Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Sweet Cabbage Stir Fry

In the vegetable bag of last week we had a whole lot of cabbage. Green cabbage, red cabbage and Chinese cabbage. Because I haven't got any standard go to cabbage recipes yet, the hunt was on for something new that was also easy. Lately I just don't have the energy to spend much time in the kitchen so I am looking for easy, fast yet tasty. This recipe that I adapted from the vegetarian student cookbook is a great way to prepare cabbage.

Sweet Cabbage Stir Fry (serves 4)
- 250gr Chinese cabbage, cut into small pieces
- 50gr broccoli
- 50gr cauliflower
- a can of corn
- 125gr cherry tomatoes, cut
- 4 small cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 spring onion, in small rings
- 1.5 tbsp ketjap manis (+extra to cook noodles in)
- 1 tsp sugar
- vegetable oil
- black pepper
- 4 portions noodles

Boil the noodles in water with some added ketjap manis for flavor. In the mean time mix all the other ingredients except for the oil and pepper in a large bowl. You might need to cook the broccoli and cauliflower shortly depending on if you use fresh or frozen. Heat some oil in the pan and add the contents of the bowl. Stir fry everything for about 3 minutes on high heat. Add some black pepper. Drain the noodles and add those with the veggies. Serve.

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  1. So easy, but also full of vegetables and packed with flavour :D I don't have many go-to recipes for Chinese cabbage nor ketjap manis, but now I can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. I love cabbage, but I tend to use it in soups or stir-fries. I'll remember this one for when I see cabbage in my CSA basket this summer.

  3. Ketjap manis is new to me. Must investigate! This recipe looks delicious -- I'm always on the lookout to get more veggies into my diet. Thanks!

  4. Have to try this! Also feel ignorant cause I do not know what ketjab manis is. Ketjab sounds like ketchup. Hmmm. I'd better google it!

    1. Hey! Jamie Oliver says the English word ketchup comes from ketjab.

    2. Ketchup is not the same :) It is an Indonesian Sweet Soy sauce :)

  5. It looks great, lots of flavor. We love cabbage and this is a nice change from my usual plain saute. Have to go see about Ketjap Manis, too. It's like ketchup?!

  6. Cabbage is perfect for stir fry! I'm also off to google ketjap manis...

  7. yep, I had to Google ketjap manis too..a very thick, sweet form of soy sauce they say..

  8. My son is a big cabbage fan, thanks for a new idea.

  9. Never heard of this before but LOVE cabbage. Will give it a try!
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  10. I actually have extra cabbage right now and am going to give this a try. The only thing I'm missing is cauliflower and the ketjap manis. I'll leave out the cauliflower and substitute regular soy sauce. Sounds delicious already.

  11. This looks very good thanks for sharing it! Here's mine

  12. Yum! I'm hungry for some of this right now!

    I had to google "ketjap manis" because I never heard of it before. Sounds like the sweet soy sauce I have in the fridge... went to the fridge and looked carefully at the bottle and guess what? It says ketjap manis right on the label! haha! :o)

    For those of you wanting to just use soy sauce in place of the ketjap manis, you may want to whisk a teaspoon or two of brown sugar with the soy sauce for a more authentic taste. A small pinch of ground cloves or five spice powder wouldn't hurt either.

  13. That looks yummy.

    My go to cabbage recipe this winter has been this salad:
    I've used a mix of red and green cabbages, but I'm not sure if Chinese cabbage would work -- I've always eaten that cooked.

  14. I didn't realize that Ketjap Manis wasn't known. I tried to google for a translation, but I couldn't find one so I thought it was commonly known. It is an Indonesian Sweet soy sauce.