Great as a topping for pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausage on a bun or fish tacos

Dale created this Quick Faux Kimchi after eating a similar tasty Thai cabbage slaw from Chef Thomas Benninger of Gladys at The Strand in San Antonio many years ago. As a side dish, it pairs well with barbecue.

This fresh tasting slaw is good for you and extremely popular (even addictive when served to well-traveled palates). We count it among our top five all-time popular recipes. The melding of sweet, acidic, hot, salty and savory creates umami perfection.

Prep time:15 minutes
Cook time (passive):15 minutes
Servings:6 – 8


  • 4 Baby Bok Choy, stems w/ leaves cut crossways to 1/2 “
  • 3/4 head Chinese or Napa Cabbage, cut crossways to 1/2″
  • ½ 10-ounce bag matchstick Carrots
  • Seaweed, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro leaves, separated from stems, chop lightly
  • 5 cloves Garlic (or more to taste), crush and chop fine
  • 2 ounces Agave Nectar or 1 tsp. Palm Sugar
  • 1-2 ounces Fish Sauce (or more to taste)
  • 3-4 ounces Seasoned Rice Vinegar (or more to balance)
  • 1 tablespoon Korean Gochujang red chili paste, adjust to your tolerance of spicy heat (may substitute Asian-style Hot Chile Sauce to taste)
  • For extra texture, flavor and visual pop, add:
  • Furikake Rice Seasoning (blend of seaweed and black sesame seeds) or Black Sesame Seeds


  1. In a large bowl, place the bok choy and cabbage that has been cut crossways in 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slices.
  2. Add carrots, seaweed, chopped garlic and cilantro leaves, agave nectar, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and gochujang or Asian-style hot sauce. Sprinkle with furikake or black sesame seeds.
  3. Mix all and transfer to a non-reactive (glass, ceramic) bowl to rest for 15 to 30 minutes for flavors to properly integrate.

Wine Pairing Guide

Rosé wines from any region would pair beautifully.


Texas: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
West Coast: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Argentina: Torrontes
Germany: Riesling, Gewürztraminer
France: Vouvray (Chenin Blanc) or Blanc Moelleux, Alsace Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Italy: Gargenega, Moscato