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Chinese Fried Cabbage

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Continue sharing with you some fast and simple recipes. Today we have a Chinese guest – fried white cabbage with Sichuan and chili pepper.

Fast frying in a wok makes it crusty but gentle inside at the same time. It turns out very juicy, sour-sweet, with citrus flavor because of the Sichuan pepper. Red-hot wok wall leaves frying marks on the cabbage slices and adds a smoky flavor.

This dish can be a perfect snack for 1 or 2 persons or a nice side dish for the main course. But, bear in mind, that it hardly will replace a whole meal. But if you serve with rice or another side dish it’ll be a really fine lunch.

What You Need to Cook Chinese Fried Cabbage

INGREDIENTS:

  • half of small cabbage
  • 1 tsp of Sichuan pepper
  • 1-2 small chili peppers
  • 1 tsp of soy sauce
  • vegetable oil for frying

EQUIPMENT:

  • Wok (highly preferable)

How to Make Chinese Fried Cabbage: Step-by-Step Instructions🔪

Cut in half a head of a cabbage, and take off the outer leaves.

Cut in half a head of a cabbage, and take off the outer leaves for chinese fried cabbage Cut off the basis.

Cut off the basis for chinese fried cabbage

Now cut halves into quarters and remove the inner leaves (put aside).

Slice at a low angle into 1-1,5 cm pieces.

Slice at a low angle into 1-1,5 cm pieces for chinese fried cabbage
Do the same with a second part and inner leaves.

Do the same with a second part and inner leaves for chinese fried cabbage
Heat up 1 tbsp of oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add 1 tsp of Sichuan pepper (if you don’t have one, just skip this step, it won’t be exactly as needed but still tasty) and cook until it becomes black.

Catch a pepper with a spatula but leave the oil. Put 1-2 small whole chili peppers into a wok (I used dried ones). If you like hotter, cut every in several parts. Fry for about half a minute.

Put 1-2 small whole chili peppers into a wok for chinese fried cabbage
Add cabbage and constantly stirring cook on the lower fire for 2-3 minutes. The cabbage will be a little gentle but still crusty.

Now lower the fire to medium and add 1 tsp of soy sauce. Cook for 1 minute, constantly stirring, until the sauce is evenly spread on the cabbage.

Add soy sauce for chinese fried cabbagePut on the big plate or serving ones, decorate with chili pepper and serve.

Put on the big plate chinese fried cabbage

Chinese Fried Noodles with Bacon

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Today we have Chinese Carbonara variation. Except for the bacon, we'll also add a bit of vegetable, fry the noodles and instead of yolks, we'll make a Chinese sour-sweet sauce based on soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar.
CourseDinner
CuisineChinese
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Servings2
Calories615kcal

Equipment

  • nothing, that you wouldn’t have

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • ½ tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 140 g dry egg noodles (in case you don't have one, use spaghetti, tagliatelle, or anything else you'll find)
  • 50 g bacon (5 slices)
  • ½ white onion
  • 5 leaves of Chinese cabbage

Instructions

  • Firstly, you need to pour some water into the pan and boil 140 g of egg noodles. When the noodles are done, you need to rinse it with cold water.
  • For sauce mix 2 tbsp of light soy sauce, 2 tbsp of dark soy sauce, 1 tsp of sugar, ½ tbsp of sesame oil, ¼ tsp of black pepper, and 1 tbsp of wine vinegar. Mix until smooth and leave.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil to the frying pan and put there 5 slices of bacon. Make a low heat and cook until bacon is fried from one side, then turn over the slices and fry from the other.
  • A half of an onion slice "from pole to pole" traditional Chinese and stir-fry technique.
  • Wash 5 leaves of Chinese cabbage (take off the extra leaves) and cut or tear it up on large pieces.
  • Take the bacon off the fire and put on the plate to cool. Chop it.
  • Leave for about 1,5 tbsp of fat from the frying pan, pour the rest out. Clean the frying pan with a paper towel.
  • Add 1 tbsp of oil and finely heat it up, spread the noodles evenly on the frying pan. Stir from time to time, fry for about 4-5 minutes until golden. Then turn the noodles over, add 1 more tbsp of oil to the frying pan and fry from the other side. Put the noodles on the plate. Split stuck noodles with 2 forks.
  • Add the remaining fat to the frying pan, put the onion there, and fry for a minute until mild. Add cabbage and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Now place the noodles back to the frying pan, add the sauce and bacon. Mix.
  • Put on the serving plates and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 615 kcal | Carbohydrates: 88 g | Protein: 33 g | Fat: 19 g | Saturated Fat: 5 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 2346 mg | Potassium: 1555 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 3725 IU | Vitamin C: 47 mg | Calcium: 437 mg | Iron: 13 mg

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