Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Stir-Fried Cabbage, Tomato and Ground Pork (serves 4-5 as part of shared meal)

Stir-Fried Cabbage, Tomato and Ground Pork is easy to make, economical and I think it's delicious. I have made this with different types of meat such as turkey, chicken and even wild boar. You can use ground meat or thinly sliced meat. I prefer using ground meat. Choose a cabbage that is firm with green petals. Peel a few outer layers off and discard. Cut it in half and remove and discard the core. I used Roma tomatoes since I have some available but you can use any type or a variety of tomatoes. I cut each one into quarters and then remove and discard the seeds. I like my tomatoes somewhat cooked. When I was in Vietnam on my last trip I learned that my uncle likes the tomato wedges still whole and not so cooked. When  I cook and need to stir the pot I take the whole pot, hold each of the handle and just shuffle the contents a few times in the air. If you are not used to doing this then be careful! You can spill the food or worse, burn yourself. Season this dish according to your taste. Once the cabbage is cooked it will wilt and shrink in size by a lot. In my family we eat this with freshly cooked rice. However, I have eaten this with left over pasta or noodles and it's tasty.

Stir-Fried Cabbage, Tomato and Ground Pork (serves 4-5 as part of shared meal) 

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp oil
5 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
1.5 lbs ground pork
1 medium sized cabbage (I used 3.5 lbs), cut into 1 inch wedges
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 1/2-2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp Broth Base & Seasoning (non-MSG chicken flavored powder)
A pinch of sugar or about 1/4 tsp
5 Roma tomatoes (about 1.4 lbs), cut in quarters and seeded
A few sprigs of cilantro, chopped

Method:

1) Heat a large pot over high heat. Once the pot is hot add oil.
2) Add garlic, saute for about 30 seconds. Add pork and cook for about 2 minutes, break the meat into bits.
3) Add cabbage. Cook until the cabbage for about 10 minutes or until it is wilted. Stir the pot occasionally.
4) Season with oyster sauce, fish sauce, chicken powder, and sugar. Stir the pot well.
5) Add the tomatoes and cook about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes depending on your preference. Stir the pot. Turn off heat and add cilantro.

*Sometimes I like to add scallions, green parts cut into 1-inch lengths to this dish. You can add them towards the last few minutes of cooking.

prepared cabbage and tomatoes
for cooking

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