2022 Mid Autumn Festival is September 10!
In Chinese culture, Mid Autumn is an annual holiday in which we celebrate the Full Moon and peak harvest season. This holiday is almost as popular as Lunar New Year, so you know this is a big deal! Traditionally, we celebrate with mooncakes, lanterns, and big family dinners. So it makes sense to celebrate Mid Autumn Festival with a new recipe: my stir-fry cabbage and carrots with sesame.
This dish is simple yet delicious. It’s also considered a “xia fan cai,” which translates into “a dish that goes well with rice.” I chop cabbage and julienne carrots and let them caramelize in the pan. Adding soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil brings everyone together. And because I recently went to a Sichuan restaurant and ordered a dish that came with a thousand chilis (yes, that was in the dish’s name), I added some chilis for a kick
While the dish comes together in less than 20 minutes, leaving it on the stovetop longer allows the cabbage’s natural sugars to shine, adding to the flavor. Feel free to experiment with timing!
Makes 6 servings