Saturday, January 28, 2017

Healthy Thai Cabbage Wraps

This is one of the tastiest—and healthiest—Thai meals we know of, and it's incredibly easy to prepare. Although we use meat, you can also prepare it vegan if you'd like. These wraps can be an appetizer or a main course. If you don't have all of the ingredients, you can still give it a shot with what you have available.

Recipe ©2017 John Gabriel Arends
Servings: 10 wraps
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1 Nappa cabbage
1 lb meat or tofu (chicken, pork, and shrimp are great)
1/2 Onion
5-10 cloves of Garlic
4 mushrooms
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp tamarind paste
Fresh chiles (optional)
Cashew nuts or peanuts (optional)

  1. Remove 10-15 large, outer leaves from the cabbage. Rinse and set them aside until the end.
  2. Chop the meat or tofu into small chunks, about 1 inch or smaller. Chop the rest of the vegetables, including the remaining cabbage leave, finely.
  3. Heat oil in a pan or wok, and then add all of the remaining ingredients (except the large cabbage leaves). Stir fry until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  4. Lay out the the large cabbage leaves, and put a scoop of your stir-fried meat/tofu and vegetables in each. Serve and enjoy!
In Thailand, there are many variations of this dish. So feel free to make substitutions and adjustments. If tamarind is not available, add some lime juice instead. If Nappa cabbage is not available, try lettuce. If you cannot obtain oyster sauce or fish sauce, add a little more soy sauce.

If you would like to make the recipe spicier, try adding your favorite hot sauce or hot pepper powder into the cheese mixture! You will be pleasantly surprised!