What Goes With Cabbage

18 Amazing Cabbage Pairings For You To Try

· September 14, 2022

Cabbage Pairings

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Cabbage. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Apple

    E.g. German coleslaw.Coleslaw comes in many forms. The traditional American version uses lots of mayonnaise to bind finely shredded cabbage together. The German version, named Krautsalat, ditches the mayonnaise and instead marinades the cabbage in oil and vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is often used and adds brightness to the sweet cabbage. Sometimes finely chopped apple is also added.

  • Bacon

    E.g. Okonomiyaki.Go to Hiroshima in Japan and you will see plenty of joints specializing in this savoury pancake.

    The batter is made of a mix of noodles, fatty pork belly, cabbage, spring onion and several other ingredients and is slowly cooked in front of you by the cook. It's topped off with a sweet savoury sauce.

  • Chicken

    E.g. Chinese chicken salad.This classic American salad demonstrates these two flavors perfectly. Shreds of tender broiled chicken throw together with torn crunchy pieces of red, nappa and chinese cabbage and brought together with a fragrant dressing of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, almonds and cilantro (corriander leaf).

    To add more crunch, crackled pieces of deep fried wonton are scattered on top.

  • Peanut

    E.g. Creamy peanut slaw."Euuwww that sounds disgusting!". I know, I know, but hear me out. It may sound disgusting but they really do match and the crew behind Thug Kitchen have got my back with their cabbage peanut slaw.

    Their recipe calls for a peanut dressing made of peanut butter, rice vinegar, lime juice, minced ginger, asian-style hot sauce and soy sauce. MIx them together and then add to a bowl of thinly sliced red and green cabbage.

  • Pork

    E.g. Okonomiyaki.Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake made famous from the Hiroshima and Kansai areas of Japan. These days though you can find it everywhere in the country. The best places are usually the small dirty back street eateries run by grumpy old men with an unhealthy predilection for chain-smoking.

    Service is quick. The moment you order the master will jump into action oiling the teppanyaki hot plate in front of you with a chunk of pork fat. Then he's busy furiously mixing the batter with finely shredded cabbage and strips of pork belly.

    Before you've had chance to take a sip of your beer he's already pouring the batter slowly on to the hot plate to the sounds of hissing oil. Just 3 more minutes and it's almost done.

    His final trick is to brush the top of the pancake with a thick Worcestershire like sauce and then line it with streaks of mayonnaise and then it's all yours to eat straight off the hot plate.

    The pork and cabbage are delicious together and the ceremony makes it all the better.