Stir-Fried Cabbage with Pork

Growing up, my favourite vegetable was cabbage. Scrap that. Cabbage was the only vegetable I ever ate. Because they weren't coloured green, I didn't realise cabbage was a vegetable...A misconception my parents were only too happy to perpetuate in order to get me to eat my greens because I was a frustratingly fussy eater.

This is my recipe for a quick cabbage stir fry, a homestyled dish that takes me right back to my childhood. While I've added pork to chunk up this dish, you can opt for other meats like chicken or seafood like prawns. But, if catering to vegetarians, leave out the meat proteins entirely.

1 head cabbage, cut to shreds
3 cloves garlic, minced (put through garlic press to save time)
150gm pork loin, sliced 0.5cm thick and marinated with 1 tbsp light soy, dash of white ground pepper, a dash of Chinese five spice, 1 tsp oyster sauce, or any marinade seasoning you like)
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tbsp Soy sauce

Directions (feeds 2)
1) Fry garlic in two-thirds proportion olive oil and one-third proportion sesame oil until fragrant.

2) Add pork and fry until cooked on the outside. (switch this with any other protein you like)

3) Add cabbage.

4) Add seasoning of 1 tbsp oyster sauce and 1 tbsp light soy and fry for a minute on high heat.

5) Add half a cup of water and cover lid to allow the cabbage to simmer and cook to your preferred softness. I like mine denture-soft without any crunch left, so that's about 5 minutes on high heat. Adjust seasoning accordingly before serving.


milky bar kid said...

love cabbage. suggestion for a simple cabbage dish - heat mustard seeds till they pop. throw in chopped garlic. add cabbage. add salt tumeric powder cumin powder. dont add water. cook for about 5 mins. thats it.

Bern said...

that sounds like my favourite indian side dish! i'm assuming the turmeric and cumin powder are dashes, while salt is a pinch, and mustard seeds are a handful?

milky bar kid said...

about 1.5 tsp of mustard seeds. for the tumeric n cumin, it depends on your personal taste i guess. usually i would just agar agar n pour directly from the containers.

Bern said...

thanks loads! am gonna try this very soon!

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