Crispy Cabbage Wantons

So last night when I made these I was going for more of a dim sung/ dumpling type dish which they are delicious when eaten that way BUT the most amazing way to eat them is crisped up on the pan like a wanton!!

For those looking for a quick meal – this does take some time both to prepare and to cook, however, that will be the furthest thing from your mind when you taste them!

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400g pork mince
1 head of green cabbage
1/2 cauliflower
2 red onions – finely diced
3-4 cloves of fresh garlic – crushed
2 inch piece of fresh root ginger – peeled and grated
2 red chilies – finely chopped (I left the seeds in)
1 lime – vested and juiced
1/4 cup coconut aminos
1/8 – 1/4 cup sesame oil
Coconut oil
(olive oil)


  1. In a large bowl add the pork, lime juice and zest, sesame oil and coconut aminos and combine – set aside for as long as possible. (Ideally a few hours but otherwise until you have prepared everything else)
  2. Preheat the oven to 180Β°c.
  3. Peel off the outer leaves of the cabbage, cut the stalk down as far a possible and either remove it fully or scour the edges. Place cabbage stalk down in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the cauliflower to a food processor and blitz until it looks like rice.
  5. In a large wok / skillet add 1 tbsp of coconut oil, allow to heat before adding the garlic, chili, ginger and onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent, before adding the cauliflower and continuing to cook for a further 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  7. Strain the cabbage and set aside to cool.
  8. Once the cauliflower has cooled for roughly 5 minutes combine with the mince.
  9. Take the cauliflower and carefully separate the leaves – taking care not to tear them.
  10. Take a leaf and hold it in your hand, place 1-2 spoonfuls of the mince at the base of the leaf,
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    Fold the leaf upwards and tuck in at the sides –
    FullSizeRender (28)Β Roll up the remainder,
    Place in an oven proof dish and repeat until all of the mince has been used.Place some tin foil over the dish and bake in the oven for 1.5 hours.
  11. Remove the cabbage parcels from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
    IMG_5146 (1)(If you prefer them this way then serve and enjoy!)
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  12. Heat a large pan with some coconut oil (olive oil works slightly better but it is a personal choice),
    cut the parcels in half and brown on eat side for roughly 2 minutes – until golden and crispy.
  13. Serve and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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