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Braised Cabbage Asian Style

Braised Cabbage Asian Style

We are going to debunk the idea that veganism cannot be done on a budget. Braised cabbage Asian style is an incredible recipe that's easy to make, packed with flavour and super budget friendly. So, let's get to it!

Lately, I've been cooking a ton of cabbage recipes and I just can't get enough of it. There are so many different ways to incorporate cabbage to one's diet and I'm on a secret mission to explore them all. 

This time we'll change things up a bit by adding braised cabbage to the mix. Braising is a great way to cook your veggies. It will reduce the cooking time and the result is fully cooked veggies but slightly crispy. 

Braising food sounds fancy but it's quite simple. You pour a bit of oil to the pan and fry the veggies until golden brown, then add a bit of liquid to speed up the cooking process.

Braised Cabbage Asian Style ingredients

Braised cabbage doesn't need any added liquids. The water that comes out of the cabbage while you're cooking it should be enough to simmer the veggies. It will cook to perfection with this method. 

I'm convinced cabbage should be labeled as a superfood. We know that it has a ton on nutrients and is super healing to the body. Some people go as far as calling it miraculous since it really does wonders. 

Aside from the many health benefits that we've mentioned in the past, cabbage is incredibly affordable and easy to find. Also, there are many different kinds so if you're starting to get bored of one type of cabbage you can switch it up and still reap all its benefits. They all taste different so you get variety in that regard as well.

I promised a budget-friendly meal so the rest of the ingredients are also affordable, easy to find and probably already sitting in your kitchen. That way you don't have to go buy a bunch of exotic ingredients that you'll use once and just a teaspoon of it.

chopped cabbage and ginger

We need carrots, tofu, ginger, garlic, and mung bean sprouts to add to our braised cabbage. Mung beans sprouts add a ton of nutrients and having some on your plate is a simple way to get a bit of an extra crisp in that bowl of veggies. 

The nutrients in mung beans sprouts will boost your immune system, they help your eyes, your bones, and your heart. And if you suffer from stress, anxiety or sleeping issues, mung bean sprouts can help greatly. So don't shy away when adding them to your meal. 

The veggies are great but the magic happens when we mix the sauce ingredients. Everything in that pan will be infused with the delicious Asian flavours we absolutely love. As a bonus, your house will smell amazing while you cook this recipe.

To make this a whole meal we are serving the braised cabbage on a bed of warm fluffy brown rice. All this will keep your belly full, your body nurtured and your taste buds completely satisfied! 

Braised Cabbage Asian Style single

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Soy


For the vegetables

  • 7 oz carrot (shredded)
  • 7 oz extra firm tofu (sliced)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 cups mung bean sprouts (washed)
  • 14 oz white cabbage (shredded)

For the seasoning

  • 1 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 4 tbsps thick teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

For the garnish

  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 medium scallion (thinly sliced) (optional)

For the rice

  • 1½ cups brown rice
  • 3 cups water


  1. Cook the rice for about 30 minutes in water until soft.
  2. Heat up the oil in a big wok or skillet and roast the tofu slices until golden brown for about 5-10 minutes from all sides.
  3. Set the tofu aside and add the cabbage, stir fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, ginger and carrot and stir fry for 5 more minutes.
  5. Mix the seasoning ingredients and add it to the vegetables.
  6. Give it a good stir and add the mung bean sprouts.
  7. Serve the braised cabbage alongside rise with some tofu and garnish on top, enjoy!

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