I had often heard of Chinese Coleslaw, but had never eaten it. Sister Johansen was telling me the other day how very delicious it was and how much she enjoyed it and how popular it was at pot lucks and other get togethers and so I decided to make some for the Halloween party we threw for the kids on Tuesday evening. I found the recipe on Brown Eyed Baker, but there are a bazillion of these same recipes floating around.
It made a nice big bowl of salad. You can't get coleslaw mix around here and so I created my own by thinly slicing white and red cabbage and grating a carrot. Other than that the ingredients are very simple.
I did make a few changes. I used Chinese Rice Wine Vinegar, not white vinegar and I substituted a tablespoon of the oil with toasted sesame oil. It's supposed to be Chinese right? So why not use Chinese vinegar and some sesame oil for more authentic flavours???
I suppose the thinking is that Ramen noodles are Chinese, but if I am not mistaken . . . are they not Japanese? I'm not sure. I only know they add a nice crunch. I also used toasted flaked almonds and I toasted the sunflower seeds for a bit in a dry frying pan to bring out their nuttiness.
It is rather high in fat and calories for a salad however and so I am wondering if I might not be able to reduce them by a great deal if I used 2 parts oil to 1 part water and a sugar substitute or stevia instead of the regular sugar. And in all truth you could probably cut the oil by half anyways, without it causing too much of a problem. There are enough other things in there to give it flavour and if you use part toasted sesame oil, well . . . that gives a whole lot of flavour anyways!
In any case the kids really enjoyed this and I brought home an empty bowl. Result! I had a small portion myself so that I could see what all the fuss was about, and I was pleasantly surprised. It was fabulous! Enjoy!
*Chinese Coleslaw*Makes 12 to 16 servings
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated, and 1/4 of a small red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced)
1 TBS toasted sesame oil90g of caster sugar (1/2 cup)