal on hot days. The subtle heat of ginger and chile, combined with the bright aroma of fresh mint, enlivens this lightened rendition of chicken soup.
We think of watermelon as the stuff of fruit salads, but it's also great in savory ones. In this Vietnamese- and Thai-inspired recipe, melon and cucumber are the cool contrast to sliced chile and grilled pork (chicken works, too).