nappa cabbage

Asian Beef Shiitake Nappa Cabbage Salad Recipe

Nappa cabbage plays a much larger role than it usually does a salad.

In this dish, nappa cabbage gets equal time with the beef and makes a wonderful main course. My children make this beef nappa cabbage salad  quite often for Shabbos, and I always see it served there with pleasure, perfectly executed from my first cookbook, Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone. I’m so proud of my very first cookbook, which is displayed and extensively used in so many homes.

Beef, shiitake and nappa cabbage: Hello, how can you miss?

This is a fabulous cold dish, overlaid with the very best of Asian Flavors, terrific served as is or on a bed of soba or cellophane noodles. You will love to see a little sliced beef go such a long way. Even if you don’t usually like rare beef, don’t cook this beyond medium rare; you will end up with tough meat and an uninspired dish.

I love to use London broil:

It’s lean, tender and free of sinew and fat. If you happen to have a nice piece of leftover cooked roast on hand, it will do very nicely as well; just cut it in thin small slices (in this case, no broiling).

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium Napa cabbage, about 3 pounds, sliced thin
  • 1 pound shiitaki mushrooms, caps only, sliced
  • one 2-pound London broil (flank steak)

Marinade:

  • 4 scallions, sliced very thin
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup mirin (health food stores) or dry sherry (liquor stores)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons bottled hot sauce

Garnish:

  • ½ cup roasted peanuts or cashews (use pumpkin seeds if you can't have nuts)

Instructions

Preheat the broiler.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the cabbage and saute until wilted (it will greatly reduce). Remove the cabbage, add a few more drops of oil to the skillet if necessary and add the shiitaki mushrooms. Sauté until all liquids evaporate. Meanwhile broil the meat until medium rare, about 5 minutes on each side. Let cool and cut in very thin slices. In a bowl, mix the cabbage with the mushrooms and the meat.

Mix all marinade ingredients and add to the beef mixture. Marinate up to eight hours and transfer to a platter (no problem if you dont have time to marinate, just toss everything together). Sprinkle the nuts on the dish, if using, just before serving.

Yield: Makes 8 first course servings, or 4 main course servings.

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