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Stuffed cabbage rolls

Vegetable stuffed cabbage rolls made with tofu and peanuts. 



  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound (450 grams) green cabbage, preferably flat-head cabbage, leaves separated (about 20 leaves)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or scallion oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 medium king oyster mushroom (6½ ounces / 180 grams), both caps and stems thinly julienned
  • 1 small carrot, thinly julienned
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 4 ounces (112 grams) fresh or frozen and thawed tofu skin, cut into thin shreds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup crushed fried peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  1. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Add the cabbage leaves and blanch until they are softened and vibrant green, about one minute. Refresh in cold water and drain in a colander.
  2. Heat a wok over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and swirl to coat the sides of the wok. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 15 seconds. Add the mushrooms, carrot, and soy sauce. Stir-fry until the mushrooms have softened and released their liquid, about three minutes. Add the tofu skin, cumin, sugar, white pepper, and half a teaspoon salt and stir until the tofu skin is heated, scraping down any parts that stick to the wok. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and crushed peanuts. Taste and add more salt, if needed. Transfer the filling to a bowl.
  3. Lay one cabbage leaf on a cutting board and shave off its thick stem, trimming it as thin as possible without cutting into the leaf. The pared-down spine will make the leaf flatter and easier to bend. Repeat with the remaining leaves. Toss them in a large bowl with the sesame oil to lightly coat, giving the leaves a shine and aroma.
  4. Lay out a bamboo sushi mat (or cover a tea towel with plastic wrap). Place a third of the leaves across the mat and flatten them. Place a third of the filling on the cabbage leaves, spreading it evenly and leaving an inch of the leaves exposed at the top and bottom. Hook your thumbs under the mat and lift the edge closest to you up and over the filling in the center. Press gently with curved hands along the length of the “log,” then pull the edge of the mat toward you and continue to roll the cabbage up and away from you. When you reach the far edge of the cabbage leaves, press the roll tightly once more, then remove the mat. Repeat with the remaining cabbage leaves and filling to make two more rolls. With a sharp serrated knife, slice the rolls into two-inch-wide segments.
  5. Enjoy immediately or chill before serving.

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