Often served as an appetizer or side dish during special meals, this simple yet delectable salad is popular all over the world. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy Asian cabbage salad in a new way.
Know About Asian Cabbage
Unlike its European or American cousin, Asian cabbage salad doesn’t only feature cabbage. In fact, it features a whole variety of vegetables. You can use tomatoes, onions, scallions, bell peppers, cucumbers, olives, radishes and even parsley to create your signature Asian salad. Although these ingredients vary depending on the recipe, most include some sort of lettuce, greens, carrots or leafy greens. Often, these ingredients are combined in a base dressing to add a little zip to the recipe.
When preparing the salad, make sure that you rinse off the cabbage leaves well in a salad spinner. Also, be sure to carefully toss the leaves into the mixture to avoid having them stick together. If you have a pressed salad cane, be sure to carefully remove the seeds before using it. Otherwise, the leaves will be covered in cabbage and there is no way that the uniqueness of your creation will ever come to light.
Get The Most Out Of Any Recipe
The secret to getting the most out of any recipe is to use the exact amounts of each ingredient. Asian recipes call for various kinds of seasonings, many of which you probably have not tried before. Experiment by trying a few different types and see what combinations bring out the best results. It’s possible that one combination is going to call for a lot more oils than another. If you don’t like a particular type of seasonings, you may find it beneficial to add others to give your recipe a bit of diversity.
As the base dressing for any Asian salad, Soybean oil is a staple of many of the most popular dishes. To make your own, mix soybean oil with some water to create a thick paste. You can then add chopped celery and ginger to the paste and lightly massage it over the leaves of the cabbage as they begin to wilt. Once the leaves are wilted, add some lemon juice and pepper to taste and allow to stand for a few minutes. Strain off the mixture and serve on top of steamed white rice for a delicious treat.
Speaking Of White Rice
Speaking of white rice, this is an absolutely essential part of any Asian salad. Use short grain if you don’t want to soak up too much flavor. In the event that you do end up soaking up a significant amount of flavor, simply drain off any excess water before serving. Brown rice will also do, but it absorbs a much stronger flavor.
One of the key ingredients in any dish is raw onion, and you can really kick it up by placing sliced onions on top of your veggies or adding them to any other ingredients. If you are looking to save time and money, you can omit the onion and enjoy the added taste of the green onions. Just remember to season the onions beforehand so they don’t end up taking all the flavor away.
With this information, you should have no problem creating a wonderful Asian Napa cabbage salad. Just remember to keep your ingredients separate and experiment until you find what your particular tastes prefer. Also remember that this process can take some time. You might want to experiment by making this salad on a day when you are very tired. That way, you can have the salad before you eat too much and have a nice energy boost before you start working out in the morning. Happy cooking!