Spring is coming, and with it the time for working off your winter fat. To make the most out of the season, stick to fresh vegetables and leafy greens.
For 9-to-5 young professionals, buying and preparing greens can be a costly prospect – especially when you are stuck in a tiny apartment.
Cabbage is a fiber-rich vegetable that keeps easily. When the temperature is low enough you can store it in your balcony or outside the door. Cabbage is cheap and heavy, so no one bothers to steal it.
Beijing’s local cabbage used to be juicy and delicious, but industrial farming has reduced it to a bland mess.
But with the right seasonings, even the humble cabbage can become a noble dish.
All you need are some easily-stored ingredients like dry seaweed and scallops. Soak the seaweed for 10 minutes to unroll it, then slice the seaweed and cabbage and cook it together with dried scallops till everything softens.
The dried scallops and seaweed give the dish enough flavor that no extra salt is needed.
There’s no technique or skill required, and it goes well with freshly steamed rice.