Napa cabbage with chicken and vegetables

Plus the seven magical flavor ingredients that make everything better.

In case you just arrived at this blog from Mars.

* 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
* 1 teaspoon mirin
* 1 teaspoon sake
* 1 teaspoon fish sauce
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
* 3 teaspoons soy sauce

It goes fry, fry, fry, splash, steam, done.

On Sunday a long-term friend came over. It was his birthday. He didn't want to come over because he was busy working. I said, I want to make you cake. He said, okay.

He arrives. No cake.

But a dozen eggs were at room temperature. 

I said, I thought it would be fun to make the cake together. That way you can spring this on your lady friends. It's actually a cake for ladies. 

So he made his own birthday cake. 

And that really did turn out to be rather fun. Because now he knows how to make any soufflé. 

And while that cake was cooking I also showed him how to make this. How to use Napa cabbage and about the 7 magical ingredients, and how much to use, and how to douse the whole thing all at once to create steam, and how quickly the whole thing goes. 

And we ate it while the cake baked. And the whole time he goes, "This is good. This is good. This is good. This is good. Man, this is really good. This is good. This is good. Man, oh man, this is really good. This is excellent. Good Lord, this is wonderful. Goddamnit this is good." Then he's down to the last remnant vegetable bit. He lifts the bowl to his lips and drinks the liquid that wept from the vegetables and combined with the seven magical flavor ingredients. He goes. "Wow. This is really good." 


The cake is done.

And it's the whole thing all over again. "This is good. This is good. Man, this is good." Over and over until the whole thing is gone. And we're like, "Hey, where'd the cake go?" 

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