Stir-Fried Spiced Cabbage (La-Pai-Ts'ai)
This is an easy stir-fried vegetable dish that can be prepared ahead. My DH and I love its flavor and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice "kick"! Originally from the Time-Life Foods of the World Series, The Cooking of China.
- Ready In:
- 1 1 lb bok choy or 1 lb green cabbage
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon flavorless vegetable oil or 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- With a sharp knife, trim the top leaves of the cabbage and wash them.
- Cut the cabbage into 1 by 2 inch pieces.
- In a small bowl, combine the sugar,vinegar,soy sauce,salt, and cayenne pepper and mix thoroughly.
- Heat a wok or large frying pan over high heat for about 30 seconds.
- Pour in the oil, swirl it in the pan, and heat for about another 30 seconds.
- Turn the heat down to moderate, add the cabbage, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes.
- Make sure all the cabbage is coated with the oil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the soy-vinegar mixture.
- Transfer the cabbage to a serving platter and let cool to lukewarm before serving.
- May be served chilled, if you prefer.
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Simple and tasty, two of my favourite things. To provide contrast, I added toasted black sesame seeds; in place of the cayenne, I used a good dollop of garli-chili paste, and also omitted the salt. A quick drizzle of toasted sesame oil at the end tidied everything up nicely. This will be a regular- thanks!Reply
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