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Serves 2

A CookTale

To accompany the main course of Black Cod with Miso, an Asian side dsh was called for. The fridge held a head of Napa Cabbage and a carton of fresh Shiitake Mushrooms from Wilbank Farm, that are available weekly at The Smokehouse of the Catskills. Putting together one of the tastiest of fish, and an equally tasty duo of vegetables proved to be a winning partnership.


1/2 Head (or more) Napa Cabbage
1-2 Cups of Shiitake Mushrooms, sliced
2 TB of Peanut oil
1 Cup of Chicken Broth (or vegetable broth)
3 TB of Shao Xing (Chinese cooking sherry) or Dry Sherry
1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
1 TB of Cornstarch
3 TB of Water
1 TB of Sesame Seeds (black or White)


1. Cut off the core of the Napa Cabbage head & peel off individual leaves (they shrink in volume to 1/2 of original). Wash the leaves thoroughly & chop into 2-inch pieces.

2. Only if necessary, clean sand & grit from the Shiitakes. Remove stems & slice thick.
3. Heat Peanut Oil in a large frying pan on high flame. When oil is hot, add Cabbage & sauté until wilted. Toss in the mushrooms & the broth.
4. When the broth begins to boil, reduce to simmer & partially cover until the Cabbage is completely cooked.
5. Mix the Cornstarch & Water together. Remove the lid & add the cornstarch mixture & the Sherry. Stir & let the sauce return to a boil. Serve hot.

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