It's only been 10 days but has everyone stuck to their New Year's resolution to eat healthier and stay fit? No other time are gyms flooded with folks hyper-motivated to meet goals built out cyclical tradition than now. I made my pact to avoid overeating a long time ago, and yes, I've fallen off that wagon many a times, but to be honest I was pretty oblivious to the problem. You'll see in this story how much trouble could be had from overeating.
It was never apparent to me that I was overweight because I was pretty happy in whatever state of yesteryears. I owe the current figure, for better or worse, to my little boy who single-handedly wrings out the fat and kicks my butt everyday. So thanks to you, Alex, I have a good reason to replenish my closet.
Since everyone seems to have a sworn cabbage soup recipe that will melt the fat off, I thought I'd add another one. I'm not sure if this is going to do much to melt the fat but it is surprisingly elegant for a simple recipe. This recipe comes from chef Ken Hom who is a renown authority on Chinese cuisine. While the recipe does not call for cream, the resulting flavor and body of the broth resembles a creamy soup. This is a dish good for any night but also has space at the table for a special occasion.
Braised Napa Cabbage in Cream Sauce
Slightly adapted from Ken Hom Complete Chinese Cookbook
- 1 lb Napa cabbage
- 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 cups chicken stock or water
- salt and pepper
- 2 teaspoon cornstarch
- Cut the Chinese leaves into 2 inch wide strips. Heat the wok. Add oil and heat until hot and slightly smokey. Add the garlic, stir-fry for 15 seconds. Add the cabbage leaves, stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the stock or water to the wok, season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat, cover the pan and simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes, until the cabbage leaves are softened. Using a slotted spoon, remove the cabbage leaves from the pan and place into a serving dish.
- Reduce the remaining liquid by half. Mix the cornstarch with roughly 1 Tablespoon cold water and add to the broth. Heat through to thicken. Pour the thickened stock over the cabbage leaves and serve at once.
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