Monday, January 27, 2014

Cheap Chinese Cabbage Salad

This Friday is Chinese New Years and if funds are tight, don't do take out - make it yourself. Have your friends each bring a cheap Chinese dish and light those lanterns and save some yuan. (It's called Yen in Japan)

I first tasted this recipe back in 1990 - my friend Devra made it at a BBQ and I fell in love with the taste. She gave me the recipe and since then, I have made it my own. I used to make it all the time for pot-lucks and it always came with raves.

So simple and so cheap.

1/2 head of cabbage - Napa or green - whatever you like. I have used both.
green onions - as many as you like
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro. 
sesame seed
sliced roasted almonds
lemon juice
oil 1/2 cup
1 package of oriental style of Top Ramen

shred or thinly slice the cabbage.
chop the green onions
add the cilantro
sesame seed

I stir fry the almonds to get them brown - toss them in the salad.

Mix the Oriental seasoning packet with the oil, lemon juice. I add a little sesame oil for flavor.
Mix 6 TBSP of sugar - You need to do a taste. Seems like a lot of sugar but you don't eat this everyday. So I don't stress out about the sugar.

I take some cabbage and dip it in the dressing to see if it is to my liking.

Then just before serving, add the dressing and break up the ramen noodles and toss in the salad.

You can add cooked chicken for a Chinese Chicken-Cabbage Salad. We usually eat it with BBQ.

Whatever, right?

Here are some other Cabbage salads made with 
Ramen noodles.
click on the photo for recipe




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