Hungry girl cooks : Rolled cabbage soup

January 2017 was the coldest January in Vienna in more than 2 decades. On winter days like these, I can’t really help myself thinking about a bowl of hot soup.

I then cooked rolled cabbage soup for my husband for the first time. When I was younger, I always made it back home for my dad. It’s a clear soup, tastes is very neutral, with a nice smell of shiitake and sesame oil.

Started with grounding pork. I chose pork neck (my favourite part), as there’s just enough fat.  Grind it our so called vintage meat grinder, which we got it from my husband’s grandma’s cellar hihi.

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Then marinated the meat with the paste consists of coriander root, garlic, and white or mixed pepper, pounded in a mortar until turned into paste. Oh! The peppers, I love Kampot peppers the most, we got them from Cambodia. They are the best! Added a bit of salt, oyster sauce, few drops of sesame oil, and 1/4 tsp of sugar, just to balance the taste.

I put sliced spring onion and diced shiitake mushroom to enhance the taste, texture, and smell.

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Kept the pork aside in room temperature (as anyway it’s not above 20 degree celsius here) for around 20 mins. Cut the cabbage and boil them quickly in cooking water, I also boiled long spring onion leaves, they were later used to tied the rolled cabbage. After everything is cooked, I put them in a bowl of cold water.

I laid a single cooked cabbage, put the meat, rolled and tied it with spring onion to keep it tight.

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Then I steamed the rolls (more like boiled with small amount of water, as I don’t have steam pot here) until they are cooked.

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Soup itself, I used home made soup base paste we got as a Christmas gift. Just put it in boiling water, added a hint of soya sauce, added the rest of the meat, and some slices of shiitake. Put the rolls in a deep bowl, followed with hot soup, and it was already ready to be put on our dining table!
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We had it with steamed jasmine rice, soft boiled eggs, and another spicy dish. And that was how our cozy evening after work began.

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