You'll never look at cabbage the same way again once you've tasted this Japanese Izakaya style "yamitsuki" cabbage! Crunchy pieces of fresh cabbage tossed in sesame oil and seasonings for the ultimate umami bomb. Even if you don't like cabbage, I guarantee this dish will change your mind!
Izakaya Style Salted Cabbage
What is Izakaya?
So first, you might be wondering what an "izakaya" is exactly. An izakaya is a Japanese equivalent to a bar or a pub, a place where you can gather with friends or business associates for food and drinks.
Munching and drinking are equally important there. Dishes are usually served in a tapas (small dish) style and shared amongst everyone.
Meat, fish, vegetables, tofu... There are many different unique dishes are served in each izakaya and it's always exciting to order lots of different small things.
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Japanese like to drink with veggies?
What is your favourite beer snack?
Crisps? Chips? Nuts? Cheese?...the list probably goes on but who likes drinking beer with vegetables?
I guess not many people do!
But in Japan, a lot of people like drinking beer with vegetables such as:
- Cucumber Pickles
- Fried Vegetables
- Yamitsuki Cabbage
A majority of food on the table would be meat and fish but there's always one or two in your group saying "Shouldn't we get some veg?" or "How about something refreshing?". It's good to have balance after all!
These salted cabbages are commonly known as "addictive" or "yamitsuki" (やみつき)" cabbage and served in izakaya restaurants and yakiniku restaurants (where beer drinkers tend to go).
Like the name suggests, it is actually addictive and some places even offer a free refill service.
I always end up ordering refills without a fail. I absolutely love this dish!
So today's recipe is my recreation of this Izakaya Style "Addictive" Salty Cabbage (居酒屋風やみつき塩キャベツ)
It's very easy and cheap to make, I highly recommend it!