Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Cookbook Countdown #5 : Stir-Fried Cabbage

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Cookbook Countdown #5 : Recipe No. 3 - Stir-Fried Cabbage
from my selected cookbook for this month, Wild, Wild East by Bobby Chinn

A simple and quick stir-fry dish. It is quick because lazy me has skipped the step where the cabbage leaves are blanched in boiling water, then plunge into cold water and drain. I cooked the cabbages without blanching them in hot water, cook as per the recipe, and the dish is just fine. Very tasty stir-fry dish, that is good as part of a meal with plain rice alongside other main dishes.

Stir-Fried Cabbage
(adapted from "Wild, Wild East" by Bobby Chinn)
Serves 4 as a side dish
1 small green cabbage (about 1 lb (500gm))
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
1 tsp very finely chopped shallots
1 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1 small tomato, cut into 8 wedges
1 scallion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (10gm) cilantro leaves

Halve the cabbage, separate the leaves and tear them into small bite-sized pieces. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil, add the cabbage, and cook until just tender. (Be careful not to overcook as the cabbage will be cooked again in the next step). Drain the leaves, plunge them into cold water and set aside to drain fully. (I skipped this step, did not blanch the cabbage.)
Put a wok or saute pan over medium heat and, when hot, add the vegetable oil. Stir-fry the garlic and shallot until translucent and tender. Add the blanched cabbage, fish sauce and salt, and stir-fry for 5 minutes, until fragrant.
Add the tomato and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring so that the flesh breaks down a bit. Throw in the scallions and stir-fry briskly until wilted.
Transfer everything to a serving plate and garnish with the cilantro.

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  1. One can never go wrong with stir-fry.

  2. My kind of side dish...light and delicious, Joyce.

  3. Delicious!! I love making stir-fry at home. xo Catherine

  4. It looks delicious! Can I substitute the fish sauce with something else? Maybe soy sauce? Unfortunately I can't find fish sauce where I live.

    1. Hi Sonia,
      Yes, you could substitute the fish sauce with soy sauce, go easy on the salt, as soy sauce can be very salty.

  5. Hi Joyce! A simple stir fried cabbage can be so delicious. I love cabbage - cooked or raw. And I won't bother to blanch it too as it is not necessary.

  6. Hi Joyce,
    I often cook stir-fry cabbage but have never blanched them in boiling water too. This dish looks light & refreshing and tasty!

  7. wow the humble cabbage looks nice !!!

  8. Just the right dish for my two nursing mothers daughters!