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Recipes that include snow cabbage

Soy Beans, Snow Cabbage, & Tofu Skin Ribbons

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

People always talk about the weird cravings pregnant women have but what about the strange aversions. It’s so odd to suddenly be repulsed by your own favorite foods. I can’t believe that I’ll turn away a plate of slender crispy fries, a cup of smoky dark chocolate ice cream, or even a garlicky bowl of linguine with clams.  Like many others with morning sickness, I had a really hard time eating meat and fish in general. I still tried my best to eat some because I knew I needed the protein, iron, B6, and other good stuff. Oddly enough the one I hated the most was chicken, the one I would think was the lightest of the meats.

My sweet mom has been catering to me every day, asking me what I would like to eat, or more what I can stand eating. There is a tendency to just carb-load on plain breads, rice, and noodles so for some more nutrition, I asked for a vegetarian dish. This Shanghainese dish of Soy Beans, Snow Cabbage, and Tofu Skin Ribbons is light yet packed with protein.

Tofu Skin, Salted Veggies, and Soybeans 5


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Salt Preserved Snow Cabbage

Friday, August 20, 2010

A week or so ago, we went to Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao 38-12 Prince Sreet, Flushing, NY 11354, possibly my dad’s favorite restaurant at the moment. They’re famous for their soup dumplings so that’s a must, but many other dishes are wonderful as well. We had a light noodle soup with strips of pork and bits of green veggies called Shue Tsai, or snow cabbage.  It’s found in several of my favorite Shanghainese dishes, floating among sauces and soups, adding a unique green and lightly bitter flavor with some texture that gives a nice rustle between the teeth.

Snow cabbage is rarely cooked fresh as is, so it is understood that the snow cabbage has been shredded and salt preserved before using it in dishes. Snow cabbage has a very short season so you can fake these greens with small mustard greens (not the large kind used for Swan Tsai/Pickled Musatrd Greens). The taste and texture is mimicked quite well and you won’t notice a difference.

Salt Preserved Small Mustard Greens 2


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