Friday, June 29, 2012

Cabbage and Chicken Noodles


This recipe has an amazing trick in it. Last week, Ned and I were helping with distributing the CSA boxes at the Williamsburg location and the last person to come pick up told me about it, sadly, I can't remember her name. So mysterious fairy godmother of cabbage - I owe you big time. We've been using it a lot, and cabbage is becoming a major part of my diet.

So this is the trick:
As anyone who ever tried raw cabbage knows, it's a bit hard, not very tasteful (or rather have this annoying flavor a lot of people hate) and also can be quite hard on the digestion. Yes, you can cook it or make sauerkraut, but that takes time and also, in case of cooking, the whole house smells like, well, boiled cabbage.
So, this easy trick makes the cabbage delicious, soft and still crunchy, no smell, easy to digest and easy to snack on or add to other ingredients to make salads or anything else.

Take a whole cabbage, cut it in half then slice each half as thin as possible. put the shredded cabbage in a big mixing bowl and sprinkle with handfulls of salt, put in lots (don't worry, it's going to washed off) mix with your hands till all the cabbage is covered in salt.

Leave on the counter for about an hour or more. The cabbage will get softer, and also, ooze out some of the water. Then, wash the cabbage from all the salt (I used a pasta strainer) and ring all the water out.

That's it! this keeps in a tupperware in the fridge for a week or more. It's yummy to snack on just like that, or use for anything.

This is what I made of it.

Asian Chicken and cabbage Noodles

2 punded chicken breasts
about half a cabbage - salted and rinsed
3 TBS sesame
noodels of your choice (I used wholewheat spaghetti)
Chicken marinade:
4-5 TBS Soy Sauce
2 TBS honey
1/2 TS chilly flakes
Asian Vinaigrette: 
4 TBS rice vinegar
2 TBS Sesame oil
1 TBS Mustered

How to make it:
Mix all the marinade ingredients, cut chicken into strips and marinade them for about half an hour.

Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients.

Cook noodles.

In a frying pan. Toss the chicken stripes. pour the left over marinade on top and mix till chicken is cooked through.

In a mixing bowl. toss the cabbage, the sesame and the vinaigrette.

Serve noodles, cabbage and chicken piled on top.

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