Before I started my meal, I like to read through the recipe, gather my ingredients and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine. I like cooking from recipes because I like food too much to screw around with my own creations, unless I know what I am doing. I don’t need a recipe for a lot of items, but with Asian-style food, I will try a recipe. I found the Chinese Cabbage Stir-Fry in the January 2010 Martha Stewart Living.
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Since the recipe will not be listed on the website, I will share it here, so no one has to miss out on this easy and tasty weeknight dinner. The recipe calls for ground pork and I grind all my own meat, so you can omit this step, if you happen to live in a country where you can trust the quality of ground meat!
Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry
It says it serves 8, but I think it will serve a family of 4 with a healthy portion. Both my daughters enjoyed this meal, but I reduced the spicy ingredients by half, the amount below was according to the magazine.
4 ounces (114 gm) rice noodles, cook according to the package instructions.
3 tablespoons (45ml) vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds (680gm) Chinese cabbage, shredded
8 ounces (228gm) ground pork
3 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon (15ml) minced ginger
4 scallions (1/2 reserved for garnish)
2 tablespoons (30ml) Asian fish sauce
2 teaspoons (10ml) Asian chili sauce
1 – 2 tablespoons (15 – 30ml) soy sauce
1/4 chopped cilantro (optional)
2 lime halves
1. Cook the rice noodles according to the package directions, rinse with cold water and drain well.
2. Heat half of the oil in a wok or dutch oven over high heat. Add half of the cabbage. Sear, pressing with a wooden spoon, until slightly wilted and golden, 1 – 2 minutes. Remove and put in a glass bowl. Let the wok or dutch oven get hot again. Repeat with the remaining cabbage and add to the glass bowl.
3. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, the garlic, ginger, half the scallions and pork.
Cook, stirring constantly till the pork browns about 1 – 3 minutes. Stir in fish and chili sauces. Toss in rice noodles and seared cabbage. Add soy sauce to taste. Remove from heat, and add remaining scallions and cilantro. Squeeze limes over noodles. If you have the patience, garnish with cilantro and serve with lime wedges immediately!
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