Monday, December 05, 2011

Cabbage Stir-Fry HardBoiled Eggs

One of my favorite Nasi Padang (Indonesian cuisine comprising of rice with various sides of meat and vegetable) dishes is a non-spicy cabbage stir-fry with hard-boiled egg bits. I don't know the name of this dish till today (if you know, kindly let me know) but I totally enjoy the simplicity of the dish esp. when you have the other spicy dishes such as chicken/beef rendang, sambal prawns with steamed rice - this cabbage dish brings such a nice complementary balance to the heat from the other dishes.


As I was not having other spicy dishes one day, I decided to make this cabbage dish slightly spicier. So my own rendition of "I-don't-know-what-it-is-called" but one of my favorite vegetable (Nasi Padang) side-dishes.

Cabbage and Hard-Boiled Eggs Stir-Fry Ingredients: pinch of cumin, coarsely ground black pepper corns, and red chili flakes; 1/4 of big onion, finely diced; 2 whole garlic cloves, bruised; 1/2 carrot, cut into matchsticks; 1-2 cherry tomatoes, finely diced; 1/2 tsp red chili powder, and 1tbsp curry powder; 1/2 head of cabbage, into thin shreds; some water; 2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into bite-sizes; salt to taste

Directions: Pre-fry cumin, coarsely ground black pepper corns, some red chili flakes and when mixture exudes aroma, add onions to fry briskly, then add garlic and carrots to fry thoroughly. Add tomatoes. Then add chili and curry powder and fry thoroughly. Add cabbage and cover the pan to allow the steam to cook the vegetables. Add some water (2-3tbsp) to moisten up the mixture of vegetables. Simmer at low-medium heat till cabbage turn tender. Add the hard-boiled eggs pieces and allow simmer for about 5 minutes (Note: Do not stir too much as the hard-boiled eggs may disintegrate and become mushy). Salt to taste. Serve with steamed rice.


If you are not doing other protein dishes for the day, this dish can be absolutely a do-it-all with egg (as proteins) and cabbage, carrots (as vegetables).


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