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. This versatile Asian Slaw makes a great topping for pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausage on a bun or fish tacos. 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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.

AROMATIC, SWEET and SEMI-SWEET WHITE

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