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Cabbage in a Fish Sauce Vinaigrette

This is a very simple cabbage slaw that comes together in minutes. Fish sauce can be an intimidating condiment for some, but we encourage you to give it a try! Not all fish sauces are created equally. Kumi recommends using a Three Crabs brand fish sauce or Red Boat. Add grated carrots or other veggies for color contrast and flavor.


½ head of a large cabbage (finely shredded)

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2-4 tablespoons fish sauce (three crabs brand or red boat)

1 cloves of garlic, grated finely on a microplane

2 Thai chiles (minced)

1-2 tablespoons agave, honey, or crushed palm sugar

1/3 cup of cilantro leaves (whole)

Crushed peanuts for garnish


Make the dressing: mix together sesame oil, garlic, fish sauce, thai chiles (if using) and agave. Whisk – toss together dressing ingredients. Massage into cabbage. Taste. If it needs more seasoning add additional fish sauce. Toss with cilantro leaves and crushed peanuts and serve.

Submitted by Kusuma Rao, Ruchikala