Thursday, July 4, 2013

Will Miss #519 - cabbage

These are cabbage potato chips. Yes, indeed.

When I was a kid, my mother liked to make a disgusting, sloppy stew of corned beef and cabbage. It smelled horrible and was this wet concoction of awfulness that made me believe that, while many vegetables seemed to be the spawn of the devil, cabbage was old Beelzebub himself. I couldn't imagine ever coming to like the awfulness that was cabbage, and then I went to Japan. 

Japanese cuisine taught me to love cabbage because they served it fresh, often thinly shredded and served with fatty dressing alongside crispy, expertly cooked fried pork cutlets (tonkatsu). When you went to most tonkatsu joints, they'd also give you heaping added servings of it, free for the asking. This was in a country which was incredibly stingy about free refills on most things. Eating this extremely fresh pale green stuff created the illusion that the experience of chowing down on breaded fried cutlet and salty miso soup was almost a healthy endeavor. 

There is cabbage for the buying in the U.S. In fact, I can buy at least 4 kinds of it at most supermarkets around here. That being said, it's not being served to me with the vast majority of most meals, and, most disappointingly, not with Japanese food when I expect it to be so. The cabbage in Japan was just there, and it was always crispy, fresh and tasty. I miss the presence of cabbage as a casual side dish as well as the texture and quality of the kind that I encountered in Tokyo.


  1. I recently had some cabbage flavoured puffy potato snack things and they were amazing!
    So I totally know where you're coming from here :)


  2. I like cabbage all right but I don't think cabbage makes a salad like a lot of restaurants do here.

  3. I really can't identify with this one sorry. I hate hate hate every single "side salad" being a bowl of shredded cabbage and three kernels of corn. I miss lettuce! And baby spinach! And rocket! And endive! And... OK, I'll stop now XD

  4. I can understand how both of you feel! What I've found is that the salads here are no better. Unless you order a specific salad, the free greens you get tend to be scraps of iceberg lettuce. At home, I can have whatever I want (I buy enormous bags of baby spinach, for instance!). But, I do miss those huge piles of cabbage at tonkatsu!


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