Hot and Sour Cabbage - 2

Course : Chinese
Serves: 4
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5 large Napa cabbage leaves
4 large dried chili peppers
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon rock sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns
1 tablespoon thin soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon chinkiang vinegar

Preparation / Directions:

Preparation: Separate, wash and dry cabbage leaves. Stack them up and cut them crosswise into 1" wide pieces. Finely mince or grind Szechuan peppercorns. Crush rock sugar with cleaver handle; mix with soy sauce; reserve. Stir-frying: Heat wok to moderate; add oil. Wait 30 seconds. Stir-fry whole chiles until they just blacken; quickly add peppercorns. When they exude pungent odor, push up side of wok and raise heat to high. Add salt and cabbage all at once. Keep tossing cabbage until it is wilted and soft. This takes several minutes. There should be about 2 T of water in wok when cabbage is wilted. Add sugar and soy mixture. When sugar has melted, toss with cabbage, then sprinkle vinegar over all. Keep tossing on high heat for another 20 seconds. Add sesame oil; toss briefly; remove to serving dish. If serving this dish cold, wait until it has cooled, then cover and refrigerate.

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